Media & Awareness

Multimedia Story Map on Peru's Purús - Manu Landscape

Protecting the Wildest Place on Earth

UAC’s first Story Map explores the remarkable forests and indigenous tribes of Peru’s Purús – Manu Landscape and the forces that threaten it. Click here to view the English version (link opens in a new tab). A Spanish version will be available soon.

The Story Map project was made possible by the generous support of the Andes Amazon Fund and the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation in partnership with the Purús – Manu Landscape Project Consortium.


Advocacy and Art Projects

Last Wildest Place won the 2014 Jonny Copp Award at Adventure Film Festival and was presented and exhibited in 2016 in Boulder, CO.

Last Wildest Place
An Upper Amazon supported photography project by Jason Houston and Chris Fagan (Ongoing)

  • ZEKE Award for Documentary Photography: 1st Place (2020)
  • Exhibition: Photoville, New York, NY (2020)
  • Exhibition: Bridge Gallery, Cambridge, MA (2020)
  • Exhibition: Adventure Film Festival, Boulder, CO (2016)
  • Jonny Copp Award (2014)


Last Wildest Place
Jason Houston and Chris Fagan, ZEKE Magazine, Fall 2020

Coca farms close in on protected areas, isolated tribes in Peruvian Amazon
Chris Fagan,, December 2019

Investigation reveals large-scale land invasion in Peruvian Amazon (audio podcast)
Chris Fagan,, December 2019

Perú: cultivos de coca amenazan áreas protegidas y pueblos indígenas en aislamiento en la Amazonía
Chris Fagan,, December 2019

Isolated Nomads Are Under Siege in the Amazon Jungle (English) (Spanish)
Chris Fagan, National Geographic Magazine, October 2018

Natural Resource Use in Alto Purús Indigenous Communities (in Spanish)
Upper Amazon Conservancy and ProPurús, 2013

Social and Environmental Impacts of Mahogany Logging on Peruvian Indigenous Communities (Graduate Study Thesis)
Aaron Groth, Masters of Arts candidate, University of Missouri – August 2014

Alto Purús National Park Guard Manual
Upper Amazon Conservancy – October 2013

Coca and conservation: cultivation, eradication, and trafficking in the Amazon borderlands
D. S. Salisbury and C. Fagan. Geojournal, August 2011.

Overflight Reveals Illegal Settlement in the Alto Purús National Park
Upper Amazon Conservancy – August 2010

Illegal Mahogany Logging Continues in the Murunahua Uncontacted Reserve
Upper Amazon Conservancy – July 2010


An older presentation describing the work of UAC (2014)

Short documentary on an expedition to document illegal loggers inside Alto Purús National Park (2006)


Purus - Manu Conservation Landscape
Alto Tamaya River Region
Alto Purús Complex
Yurua River Region
Alto Purús River Region
La Novia Watershed Region
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