Formal celebration of the four new conservation concessions
Yesterday was the official opening of the four new reserves we have been helping to make in San Martin. The four areas, totalling nearly 70,000 haare 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 world’s 25 most endangered primate species. The event, held in the city of Juajui, was attended by hundreds of people including representatives of each of the associations. The regional president Cesar Villanueva, the head of the wildlife authorities Silvia Reategui were present with other government officials. All four reserves are run by associations of villagers from local communities; Jardines del Angel del Sol, 7,174 ha,, Shitariyacu, 1,590 ha, Tres Quebradas, 4,176 ha and El Gran Simacahe, 51,269 ha. Each of the reserves is registered for a minimum of 40 years and provide vital protection to animals and habitats as well as safeguarding natural resources for local communities. Many organisations worked together for the realization of this work including NPC, The Ronda Campesina, Proyecto Mono Tocon and Sociedad Peruana de Derecho Ambiental. For more information on each of the reserves please see the reserves page here. Anyone wishing to visit the areas can arrange this by contacting us through our website here.