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.

“The market for *legal timber is attractive*. We’re tring to piece together buyers and sellers so that not only products meet standards but also that protocols are marketed,” she said, reports “El Comercio”:http://elcomercio.pe/peru/pasco/oxapampa-reforestacion-ayuda-ninos-implementar-su-colegio-noticia-1856538?flsm=1.

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Hillary Ojeda

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.