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NPC helps public enquiry into UK primate pet trade

NPC's official statement to the UK governments enquiry on the keeping of primates as pets has been accepted for consideration and can be viewed publicly on the UK parliament website along with evidence from many other institutions. We hope that this enquiry leads to an all out ban on the keeping of primates as pets in the UK as it is immoral and promotes international and illegal trade.

http://www.parliament.uk/business/committees/committees-a-z/commons-select/environment-food-and-rural-affairs-committee/inquiries/parliament-2010/primates-as-pets/?type=Written#pnlPublicationFilter

NPC Annual Report for 2013

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Press Release - New Forestry And Wildlife Law Puts Peruvian Wildlife at Risk

Peru is amongst the top ten countries in the world with the highest levels of biodiversity. Even so, its wildlife faces a myriad of immense pressures; the greatest of which are loss of habitat, hunting and the illegal trafficking of wildlife.

Tortoise meat in Belen Market - Iquitos.The current process of decentralization in Peru passes all responsibility for environmental management, among which are forestry and wildlife, from central to regional governments. However, this process remains incomplete. Each region individually interprets its environmental responsibility, based upon local politics, without central supervision. It is common to find rapid changes in personnel, under-trained functionaries and, in many cases, non-specialists incapable of identifying protected species, unpaid staff, a lack of protocols in dealing with hunting and trafficking as well as inadequate funding, equipment and transport, amongst other things. Because of this, the majority of regions have minimal ‘on-the- ground’ presence. They pay little attention to wildlife trafficking and almost no work is done to prevent unsustainable hunting. Furthermore, there exists no strategic plan for wildlife on a regional or national level.

The New Forestry And Wildlife Law (Ley Forestal y de Fauna Silvestre -Nº 29763) offers a large amount of freedom with regard to trade and the sportive hunting of wildlife, which will come in addition to the practice of subsistence hunting, opportunistic hunting and an illegal trade in wildlife as bushmeat and pets. The legalisation of the trade in wildlife, even in a restricted way, promotes illegal hunting and opens legal loopholes where a lack of detailed knowledge could result in irreversible damage to wild animal populations in the short and medium term.

The next 5 to 10 years are critical in deciding the future of Peru’s wildlife. The way in which the Peruvian public now respond to the government’s proposals to open-up wildlife markets will determine whether its people become known as environmentally responsible actors, or whether they live to suffer the consequences of having stood by with disregard for their native wildlife and landscapes, while animal populations and natural habitats decline beyond repair. Now is an opportunity to better the future of Peru’s diverse and rich ecosystem, and demand an efficient and non-corrupt wildlife authority by ensuring correct and proper training and processes are in place.

Decisions that affect the future of the environment should be based on sound scientific investigations and not on short term economic or political gain. If the law is passed in its current state, the damage to Peru’s unique habitat and wilderness will be irreversible.

For more information (in Spanish) click here

For more information and interviews please: email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ,   Telephone. 941-800784 

An infant woolly monkey in the pet market of Pucallpa. Photo: Noga Shanee

 

Nota de prensa - La nueva Ley Forestal y de Fauna Silvestre (Nº 29763) pone a la fauna peruana en peligro

La Dirección General Forestal y de Fauna Silvestre, elabora participativamente y descentralizadamente el Reglamento de la Ley Forestal y de Fauna Silvestre. Actualmente se está llevando a cabo la etapa de presentación de aportes, los mismos que pueden ser remitidos hasta el 28 de Febrero en siguiente enlace: http://dgffs.minag.gob.pe/rlffs/aportes. Esta ley es extremamente liberal respecto al comercio de animales silvestres, caza deportiva y otros usos de fauna silvestre. En este sentido, con la situación actual de las autoridades ambientales en Perú, esta ley puede traer daños irreparables a la fauna peruana. Por ello, es importante que la población peruana se involucre en este proceso y envíe aportes con el fin de defender a los animales silvestres.

Un bebe choro y frailecillo en el mercado de pucalpa. Foto: Noga Shanee/NPCPerú es uno de los diez países con  mayor biodiversidad en el mundo. Sin embargo, la fauna peruana enfrenta inmensas e innumerables amenazas; Las mayores amenazas que enfrenta la fauna son la degradación de su hábitat, el tráfico y cacería ilegales.

