ShamansMarket has teamed up with Camino Verde, a non-profit organizations working to preserve the Peruvian Amazon. We are offering our customers the opportunity to offset greenhouse gases produced in shipping your order. Your $2 contribution will go to planting and maintaining endangered jungle hardwood trees that absorb carbon dioxide while protecting biodiversity and to preserving virgin rainforest.
The process of collecting carbon in forests, soils, geological formations and other carbon "sinks" is called carbon sequestration. Native trees and forests help fight climate change as part of their natural processes. As they grow, trees absorb carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and convert it into oxygen.
Camino Verde (“the green path”) is a 501-c-3 non-profit organization whose work is based in the Madre de Dios region of the Peruvian Amazon. It is the primary mission of Camino Verde to plant trees and encourage others to do the same. Their programs and presence in several small communities in the Tambopata River basin have focused on promoting the planting and preservation of trees as a source of sustainable income and economic empowerment to small scale subsistence farmers. Migratory agriculture is the number one cause of deforestation in the Peruvian Amazon. It is their vision to reduce the impact of human populations on wild forests through the improved economic opportunities provided by long-term perennial reforestation and agroforestry.
In the past three years Camino Verde has made great advances in the creation of a viable example of the tree-based agriculture systems they promote. The result is their “living seed bank” with over 150 species of endangered and productive trees, shrubs, and native vegetables planted to date. Meanwhile, they have taken our work out into the community, planting 700 trees on the land of 10 farmers in one community in early 2009. Other projects include the construction of infrastructure to support a local indigenous healer’s important community healthcare practice and active research into low-budget options for reforestation of degraded cattle pasture lands that were once lush jungle.
Institutionally, Camino Verde is committed to the highest standards of integrity, transparency, and ethical usage of funds. It is their firm practice to direct all donations to their reforestation work and to strictly avoid administrative costs. Their paid staff of two Peruvians and one American, working hands-on planting trees in Peru, are supported by a dedicated group of volunteers in the United States.
For more information on Camino Verde and the great things they are doing, please visit: www.caminoverdeperu.org