In 2009 and 2011, NPC, together with American NGO Community Conservation organized workshops dedicated to the conservation of endemic species in Amazonas and San Martin. The main objective of the workshops was to create a network of contacts between interested individuals and local communities and the institutions that support conservation initiatives.
Community-based conservation projects are run out of the belief that local people have the will and the ability to protect their own forests and will do so when given guidance and support.
We are currently working to create and maintain eleven locally run conservation reserves, all of which are initiated and run by local communities and associations. These areas protect sixteen primate species including Peru’s three endemic species: The Yellow-Tailed Woolly monkey (Lagothrix flavicauda), the Andean Night monkey (Aotus miconax), and the San Martin Titi monkey (Callicebus oenanthe).
Our community-based conservation workshops are regularly attended by: NGOs, universities, government agencies, local organizations, educational representatives, media, tourist agents, and most importantly, representatives from many communities in Amazonas and San Martin.
We make sure to invite representatives of all the local groups that are currently working to create conservation areas. Many, like Dr. Robert Horwich of Community Conservation, provide education through presentations, give talks and share their experiences. Group activities forge important contacts between organizations and individuals, as well as, creating a better understanding of the difficulties faced by local conservation initiators, individuals, local communities and the institutions that support conservation initiatives.