On September 27, 2021, Peru’s Ministry of Environment formally recognized a new private conservation area on the communal lands of the Once de Agosto Indigenous community in Loreto, Peru. This community of Kukama – Kukamiria people decided to protect 2,718 acres of their biodiverse forests in perpetuity in order to conserve important water resources and medicinal plant species for current and future generations. Furthermore, Once de Agosto holds beautiful landscapes and ideal conditions for bird watching, making it a possible tourism location that could generate economic benefits to the community.
Its abundant fauna includes the small wild cat margay (Leopardus wiedii), the white-throated toucan (Ramphastos tucanus), the silvery woolly monkey (Lagothrix poeppigii), and more. Most notably, the forests of Once de Agosto are home to the jaguar (Panthera onca), considered near threatened by IUCN standards.
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Once de Agosto Private Conservation Area was made possible through AAF grantee Amazónicos por la Amazonía (AMPA), who collaborated with the local community in Loreto, Peru to establish the protected area. Financial support was provided by Andes Amazon Fund.