Yunkawasi was founded in 2008, by Fanny Fernández Melo and Fanny M. Cornejo. Since then, we have worked with communities of the Amazon and Andes to to improve their knowledge of their natural resources and provide technical support on how to use and conserve them. We perform biological and social assessments to understand how to best protect Peru's natural areas while benefiting the human populations that surround them. We work directly with communities to aid collective decision making and implement conservation projects.
Our work involves three main areas: environmental education, social development, and scientific research. We strongly believe that conservation is best achieved through an integrated approach that involves the generation of knowledge (scientific research, both biological and social), education of the stakeholders and decision makers, and sustainable development.
We work primarily with threatened mammalian species, which, due to their charisma and wide distributions, serve as excellent "flagship" species for conservation initiatives. Our work focuses on the Andean bear and Peruvian primate species, like the yellow-tailed woolly monkey, the Andean night monkey, Nuestro trabajo se focaliza en el oso andino y en especies primates del Perú, como el mono choro de cola amarilla, mono nocturno andino, howler monkeys and the Ecuadorian white-fronted capuchin.