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18/11/2022

+Amazonía: a festival to raise awareness for the conservation of Peru’s Protected Natural Areas

More than 25 business initiatives from different regions that collaborate in the conservation and protection of PNAs will be present. There will be renowned bands such as Los Mirlos, as well as workshops, an entrepreneurs’ fair and information stations, among other activities.

This November 26th, the first edition of the +Amazonia Festival will be held, a space full of art, music and business initiatives, which aims to raise awareness for the conservation of our Protected Natural Areas (PNAs) and learn about ways to contribute to it. The event will take place from 12:00 p. m. at the Manuel Bonilla stadium in Miraflores and will include informative spaces to learn about the challenges facing PNAs and ways to collaborate in their conservation.

 

“All citizens benefit from what protected natural areas give us, we just don’t know it. It is very likely that the fish in your favorite ceviche, or the water used by the hydroelectric plant to provide you with electricity at home comes from these spaces. Therefore, it is very important that you come to the festival, to get to know them and, above all, to learn how to protect them”, stated Cindy Vergel, Manager of the Peruvian Natural Heritage Initiative, from Sernanp.

 

The +Amazonia Festival will be attended by more than 25 business initiatives from different regions that collaborate in the conservation and protection of PNAs. Foodstuffs such as cocoa, coffee and honey; products such as shampoo made from sangre de grado and blueberries, non-medicinal soaps made from aguaje; and handicrafts and textiles will be offered.

 

There will also be live concerts by renowned bands such as Los Mirlos and well-known bands such as El Sucumbión, Elegante y la Imperial and DJ del Bosque.

 

“We are very excited about this festival as it represents the opportunity to bring relevant information about PNAs in a close, playful and at the same time educational way. We want the new generations to know that they have a source of pride and a responsibility. The country’s biodiversity is unique and, therefore, requires constant and active commitment. This is the message we want to deliver”, mentioned Claudia Godfrey, Director of Innovation and Strategic Management of Profonanpe

 

The +Amazonía Festival is organized by the Ministry of Environment, Sernanp, Profonanpe, the Peruvian environmental fund, and the Municipality of Miraflores with the participation of WWF, Yunkawasi, Conservamos por Naturaleza (SPDA), Conservation International, UNDP, USAID, among others, and is financed by the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation and the Global Environment Facility (GEF).

 

In the Protected Natural Areas, various sustainable initiatives are promoted by native communities belonging to indigenous or native peoples. In the photo, an inhabitant of the Ashaninka Communal Reserve (Junín) shows the cocoa fruit, which is being sustainably produced in this PNA.
In the Protected Natural Areas, various sustainable initiatives are promoted by native communities belonging to indigenous or native peoples. In the photo, an inhabitant of the Ashaninka Communal Reserve (Junín) shows the cocoa fruit, which is being sustainably produced in this PNA.

 

Why is it important to protect and conserve our PNAs?

 

Protected Natural Areas are living spaces that are home to a great variety of plant and animal species, as well as natural resources. Their responsible use contributes to economic development and the generation of employment opportunities, decent work and are a source of food security for vulnerable populations, without losing autonomy over their ancestral territories. This model generates leadership, co-management, economic growth, innovation, and autonomy in the country’s rural populations.

 

Peru has 76 Protected Natural Areas (PNA) with more than 29 million green hectares, equivalent to 18% of the entire national territory. In order to conserve these areas, Peru is committed to comprehensive management that promotes coordinated participation between the State, the private sector and the public, in order to address threats such as forest fires and deforestation.

 

Between 2019 and 2020, serious devastation was reported for the 11 thousand fires caused in these areas of the country, and during 2021, the loss of Amazonian forests was 137,976 hectares. In addition, about 90% of deforestation is caused by burning and/or logging of forests for the opening of small farms, expansion of unsustainable agricultural activities for the internal and external market.

 

In this sense, it is urgent to financially support the protection of PNAs, which will strengthen their presence and care at the national level and, in turn, considerably boost local economies throughout the country.

 

So far in 2022, the responsible use of resources in the PNAs has generated more than 7 million soles in income for the benefit of more than 1,800 families nationwide. This is possible through the signing of 227 contracts and agreements for the use of resources such as coffee, cocoa, honey, Amazonian fruits, among others.

 

Protected natural areas are the habitat of 95% of Peru’s bird species. The conservation of their ecosystems ensures the life of these and other species. In the photo, a hummingbird from the Alto Mayo Protected Forest (San Martin).
Protected natural areas are the habitat of 95% of Peru’s bird species. The conservation of their ecosystems ensures the life of these and other species. In the photo, a hummingbird from the Alto Mayo Protected Forest (San Martin).

 

About Sernanp

 

Sernanp is the governing body of the National System of Natural Areas Protected by the State. Its purpose is to conserve Peru’s vast biodiversity, as well as to bring natural protected areas closer to the population, so that all Peruvians can make responsible use of the resources they provide, thus contributing to the sustainable development of the national economy.

 

About Profonanpe

 

Profonanpe has established itself as the most important environmental fund in Peru. Since its foundation, it has been characterized for being an institution specialized in creating, developing and implementing innovative processes in the administrative and technical management of funds, and articulating with all public and private actors working in favor of biodiversity conservation, mitigation and adaptation to climate change.

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