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Short description of the area and the land to be purchased

The geographical complexity of the site, including high mountains and deep valleys, allows for a variety of wildlife that doesn’t normally share the same habitat. As well as being incredibly biodiverse, this area is home to many rare, endemic and threatened species of birds and mammals, including the Endangered Royal Sun Angel hummingbird (Heliangelus regalis) and the Endangered White-fronted Spider Monkey (Ateles belzebuth). It is part of the recently classified Gran Pajatén UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, which covers over 2.5 million hectares of forests and Andean puna (grasslands) and protects both the unique biological and cultural heritage of the area.

Main threats

The regions of Amazonas and San Martin suffer from one of the highest rates of deforestation in South America, fueled by immigration and made vulnerable by the lack of government intervention. Hunting for bushmeat and the pet trade are also big problems in the area.

The horseshoe shape of the Sun Angel’s Gardens reserve makes it harder to protect from illegal loggers, hunters and squatters. A unique opportunity to purchase an area of 700 hectares inside the U-shape of the reserve offers the chance to protect both the new land and the reserve around it. The land is currently on the market to sell and, if sold to others, its primary forests would most likely be clear cut for agriculture and cattle ranching.

Name of Group: 

Neotropical Primate Conservation (NPC)

Country: Peru

 Website: www.neoprimate.org

 TiME paid: $17,000

 Exact location: S6°41’57.593″S, 77°9’40.811″W

 Size of purchasable land (Hectares): 700

 Ecoregion: Peruvian yungas

TiME’s conservation model is not your typical conservation solution. In contrast to “Green Colonialism” schemes where locals are dispossessed and denied access to vital resources, this land will be purchased by the community of La Primavera. The local indigenous community will take care of and protect the land that TiME enables them to purchase and add to the Sun Angel’s Gardens reserve.

By strengthening capacity and leadership, indigenous peoples and local communities participate more fully in making the decisions that will shape their futures and the future of the environment.

TiME’s conservation initiatives are not only an honest and efficient answer to habitat and species loss but are also uniquely tailored to the local community’s social structure, allowing for local participation in conservation efforts.

Neotropical Primate Conservation is a UK-based registered charity with the legal objective to contribute to the long-term conservation of Neotropical forest biodiversity. NPC UK works in tandem with Asociación Neotropical Primate Conservation Perú, a registered nonprofit organization. The boards of directors of both NPC UK and NPC Peru are composed of experts in conservation biology, anthropology, education, development and law. To achieve its objective, the organization undertakes related projects of research, land purchase and protection, reforestation, public awareness and promoting sustainable economic activity. To ensure the sustainability of our conservation efforts, all our work is carried out in conjunction with and for the benefit of local people. We have been instrumental in the creation of 11 protected areas, covering about 100,000 hectares, and the rescue of more than 4,000 illegally trafficked wild animals. To create and manage reserves we carry out biological inventories, build local capacity, provide legal advice and help raise funds for management.

Neotropical Primate Conservation (NPC)  is a registered charity in the UK (No. 1131122)

NPC-Perú is a sister organization, registered in Peru as a nonprofit association (No. 11022917) and tax-exempt. NPC is currently in the process of registering with Agencia Peruana de Cooperación Internacional.

Website

www.neoprimate.org

Address

NPC – 23 Portland Road, Stretford, Manchester, M32OPH, UK

NPC Peru – 1187 Avenida Belaunde, La Esperanza, Yambrasbamba, Amazonas, Peru

Neotropical Primate Conservation is a UK-based registered charity with the legal objective to contribute to the long-term conservation of Neotropical forest biodiversity. NPC UK works in tandem with Asociación Neotropical Primate Conservation Perú, a registered nonprofit organization. The boards of directors of both NPC UK and NPC Peru are composed of experts in conservation biology, anthropology, education, development and law. To achieve its objective, the organization undertakes related projects of research, land purchase and protection, reforestation, public awareness and promoting sustainable economic activity. To ensure the sustainability of our conservation efforts, all our work is carried out in conjunction with and for the benefit of local people. We have been instrumental in the creation of 11 protected areas, covering about 100,000 hectares, and the rescue of more than 4,000 illegally trafficked wild animals. To create and manage reserves we carry out biological inventories, build local capacity, provide legal advice and help raise funds for management.

The 7,418-hectare Royal Sun Angel’s Gardens reserve, run by the local Association of Farmers of La Primavera (APALP), is protecting some of the last intact montane forests in the Tropical Andes biodiversity hotspot—the most biodiverse region on earth. Since 1988 the area has been unofficially protected by a dedicated group of villagers and was awarded status as a Concession for Conservation by the Peruvian government in 2012. The reserve’s horseshoe shape makes it harder to protect. But a recent offer to purchase the land in the interior of the U-shape and add it to the reserve would help protect all of the species and forest as a whole.

Some of the threatened species found at the site are:

The Association of Farmers of La Primavera (APALP) is an extremely dedicated group of local conservationists. They initiate many conservation and environmental education projects all around their area. With the help of NPC, they have been able to formally register the area they were protecting for years as a Concession for Conservation. APALP also run vigilance patrols, locate signs to clearly mark the limits of the reserve and announce that no clearing, logging or hunting is permitted, and have built a basic control post to provide accommodation for researchers, association members and park guards. This enthusiastic work will be extended to include the newly purchased land and will ensure the integrity of both areas.

Spectacled bear (Tremarctos ornatus)
Spectacled bear (Tremarctos ornatus)
Royal Sun Angel (Heliangelus regalia)
Royal Sun Angel (Heliangelus regalia)