When Quinn Meyer and his wife purchased 1,600 acres of decimated farmland in the Peruvian Amazon, little did they realize it would someday become one of the world’s most important rainforest conservation research facilities.
The year was 2004, just one year after Meyer had founded CREES (Conservation, Research & Education towards Environmental Sustainability), a non-profit created to steer sustainable development in the Manu region. One year later, CREES built a lodge on the property Meyer had purchased in the Manu Biosphere Reserve. It was to become the Manu Learning Center (MLC).
Since that time—much like the rainforest surrounding it–the Manu Learning center has thrived. What began as a group of basic structures staffed by a modest team of researchers and volunteers now houses up to 40 on-site staff and receives an increasing number of volunteers, interns, and tourists with every year.
A research and educational hub, the MLC hosts visitors from across the world. It’s an immersive, inspiring experience where visitors discover what can be achieved through biodiversity conservation and sustainable development, while directly contributing to conservation and community projects.
The MLC has published over a dozenscientific papers and field guides, and is supported bypartners University of Glasgowand theDarwin Initiative.
The Manu Learning Center supports 23 agroforestry plots where farmers learn how they can adopt sustainable agricultural practices. The MLC has created 19 biogardens so that families can improve their health, and has planted over 30,000 native trees.
Arguably the most important thing one could say about the Manu Learning Center is it works. It has taken a once-destroyed plot of the Amazon rainforest and restored 87% of its biodiversity. The MLC is living, thriving proof that a rainforest can be reborn.
If you would like to visit the Manu Learning Center, be sure to check out the trip below.