MADRE DE DIOS:
This is where it all started – the origin of ARC, if you will!
In 2014, ARC acquired the title of a 616-hectare brazil nut concession in the Madre de Dios region of Peru. Unfortunately, in March 2020, government lockdowns forced the evacuation of ARC personnel from this land leaving it vulnerable to local threats. As feared, while ARC was being forced to leave, illegal gold miners and loggers flocked to this remote area to operate with impunity. Despite our belief in the importance of protecting this area, there was little we could do.
Fast-forward to 2022 and COVID restrictions in Peru have been lifted which means we can finally get back to business and reclaim what is ours. We are rebuilding our team and heading back to recover our land and restart our conservation project.
Our commitment here has been strengthened after a report from the Smithsonian Institute highlighted this particular region as being critical to the conservation of the Madre de Dios landscape. Protecting this land and expanding our conservation project is crucial to the connectivity of the rainforest here.
More news to come!
Jana Bell, standing in front of one of the many illegal mining operations popping up around ARC lands.
LOS AMIGOS CONSERVATION CONCESSION:
Strengthening Surveillance and Control Actions
For this project, ARC is partnering with the Asociación para la Conservación de la Cuenca Amazónica (ACCA), a Peruvian non-profit organization, cofounded by Canadian Adrian Forsyth, a Harvard PhD in tropical ecology, to protect The Los Amigos Conservation Concession (LACC). LACC is 146,000 hectares (360,000 acres) of pristine old-growth rainforest that is home to an abundance of wildlife, including at least 12 globally threatened species, including giant otters, harpy eagles, spider monkeys and jaguars, with over 550 birds on the bird list.
This parcel of land contains 11 species of primates (by way of comparison, all of Costa Rica holds only four.) The land parcel is also adjacent to the Reserve for Indigenous People in Voluntary Isolation. So, it acts as a very important buffer zone to ensure their freedom and right to live their traditional lives.
ARC Wild Protectors are working alongside ACCA’s Promotores de Conservación to patrol and protect this vital wilderness from the threats of illegal logging, gold mining, road development and poachers. Drone and high-resolution satellite monitoring assist the forest guards by alerting them to occurrence of illegal activities within the concession. The forest guards also collect biological monitoring data and provide education workshops for student in the region.
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