Valuing Sustainable Alternative Livelihoods in Madre de Dios, Peru

Lead PI: Joshua D. Fisher

Unit Affiliation: Advanced Consortium on Cooperation, Conflict, and Complexity (AC4)

January 2017 - December 2017
South America ; Madre de Dios, Peru
Project Type: Research

DESCRIPTION: This project looked at socio-economic analyses of livelihoods in the Madre de Dios to assess whether informal gold mining is indeed a better livelihood than forest-friendly activities for Peruvians who live in Madre de Dios, one of the most biodiverse regions of the world.

OUTCOMES: The published study found that more sustainable activities—including Brazil nut harvesting and fish farming—can actually outpace the financial gains of gold mining and serve as a solution to long-term forest conservation in the Amazon. Some outcomes include recommendations for investments into small and tailored investments in forest-friendly activities.

Blog: Rainforest-Friendly Livelihoods Can Be More Lucrative Than Gold Mining


Dr. Poonam Arora


Manhattan College School of Business



land management rainforest land contract disclosure


Sustainable living