After France and Colombia, comes the Peruvian Forest Footprint Quiz. In this article, we explain what it consists of, and why it is a very important tool.
In 2022, given the situation of the increase in the annual deforestation rate in Peru to 0.24% between 2015 and 2020, compared to 0.17% in the period from 2001 to 2015 (MINAM) and knowing that Envol Vert is based in Peru, the NGO decided to launch the Peruvian Forest Footprint. In March 2022, the adaptation phase of the existing methodology began with local partners to develop a Peruvian version of the Forest Footprint with a Committee of experts made up of different entities:
This committee met once a month throughout the year to progress on the calculation of the average forest footprint of Peruvians ; in addition to several bilateral meetings with different actors and ministries.
The Forest Footprint seeks to raise public awareness about the relationship between the consumption of common products and the impacts in terms of deforestation through a tool that simplifies information on the complexity of deforestation processes. The Forest Footprint corresponds to the risk that an area is taken from the forests to supply the consumption and lifestyle needs of an average Peruvian.
At the individual level, it takes the form of a Quiz that allows you to find out, by answering a few questions, the area deforested due to your consumption habits. More specifically, it measures the land areas necessary to produce the resources (raw materials) at risk of deforestation consumed by an individual, a population or an activity, taking into account the current management of resources in the world or specific to a country.
Peru is the fifth country with the most biodiversity in the world, 55% of its territory is covered with natural forests, which represents the ninth largest forest cover in the world. However, Peru in the period 2001 to 2021, lost almost 2.8 million hectares of tree cover, equivalent to 7.6 soccer fields per minute. In 2010, Peru ranked as the tenth country with the highest deforestation of tropical forests (FAO, 2010) and in 2018 Peru, according to the WRI, ranked as the seventh country with the highest deforestation. It is considered that 13% of the Peruvian Amazon has already been deforested.
To stop this process, it is important to realize that our consumption is directly linked to deforestation. De facto, More than 60% of deforestation in Peru is linked to export agriculture, produced in monocultures: coffee, cocoa, kion, pineapple, palm, livestock… among others. Another example: 80% of the loss of forest cover is due to the production of agricultural products.
With the Forest Footprint Quiz, you can raise awareness, but also find solutions to change the impact of your consumption on deforestation!