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“This Is How We See It” was presented in Lima

'This is how we see it'. Photo: karla RamirezOn the 10th of February was the first Chaski Festival in Lima. A festival was organized by the group ‘The Spoon Revolution’ ( seeking to bring together all movements, organizations and groups that care for the environment. It was an informative event explaining to the people of Lima what they can do in order to help the environment, including changing their own eating habits and local and national volunteering opportunities.

During this event we presented the participatory video for conservation "This Is How We See It" ( NPC volunteer Karla Ramirez, developed this project as her own research thesis in the villages of Bagazan and Ricardo Palma, located in the province of Mariscal Cáceres, San Martin. This work is based on an innovative and effective method for environmental education. It allows local people to express through film views on their surrounding biodiversity and its relations to their own livelihoods. By preparing and showing these videos to their communities and neighbours, they learn basic concepts of biodiversity and conservation, and have a chance to observe and relate to its significance to their own lives.

During the first exhibition of the project in Lima Karla presented two of the six films. The event was especially exiting as it was also attended by Joel Pizango, a villager from Bagazan who shared his experience as a creator and director of one of the short films. Karla continues to present these films nationally to let more people understand the importance of conservation efforts that local communities like Ricardo Palma and Bagazan are making to protect their own environment. Both communities where recently awarded the right to manage their own conservation concessions which together protect more than 7,000 ha of forest, habitat of the endemic and Critically Endangered San Matrin titi monkey. 

Joel Pizango presenting 'This is how we see it'. Photo: Karla Ramirez


Conservation is not all hard work

In the last weeks we were very happy to attend parties celebrating the official opening of three reserves. The parties, which took place in La Primavera, Ricardo Palma and Bagazan in San Martin, Peru, were organised by the local communities. Each party was a mix of cultural activities, sports, presentations, food and of course music and dancing! But it wasn’t all fun and games; we also made the final publications of the reserves and have begun planning the year’s activities. We are very happy with success we have had working with these communities and look forward to celebrating many more success in the future. Please keep supporting our work so other communities like these can also conserve their local wildlife and forests.  









NPC newsletter Vol. 22

Click here to download our latest newsletter, Volume 22 for January 2013.  

The four associations in a group photo.










NPC Annual Report for 2012

Neotropical Primate Conservation2012, our most successful year yet!

We celebrated our 5th anniversary, Finished the creation of six reserves covering almost 80,000 ha. and continued our work in education, research and reforestation. Read our annual report to find out more! 

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Formal celebration of the four new conservation concessions

Miguel Alva Reategui of the San Martin Environmental Authority handing Segundo Pizango and his association the right to administrate the Tres Quebradas Conservation Concession  Yesterday was the official opening of the four new reserves we have been helping to make in San Martin. The four areas, totalling nearly 70,000 haare home to many primates including the Endemic Andean night monkey (Aotus miconax) and the Critically Endangered Andean titi monkey (Callicebus oenanthe), which was recently added to the list of the world’s 25 most endangered primate species. The event, held in the city of Juajui, was attended by hundreds of people including representatives of each of the associations. The regional president Cesar Villanueva, the head of the wildlife authorities Silvia Reategui were present with other government officials.  All four reserves are run by associations of villagers from local communities; Jardines del Angel del Sol, 7,174 ha,, Shitariyacu, 1,590 ha, Tres Quebradas, 4,176 ha and El Gran Simacahe, 51,269 ha. Each of the reserves is registered for a minimum of 40 years and provide vital protection to animals and habitats as well as safeguarding natural resources for local communities. Many organisations worked together for the realization of this work including NPC, The Ronda Campesina, Proyecto Mono Tocon and Sociedad Peruana de Derecho Ambiental. For more information on each of the reserves please see the reserves page here. Anyone wishing to visit the areas can arrange this by contacting us through our website here.

Representatives of all four associations

Trends in Wildlife Hunting, Trade and Control

Our new publication, in the scientific journal Endangered Species Research, tells about the political ecology of wildlife trafficking and state attempts at control in Amazonas and San Martin. It details the results of 4 years of investigation recording all wildlife we found extracted from the wild and how it was used. Also, it looks at the work of the wildlife authorities and the problems they face. The results show that international schemes such as the IUCN Red List, CITES, the Biodiversity Hotspots, and even national laws, do not offer sufficient protection to the habitats or species they are aimed to protect because local and regional politics override them. Therefore, the article suggests that increasing small scale projects with strong presence on the ground is the best way to fight illegal wildlife trade. A suggestion we are obviously following in our work in northeastern Peru. To see this and our other publications click here.  

 Wawan, an infant yellow tailed woolly monkey rescued by NPC/ Photo: Noga Shanee


Great News – four of our reserves are now official!

