Friday, July 20, 2012

Peru increases protection of the Amazon

When I flew into Pullcapa Peru last month, I got a bird's eye view of deforestation of the Peruvian Amazon. I wrote then that my first thought was, "The Amazon is gone. Get over it."  It turns out that Peru is actually trying to do something to preserve at least part of the Amazon rain forest. Here's an excerpt from an article from the WWF website.

(The) Peruvian government has allocated significant funds to help protect a large swathe of the Amazon, home to several endangered species and indigenous groups.
Pink dolphins
The Peruvian National Protected Areas Service has pledged USD 280,000 to boost surveillance activities in the Alto Purus National Park and the Purus Communal Reserve – a total area larger than El Salvador. It covers some of the most pristine forests in the southwestern Amazon and shelters jaguars, pink dolphins, arapaimas (large freshwater fish) and other endangered species. It’s also home to at least eight ethnic groups, including an unknown number of indigenous peoples in voluntary isolation.

The director of WWF’s Amazon Headwaters Initiative, Jorge Herrera, says: “This represents a major success for all Peruvians. The government’s commitment to safeguard the Peruvian Amazon will help us build long-term conservation strategies for roughly three million hectares of some of the richest forests in the world.”

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