Protecting One of the Wildest Places on Earth
The Upper Amazon Conservancy (UAC) is dedicated to protecting the biological and cultural diversity of the Amazon headwaters in southeastern Peru. UAC works with its Peruvian partner organization, ProPurús, and in close collaboration with indigenous peoples, government agencies and other NGOs to strengthen the region’s protected areas, build the capacity of its local communities and affect well-informed, sustainable public policy. The Upper Amazon Conservancy prides itself on the time it spends in the field, working hard to understand the complex cultural, ethical and social issues facing these remote areas and indigenous tribes who live there.Learn more about our work by viewing this brief video >>
Land Title Secured for the Asháninka Community of Tomajao on the Tamaya River
March 2017: After more than a decade of field and legal work by community leaders and Ucayali’s titling agency, the Tomajao Indigenous Community has finally received title to their ancestral lands. The process began 2006 and UAC and ProPurús joined the struggle over the last few years when we successfully raised funding for and led the fieldwork.
Update on the Alto Purús Highway Proposal
March 2017: A Congressional commission has rejected parts of a bill related to constructing a highway to connect the Alto Purús region with the Interoceanic Highway in Madre de Dios department. Instead, the commission called for new sustainable development initiatives for the region’s 3000 inhabitants, and further developing an alternative “multimodal” transit route through Brazil utilizing rivers and existing roads.
Background: Proponents are pushing for a 300 kilometer road to connect the small town of Puerto Esperanza, in Ucayali department, to the InterOceanic Highway in the town of Iñapari in Madre de Dios. The highway would cross the Alto Purús National Park and the Madre de Dios Territorial Reserve for Indigenous People in Voluntary Isolation, among the least disturbed areas in the Amazon and home to some of the world’s last isolated indigenous tribes.