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Oxapampa school demonstrates sustainable logging model

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Founded by German settlers in the 19th century, the town of Oxapampa has always had a unique touch. In the eastern side of the Pasco Region of Peru, Oxapampa sits in the high jungle and has unfortunately become a popular location for illegal logging activity.

However, in the face of this malpractice, a program implemented by SERFOR in a local school has developed a reforestation project.

Ana Mogas de Quillazú school has helped students take part in a reforestation project that allows the kids to produce their own wood and sell it for school equipment.

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Nearly 10 years ago, the school, with support from the company Paisajes Sostenibles, planted about 3,300 eucalyptus trees on a plot of land of 3 hectares.

Students, parents and teachers along with Paisajes Sostenibles successfully planted the trees and after 8 years sold the wood. With the profits they purchased eleven computers for the students at Ana Mogas de Quillazú.

The National Forest and Wildlife Service (Serfor) chief, Fabiola Muñoz, said she hopes that they can replicate and implement the same program in other areas that need reforestation.

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Hillary moved to Peru in August of 2014 to learn Spanish, live with her family, and pursue writing. Born and raised in Bakersfield, Ca, Hillary earned her B.A. in Anthropology at University of California, Berkeley. Since moving to Peru she drinks fermented potato and coca concoctions daily and is enjoying learning about the abundant and natural andean foods of the country. Hillary hopes one day to become an investigative journalist. You can follow her blog.