Conservation advances in Colombia and Peru
In June, indigenous communities, conservation authorities and WWF celebrated 10 years of success in restoring Peru’s largest wetland complex. The 3,8 million ha Abanico del Pastaza wetland, between the Pastaza and Corrientes rivers in the Amazon, was threatened by pollution from oil drilling. But the communities mobilised, populations of fish and turtles have recovered, and the oil drilling is now monitored.
Colombia is strengthening its national protected area network to meet the Convention on Biological Diversity targets. New protected areas have been created in the Caribbean for deep water corals, and in the Amazon for tropical forest, where the Chiribiquete National park covers 3-million hectares.