WWF's work in Peru

WWF began its work in Peru with the conservation of the endangered vicuna (Vicugna vicugna) in the national reserve of Pampa Galeras during the 1960s.

In 1997, WWF established a comprehensive country conservation programme. Since then, the WWF Peru Programme Office (PPO) has gone on to achieve a number of conservation goals. Today, WWF concentrates its efforts primarily in 6 of Peru's 14 priority ecoregions:

* Southwestern Amazon Moist Forests
* Amazon River and Flooded Forests
* Humboldt Current
* Napo Moist Forests
* Central Andean Yungas
* Northern Andean Montane Forests.


WWF Peru Programme Office main goals are:

* To protect Peru's numerous endangered and/or endemic fauna and flora species, such as the marine turtle species, spectacled bear (Tremarctos ornatus), giant river otter (Pteronura brasiliensis), mountain tapir (Tapirus pinchaque); and among the flora species the Aguaje palm (Mauritia flexuosa) and, the big-leafed mahogany (Swietenia macrophylla).

* To support the creation and effective management of natural protected areas through political advocacy and the design of conservation master plans, capacity building efforts, and supervision and control.

* To strengthen the framework of Peru's National Protected Areas System (SINANPE). Specifically, with financial support from USAID-Peru, the Peru Programme Office recently helped to develop a national scorecard matrix to evaluate management capacity in natural protected areas, which has already been run twice in 28 natural protected areas. The PPO also prepared a draft biological monitoring tool and overall monitoring system for natural protected areas.

To achieve these goals, WWF Peru Programme Office works in the following areas:

* Forests
* Freshwater
* Marine
* Species

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