Last week we visited the community of La Esperanza and the forests where we carry out the bulk of our research. This was the first time we have been able to visit since the national lock down began in March. We were very happy to see that no new deforestation has occurred in the area.
Today we were involved in the rescue of two endangered white bellied spider monkeys and a scarlet macaw from a tourist bar in the city of Yurimaguas. Thanks to the professionalism of the authorities involved (The environmental public prosecutor, the regional government of Loreto and the police) the operation went very smoothly and now the animals are on their way to a rescue centre where they will recover and eventually be released back to the wild.
Environmental education is vital to ensure a strong future for the forests and their inhabitants. Volunteers Erick and Monica continued our education work this week with school children in Moyobamba, Peru.
Some pictures from our recent biological monitoring trip to the Jardines Angel del Sol Conservation Concession in San Martin, Peru. The seven and a half thousand hectare reserve is run by a group of local people from the villages of La Primavera, Libano and Santa Cruz. Thanks to a grant from the IUCN Netherlands and local NGO AMPA, the group has been able to buy more land to extend the reserve and to carry out these biological monitoring trips.
More photos soon!
Yesterday NPC participated in a workshop with the Peruvian Forestry Service, the San Martin Regional Government and representatives of many local conservation areas. The Forestry Service is looking to improve the Peruvian governments response to the needs of local reserve administrators and is carrying out a series of workshops, this is the second that we have participated in, to hear recommendations from the different actors. We look forward to seeing the positive results on-the-ground!
Thanks to a grant from the Rasmussen Family Foundation, we were recently very happy to be able to donate equipment necessary for conservation to two of the community conservation groups that we help in protect the reserves they manage.
We gave cameras, laptops, projectors, GPS units, memory cards and printers, to the local associations protecting the Gran Simacache and Jardines Angel del Sol Conservation Concessions in San Martin, Peru.
These protected areas cover a combined area of over 50,000 ha, it’s is thanks to donations like this that these small farming communities are able to protect the forests they depend on for survival as well as all the primates and other species living in them.
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We are pleased to be able to continue our environmental education work in Pucallpa, Peru.
Here are some photos of today’s environmental education activities in the Jose Abelardo Quiñones González primary school in Pucallpa. Our good friend Kevin Arnold Huamán Huamani, with the help of Sandra Gonzales Delgado, have been doing activities in 4 classes and will continue this work in many more schools throughout the city for the next 3 weeks. NPC Peru is supporting this work, together with SERFOR and other institutions.
The activities included some wonderful drawing and colouring, as you can see here in the pictures.
The yellow tailed woolly monkey is now featured on a special edition of the Peruvian One sol coin as part of a series of the Threatened Species of Peru. NPC were invited to participate and have supplied videos, photos and information about the species. It’s great to see footage of our monkeys used in the official video for the launch of the coin by the Central Reserve Bank of Peru (footage shot by Nestor Allgas and Lorena Fernandez).