Great News – four of our reserves are now official!
Today we heard officially from the Regional Government of San Martin that four new reserves have now been accepted. The four areas, totaling nearly 70,000 ha are home to many primates including the Endemic Andean night monkey (Aotus miconax) and the Critically Endangered Andean titi monkey (Callicebus oenanthe), which was recently added to the list of the worlds 25 most endangered primate species. All four reserves are to be run by associations of villagers from communities neighboring each area; Jardines del Angel del Sol, 7,174 ha, run by the ‘Association of Farmers La Primavera’ (APALP), Shitariyacu, 1,590 ha, run by the ‘Association for Sustainable Development of Ricardo Palma’, Tres Quebradas, 4,176 ha, run by the ‘Association for the protection and conservation area Tres Quebradas’ and El Gran Simacahe, 51,269 ha, run by the ‘Association of Farmers for the Conservation of the Natural Forests of Simacahe’. These reserves are the culmination of four years of work and coordination between the local associations, NPC, The Ronda Campesina, Proyecto Mono Tocon and Sociedad Peruana de Derecho Ambiental. The official signing to celebrate the reserves is being organized by the Regional Government of San Martin for the 21st of December in the city of Juanjui.