Joaquín Felipe Leguía Orezzoli
This profile was prepared when Joaquín Felipe Leguía Orezzoli was elected to the Ashoka Fellowship in 2003.
The New Idea
Joaquín is encouraging stewardship of the land, including the lowland jungles of the Peruvian Amazon Basin, by involving children in the management of community forests. In a region of the world where environmental mismanagement has resulted in wasteful agricultural practices, deforestation, and biodiversity loss, Joaquín leads communities in the creation of Children's Forestswilderness areas that both strengthen children's knowledge and appreciation of the natural world and equip them with practical skills to sustain their conservation efforts over the long term. To offer incentives for parents, school administrators, and community members to participate, Joaquín also brings resources, especially in the form of land, to communities that demonstrate a commitment to implementation and spread of Children's Forests. Having already begun working with diverse communities and partners to establish these forests in the Madre de Dios region, Joaquín is demonstrating the viability of his approach for small rural communities throughout Peru.