The intersection of Peru’s natural and cultural diversity forge a region like no other. But both nature and indigenous culture are threatened by the expansion of the oil and natural gas industry, and industrial plantations. Strengthening local cultural autonomy will help to strengthen conservation in Peru.
Peru’s ecosystems range from arid coastlines to misty cloud forests and mountaintop deserts. The traditional stewards of these lands are the Indigenous Peoples of Peru, and many conservation programs here are preserving the rich cultures of these groups while simultaneously achieving significant conservation goals. This is especially true in the Amazon basin where conflict between local groups and the oil and natural gas industry frequently turns to violence, and where an extraordinary number of endemic species found nowhere else on Earth are at risk.
Ecologically intact & protected landscapes comprise 50% or more of this country.
Intact landscapes lacking protected status comprise 50% or more of this country.
Between 20-40% of landscapes are still ecologically intact.
Less than 20% of the natural ecology of this area is intact.
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Established to preserve nature and indigenous culture in the area, stronger national level commitments are still needed to keep industrial extraction out of the area.
Snow-capped peaks overlook a rich terrain that is home to the majestic condor, spectacled bears, vicunas, and tarucas.
The purpose of this protected area is two-fold: protection of the coastal ecology and of historic culture of the Paracas people.