Upper Amazon Conservancy Making Headlines

June 2011

The Upper Amazon Conservancy prides itself on the time it spends in the field, working hand in hand with indigenous groups, local community leaders and the Peruvian Park Service. UAC’s grassroots efforts are increasingly attracting the attention of a range of media outlets, from  National Geographic to the Miami Herald, allowing us to help raise awareness of issues effecting the Purús, its unspoiled ecosystems and the voluntarily-isolated tribes of the region.

Our efforts are paying off.

From National Geographic :

“Peru says it will bolster protections for uncontacted tribes roaming the deep Amazon after a public row erupted last week that sent indigenous affairs officials scrambling for cover.

The debate began in recent days after officials from the outgoing administration of president Alan Garcia let slip a series of statements hinting at plans to modify—and perhaps even revoke—protected status for two so-called territorial reserves set aside for isolated indigenous groups and the rain forest that harbors them.

As many as 15 nomadic or seminomadic indigenous groups are believed to inhabit remote stretches of eastern Peru in willful isolation from the rest of the world. They figure among the very last uncontacted tribes on Earth. That’s not an arbitrary number; it’s based on extensive documentation of sightings of furtive tribespeople or the vestiges they leave behind—footprints, spears, ceramic pots, shelters—as they move through the forest.”

From the Miami Herald:

Industrial logging is pushing ever deeper into the area, making mahogany the leading front in the ever-growing battle for control of the resource-rich Peruvian Amazon. But the threat goes far beyond any single species, said Chris Fagan, director of the Upper Amazon Conservancy.

Deforestation and the quickly advancing logging frontier have forced still-uncontacted people into violent conflict with settlers, while threatening the sanctity of one of the last, most bio-diverse places on Earth. And scientists fear for the region’s vast forests, which act as an enormous sponge, soaking in the pollutants responsible for climate change.

“This isn’t just about mahogany anymore,” Fagan said. “The world has a stake in what is happening here.”


For more information on the Upper Amazon Conservancy’s programs, or to talk directly with a member of our staff, contact Chris Fagan at email hidden; JavaScript is required.


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