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Conservation

Peru has several national parks which serve to protect the delicate ecosystem of the amazon rainforest.

The latest national parks formed will protect over 3.3 million acres of Amazon rainforest in Peru. This is part of efforts to secure the final portion of the 67 million-acre Andes-Amazon Conservation Corridor that will protect wildlife and indigenous communities. The U.S. nonprofit organization Rainforest Trust in collaboration with Peruvian partner CEDIA (Center for the Development of an Indigenous Amazon) worked with local indigenous communities and Peru’s government to create the new national park.

“The Sierra del Divisor is the final link in an immense protected area complex that extends for more than 1,100 miles from the banks of the Amazon in Brazil to the snowy peaks of the Peruvian Andes,” said Dr. Paul Salaman, CEO of Rainforest Trust. “After two decades of collaborating with CEDIA to protect indigenous territories and establish nature reserves, parks and sanctuaries throughout the Amazon of Peru, we have finally completed the centerpiece with the declaration of Sierra del Divisor National Park. This permanent conservation corridor is one of the greatest refuges for biodiversity on Earth.”

Peru’s conservation efforts aren’t just happening in the rainforest. Peru is broadening restrictions on commercial fishing to prevent the collapse of an important global fishery that has been "pillaged" to worrisome lows. The government has decreed a large strip of Peru's coastal waters off limits to industrial fishing in a bid to ensure future generations of anchovy, which reproduce and spawn in shallow waters. Big boats can no longer fish within 10 miles of the shore along Peru's central and northern coast, or within seven miles of its southern shores.

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