Kené, Institute of Forestry and Environmental Studies, is a Non-Governmental Development Organization created on January 31, 2012 whose aims are:


  • The comprehensive scientific and academic research for the sustainable management of natural ecosystems and their conservation, through:
  • Environmental management, restoration, bioremediation, natural resources management and environmental services
  • The conservation, protection and restoration of natural ecosystems, biodiversity and protected areas, as well as the rational use of natural resources oriented environmental management of natural resources, protection of natural ecosystems, territorial planning education and communication for comprehensive training, humanistic, scientific, academic
  • To promote and encourage strategic alliances with public and private institutions in order to build synergies with academic institutions in the framework of respect for the identity, cultural diversity and social values
  • To contribute to democracy, governance and social peace
  • To promote the recovery, evaluation and dissemination of cultures, customs, values ​​and ways of managing natural resources of the indigenous Peoples of Peru





Our institutional objectives are:


  • Promote and manage processes that contribute to sustainable human development, as well as to influence on the design and implementation of concerted and participatory policies
  • Promote processes of capacity building and empowerment, through the approaches of equity, human rights and protection of vulnerable groups
  • Manage and implement projects of research and development that contribute to improving the quality of life of the population in harmony with its environment





Peru is recognized as a sustainable, equitative, fair and environmentally responsible country, preserving their forests, their biodiversity and ecosystem services, since the Rights approach, integrated land use planning and integrated land management, governance and transparency.





To contribute to the construction of Peru as a sustainable, equitative, fair and environmentally responsible country, preserving their forests, their biodiversity and ecosystem services, since the Rights approach, integrated land use planning and integrated land management, governance and transparency.

What is KENÉ


Kené art is the design of  lines systems and geometric patterns made by indigenous women of the Shipibo-Conibo etnia from the Ucayali región -  Peru, on various surfaces, such as fabrics, ceramics, wood, and the human body, that could be painted, woven, or sculpted.


The Kené have a deep symbolic significance as they represent the worldview of indigenous peoples, energy pathways, the Milky Way, the geography of the forest, the wildlife, and others. Kene are the healing visions of indigenous peoples when they consume mother plants for therapeutic purposes. The Kenes are sung when the women go across the lines with the finger over the shipibo fabrics expressing the emotions that they reflect.


Also they represent knowledge, culture, history and aesthetics of the indigenous people, revealing the origin and the close links between the community and its territory.



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Our Team

Ruth Castillo


Research scientist in the field of tropical ecology, conservation and evolution. PHD candidate at the University of Würzburg, Germany; MSc in Ecology and Evolution by the University of Groningen, Netherlands (2012), MSc. International Studies on Tropical Aquatic Ecology (ISATEC), University of Bremen, Germany (2005 – 2007). Two years specialization on management of coastal areas, fisheries and aquatic ecology. B Sc. in Biology, Universidad Nacional Agraria La Molina, Lima, Perú (1996 – 2001).

Laura Furones


Laura Furones has worked on forest governance and law enforcement for over fifteen years, with a particular focus on Latin America. She has pioneered Independent Forest Monitoring in Honduras and Nicaragua, and has partnered with civil society organisations across Peru, Guatemala and Ecuador to demand increased transparency and accountability in the forest sector. She has led advocacy work at Global Witness and worked for the EU FLEGT Facility.

Lucila Pautrat


Forest Sciences Engineer (La Molina Agrarian National University) and Philosophy (Antonio Ruiz de Montoya Jesuit University), with training and experience in Public Policy Analysis, Governance & Transparency, Environmental and Natural Resources Management; Planning, Design and Management of Projects; Financial and Personnel Management, Scientific Research, particularly related to Trade System of Forest Products and Wild Fauna. She has worked as a Consultant, Coordinator and Director of Forest Conservation Projects in several national and international organizations. Multidisciplinary knowledge in Economy, Geopolitical Analysis, and Social Sciences. Leadership skills and empathy with work teams.

Guillermo Cubillas


Social Media and Community Manager with knowledge of Project Management, Google Apps for Work Management, Web and Graphic Design, Digital Marketing and Photography. Organizing member at Google Business Group Lima.

Hugo Tamariz


Trilingual Professional: German, English, Spanish. Certified Public Accountant and Bachelor of Science in Management both from the Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú, with MBA studies at the Universidad del Pacífico, Degree in Human Resource Management in Organizations. World Bank consultant. Experience in international cooperation agencies. Eight years as internal audit supervisor.