Peru’s Natural Legacy

Aerial photo showing river and jungle in Madre de Dios

WWF’s collaborative, integrated approach to safeguarding the Amazon channels a variety of forces—economic, scientific, cultural, political, and more—to ensure the world’s largest tropical forest remains healthy today and in the future.

One signature effort, led by the government of Peru, is Peru’s Natural Legacy or Patrimonio del Perú.

That initiative, the third in WWF’s growing Project Finance for Permanence portfolio, was launched in 2019 to strengthen Peru’s entire national protected areas system, starting with the Amazon. The $70 million in donor funding will be used to expand and effectively manage nearly 42 million acres of the Peruvian Amazon by focusing on improving the oversight of parks, increasing the participation of Indigenous peoples and other local leadership in protected area management, and generating financial mechanisms that ensure their long-term financial sustainability.

WWF is grateful to all our partners in this effort.


  • Andes Amazon Fund
  • Anonymous
  • Bezos Earth Fund
  • Margaret A. Cargill Philanthropies
  • Tammy and Bill Crown
  • Global Environment Facility
  • John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation
  • Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) of the Federal Republic of Germany through KfW
  • Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation
  • National Service of Protected National Areas of Peru
  • Peruvian Ministry of Environment
  • Peruvian Society for Environmental Law
  • Peruvian Trust Fund for National Parks and Protected Areas


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