The work carried out by the People’s Ombudsman in defence of natural resources has played a pivotal role in the process of updating Peruvian forest legislation, fulfilling not only an observer role but also as a monitor and intermediary between the interests of the State and the different stakeholders.
The reports drawn up by the People’s Ombudsman are available to the public on its website. One of the most important is Report no. 151 “Forest Policy and the Peruvian Amazon: Progress and obstacles on the road to sustainability”, which forms a working document for decision-making, and played a role in the process of updating the forest legislation with the result being the recently approved Law 29763, Forest and Wildlife Law (which will enter into force once it has an implementing regulation).
However, there is no impetus from a monitoring body or independent auditor from civil society for the forest sector, which supports and strengthens the functions of the National Forest and Wildlife Commission (CONAFOR in Spanish), and which is involved in this type of activities to act as a monitor in conjunction with the People’s Ombudsman (which acts on the State’s behalf).