“This Is How We See It” was presented in Lima
On the 10th of February was the first Chaski Festival in Lima. A festival was organized by the group ‘The Spoon Revolution’ (http://www.facebook.com/rdelacuchara) 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" (http://asiesquelovemos.blogspot.com). 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.
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.
NPC Annual Report for 2012
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!
Formal celebration of the four new conservation concessions
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.