The initiative was presented by the technical team of the project "Strengthening co-management between the Asháninka Communal Reserve and the ASHANINKA ECO for the benefit of the Native Communities of the Ene and Tambo basin."
The work began after identifying potential areas, followed by the communal regulation of the use of butterflies and constant awareness of the importance of compliance with the harvesting rules.
The inhabitants of the native communities of Pichiquia and Centro Caperucía, in the district of Río Tambo, were trained in communal regulation for the use and management of butterflies in their different phases, installation of a module for raising butterflies in semi-captivity with host plants of the which the larvae feed on.
To take advantage of the butterflies, the inhabitants of the area follow the guidelines of making farms 200 meters from the management area, avoid the use of pesticides or fungicides, and avoid contaminating water sources.
Likewise, the beneficiaries must collect the butterflies in the area established in their Management Plan, collect only the males in good condition and avoid collecting during wet seasons.
The indigenous families of Pichiquia, who were trained, formed the Santa Janiki Association to work in an organized way in order to generate new economic income with this new activity under the technical assistance of Eco Asháninka and the National Service of Protected Natural Areas (SERNANP).
The project promotes the sustained management of wildlife in the valley of the Apurímac, Ene and Mantaro rivers (VRAEM) promoted by the Alternative Development Program in Satipo (DAS).
The initiative is developed with funds from the European Union and the National Commission for Development and Life without Drugs (DEVIDA) and is carried out for commercial purposes for national and international market niches.