Hoja Nueva is a dynamic 501(C)(3) non-profit working in the remote Piedras region of Madre de Dios, Peru. Our experimental center in the jungle serves as a local knowledge base led by novel, on-the-ground research, the majority of which involves agroforestry and permaculture. Our base will begin to house volunteers, interns, researchers, and tourists in January 2017 that share a mission to make sustainable agriculture a success in the Piedras–and all remote rainforest environments like it.
The urgency of conserving the Earth’s rainforests now goes beyond cultural and wildlife preservation. As a component of the recent Paris Accord on climate change, protecting the Amazon rainforest is vital and of high potential. But more in-site research is necessary in coupled human-environment systems in the Amazon’s most biodiverse and healthy forests. Hoja Nueva consults and cooperates with local agricultural associations and other nonprofit organizations to ensure reliable food production while maintaining healthy forests, creating a future where both humans and nature can thrive.