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 Highway 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.
Conservation Concession Offers Unique Research Opportunities in the Purús
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. The concession was approved in 2012 after six years of work by 18 men and women concerned with illegal logging and hunting in the region. It is the only research station in the 4 million hectare Alto Purús Complex and is, in fact, the only conservation concession in the entire department of Ucayali.