Stream conservation

Cloud forests and their associated ecosystems are responsible for the ecosystem service of water production and regulation in the Andean Amazon. It is essential to conserve these forests to ensure the continuation of water quantity and quality for the entire Amazon basin.

Our project includes assessment of watersheds in the highlands of the Oxapampa Province, using macroinvertebrates as indicators of water quality and habitat to determine where mitigation and/or restoration may be necessary. 

We have produced a scientific publication and an identification manual for macroinvertebrates. Another scientific publication is in process as a result of a thesis. In addition, two other researchers are developing their theses in the same watershed, which are in the field and data analysis phases.


Victoria has finished with her field work and is analyzing data for her thesis titled, “Study of the ecology of Ephemeroptera, Plecoptera and Trichoptera (Insecta) in the dry and wet seasons in the San Alberto watershed in Oxapampa, Perú”.


Gleymang has finished with his field work and is analyzing data for his master’s thesis titled, “Characterization of the structure and composition of the benthic macroinvertebrate community as an indicator of water quality in the San Alberto River, Oxapampa, Perú”


Stefany has recently defended her bachelor’s thesis related to the use of macroinvertebrates as indicators of water quality.

In 2015, with the support of DRIS and DESCO, we evaluated 6 more watersheds in the Oxapampa province (Llamaquizú, San Luis, Yanachaga, San Daniel, Navarra and Quillazú). We produced laminates with bioindicators for these watersheds.