Conservation of Primary Rainforest
WITH YOUR SUPPORT, WE LOOK FORWARD TO INCREASING THE SIZE OF LAND IN OUR CARE & CREATING A LARGE CONSERVATION ZONE.
Fifty years ago, Tambopata was a remote sparsely inhabited corner of the Amazon Basin unconnected by road to the rest of the world. The opening of the Interoceanic Highway in 2011 (connecting the Atlantic port in Brazil to the Pacific port in Peru) has allowed tens of thousands of people from Brazil and the Andean highlands to flood into this area to exploit the natural resources. Illicit gold mines have popped up everywhere (due to the high commodity price of gold) and are so plentiful, they are visible from space. The impact of gold mining extends beyond forest clearing. The miner’s use of mercury to extract the gold is poisoning the rivers, the people and the living species of Madre de Dios.
Peru is a developing nation and does not have the financial means to curb destruction to its rainforest. We can’t rely exclusively on the world governments to preserve the world’s forests and the ecological services they provide. It is up to organizations (like ARC) to educate, inspire and raise awareness leading the way with effective solutions and make determining the planet’s future a priority. We are proud to say that we currently have 3,500 acres in our care.