We pioneer experiential ecotourism to support conservation and community projects in Manu Biosphere Reserve, the Peruvian Amazon. To create a secure future for people and nature.
Manu is the most biodiverse places on Earth, but it's under threat. Poverty and population growth drive people to destroy the rainforest through logging, farming and mining. They have few other ways of providing for their families.
To save Manu, sustainability has to be a realistic choice for impoverished communities. Through conservation research, environmental education and sustainable livelihoods we're working on the solution.
We believe that the people of Manu must determine their own future. Our role is to simply provide greater choice, so that they are empowered to drive social, economic and environmental change within their own communities.
Sustainability must not only become possible, it must be the best way of meeting communities' needs. By visiting Manu rainforest with Crees – as a volunteer, intern, or ecotourist – you become a vital part of the solution.
Just over 30 years ago, our nature reserve at the Manu Learning Centre (MLC) was farmland, selectively logged or completely destroyed to grow crops and graze cattle.
Today, it’s flourishing with life: a regenerating rainforest that’s a safe haven for rare and threatened wildlife – from top predators like the jaguar and puma, to species new to science that our researchers are still discovering.
Thanks to the data collected by dedicated volunteers and interns, our scientists have proven that 87% of biodiversity can return to a once destroyed rainforest. The MLC is living, thriving proof that a rainforest can be reborn.
A research and educational hub, the MLC hosts visitors from across the world. It's an immersive, inspiring experience where you discover what can be achieved through biodiversity conservation and sustainable development, while directly contributing to our conservation and community projects.
The Manu Learning Centre was once farmland, now it's a thriving haven for rare and threatened wildlife where visitors learn about biodiversity conservation and sustainable development.
Despite its success, the MLC is just a tiny part of the much larger Manu Biosphere Reserve – an area the size of Wales or Connecticut – that continues to be threatened by unsustainable farming, logging and mining.
We have been working for over a decade in Manu Biosphere Reserve and have created a protected area of 650 hectares – the size of about 1,600 football pitches. We’ve published over a dozen scientific papers and field guides, supported by our partners University of Glasgow and the Darwin Initiative.
We support 23 agroforestry plots so that farmers can adopt sustainable agricultural practices on 61 hectares of land. We've created 19 biogardens so that families can improve their health and wealth. We've planted over 30,000 native trees.
It’s good, but it's not enough. Our vision is much more ambitious...