Linking culture and conservation in the Caura River Basin

The Long Haul: Wild Palm Tree Fruit Harvests Supporting Conservation

Tuesday, December 26, 2023
Young wild palm tree climbers at Ungurahual on the Nanay River

Caura Futures continues to provide gear and training for wild palm tree fruit harvests in northern South America. Here is a map of the communities where we have delivered gear and have done workshops. Over 500 sets of Maquisapa climbing gear have been hand delivered where they are needed since we began. The Maquisapa is far and away the most efficient, safe and cost-effective gear available for ascending palm trunks while leaving no damage, such as spikes do. In addition, we are continuing to develop an active production facility in the city of Iquitos, in Loreto, Peru, where wild-harvested fruits are pulped, packaged and frozen for local consumption. The equitable supply chain model of that business promotes sustainable livelihoods, reduces deforestation and improves local food security. Caura Futures projects that this model can be applied to millions of hectares of forest in the Amazon basin and in forest communities on the western side of the Andes.