Community-Based Conservation Network for the Endemic Primate Species of Northeastern Peru
This project is run out of the belief that local people have the will and the ability to conserve their own forests and will do so when given guidance and support.
We are currently working to create and maintain 11 locally run conservation reserves, all initiated and run by communities and local associations. These areas protect 16 primate species including Peru’s three endemic species: the yellow tailed woolly monkey (Lagothrix flavicauda), the Andean night monkey (Aotus miconax), and the San Martin titi monkey (Callicebus oenanthe). We are also involved with three state-run protected areas; all three protect Lagothrix flavicauda and Aotus miconax populations. Other groups and NGOs in the area often ask for our help and experience in the creation and maintenance of other private reserves.
In 2009 and 2011, NPC, together with American NGO Community Conservation organized workshops dedicated to the conservation of endemic species in Amazonas and San Martin. The main objective of the workshops was to create a network of contacts between interested individuals and local communities and the institutions that support conservation initiatives.
The main presentations were provided by Dr. Robert Horwich of Community Conservation. The participants included NGOs, universities, government agencies, local organizations, educational representatives, media, tourist agents, and most importantly, representatives from many communities in Amazonas and San Martin. We made sure to invite representatives of all the local groups that are currently working to create conservation areas. Many gave talks and shared their experiences and all participated in group activities that led to important contacts between organizations and individuals, as well as better understanding of the difficulties faced by local conservation initiators, individuals, and local communities, and the institutions that support conservation initiatives.