El Perú se encuentra en un proceso de descentralización de competencias del gobierno central hacia los gobiernos regionales. Entre estas competencias se encuentran aquellas en materia forestal y de fauna silvestre, ambientales, de otorgamiento de derechos, entre otras. El proceso aún no se ha completado y cada región interpreta las responsabilidades sobre la fauna según su política local sin la supervisión de una entidad centralizada. Es común observar: cambios muy seguidos de personal, personal sin la suficiente experiencia en materia de fauna y, en muchos casos, incapaz de reconocer especies;  remuneraciones con varios meses de atraso; falta de un protocolo de trabajo con animales silvestres y falta crítica de presupuesto, equipajes, medios de transporte, entre otros. Como consecuencia, en la gran mayoría de regiones se evidencia una mínima presencia en campo, falta de atención acasos de animales capturados y casi nulo trabajo de prevención de delitos. No hay una visión general sobre fauna silvestre en ningún gobierno regional ni a escala nacional.  

Con la nueva ley, el gobierno ofrece libertad extrema respecto al comercio de fauna y la caza deportiva  la cual seria adicional a la caza de subsistencia, la caza oportunista y el tráfico ilegal de carne de monte y mascotas. Legalizar el comercio de fauna, incluso de forma restringida  impulsa  la caza ilegal abriendo espacio al blanqueo ilegal y, dada la falta de investigación y le abandono estatal, puede resultar en un desastre irreversible a corto o mediano plazo.

El Perú debe decidir ahora si va a ser conocido por su irresponsabilidad ambiental y va a entregar su fauna silvestre al mercado sufriendo las consecuencias en el futuro, o si será responsable y reconocerá la importancia de la fauna y flora nacional para un futuro seguro y saludable. De ser así los próximos 5 a 10 años deben ser dedicados a la capacitación y creación de una autoridad ambiental eficiente y libre de corrupción. Si esta ley entrara a vigencia en su presente forma, el daño será irreparable. Las decisiones que afectan el futuro del medio ambiente deben basarse en fundamentos científicos  no económicos ni políticos.

Convocamos a todo el pueblo peruano a preocuparse por el futuro de la naturaleza nacional, aunar esfuerzos y aportar a esta ley dando a conocer el interés y preocupación nacional por proteger la fauna silvestre. 

El proyecto de la Ley Forestal y de Fauna Silvestre fue duramente criticado por la falta de transparencia sobre el criterio aplicado por el gobierno para elegir cuales de las contribuciones recibidas serían incorporadas a la ley, así como porevitar el debate abierto. Las comunidades indígenas salieron en contra de este proceso por nocumplir con los requisitos de la consulta previa, un derecho que tienen por el convenio 169 de la OIT. Así, aunque el gobierno declaró un proceso participativo, muchos pobladores sintieron que su participación no fue considerada, lo que dificulta la idoneidad del trabajo en el presente proceso de reglamentación, pues el reglamento no puede regular algo distinto a lo establecido de manera general en la ley. Ahora, debemos estar seguros que el actual proceso será mucho más transparente; que el gobierno iniciará un debate verdadero y abierto, incluyendo conservacionistas y defensores del bienestar de los animales, permitiendo una selección equilibrada y justa de los aportes que serán incluidos en los reglamentos. Ademas, hay que considerar cambios más profundos en la ley misma, como la anulacion de la caza deportiva. Asimismo, es preciso  ejercer presión sobre el gobierno central y los gobiernos regionales para que mejoren de inmediato los servicios de control y conservación de fauna, antes de que sea demasiado tarde.

Invocamos a los diversos medios de comunicación social su valiosa colaboración para difundir este importante mensaje y ayudar en salvar la fauna peruana. Para mayor información y coordinación de entrevistas contactarse con Dra. Noga Shanee: Correo electrónico: nogashanee -aroba- gmail.com,   Teléf.: 941-800784

 

Para una explicación amplia sobre los problemas de esta ley haz clic aqui. Para revisar nuestros aportes haz clic aqui.  

