The region of San Martín, Peru celebrates its two newest Conservation Concessions: Cerro Blanco (2,511 acres) and Los Otorongos (13,320 acres) declared on November 6, marking the 13th and 14th Conservation Concessions created in San Martín through Andes Amazon Fund support. Both concessions allow for ecological connectivity due to their adjacent location to the Gran Pajaten Biosphere Reserve, further expanding corridors that allow species to move and biodiversity to thrive.
Located in an area included in the 28 recognized fragile ecosystems of the San Martín Region, Cerro Blanco hosts an ecosystem with great potential for the development of sustainable activities harmonious with nature. The area houses important water resources and conserves numerous flora and fauna including the South American tapir (Tapirus terrestres), the red brocket deer (Mazana americana), the copaiba plant (Copaifera paupera), largely known for its healing abilities, and mahogany (Swietenia macrophylla).
Los Otorongos is composed of humid forests and is located inside the buffer zone of Río Abiseo National Park. Its creation is of utmost importance for the local population because it secures environmental services like the provision of safe and abundant water. Los Otorongos maintains a high ecological value since it protects various threatened species of flora and fauna, such as the jaguar (Panthera onca); South American tapir (Tapirus terrestris); and red cedar (Cedrela odorata).
Thank you to our grantee Amazónicos por la Amazonía (AMPA) for making the creation of these conservation concessions possible and to the support of the Regional Government of San Martín, the Association of Agroecological Farmers of the Watersheds of Yansanache and Sulache Dos de Mayo (AGROECYS), and the Association of Conservation Hurmanas of San Juan of Abiseo (ASHUSJA).