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Community Based Conservation Network for the Endemic Primate Species of Northeastern Peru

Workshop of community based conservation. © NPC

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.

In Peru there are two different kinds of non-government protected areas; one, on privately owned lands, such as titled family plots or community lands, can be registered as Private Conservation Areas (ACP). The other kind is on state owned land (not titled), which has to be registered with the Regional Government as a Concession for Conservation (CC). We are currently working to create eight reserves of both kinds, all initiated and run by communities and local associations. These areas protect 12 primate species including Peru’s three endemic species: the yellow tailed woolly monkey (Oreonax flavicauda), Andean night monkey (Aotus miconax), and Andean titi monkey (Callicebus oenanthe).

We are also involved with three state run protected areas, all three protect Oreonax flavicauda and Aotus miconax populations. Other groups and NGOs in the area often ask for our help and experience in the creation and maintanance of other private reserves.

In 2009 and 2011, NPC, together with American NGO Community Conservation organized workshops on Community Conservation 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. 

Communal meeting in Paujil. © NPCThe main presentations were provided by Dr. Robert Horwich of Community Conservation. The participants included NGO’s, 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 local groups which 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 dificulties local conservation initiators face.individuals and local communities and the institutions that support conservation initiatives.

We are hoping that these workshop will be the first step in creating small federationas of communities which are commited to conservation. These federations will act as support groups for their members to help other communities which encounter dificulties and guide new communities which are interested in conserving their forests.


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