Carne de motelo - mercado Belen - Iquitos. Foto: Shanee/NPC 

  

 

 

Campaingn - Give capucin monkeys a happy christmas by giving them a better life

Capuchins monkeys are by far the most common species in the illegal pet trade in Peru. Every year we see dozens of these monkeys kept in horrific conditions. Unfortunately, there is no rescue centre in Peru that will take them in, hence either a blind eye is turned - people are allowed to violate the law and keep wild-caught monkeys as pets in really bad conditions - or the monkeys are confiscated by the government and destroyed. We are collecting donations which will be channelled directly into building enclosures that will provide a safe haven for capuchin monkeys. 

We are hopping to raise 1,100 GBP (1800 USD) by the first of January 2014 to be added to the 1,400 GBP (2300 USD) already raised for this cause during the year. The enclosure will house a group of juvenile capuchin monkeys which are waiting to be rescued in Northern Peru,and provide them with first year of alimentation. We have an agreement with the rescue centre Biodiversity to accommodate and take care of the monkeys, preparing them for possible release in the future. Hopefully we can start building the enclosure this coming January and start rescuing the monkeys a few weeks later.

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PRESS RELEASE - March against wildlife traffic in Ucayali!

Marcha de Sensibilización - No al tráfico de Animales silvestres en Ucayali!

Tuesday 3rd of December at 3pm. Leaving from the Plaza de Armas of Pucallpa.


The Ucayali Region is known nationally and internationally as one of the areas with the highest levels of illegal wildlife trafficking. Animals are continually sold in markets, as bushmeat and as pets, used as tourist attractions, or smuggled to coastal regions in Peru and outside the country. The forests of Ucayali are some the most biologicaly diverse forests worldwide, and the illegal wildlife trade is responsible for the loss of much of the region's natural wealth.

This abuse of wild animals brings very serious environmental and social consequences, such as the destruction of the ecosystmes ecological balance and increased crime as well as malnutrition, poverty and cultural loss of native peoples. Unfortunately, the national and regional authorities make little effort to this drastic situation and the local population is not aware of the problem and the consequences of this illicit trade.

The march 's main objective is to raise awareness among residents of Ucayali region and its authorities, highlighting the issue and seeking urgent measures to save the biodiversity of this region. The media are invited to participate and be key players in this initiative and to help spread awareness of this important issue.
 
 

Visitors to our feild site

On 29th of October we were very honored to welcome Patrcia Wright and Noel Rowe to our La Esperanza field site. Dr. Wright was the first person ever to study night monkeys in Peru and we were able to showher a group of the endemic Peruvian night monkey (Aotus miconax) first hand. Dr. Rowe is head of Primate Conservation inc. (www.primate.org) who have supprted our work with grants on several occasions. As well as the night monkeys they also got to visit our yellow-tailed woolly monkey field site where they were able to observe this enigmatic species in the wild for the first time. During their time with us they also visited our new Ronda Run Conservation Area "The Monkeys' Jungle", which protects 320 ha of flooded forest in the Alto Mayo Valley.

Patricia Write and Noel Rowe with the initiators of the Monkeys' Jungle conservation area

 

 

NPC helps Andean bears


This week NPC took part in a planning session for the creation of a 
conservation corredor for the conservation of Andean Bears. The meeting, which took place in Chiclayo, involved experts on conservation and ecology of Andean bears as well as represenatives from regional governments throughout the north of Peru. The corredor will help connect fragmented forests in the departments of Amazonas, San Martin, lambayeque, Piura and Cajamarca. We will continue with this project as much of the bear habitat in these regions are also home to many primate species, including Peru's three endemic species and the focus of our conservation efforts.

Andean Bear conservation meeting.

Local conservation workshop in San Martin

Eugenio Fernandes from Sun Angel's Gardens reciving the contract.On the 13-14th of November we took part in a workshop of local conservation initiators in San Martin, organized by the Regional Government and NGO's. During the event representatives from local groups shared experiences, demonstrated their advances, learnt about their rights and obligations and had the chance to exhibit and sell environmentally friendly products. Also, as part of the event, three Conservation Concessions we have worked on, together with the communities (Shitariyacu, Tres Quebradas and Sun angel's Gardens), signed their official contracts with the regional government for the administration of each area. The signing of these contracts is one of the last and the most important steps in the formal registration process.

Members of Tres Quebradas presenting their advances.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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