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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.

UPDATE ON THE IÑAPARI ROAD IN PUERTO ESPERANZA

March 2017: A Congressional commission has rejected parts of a bill related to constructing a highway to connect the Purús region with the rest of Peru. Instead they are calling for new sustainable development initiatives for the region’s 3000 inhabitants, while 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.

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Congressional Commission Rules Against Purús Highway

March 2017 Peru’s Congressional Commission of Andean, Amazonian, and Afro-Peruvians on Environment & Ecology has ruled against the proposed Puerto Esperanza—Iñapari Highway. While the Commission agreed that sustainable development in the Purús region should be “of national interest’”, it  outright rejected the proposal to construct a highway to connect the region with the rest of Peru, citing …

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Conservation Concession Offers Unique Research Opportunities in the Purús

November 2016 Last month, UAC staff visited the Mabosinfron conservation concession and its newly constructed research station. The concession covers 6,700 hectares and is located on the La Novia River, a small tributary of the Purús River near the town of Puerto Esperanza the region’s capital (see map). The concession was approved in 2012 after six …

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Indigenous Leader Seeks Support in Fight Against Highway

September 2016 The president of the Alto Purús indigenous federation (FECONAPU), Emilio Montes Bardales, calls for support from conservation and indigenous rights groups in his fight against a proposed highway. During a recent interview, Mr. Montes expressed his utmost concern for highway bill #75/2016-CR, recently submitted to Peru’s congress, which proposes construction of a paved highway …

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Police, Forestry Officials Arrested in Illegal Logging Sting in Peru

April 2016 Just a few months since Peru enacted its new forestry and wildlife law, a sting operation organized by Peru’s High Commission Against Illegal Logging resulted in the arrests of 19 people suspected in the laundering of illegal timber from the Ucayali region for export the United States and Mexico. On the ground operations …

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