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Saving the Lowland Amazon Rainforests of Peru

90 million acres of largely untouched Amazon forests

NCI is working with the regional government and local institutions to create a conservation system for Loreto, Peru's largest region with 90 million acres of Amazon forests, many of which remain untouched. Together with the Regional Government and the Institute for Investigation of the Peruvian Amazon (IIAP), we are developing a strategy of productive conservation, in which local populations are trained to better manage and conserve their natural resources. This program aims to conserve biodiversity of the region as a resource for present and future generations, while substantially improving the livelihood of local communities.

However, this region faces increasing pressures from a growing population and unsustainable economic activities that exploit and deplete natural resources for short-term gains. As a result there has been a steady depletion of economically valued natural resources, notably large game and fish species in addition to fine woods. Through the Program for Conservation, Management and Sustainable Use of Biological Diversity in the Region of Loreto (PROCREL) and with support from the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, we hope to establish a new paradigm of sustainable development based on sound resource conservation. This "productive conservation" strategy has already improved the lives of many women in the remote village of San Antonio de Pintuyacu, who are weaving hundreds of beautiful baskets from the fibers of the Chambira palm tree. These artistic pieces are are now being sold at the San Diego Zoo and San Diego Natural History Museum.

We have also helped to enact regulations to protect 18 million acres of fragile Amazon headwater basins in the face of the worst drought in over 100 years. These areas are the lifeblood of the rainforest and its people.

Also, through a partnership with the Peruvian Association for the Conservation of Nature (APECO) and with support from the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, NCI is helping to significantly strengthen management and protection of the Río Abiseo National Park in northern Peru, home to an immense diversity of flora and fauna including the endangered and endemic yellow-tailed wooly monkey and five endemic species of frogs.


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