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NCI Collaborates to Create Peru’s First Private Watershed Conservation Area
July 2010

The 17,000 acre Tilacancha Private Conservation Area protects the water source for the city of Chachapoyas

After three years of collaborative work between the Provincial Municipality of Chachapoyas, the Institute for Investigation of the Peruvian Amazon, NCI, the Peruvian Association for the Conservation of Nature, the water company EMUSAP SRL, and leaders of the rural communities of Maino and Levanto, the 17,000 Tilacancha Private Conservation Area (PCA) has been created, which protects the water source for the city of Chachapoyas, Tilacanchathe capital of Peru’s Amazonas Region. The conservation area, located within the rural communities of Maino and Levanto, is the first PCA in Peru with the explicit objective of conserving a watershed. NCI played a crucial role in the area’s creation, carrying out a number of hydrological studies within the watershed, installing a meteorological station in the region and studying the potential for the implementation of a “payments for environmental services” system. Work in the area continues today as a sustainable management system for the area is developed, which may include a water fund or a payments for environmental services scheme.

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