ShitariyacuToday we heard officially from the Regional Government of San Martin that four new reserves have now been accepted. The four areas, totaling nearly 70,000 ha are home to many primates including the Endemic Andean night monkey (Aotus miconax) and the Critically Endangered Andean titi monkey (Callicebus oenanthe), which was recently added to the list of the worlds 25 most endangered primate species. All four reserves are to be run by associations of villagers from communities neighboring each area; Jardines del Angel del Sol, 7,174 ha, run by the ‘Association of Farmers La Primavera’ (APALP), Shitariyacu, 1,590 ha, run by the ‘Association for Sustainable Development of Ricardo Palma’, Tres Quebradas, 4,176 ha, run by the ‘Association for the protection and conservation area Tres Quebradas’ and El Gran Simacahe, 51,269 ha, run by the ‘Association of Farmers for the Conservation of the Natural Forests of Simacahe’. These reserves are the culmination of four years of work and coordination between the local associations, NPC, The Ronda Campesina, Proyecto Mono Tocon and Sociedad Peruana de Derecho Ambiental. The official signing to celebrate the reserves is being organized by the Regional Government of San Martin for the 21st of December in the city of Juanjui. 

Jardines Angel del Sol



Press release - Peruvian Farmers Take Conservation Matters into their Own Hands -"Hocicón" The First Conservation Area Run by the Ronda Campesina

On the 22nd of November the village of Líbano celebrated the launch of Hocicon, the first Ronda Run Conservation Area (ARCA), under a new conservation model which creates protected areas managed by this grassroots organization. The505.9 haarea is located in the village ofLibano, Omia district, Amazonas, Peru.

President of the Ronda Campesina of LibanoThe Ronda Campesina (Peasant Patrol) is a network of autonomous, civil organizations, aimed at self-protection. They practice vigilance and civil justice in the rural Peruvian countryside where state control is insufficient. It is the largest and most influential grassroots movement in Northeastern Peru. In 2009 the Peruvian Supreme Court recognized the legitimacy and autonomy of the Ronda Campesina to administer justice in a parallel system to that of the state. The same law that recognizes the Ronda Campesina also asserts that one of the functions of the organization is 'to contribute to the preservation of their natural environment'. This means that the Ronda have the legal capacity to declare rural areas as conservation areas. The Ronda Campesina of Amazonas and San Martin regions have demonstrated extraordinary environmental responsibility, confronting environmental issues that are mostly ignored by the Peruvian government, such as wildlife and land trafficking.

The ARCAs have a double impact; firstly they allow fast and effective conservation from local initiatives. People that live in and near the forests demonstrate high environmental consciousness and a capacity to administrate protection in rural areas that state agencies cannot match; and secondly, these reserves focus attention on state conservation systems that necessitate high economic investment and lengthy bureaucratic processes, excluding local people and missing out on many opportunities for conservation by a population that does not have the means or academic expertise to follow traditional conservation courses.

The idea of ARCAs came from the long and successful relationship between the Ronda Campesina and British NGO Neotropical Primate Conservation (NPC) with the intention of filling gaps in critical areas of the regional and national protected areas systems inPeru. Together we have produced a detailed instruction manual for the creation of these areas ( This initiative and the manual were approved by the National Ronda Assembly on the 9 June 2012, at a meeting held in the city ofChota,Cajamarca,Peru. These conservation areas will be registered with the local, regional and national Ronda bases, which will be in charge of protecting them. Meanwhile NPC provides technical assistance.

About 350 people took part in the event, including local and regional political authorities, Ronda members from neighbouring villages, teachers, school children, press and NGOs; Everyone congratulated the Ronda for taking this initiative for conservation and promised their help in promoting and protecting the first Ronda Environmental Conservation Area, “Hocicón“. This reserve protects an area of tropical Andean cloud forest, one of the most diverse biomes on earth. During visits for biological inventories many endangered and endemic species were recorded including the Andean night monkey (Aotus miconax), only found in the departments of Amazonas and San Martin, the Endangered white bellied spider monkey (Ateles belzebuth), jaguars, tapirs and many more.

The Ronda and NPC are committed to promoting and strengthening ARCAs throughout Peruand hope to create around 100 ARCAs annually. We hope that all press and media will help us in promoting this important work that provides a great advance for conservation and social inclusion in Peru. 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 o 942324831

Líbano 22 November 2012.

Conservation celebration in Libano

Good news from Gran Simacache

Gran Simacache meeting. Photo: Noga ShaneeIn a meeting this week with the regional government of San Martin the association which solicited the ‘Gran Simacache’ Conservation Concessionl, APALP association, Peruvian NGO SPDA, the Kichwa Federation of Huallaga Dorado (a federation of indigenous groups) and ourselves, the regional government offered that the association make a contract with the indigenous federation to allow the use of the area to continue their traditional way of life and in return, help protect this huge area against land invasions.

The concession will still be given in the name of the association but the management will be shared between the two groups. As part of their ancestral culture, the Kichwa people will hunt inside the area, but they have agreed to do so under a management plan that we will make together taking into account the need to give special protection to threatened species. This idea was enthusiastically accepted by all groups involved. We are very pleased that the regional government of San Martin came up with a solution which will help to ensure protection of the Gran Simacahe concession while respecting and promoting indigenous rights.   

The APALP association, which solicited the ‘Sun Angel’s Gardens’ a neighbouring conservation concession, also committed to support and help the protection of Gran Simacache. We believe that the unity between these three groups is the best way to ensure the protection of the Gran Simacache forests and wildlife.      

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