Increasing Awareness Through Environmental
helps to increase protection of natural environments
Environmental education is an important tool in
promoting nature conservation. It helps to increase the public’s
knowledge of environmental issues, and increases citizens’
overall care and protection of the surrounding natural environment.
Despite its importance, environmental education programs are completely
absent in most parts of northern Peru. Although this region contains
enormous biodiversity with many endemic species, most environmental
research and conservation efforts have been directed toward southern
Peru, leaving the north largely unexplored and unprotected. As a
destruction is occurring at alarming rates in most parts of the
northern region. Environmental education work with local populations
is an urgent need in order to secure the survival of the region’s
habitats and their unique flora and fauna.
NCI is assisting the Friends of the Environment
Club, or Club Amigos de la Naturaleza (CANATURA), to carry out field-based
environmental education programs in northern Peru. So far, CANATURA
has established active chapters in Iquitos, Moyobamba and Chiclayo
with a host of volunteers that carry out field nature courses for
school children and adults and organize regional Festivals for Amazonian
program initially focuses on introducing the public to the outdoors.
This is one of the best ways to teach people about nature - in the
field, where they can see and feel the environment, where the learning
experience is not only intellectual but also emotional. The Club
then conducts guided circuits for schools and "Meeting Biodiversity”
courses that last 10 months with 20 programmed outings. In every
outing the students learn about a different theme in regards to
the local biodiversity. CANATURA also conducts Nature Festivals
for the public that include a number of activities including outdoor
experiences, bird watching, seminars, environmental competitions,
parades, photo expositions and more.