Program Director Enrique Ortiz presents AAF’s contribution to Sierra del Divisor’s initial management.
AAF is proud to announce the creation of Sierra del Divisor National Park in Peru.
President Humala signed a law into effect on November 8th, establishing the new conservation area. Located in the western part of the country neighboring Brazil, the massive park spans more than 1.3 million hectares (3.2 million acres).
According to the Peruvian Times, Sierra del Divisor, “is larger than Yosemite and Yellowstone National Parks combined. [It] straddles parts of the Loreto and Ucayali regions and closes a final link to ensure the protection of a 67mn acre area known as the Andes-Amazon Conservation Corridor.”
Sierra del Divisor is a major win for conservation efforts in Peru. The park hosts an estimated 3,500 species of plants alone. Threatened animals in the area, such as jaguars and tapirs, will also be protected as a result of Sierra del Divisor’s creation.
Still, native flora and fauna are not the only ones benefiting from the park’s development. The protected area is also the home of indigenous communities, namely the Iskonowa.
AAF committed $1 million USD to Sierra del Divisor’s initial management. During the process of creating the park, the Fund also supported the efforts of the Peruvian Society for Environmental Law (SPDA).
Banner photo by Walter Wust.