Description: The Bijao Leaf Committee of the Junin Pablo community is run by a board of directors and its members. The committee has 45 beneficiaries, 15 of which are women, who dedicate themselves to the cultivation of bijao leaf (Calathea lutea) following their forestry management plan for non-timber products. This plan, which was approved in 2015, will be in effect for a five year period and covers five different areas for felling. As bijao is a species which grows naturally in the community, the Association for Research and Integral Development (AIDER) saw the opportunity to implement the project titled "Hoja de bijao as an opportunity to improve economic incomes in an indigenous community in the Ucayali region." Through this project, a forestry management plan was designed in order to best take advantage of this natural resource. Thirty hectares of bijao were planted to continue with the development of this activity; the committee members planted and maintained the fields, and provided proper plague management. The Junin Pablo community holds FSC certification for responsible wood extraction and Non Timber Forest activities involving bijao leaf.
Number of producers: 45 aprox.
Conservation Area: Junín Pablo native community. A Imiría Regional Conservation Area.