Purus - Manu Conservation Corridor
This region is the source of four of the most important river basins in the Amazon. The local population – including over 60 communities from 15 ethnic groups – depends directly on the goods and services provided by these forests, including water, food, medicine, clothing and housing. Moreover, it encompasses the largest extension of responsibly managed forests for timber, shiringa (vegetable latex) and other forests products. It also functions as a refuge for threatened species, such as river dolphins – which southern distribution limit in Peru is here –, and mahogany – which grows here at the highest concentration in the entire Amazon.
This is also home to some of the last groups of indigenous people in voluntary isolation and initial contact. These groups have disappeared elsewhere in the Amazon due to migration, increasing extractive activities, such as illegal logging, productive activities, such as farming and ranching, and infrastructure projects, such as highways, without proper planning.
This place is a source of tremendous opportunities and pride that we must conserve.