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Conservationists Discuss Best Practices For Amazon

  • Trees growing in the Amazon forest in Apui, in the southern region of the state of Amazonas, Brazil, July 27, 2017

    Trees growing in the Amazon forest in Apui, in the southern region of the state of Amazonas, Brazil, July 27, 2017 | Photo: Reuters

Published 13 September 2018

Over 60 scientists, academics, social movements, and government officials gathered in Lima to discuss how to preserve and exploit the Amazon biome.

Delegations from seven South American countries took part in the Seminar on Good Practices in Protected Areas of the Amazon Biome to share experiences and suggestions on conservation and natural reserves in the Amazon.

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The meeting, led by the Integration of Protected Areas of the Amazon Biome (IAPA) and the Latin American Network of Technical Cooperation in Natural Parks (Redparques), was attended by over 60 governments, scientific institutions and NGOs from Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, Guyana, Peru, and Venezuela to discuss ongoing projects on ecological preservation in the Amazon

The meeting’s, with its motto "Integrating Amazonian protected areas into the landscape," took place on Tuesday and Wednesday in Peru’s capital, Lima.

Panelists shared how their preservation initiatives outside of the Amazon biome, such as the Laguna Encantada Regional Conservation Area in Atalaya, Peru and the Cazumba-Iracema Extractivist Reserve in Brazil could be applied to conserving the 7 million sq km basin that lies mainly in Brazil.

Those who run these parks and areas demonstrated how to conserve the flora and fauna, which also includes generating money for local communities and economies.

Deputy Minister of Strategic Development of Natural Resources for Peru (MINAM), Lucia Ruiz, said that "Peru can be an example of good practices and territorial management and how natural protected areas can be preserved and used through proper governance between the state, local communities, civil society, and academia."

The Amazon biome has 1,033 protected areas, which means that 33 percent of its land is protected under some conservation figure.

IAPA is funded by the European Union and coordinated by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and implemented jointly by WWF, the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN), the United Nations Environment Program (UN Environment Program) and Redparques.

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