San Martín is located in the eastern part of Peru. It has an area of 51 253 km ², of which about 62.3% are covered with forest.
Over the past few years, San Martin has been working to develop an institutional framework for forest conservation and the generation of opportunities with a low green development focus on emissions. Thus, in 2010 it created the Regional Environmental Authority (ARA), the first in the Peruvian Amazon, which has made it possible to centralize oversight of natural resources, environment and territory policies, and forest management under a single entity.
One of the most important policies is the development of the Regional Conservation System which has three conservation corridors (North, Central and South corridors). The conservation system integrates the territories under different conservation modalities in the territory.
In the future, the challenge is to formulate and implement a low-emission development strategy. The strategy must use a landscape approach to environmental/forest management that account for both human and ecosystem needs, allowing the region to address socio-economic need while stopping the advance of deforestation.