Working with Peru to support long-term conservation in the Amazon

  • Wicungo is an indigenous community on the Tapiche River that neighbors a proposed conservation area in Peru, the White Sands National Reserve. CEDIA works to incorporate indigenous communities into conservation, which strengthens the long-term stability of Peru's protected areas. CEDIA

  • Kids from the Wicungo indigenous community swim in the Tapiche River. Approximately 400 different species – accounting for 40% of Peru’s total fish species – live in the region.CEDIA

  • The Tapiche-Blanco region is a priority conservation area not only for its biodiversity but for the presence of peat bogs as well. The region holds some of the highest carbon stock in Peru including both above ground in the forest and below ground in peatlands. The Field Museum

  • Conservation of the White Sand Varillales is a key component of a greater project, which is to conserve an important expanse of Amazon Rainforest in southwestern Loreto. The project expects to consolidate the participatory conservation of an immense bi-national biological corridor between Peru and Brazil. The Field Museum

  • Rain falls in Nuevo Pacasmayo, located on the left bank of the Tapiche River in Peru. There are many indigenous and non-indigenous settlements currently lacking legal title to their territory and therefore limited in the ability to properly and sustainably manage their natural resources. CEDIA

  • Timber loggers occupy areas miles south of the proposed White Sands National Reserve. The lack of legally established territorial limits contributes to the instability of the area and threatens the conservation of the ecosystem and its endemic species. The Field Museum

  • A hunter enters the forest in Puerto Angel, one of the communities that neighbors the White Sands forests. Conservation of the area would represent the greatest extension of this fragile ecosystem under protection in Peru. CEDIA

By maintaining a strong relationship with the Peruvian government, Center of Development for the Amazon’s Indigenous People (CEDIA) has protected more than 15 million acres of Amazon rainforest—amassing a size larger than four Yellowstone Parks.

The organization works to provide legal defenses for native tribes in cases concerning traditional property rights and natural resource management. In these cases, indigenous lands have been saved from resource extraction and exploitation. CEDIA remains a leader in protecting large tracts of the Peruvian Amazon due to their success in creating community land titles, national parks, and indigenous reserves.

In their portfolio of conservation initiatives, CEDIA aims for the protection of the white sands forests. White sands forests are rare—so rare, in fact, that they cover only one percent of the Peruvian Amazon. Located between the Blanco and Tapiche Rivers in Northeastern Peru, these forests carry high biodiversity and some of the highest carbon stock in the country. The team at CEDIA is working to provide the proper legal conditions that will contribute to the area’s long-term stability, as these forests represent the greatest extension of this fragile ecosystem under protection in Peru.

Currently there are timber concession contracts in this area; protection will only be achieved by canceling these concessions and changing the federal designation of this land. If they succeed, CEDIA will create a new national-level protected area for the white sands forests with the collaboration of local indigenous groups.

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