Coto de Caza El Angolo Reserve Celebrates 34th Anniversary
|Protecting 162,000 acres of endangered tropical deciduous forest
This July, the Coto de Caza El Angolo Reserve, which protects 162,000 acres of endangered tropical deciduous forest, celebrated its 34th anniversary. Nature & Culture International has been working at this reserve in northwestern Peru to improve the conservation of the area and to encourage local communities to use their natural resources in more sustainable ways. The reserve is internationally recognized for its diversity of birds, and its significant biological diversity includes 150 bird, 17 mammal, 13 reptile, and 10 fish species, many of which are restricted to this Tumbesian dry forest ecosystem. This year’s anniversary celebration was a time to reflect on the successes and developments of years past and the challenges that lie ahead. In particular, one major goal is to increase tourism in the reserve through waterfall tours, bird watching expeditions, and sustainably managed deer hunting and fishing trips. The Piura Hunting, Fishing & Tourism Club has already made great strides in the preservation of the Reserve and currently manages about 15% of its area. Local guides and trail upkeep crews also benefit economically from the Club. Additional activities that are already underway in conjunction with a host of local and national organizations include the promotion of more sustainable cattle management in the region, as well as effective environmental education and communication programs.
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