Protecting the aguaje forests of the Amazon

Sustainable palm fruit harvesting as a pathway to conserve Amazon peatland forests.

Research by the Peruvian Amazon Research Institute and a team of European researchers, including from the School of Geography, is supporting a more sustainable future for a vital fruit crop.

It’s usually impossible to quantify the impact of human activity on a natural environment, as there is no way of knowing what things would have been like without human intervention. But in the case of the aguaje, the fact that only female trees are cut down made this comparison possible.

Professor Baker

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