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Cloud forest conservation area in Peru wins community support

30 April, 2015 - 13:13 -- World Land Trust
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Field camp in the proposed private conservation area overlooking the Andes mountains.
Community assembly to approve Segunda y Cajas reserve.

Members of the community of Segunda y Cajas have agreed unanimously to form a private conservation area in the high Andes Mountains of Peru.

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The reserve will be created with funding from World Land Trust (WLT) in partnership with Naturaleza y Cultura Peru (NCPeru). Corporate sponsors Puro Coffee and Tapir Apps are supporting the initiative.

When finally established, the reserve will be known as Bosques montanos y páramos de Chicuate Chingelas (or Chicuate Chingelas). It will cover some 50,000 acres (20,000 hectares) to the east and west of the community of Segunda y Cajas.

Because of its location at an altitude of between 1,600 and 3,800 metres above sea level, the area of Segunda y Cajas contains an unusual mix of flora and fauna from both the high Andes and also the upper Amazon basin. It is also home to the largest cloud forest in the Piura department of northern Peru.

The conservation area also has a strategic importance because it lies in an area of some 270,000 acres (109,000 hectares) between Tabaconas Namballe National Sanctuary in Peru and Yacuri National Park in Ecuador. Since 2014 NCPeru has been devoting its efforts to protecting the cloud forest and paramo in the corridor between the two national parks.

Community engagement

Much of the land in the Tabaconas Namballe - Yacuri corridor belongs to rural communities, and protecting the biodiversity of the region depends on members of small communities forming private conservation areas in common ownership.

In biological terms, the Segunda y Cajas area is almost unknown, but adjacent areas in Peru and Ecuador have high levels of endemic and threatened species.

NCPeru has been supporting conservation in Segunda y Cajas since 2013. In that year NCPeru identified an area of 30,000 acres (12,000 hectares) for a private communal conservation area on the west side of the community.


A year later, in 2014 WLT donated funds to the project, which was expanded to include another 20,000 acres (8,000 hectares) to the east side of the community.

“The communal assembly of Segunda y Cajas has approved the creation of the conservation area. This is a key step towards a formal declaration by Peruvian state,” said Alexander More, North West Program coordinator of NCPeru.

More Information

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Find out more about WLT's support for the Segunda y Cajas community reserve »


Submitted by Dominic Belfield on

Yet again, I find myself taken aback, and frankly humbled, by peoples in economically 'poorer' countries than ours. Peoples who are acting and thinking with long term environmental concern in mind, and in ways which leave many of our British efforts looking distinctly meagre.

A few days out from a national general election, and I have yet to hear ANY of the major political parties even mention the environment, still less proffer any coherent policies
to address our long term future ( a bit like this community and these supporting companies and NGOs are doing) from an environmentally sane standpoint.

If you were to assess the current British electoral debate from an ecological perspective, you would have say that we are living in cloud cuckoo land - limitless economic growth, limitless population growth, limitless demands to be placed on the ever-stretched life support capacities of the planet. " Hey we've got away with so far - why not forever? "

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