Sociedad Peruana de Derecho Ambiental (SPDA) is a leading non-profit committed to incorporating the environmental component into Peru’s development strategies. The organization is comprised of experienced professionals specializing in environmental law with an emphasis on natural resources conservation. Operating across three decentralized offices in Loreto, Madre de Dios, and Amazonas regions, SPDA works in close collaboration with communities and regional and local authorities to ensure protected areas are effectively managed and financed for the future.
During the past decade, interest in conservation in Peru has exploded in terms of an expansion in the number of people and institutions wanting to take part in it. SPDA’s Initiative for Private and Community-based Conservation (now Conservamos por Naturaleza) played an instrumental role in creating and improving the legal and institutional framework that has boosted private land conservation in Peru through legal mechanisms such as Private Conservation Areas, Conservation Concessions, and Ecotourism Concessions. Currently, the 150+ land conservation initiatives under one of these mechanisms are conserving close to one and a half million hectares. Private Conservation Areas alone are conserving more than 250,000 hectares.
Promoting conservation through protected area creation remains the most important objective of SPDA. In the past 25 years, their conservation program has been instrumental in helping the Peruvian government design and implement better environmental guidelines to conserve and improve the management of protected areas. Because of the extensive regulatory framework developed by the government with the support of SPDA, the Peruvian Amazon now holds 82 new national and regional protected areas, and more than 150 other initiatives for private conservation.
SPDA believes that institutional guidelines are most effective when people are informed and engaged in their communities. By creating the online platform Conservamos por Naturaleza (conservamos.org), SPDA supports voluntary conservation initiatives and promotes partnerships that contribute to the care of the environment. Through its photos, videos, and stories, the website highlights people who leave a positive mark and lead by example, and connects these stories with urban dwellers and companies willing to collaborate.
Sociedad Peruana de Derecho Ambiental
Safeguarding fragile resources
—Pedro Solano, SPDA Executive Director
"The spectacular cultural and natural heritage of Peru deserves the highest possible legislation and governance; not only to protect adequately all the richness, but also to put it at the service of the people: for their pride, joy, hope, food security and right for a sustainable development."