The Pacaya Samiria National Reserve in Peru turned 42 years old, and has been protecting biodiversity and providing services to people who live within it. Actualidad Ambiental prepared this special on one of the most biodiverse areas in the Amazon.
The new Alto Maues federal reserve encompasses some 668,000 hectares. The area surrounding it has lost significant amounts of forest cover over the past decade.
The Interethnic Association for the Development of Indigenous Peoples (Aidesep) reported that indigenous leaders from various regions of the country are being trained in the use of drones (unmanned aerial vehicles) for better protection of their territories.
For example, Peru has leased out 60 percent of its share of Amazon rainforest as oil and gas concessions. This huge swathe of open-for-development land overlaps 70 percent of all indigenous communities in the nation.