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.

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UAC Leads Expedition to Raise Awareness of Threats to Isolated Tribes

June 2017: In May, UAC led a team affiliated with National Geographic Magazine to remote parts of the Alto Purús region as part of its campaign to raise awareness of the threats to the forests of southern Peru and the isolated tribes who live there–some of the last indigenous people living in isolation on earth.

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Update on the Alto Purús Highway

June 2017: After months of deliberation, Congress recently passed Law N° 30574, which declares “of public necessity and preferential national interest” the sustainable development of the Alto Purús River region. It prioritizes the development a multi-modal transport route utilizing rivers and existing roads in Brazil — not the construction of a terrestrial road as proposed in the original bill sent to Congress. While good news for the indigenous majority who opposed the road, legal experts argue that the multi-modal part was added simply to ensure approval of the law, and that proponents, led by Ucayali congressman Carlos Tubino, have every intention to continue promoting the highway, especially if the cost of living and access to government services do not immediately improve.

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