Conservation: Sierra del Divisor National Park

I don't usually write about conservation news on this blog, but I would like to share this particular success. On the 8th November, the Peruvian Prime Minister confirmed the protection of 3.3 million acres of Amazon rainforest in a massive national park, bigger than Yosemite and Yellowstone combined. What's more, this new national park is the final link in a 67 million acre conservation corridor through the Amazonian rainforest.

The park will provide protection for many endangered species, such as the Jaguar and Tapir, and indigenous tribes. The whole area has one of the highest densities of primates in the Amazon, and to add to the long list of benefits, it also holds around 1 billion tons of carbon.

The effort to protect this area has been years in the making. Many different organisations from all over the world have been contributing to the effort, and pushing for the park's protection. These include the Rainforest Trust, CEDIA, The Nature Conservancy, and the Peruvian National Park Service.

Sierra del Divisor
credit Diego Perez, license, no changes made

The Sierra del Divisor is the final link in an immense protected area complex that extends for more than 1,100 miles from the banks of the Amazon in Brazil to the snowy peaks of the Peruvian AndesAfter two decades of collaborating with CEDIA to protect indigenous territories and establish nature reserves, parks and sanctuaries throughout the Amazon of Peru, we have finally completed the centerpiece with the declaration of Sierra del Divisor National Park. This permanent conservation corridor is one of the greatest refuges for biodiversity on Earth.”

The Jaguar is just one of the animals that will benefit
credit Bart van Dorp, license, no changes made

As you are probably aware, the Amazon is suffering massively from deforestation. Rainforests across the world are being destroyed at the rate of 80,000 acres per day, and its not slowing down. Being some of the most diverse habitats on earth, rainforests are not only vital to the welfare of our planet, but also the conservation of our planet's species. The Amazon is being deforested to make way for farming, civilisation, and simply for money. Pesticides from farming get into the rivers, killing fish and other aquatic animals, and roads and towns carve up the rainforests, splitting it and allowing loggers easy access. More protection like this is what we need.

Deforestation
credit gillyan9, license, no changes made

This success shows that countries like Peru are willing to protect large areas of rainforest. This is a great sign that hopefully other countries can follow, and conserve more rainforest before it is too late.

Comments

  1. This is excellent news, the cynic in me always worries if they preserve this does that mean that will allow the rest to be destroyed, but it is still great news :)

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    1. Thank you for your comment. I guess we just have to hope that this protection will lead to more in the future :).

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  2. Thomas, thank you for your blog and interest in preservation and ecology!
    This is, for once, good news!
    I sincerely hope many people travel for eco tourism to the Amazon!
    Also, if I may, Here are my recent adventures in the Amazon, hopefully it inspires people to go for eco-tourism and helps preserve the jungle! ... huge trees of the Tombopato Reserve and ... the macaw clay-lick on the Tombopato River of Peru hope it might help!

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    1. Hi Richard,
      Sorry it has been so many months since you posted this comment, and thank you for commenting and reading my blog. I have read your blog, and really enjoyed reading about your travels - the amazon is certainly on my bucket list as a place to visit.
      Thanks again and keep up the great work on your blog!

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