Reserves in Peru joined in ekokoridor to save animals

For the conservation of rare and endangered species of animals and plants three protected areas in Peru united ecological corridor area of just under 600 hectares — the zone, allowing the animals to migrate freely from one protected area to another, according to the World Wildlife Fund (WWF).

"On the basis of the reserve Gueppi (Gueppi) and two conservation areas Huimeki (Huimeki) and AIRO Pye (Airo Pai) was established biological corridor, with a total area of 592.7 thousand hectares," — said the Minister of Environment of Peru Manuel Pulgar Vidal (Manuel Pulgar Vidal), whose words are reported.

According to scientists, the creation of an ecological corridor will support populations of rare and endangered species such as the tapir, jaguar, anaconda.

Creating such a vast protected area began in 1997, when the status of protected areas were areas on the border of Peru, Colombia and Ecuador. The purpose of the reserve was to preserve not only biodiversity but also the unique culture living on the territory of nations. In 2011, the Ministers of Peru, Ecuador and Colombia have signed an agreement to combine environmental zones in one environmental corridors along the Putumayo — the left tributary of the Amazon.

"The total area of cross-border protected area of the three countries — Peruvian protected area Gueppi, Colombian La Paya National Park (La Paya) and Ecuadorian reserve Kuabeno (Cuyabeno), — $ 1.6 million hectares," — the reports WWF.

The head of the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) Russia Igor Chestin told RIA Novosti that the ecological corridor in Peru, created as part of the Kyoto Protocol on conservation. According to him, the main threat to the area is the construction of the road passing through the South American countries, as in this case, can not be avoided deforestation along the route. But the ecological corridor along the border could pave the road that will preserve valuable forests and their inhabitants.

"WWF believes that the project is very effective, it will prevent fragmentation," — said Chestin.

The expert noted that in Russia also implemented similar programs, for example, a project for the protection of the Amur tiger in the Bikin River Valley in the Primorye Territory. As a South American, a Russian project covers a large area — about 500 000 hectares, which was a 49-year leased communities of indigenous peoples "Tiger". It prohibits logging, but allowed collection of nuts and wild plants, and in addition, the community protects the area from poaching and fires.

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