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Protecting Amazonian Rainforests, Peru

pygmy marmosetPROJECT SNAPSHOT

LOCATION:  Río Tigre, Quebrada Nahuapa, and Río Putumayo in Loreta Department of NE Peru

SIZE: 616,263 acres

KEY SPECIES:  Diversity of mammals, birds, amphibians, and vascular plants, including Jaguar, Lowland Tapir, Giant Otter, Manatee and Red Uakari monkey

HABITAT:   Amazonian Rainforest

THREATS: Imminent deforestation for timber and mining

ACTION: Overturn logging and mining concessions on 616,263 acres through titling indigenous reserves

LOCAL PARTNERSCEDIA (Centro para el Desarrollo del Indígena Amazónico), Peru

FINANCIAL NEED: $90,000 for land titles

90,000DONATIONS TO DATE
90,000OUR GOAL
Achuar community by Guillaume Lavaure
Giant Otter by Paul Williams
Peru
 Project Update:

Project Update:

We are delighted to announce that on April 18, 2013,  we reached our funding goal and have now protected these 616,263 acres of Amazon Rainforest. Thank you for your support. Please check back for updates on our upcoming efforts in the Peruvian Amazon.

Project Description

The most biologically diverse and pristine areas of the great Amazon basin are now only found in northeastern Peru where the Amazonian rainforests meet the Andes. This vast wilderness is crucial for mankind, providing some of the most important ecosystem services, such as fresh water, the air we breathe, and a stable climate to support life on earth.

Sadly, the largest tract of this amazing rainforest, in the heart of the Amazon, have been assigned to logging and gold mining concessions, despite being home to over a dozen little known indigenous tribes.

Rainforest Trust will overturn logging and mining concessions across 616,263 acres of Amazon rainforest through titling the lands of 16 indigenous communities into protected Indigenous Reserves.

We urgently seek $90,000 to complete the process of assisting and empowering these communities to swiftly prepare technical documentation to declare their lands, before their forests are destroyed. Please help protect the Amazon and empower indigenous communities, today.

The 16 communities are located in the Río Tigre, Quebrada Nahuapa, and Río Putumayo watersheds, within Loreto Department of northeast Perú. Through no fault of their own, indigenous community lands were assigned to a series of vast logging and mining concessions and auctioned to companies that are hoping to start exploiting these areas.

Our partner in Peru, Centro para el Desarrollo del Indígena Amazónico (Center for Amazonian Indigenous peoples–CEDIA), has recently discovered the conflict and wants to highlight the plight of these communities and overturn the logging concession. International Treaties demand that the government fully respect indigenous communities, but this can only be attained when documentation and a draft declaration of community lands is provided to government institutions.

However, this is no easy task, especially as the government enforces strict qualifications and documentation for indigenous peoples before recognizing their lands and strong pressure is applied from logging and mining companies to impede the process. Fortunately, our partner is a 30-year veteran of navigating these issues – working with the government and communities to ensure Amazonian forests and remote indigenous peoples are protected and respected.

CEDIA has had an important influence in the Tigre watershed since 1996 when they attained recognition for 10 native communities and protected 237,216 acres and then protected 24 indigenous communities over 617,750 acres within logging concessions.

Background

In the heart of the Andes-Amazon region is the Province of Loreta, which is the size of Montana (4th largest US state). This area is so critical because it holds some of the greatest biological diversity found on earth and importantly represents one of the largest wilderness refuges for wildlife and people in the Western Hemisphere. This Amazonian rainforest is far from uniform and homogenous–a vast array of habitat types can be found, depending on seasonal flooding, elevation, geology, and anthropogenic changes. Protecting a full spectrum of unique habitats means a large landscape approach is essential.

Loreto Province is also home to an incredible diversity of ethnic groups, including some of the planet’s last uncontacted peoples living in isolation. For example, the areas we will support are home to the Achuar, Sequoia Achual, Kichwa, and Cocama – Cocamilla indigenous peoples who have made responsible use of their natural resources a foundation of their culture for centuries.

However, the region faces a huge wave of development pressures, from logging and mining concessions, oil extraction, and road projects that individually and cumulatively impact biodiversity and the vitality of Loreto. Sadly, some 230 indigenous communities in northeastern Peru are still fighting to attain legal recognition to their lands.

For example, the Tigre and Putumayo River basins are inhabited mainly by indigenous Kichwa and Sequoia Achual, who have suffered for over 38 years, first impacted by the oil industry that delayed them attaining their rights and then their territories were designated as forest concessions. Fighting for their rights is critical to overturning logging and mining concessions. Rainforest Trust and CEDIA are poised to assist them with support from people like you.

Please help protect the Amazon and empower indigenous communities, today.

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