A partir del día de mañana miércoles 1 de octubre y durante los siguientes 10 días, se estará realizando en Amazonas, una reunión académica muy importante para la conservación de los primates y de la biodiversidad en Latinoamérica; el I Curso Internacional: Métodos de Investigación y Conservación de primates Neotropicales.
El curso organizado por NPC Perú (Neotropical Primate Conservation Perú), institución que viene desarrollando investigación científica y conservación comunitaria en el Perú desde hace más de 7 años, reunirá en la ciudad de Rodríguez de Mendoza a estudiantes y profesores de 8 países de Latinoamérica y Europa.
La parte teórica de este curso ofrece a los participantes de manera introductoria las bases de la ecología y la conservación de los primates neotropicales mediante la investigación científica y el trabajo con comunidades humanas para elaborar proyectos de conservación comunitaria que beneficien la conservación de la biodiversidad.
La parte práctica mostrará los métodos para la colecta de datos en campo, el cual será llevado a cabo en la zona de amortiguamiento de la Concesión para Conservación Jardines Ángel del Sol; esta área de conservación es manejada por la Asociación de Productores Agropecuarios La Primavera; producto de cuya iniciativa y esfuerzo protegen importantes muestras de la diversidad biológica de la región.
Damos la bienvenida a todos los participantes a la bella Región de Amazonas.
Para más información Néstor Allgas Marchena: #945095412 ó Noga Shanee: 941800784.
Amazing two weeks of fighting against wildlife trafficking in Pucallpa
Between the 19th and 31st of August, we assisted the planning and execution of 11 different operations to eradicate wildlife trafficking in Pucallpa, Ucayali.
These included road blocks, raids on three different markets selling live animals, bushmeat and witchcraft/handicrafts shops, private houses and restaurants, etc. 97 live animals 82 Kg. of bush meat and parts of hundreds of animals were seized.
These two weeks of concentrated interventions and the starting of legal processes against wildlife traffickers, together with an intensive campaign with the local media, has given a very strong message that wildlife crimes are tackled and punished.
The most encouraging news is that the Bellavista market, which until recently was the biggest active wildlife market in Peru, selling hundreds of animals a day, and more on weekends, is close to its end! Our undercover group had informed us that this weekend there were only 6 small parakeets for sale in this market, an extraordinary result for the effort to shut this market down. Also, as a result of our campaigning and the great work of the office of the environmental prosecutor, the municipality of Pucallpa has decided that the Market should be evicted from its current location. Bellavista will be formally relocated to a new market building, which will be monitored by municipal guards, making sure that no wild animals are sold in any form! The eviction should take place within a month.
Pucallpa is still the city which suffers from the highest levels of wildlife traffic in Peru, and there is still a lot of work to be done, but we are increasingly confident in the commitment and capacity of all the environmental authorities in Pucallpa to keep fighting to protect wildlife. As always, we give our special thank you to Particia Lucano Gomez of the 2nd Environmental Public Prosecutors office of Ucayali, who, with her exceptional energies, talent and commitment, made all of this amazing work possible.
To read more about the last two weeks activities:
Urgent - Wildlife Authorities of Amazonas encouraging wildlife traffic
On the 11th of August 2014 we made an official complaint to the Environmental Public Prosecutors office in Chachapoyas, about a night monkey and parrot kept in a nursery inside the city, both animals were being kept en terrible conditions and suffered from health and behavioural problems, the cord the monkey was tied with was just 40 cm long.
The required protocol is that the Environmental public Prosecutor confiscates the animals and then hands them over the Regional Environmental Authorities (ARA), so that they can hand the animals over, as quickly as possible, to the closest adequate rescue centre to improve the conditions for the animal depending on the species and its state of health.
For an un-known reason, the officials of the Regional Environmental Authority of Amazons, in this case decide to return the animals to their previous owners, without any explanation either technical or legal, and against the official recommendations of the Environmental Public Prosecutors office. When we offered to transport the animals, free of charge to an adequate rescue centre we were treated very rudely and told that as NPC is not Peruvian we have no right or understandable reason to be involved in this case.
We are very worried about the health of these animals and hope that the Regional Environmental Authority of Amazonas finds and adequate, and legal, solution as quickly as possible.
These are the contact details of the Amazonas regional Government and the regional Environmental Authority. Please write to them and explain that wild animals SHOULD NOT be pets. Also that their function as the Regional Environmental Authority is to stop wildlife trafficking and not ignore or encourage it.
New conservation area "El Quinillal"
We are very happy to announce the good news that the Asociación de Protección Ambiental del Bosque El Quinillal (APABOQUI) has handed in the technical proposal for the creation of the “El Quinillal” conservation concession. This area covers 10,696 ha of tropical dry forest in San Martin Department Peru. The area is home to many primates including: night monkeys (Aotus nigriceps), howler monkeys (Alouatta seniculus), tamarins (Saguinus fuscicollis), Capuchins (Cebus albifrons and Sapajus Macrocephalus), Sakis (Pithecia monachus) and titi monkeys (Callicebus discolor). The area is also possibly home to the San Martin tit monkey (Callicebus oenanthe) one of the 25 most threatened primate species in the world. NPC, together with Peruvian NGO AMPA, was able to help the association with biological inventories and coordination’s and we will continue our help for this conservation initiative.
The Regional Environmental Authority of Amazonas endangers regional wildlife
Neotropical Primate Conservation (NPC) regularly works with various Peruvian Authorities in the confiscation and rehoming of illegally kept wildlife found in markets, hotels and private homes. The working relationship is generally very positive; with each side carefully considering the next move in terms of what will be best for the animals involved. Unfortunately, in July, the Regional Environmental Authority (ARA) of Amazonas made the hasty and irresponsible decision to release hundreds of parakeets just hours after confiscation, regardless of the fact that the birds’ species and origin had not been confirmed, nor had health checks been performed, and in contravention of both the recommendations of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and Peruvian Law.
According to a statement made by the Counsel for the ARA, the release took place as it did because the birds were “dying all the time; 30 died every 5 minutes”. The extremely high and swift rate of death amongst these parrots could well indicate that they had been exposed to virulent disease and could be devastating for local parrot populations.
There is some suggestion that the wings of at least some of the released bird had been clipped, meaning that those individuals that do not succumb to whatever was killing many others in the group are sure to die terrifying deaths, totally vulnerable to predators, unable to forage for food or to seek appropriate roosting areas or shelter.
In the seven years that it has been working in the region, NPC has identified some of the most serious barriers to effective protection of wildlife from illegal trade. These include high staff turnover and inexperience and insufficient funding (often resulting in prolonged periods without pay). These often result in minimal presence in the field, minimal effectiveness and poor animal care. Further difficulties are caused by the absence of an official protocol about how to work with wild animals, and the lack of information about suitable rescue centres.
Last week, NPC submitted an official complaint to the regional and national authorities about the illegal and irresponsible action of the ARA, asking for a review of the process by which decisions such as the ARA’s are made; and encouraging better inter-institutional cooperation.