Published On: 05/06/20212.9 min read

The first edition of the SÚMAte al Bosque Festival has just ended in Lima, Peru. For this first edition, and due to the sanitary conditions linked to the COVID-19, the festival was held outdoors, in the Central Park of Miraflores, an essential site that welcomes more than 50,000 visitors every day.

A Peruvian Festival dedicated to forests and biodiversity

As a follow-up to the ColomBIOdiversidad festival, which was held for seven years in Colombia, the SÚMAte al Bosque festival was created and set up in Peru for its first edition. This festival, dedicated to the forest and the importance of biodiversity, is particularly important in Peru as its territory, with 53% covered by Amazonian rainforest, has an exceptional biodiversity but also a particularly high deforestation rate. Every year, more than 200,000 hectares of forest are lost, a figure that has only increased with the current health crisis. The main cause of this environmental disaster? A world that is ever more greedy and resource-consuming, a lack of control by the authorities and a need to strengthen the capacities of the agricultural world. Despite appearances, the forest is much closer to the city than we think, although very few city inhabitants are aware of the close link between the two.

Faced with this observation, SÚMAte al Bosque was born to bring these interconnections closer together and to make them visible, in places with high footfall and with a clear message: it is still possible to act, but the first key to action is information!

Raising awareness of the services provided by forests

“The higher you want to go, the more you have to be grounded. Every tree tells you that.”

The program of this first edition

In order to get this message across, the first edition of this festival tried to take up the difficult challenge of an encouraging and positive discourse by redoubling its creativity. A varied and rich program was proposed to the passers-by, who were numerous to underline the importance of the messages conveyed.

On the program, the participants were able to enjoy:

  • a quiz on the journey of coffee, from production to consumption, to learn about the impact of our consumption on the environment and on the producers

  • a unique 6-metre long plant tunnel, reproducing an olfactory, visual and auditory immersion in the forest, which allowed visitors to be transported into this particular ecosystem

  • a photo exhibition of the digital competition “El bosque invade la cuidad”, which highlighted the beauty of nature in the city.

  • at the end of the tour, we invited participants to share with us their commitment to a lifestyle more respectful of the forest or simply their dreams for a sustainable future.

Green tunnel

Many other activities were set up, and many artists joined the movement and participated artistically in this project, such as the Amapolay collective, known for its commitment to indigenous peoples.

Mural of the collective Amapolay

Our Supports

This first edition of 2021 was supported by the Miraflores City Council, the French Development Agency (AFD), the Alliance Française and Nua, without whom none of this would have been possible.

We hope to see many of you next year, for a new edition of SÚMAte al Bosque, even more committed.

Visitors’ wishes and commitments to nature conservation

The first edition of the SÚMAte al Bosque Festival has just ended in Lima, Peru. For this first edition, and due to the sanitary conditions linked to the COVID-19, the festival was held outdoors, in the Central Park of Miraflores, an essential site that welcomes more than 50,000 visitors every day.

A Peruvian Festival dedicated to forests and biodiversity

As a follow-up to the ColomBIOdiversidad festival, which was held for seven years in Colombia, the SÚMAte al Bosque festival was created and set up in Peru for its first edition. This festival, dedicated to the forest and the importance of biodiversity, is particularly important in Peru as its territory, with 53% covered by Amazonian rainforest, has an exceptional biodiversity but also a particularly high deforestation rate. Every year, more than 200,000 hectares of forest are lost, a figure that has only increased with the current health crisis. The main cause of this environmental disaster? A world that is ever more greedy and resource-consuming, a lack of control by the authorities and a need to strengthen the capacities of the agricultural world. Despite appearances, the forest is much closer to the city than we think, although very few city inhabitants are aware of the close link between the two.

Faced with this observation, SÚMAte al Bosque was born to bring these interconnections closer together and to make them visible, in places with high footfall and with a clear message: it is still possible to act, but the first key to action is information!

Raising awareness of the services provided by forests

“The higher you want to go, the more you have to be grounded. Every tree tells you that.”

The program of this first edition

In order to get this message across, the first edition of this festival tried to take up the difficult challenge of an encouraging and positive discourse by redoubling its creativity. A varied and rich program was proposed to the passers-by, who were numerous to underline the importance of the messages conveyed.

On the program, the participants were able to enjoy:

  • a quiz on the journey of coffee, from production to consumption, to learn about the impact of our consumption on the environment and on the producers

  • a unique 6-metre long plant tunnel, reproducing an olfactory, visual and auditory immersion in the forest, which allowed visitors to be transported into this particular ecosystem

  • a photo exhibition of the digital competition “El bosque invade la cuidad”, which highlighted the beauty of nature in the city.

  • at the end of the tour, we invited participants to share with us their commitment to a lifestyle more respectful of the forest or simply their dreams for a sustainable future.

Green tunnel

Many other activities were set up, and many artists joined the movement and participated artistically in this project, such as the Amapolay collective, known for its commitment to indigenous peoples.

Mural of the collective Amapolay

Our Supports

This first edition of 2021 was supported by the Miraflores City Council, the French Development Agency (AFD), the Alliance Française and Nua, without whom none of this would have been possible.

We hope to see many of you next year, for a new edition of SÚMAte al Bosque, even more committed.

Visitors’ wishes and commitments to nature conservation

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