Reforestation in Peru!

Last Saturday we finished the first of our public reforestation days in Pabloyacu, near Moyobamba, Peru.

This was organized together with the Ecology faculty of the San Martin national University and local student group Jurcuna. In total 30 people came to our team with planting activities, all of whom also received training in planting and how best to ensure survival of the trees, especially important in sandy and hilly areas like Pabloyacu.

The main activity consisted of re-planting trees where previously planted saplings had not survived the dry season, and then planting in new areas which had been damaged by fires in previous years. We are very satisfied with how the day went, and will be carrying out a second day of planting with public help next Saturday, the 2nd of October. We hope to see you there!!

Venado Verde Campaign Launched!

The NPC team have been very busy over the last month preparing for the launch of our new campaign: Save Venado Verde!

The campaign brings together international artists and conservationists in a unified attempt to protect 2,000 acres of threatened forest land on Colombia’s Pacific coast.

Find out more about this creative campaign on our dedicated page: Venado Verde Campaign

Parrot Rescued!

It’s not just primates! At NPC, we believe that all species should live freely in their natural habitat. That’s why we help rescue of any animal we find being trafficked.

Today we were able to help the wildlife Authorities in Moyobamba to transport a young parrot that was captured from the wild. Its wings had been cut so it wouldn’t fly away.

If all goes well it will be one of the lucky ones and be able to return to the wild once its feathers have grown back.

Anti-trafficking Workshops

For the last few weeks, we’ve been busy running a series of workshops designed to help prosecutors, environmental police and other wildlife authorities and forestry officials identify and intervene in instances of illegal wildlife trade.  Such workshops are a run regularly, and each time we focus on a different theme.  For example, last time we focused on the veterinary care of rescued animals.

This time around, we’re honoured to be joined by US Fish and Wildlife Service Special Agent Roger Turnell.  Based at the US embassy in Lima, Roger works all over Latin America and has over 20 years enforcement experience. Last week, we brought Roger to Belen market in Iquitos and sadly, but not surprisingly, there were thousands of animal carcasses for sale; primarily deer and caimans, but others, too.  Monkey meat was being sold very cheaply.

Workshops have already been held in Iquitos, and are due to begin in Chachapoyas and Tarapoto over the coming few weeks. In addition to Roger’s presentation, NPC’s own Sam Shanee, Nestor Allgas and Catalina Ocampo Carvajal spoke about our anti trafficking social media campaign, the environmental implications of wildlife trafficking, and the fundamental importance of wildlife to the region.

Unfortunately, extremely high turnover is very common for enforcement-related staff in this region. For example, although we’ve held workshops in Iquitos on numerous occasions, only one attendee this time had been in post long enough to have attended a previous workshop. Taken together with a lack of training and, at times, a lack of will to carry out this important work, it’s incredibly important that we carry on with these sessions. We want to extend our sincere thanks to Lush for funding this series of workshops, and to the authorities of Iquitos, Tarapoto and Chachapoyas for taking part.

This was part of a project developed in partnership with the Colombian Primatológica Association and financed by USFWS International Affairs.

Conservation in the Community

A few days ago we were in Santa Cecilia, Risaralda, in an active dialogue with the community. Community members from associations, educators and people interested in working in Santa Cecilia attended.

We have been working together to identify the ways in which they relate to the forest, as well as the major environmental problems in the area. It was nice to learn a little more about this community and although the day was intense, we left recharged from the meeting and motivated to continue working together to conserve life in all its forms.

One of the conclusions drawn from the finished map was: “The forest is everything. We must take care of it.”

This was part of a project developed in partnership with the Colombian Primatológica Association and financed by USFWS International Affairs.

Locating important features on the map started with searching for homes and important areas for local activities.

New Publication

As a result of a meeting held by UNESCO Mexico attended by NPC Peru’s Nestor Allgas, our latest NPC publication called: “Community conservation as a tool for primate conservation in Peru” is out now.  It is published in the new UNESCO book: “Primatology, Biocultural Diversity and Sustainable Development in Tropical Forests”.

The book will be freely available for download soon and we will post the link when it becomes available.