In Peru there are two kinds of non-governmentally protected areas:
- Privately owned lands, such as titled family plots or community lands, which can be registered as Private Conservation Areas (ACP) for an unlimited time through application to the Ministry of the Environment.
- State-owned land (not titled) which can be registered with the respective Regional Government as a Conservation Concession (CC) for up to 40 years, renewable.
The process of creating these reserves is long, expensive and complicated. It includes repeated coordination with local communities and capacity building to ensure responsibility for a conservation area; biological and socioeconomic investigations; elaboration of a detailed proposal; and repeated coordination with authorities. In the case of CCs, publication of the project in government and national newspapers is also required, as well as in the respective municipality for a month each, to allow objections and, after the creation, the elaboration of yearly reports and management plans. It is important to note that the new laws that came into effect in 2015 further complicate this process, while loosening the requirements for other, much less sustainable land uses; demonstrating that the state does not prioritize conservation.
To help with the creation and maintenance of these areas you are invited to “adopt a reserve”:
All proceeds from your donation will go directly towards work involved in the creation and maintenance of a reserve, such as:
- Organising expeditions with experts for biological inventories
- Administration costs for registry with the government
- Printing of signs to indicate protected areas
- Maintenance of local tree nurseries for reforestation
- Salaries for forest guards and local guides