Great news for the Gran Simachache reserve!
This week, after years of hard work, the “Farmers’ Association for the Conservation of the Natural Forests of Simacache” finally signed the contract with the Regional Government of San Martin to administer the 41,000 ha El Gran Simacache Conservation Concession for the next 40 years.
El Gran Simacache is the home of a healthy and dense population of the Critically Endangered Andean titi monkey (Callicebus oenanthe), one of the World’s 25 most threatened primate species. On our last visits to the area we also found tufted capuchin monkeys (Cebus apella), Black-headed owl monkeys (Aotus nigriceps), red howler monkeys (Alouatta seniculus) and little, beautiful pygmy marmosets (Cebuella pygmaea) the world’s smallest monkey species, as well as a great abundance of tapirs, jaguars and deer. Other primates that inhabit this area are the endemic Andean night monkey (Aotus miconax), the Endangered white bellied spider monkey, (Ateles Belzebuth), white fronted capuchin (Cebus albifrons) and squirrel monkeys (saimiri sp.).
NPC had been helping the association with the technical and legal aspects of the reserve creation and are now supporting them in maintaining it. Gran Simacache is the biggest, locally run reserve we have helped create to date and its maintenance and protection are a big challenge for the association and for us. The association members have put a lot of their own time, money and effort into their dream to have this special area protected. They have suffered a lot of pressure from land invaders and hunters that illegally enter the area and has resulted in death threats and even the temporary kidnapping and assault of 6 of the association members, events which have only made the group even more determined to fight for their forests.
Two weeks ago we visited 5 of the villages around the Gran Simacache reserve for environmental education sessions with adults and children, and were happy to see that the situation has calmed a great deal, the communities are now accepting and congratulating the creation of the reserve and all promised to help in its vigilance. We are excited to see the great results the association has both in the formal registration of the reserve and in achieving this social acceptance and are proud to take part in such a successful and important project.
We are also grateful to Miguel Alva Reátegui and Marita Lozano from the Regional Environemntal Authority (ARA) of San Martin for their great dedication to conservation in San Martin in General and especially for their help in creating the Gran Simacache reserve.
NPC Newsletter Vol 29
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Mongabay covers our work: Local people are not the enemy!
A huge thank you to Mongabay for the opportunity to share this extremely important message about the failure of conventional conservation and the great potential of community conservation.
Read the interview here: http://news.mongabay.com/2014/1112-dangelo-campesinos-interview.html#sthash.mImARtCr.y5SiusHp.dpbs
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.
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.