The CREES Foundation is a not-for-profit charitable organisation working to bring economic, social and environmental harmony to the Manu region, in the south east Amazon rainforest of Peru.
What is our vision?
Our core belief is that mankind and nature can support one another through balance, respect and innovation. The way that we achieve this is through protecting the incredible diversity of the region and working with local communities to generate truly sustainable development that creates decent livelihoods in harmony with the natural environment.
What do we do?
All projects take place at the Fundo Mascoitania, where the Manu Learning Centre (MLC) is based. The MLC is located in the Biosphere Reserve's Buffer Zone* of the Manu National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage site.
* The buffer zone (known as the Cultural Zone) divides the Reserved and Intangible Zones in Manu. It covers high mountains, cloud forest and low jungle. In this area there are small villages, settlers and native communities working on productive activities such as agriculture and lumber at a low scale, since these activities are controlled by the Ministry of Agriculture and Park Authorities.
Our projects have 3 key Areas:
1. Conservation Research
Since 2003, CREES Foundation actively supports cutting edge and traditional research projects providing an environment of openness and collaboration to projects that may just be in trial research stages in Manu.
2. Sustainable Initiatives
This project aims to provide the poorest single mothers of Manu with soil management skills to understand the best methods to grow in large scale and build areas of compost and planting organic vegetables. The Biogardens project tackles health issues by increasing the nutritional values. At the same time, this project addresses income issues, as production surpluses can be sold at the local market.
3. Capacity building
The CREES Foundation believes that education is one of the founding blocks of building a sustainable community. It involves a two way learning process, from students to teachers and vice-versa, that can focus on understanding the local context and the educational priorities. Working with government, other non-profit organizations and the local populations, the Foundation aims to bridge gaps in infrastructure, materials and training to enhance education as a tool for knowledge and empowerment.
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