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In the Peruvian Amazon, Locally Managed Brazil Nut Forests Keep Deforestation at Bay

Waves of heat lift as we disembark our dugout canoe on the banks of a snaking tributary of the Madre de Dios River in the Peruvian Amazon. We are entering Vilma Zegarra’s forest concession, not far from the Bolivian border. It is February, high summer, and peak harvest season for castañeros like Zegarra, who manage large tracts of natural forests for the production of Brazil nuts. photo CIFOR We walk a narrow…
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by: Benjamin Hodgdon – Winter 2015

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