After two years of work by World Land Trust’s Peruvian partner Naturaleza y Cultura Peru (NCPeru), an area of the largest cloud forest in the Piura region has been recognised by the Ministry of Environment as a private conservation area (Area de Conservación Privada or ACP).
World Land Trust (WLT) and partner NCPeru are supporting the establishment of several ACPs down the border of the Andes to form a corridor protecting biodiversity between the mountains and the upper Amazon basin.
Chicuate-Chinguelas Private Conservation Area is the first of three ACP projects WLT is supporting that has been recognised by Peru’s National System of Protected Areas.
Charlotte Beckham, Conservation Programmes Coordinator at WLT, congratulates NCP on this achievement and on the dedication of the Segunda y Cajas community to protect their forests. “Compiling the information needed for the ACP application and supporting villages to develop more sustainable initiatives is a lengthy process, which requires consensus amongst remote communities in difficult to reach areas.”
“We would like to congratulate NCP and the Segunda y Cajas community on all their hard work in putting this together and achieving this recognition. We are proud to be a part of it and this is also an exciting milestone for WLT as it marks the completion of the first ACP project we have supported.”
The Montane Cloud Forest and Páramo ecosystems of Chicuate-Chinguelas are part of the Tropical Andes Corridor and lie between Tabaconas Namballe National Sanctuary in Peru and Yacuri National Park in Ecuador.
The Tropical Andes region is home to many endemic species, including the Masked Mountain–Tanager (Buthraupis wetmorei), and flagship species such as the Spectacled Bear (Tremarctos ornatus) and Mountain Tapir (Tapirus pinchaque). In Chicuate-Chinguelas they have 487 plant species, including several timber species of high commercial value and local traditional medicine use, 162 bird species, 44 mammal species and 15 reptile species.
The area is a priority for conservation due to its high ecological and economic importance for the local population, and the formation of ACPs protects the corridor from threats such as slash and burning, logging and illegal mining.
Chicuate-Chinguelas has been recognised in perpetuity, and will now follow a master plan agreed by the community and monitored by the National Service of Protected Areas to ensure the area remains protected and sustainably managed.
If you would like to support the work behind the ACP applications for the neighbouring communities Tabaconas and Sallique to secure more of the Tropical Andes Corridor, you can donate to WLT’s Action Fund, and specifying in the comments box that the donation is for Peru.