A group of students, from the Professional Schools of Accounting and Economics of the Private University of the Peruvian Jungle UPS, recently visited the “Paradise” Experimental Finca, and aimed to complement the theoretical-practical content discussed in classes when visiting a company dedicated to reforestation with endangered forest species.

During the visit, and after a talk with the researcher of plant intelligence, Enrique Lorente, a tour of the forest park was made, where they could see plantations of Mahogany, cedar, rosewood, ballina, shihuahuaco, in addition to the forest nurseries where they were tens of thousands of seeds of mahogany, cedar, rosewood and other species, which are part of the one million trees of high economic and ecological value that are planted in our region, are germinating.

For Professor Oscar Lozano, the exit was beneficial because for students to live these kinds of experiences is somewhat enriching and motivating since they see the great economic potential that Loreto has with reforestation with native Amazonian species. “I think this kind of activity is a very good complement that could be applied in the different subjects within the traditional teaching model of universities,” he added.

In this sense, students agree that knowing these experiences is necessary for professional and personal development. “This allows us to know a business with enormous potential to develop as a region, drastically changing our perception of the productivity of our lands, which was said whenever they were useless”

Enrique Lorente, is clear that we can become a forest power, so it considers it very important to share your experiences with the students who in a couple of years will make their entrance to the labor market, where the demand for work is almost zero, caused alarming rates of unemployment and informal work. In the face of this situation, agroreforestation is presented as a highly profitable development alternative, which can generate hundreds of thousands of jobs, as happens in Brazil, where 4 million people work.

Enrique Lorente emphasized that forest development should be done with native species of the Amazon, and not introduce exotic species such as pine and eucalyptus that cause irreputable soil degradation, droughts and forest fires. “Our forest species are in high demand internationally. Reforestation will ensure that we can obtain high quality certified timber, from this menara we will be large exporters, without the need to cut down the primary forests, from which come hundreds of thousands of thousands of cubic meters of illegal wood, which it is subsequently legalized with false documents. Deforestation has to end, the Amazon is not a wooden warehouse, if we want wood we have to produce it,” he concluded.

Ernesto Saavedra