Founded in 2002, the crees foundation is a Peruvian based not for profit organisation, dedicated to supporting a sustainable Amazon through better understanding of the value of the rainforest and helping local people to access its resources in ways that are both profitable and that will preserve the forest for the future.
We have been based at our lodge, the Manu Learning Centre, over the last 10 years working in the Manu Biosphere Reserve, where we deliver training and access to viable livelihood models and carry out our research. It is our goal to channel our research findings and experience into a sustainable management vision which provides true long-term benefit for both the Amazon rainforest and the people living on its doorstep. We have recently opened a secondary lodge right in the heart of the Manu National Park called Romero.
We use responsible tourism, volunteering and internship programmes and one off expeditions to Manu to fund the work of the foundation so everyone who visits crees plays their part in helping to protect the rainforest and the people who live there.
One of our most recent projects is called "Sustainable Manu" and what this project does is bring science to apply to conservation by trying to understand the biodiversity of regenerating forests and collecting the information that’s necessary to make conservation decisions. In combination with that, it’s working to improve the livelihoods and lives of local people who depend on the forests around Manu for economic benefit.