Tocache Jurisdictional Initiative: Towards Jurisdictional Sustainability in a Landscape of the Peruvian Amazon
Peru is covered by 782,880.55 km² of the Amazon rainforest. The country, behind Brazil, with the second largest Amazonian Forest cover. The San Martín Region of Peru is covered in 66% of this forest and is an important part for the Peruvian agricultural sector. It is the region with the highest growth in gross agricultural value added, with more than USD 189 million over the last twelve years. These factors combined represent a challenge: how do you guarantee rural development, while also preventing additional deforestation?
In 2021 the Tocache Jurisdictional Initiative was set up. It was set up to ensure the region can continue contributing to the country’s agricultural sector while avoiding deforestation. The Tropical Forest Alliance, Earth Innovation Institute, Helvetas and the Earthworm Foundation set up the initiative with the goal of facilitating the transition towards jurisdictional sustainability. Supported by a shared vision, action plan, solid governance and landscape monitoring.
This report describes the inner workings of the Tocache Jurisdictional Initiative, and presents important conclusions, recommendations and lessons learnt as an example to inspire other jurisdictions. Such recommendations include the need to establish financial and non-financial incentives to accelerate action towards landscape level initiatives. As well as the importance of the space for public-private governance.