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New 2.4 Million Acre Regional Conservation Area Created in the Peruvian Amazon
December 2008

Conserving Amazon rainforest with some of the highest biological diversity in the world

On December 14th, the Regional Counsel of Loreto, Peru together with the President of Loreto, Yván Vásquez Valera, unanimously approved a declaration establishing the Nanay-Pintuyacu-Chambira Regional Conservation Area (RCA) of 2.4 million acres. This area will establish a conservation and sustainable use regime for the three named river basins it protects, and will allow the improved management of the area's natural resources for the communities of these basins. Furthermore, this new area protects the potable water source for the city of Iquitos and adjoining areas while also conserving Amazon rainforest with some of the highest biological diversity in the world.

The Nanay-Pintuyacu-Chambira RCA is the third and largest Regional Conservation Area in Loreto, and follows the creation of the Tamshiyacu-Tahuayo RCA and the Ampiyacu-Apayacu RCA, each protecting over 1 million acres. These proposals have been developed by the Program for the Conservation and Sustainable Management of the Regional Biodiversity (PROCREL) with the vision that they be a basis for the sustainable development of the region. A notable success of the PROCREL program has been development of improved products and markets for community artisanry, with market outlets in Peru and the United States, which has doubled community incomes in some areas. PROCREL is composed of Nature and Culture International, the Institute for the Investigation of the Peruvian Amazon, and the Regional Government of Loreto.

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