The work plan of the 10-year agreement signed between SERNANP and San Diego Zoo Global for the co-management of the Station does not explicitly state the need for investing in the themes of education, outreach, and capacity building. Nonetheless, conversations with Manu National Park and with local people in and around the Park have put these at a high priority.
Our role, as perceived by SERNANP and San Diego Zoo Global, is not only to conduct top notch scientific research but also to promote it and to connect the science to our constituency, building on this relationship by broadcasting the findings of our research. We would also like to have a more transparent relationship with Manu communities and other stakeholders, as well as increase public awareness of Cocha Cashu’s activities and the importance of its role in tropical ecology research, biodiversity conservation and management. Thus, Cocha Cashu’s Conservation Education, Capacity Building and Outreach Program (EduCashu) has the following vision as its mandate:
“EduCashu is an innovative model for research stations to engage and integrate with local people, the academic community, governmental institutions and the wider society.”