21 Mar '12, 9pm

3 new private conservation reserves established by communities in Peru

3 new private conservation reserves established by communities in Peru

3 new private conservation reserves established by communities in Peru mongabay.com March 21, 2012 Three new private conservation areas in the Amazon-Andes region of Peru will help buffer the country's national park system while offering new opportunities for local people to benefit from protecting ecosystems. The new private conservation areas cover 18,882 hectares (46,659 acres) of habitat ranging from high elevation grasslands to cloud forests to rainforests of the Andean foothills in the departments of Cusco and Madre de Dios. Two of the protected areas were set aside by communities: the 18,695-ha Ukumari Llaqta Private Conservation Area by the Q’eros indigenous community of Japu and the 164-ha Pumataki Private Conservation Area by the Pillco Grande community adjacent to Manu National Park. The third, the 23-ha San Juan Bautista Private Conservation Area near Tambopata...

Full article: http://news.mongabay.com/2012/0321-aca_pcas_peru.html

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