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Fish Farms Benefitting People and Nature July/August 2009
Native fish farms on already degraded lands improve health and reduce forest pressures
In the buffer area of the Cordillera Colan Reserved Zone located in the Amazonas region of northeastern Peru, Nature & Culture International is promoting the construction of small scale native fish farms to improve the health of community members while reducing pressures on the surrounding forests. Once heavily reliant on extractive activities with destructive long-term impacts, these poor rural populations are taking advantage of already degraded areas to construct native fish farms, which provide an excellent protein source for the families that live here. Since entire families participate in the fish farming process from production to market, the farms are helping to dispel gender role discrimination in the region as well. Other rural populations in the region are already taking notice of the project and beginning fish farms of their own, which could eventually influence the conservation of over 24,000 acres.