Rainforests keep our climate healthy and stable by safely storing a massive quantity of climate-changing carbon. Peru’s Sierra del Divisor rainforest alone stores about a BILLION TONS of carbon.
Located in the heart of the Amazon, the Sierra del Divisor mountain range is home to rich biodiversity, pristine forests, wild rivers, and uncontacted tribes. But it’s severely threatened. Oil, logging, and gas companies are prepared to destroy this spectacular area for its natural resources.
To avoid disaster, Rainforest Trust and Peruvian conservation partner, CEDIA (Center for the Development of an Indigenous Amazon) are working to ensure that 5.9 million acres of the Sierra del Divisor are forever wild. Together, we will create two nationally protected areas and a territory for indigenous tribes.
MAKE A Real Impact In Fighting Climate Change
Destroying the Sierra del Divisor’s rainforest would release approximately one billion tons of carbon into the atmosphere, an amount greater than the average annual emissions of all cars in the United States. One acre of intact tropical forest stores 200 tons of carbon, which equals the average annual emissions of 57 cars.
Make a tangible contribution in the fight against climate change and protect rainforest acres in the Sierra del Divisor.
PROTECT A Forest Rich in Biodiversity
The Sierra del Divisor contains thousands of rare and threatened plants and animals species. With more than 30,000 extinctions occurring annually, half of all plant and animal species could disappear before the end of this century. The Sierra del Divisor must be preserved to provide critical habitat for the species that depend on its existence for survival.
DEFEND The People Of The Sierra Del Divisor
The Sierra del Divisor is home to 13,000 indigenous people, including the Iskonawa, an indigenous tribe of 300-400 people, living in voluntary isolation. They
possess an encyclopedic knowledge of the rainforest and maintain a subsistence lifestyle, which has a negligible impact on their ancestral lands.
Fewer than 100 uncontacted tribes survive; most are in the Amazon.
STOP the proposed IIRSA Intercontinental Highway
A major highway is planned from Brazil into the rainforest. This road would be disastrous for Sierra del Divisor, as it would allow uncontrolled clear-cutting and lead to massive habitat destruction. Protecting the Sierra del Divisor makes it off-limits to highway construction.