Conservation Concession Shitariyacu, San Martin
The solicitude for the 1,590 ha Conservation Concession Sitariyacu was handed in by a local committee of villagers from Ricardo Palma with help from NPC and the Titi Monkey Project.
This conservation area is home to the endemic and Critically Endangered Andean titi monkey (Callicebus oenanthe) and other primate species such as the red howler monkey (Alouatta seniculus) and saddle back tamarin (Saguinus fuscicollis), as well as a whole host of other endemic and endangered animals. It protects primary rainforest in one of the most deforested areas of Peru. This new area borders another Conservation Concession we are working towards with the village of Bagazan. Together the two areas will protect approximately 6,000 ha of habitat.
San Martin suffers from the highest deforestation rates in Peru with nearly 85% of the region completely deforested. The main threats to wildlife and forests in this area are clear cutting for pasture and logging concessions. The local people from the villages of Ricardo Palma and Bagazan are committed to conservation, not only through the registration of these reserves but also through their decision to cultivate organic cacao.
The final proposal for the creation of the reserve has been handed in to the San Martin Regional Government and is awaiting approval.