Postcard from the field: Buoyer at Work in Port of Requena, Loreto

By Climatelinks

This common sighting in the rivers of the Peruvian Amazon portrays a "buoyer," a person whose job consists of untying timber that has floated to the banks of the river. The timber is on a downstream journey that takes over 24 hours. Nearly 40% of the Amazonian population in Peru relies economically on the timber value chain, including over 250,000 families, mostly of indigenous descent. This presents a unique opportunity to draw increased attention to the challenges and opportunities that the forest sector faces nationwide. 

USAID’s Pro-Bosques Activity uses timber harvesting to promote sustainable forest management in Peru and strengthen forest governance with innovative forest control and monitoring tools, while promoting private sector engagement and indigenous participation in forest value chains.

Postcards from the field features submissions to the Climatelinks photo gallery. This photo was submitted to the “Adapting to change - from communities to countries” category of the 2019 Climatelinks photo contest. The Climatelinks community is encouraged to submit new photos to the gallery through this submission form.

Strategic Objective
Adaptation, Biodiversity, Conflict and Governance, Indigenous, Sustainable Land Management, Natural Resource Management, Private Sector Engagement
Latin America & Caribbean



Climatelinks is a global knowledge portal for USAID staff, implementing partners, and the broader community working at the intersection of climate change and international development. The portal curates and archives technical guidance and knowledge related to USAID’s work to help countries mitigate and adapt to climate change. 

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