Biodiversity, indigenous peoples and the source of the amazon
The Amazon River originates in Southern Peru at 5,500 m. above sea level. Peru also has the second largest expanse of Amazon forest. Here, the presence of the Andean Mountain Range is the foundation for one of the world’s most astonishing and biodiverse ecosystems: from unique cloud forests to massive flooded rainforests. These forests harbor record numbers of diverse birds, plants, insects and mammals endemic to the area, i.e. species that do not exist in other areas. Moreover, it is home to over 50 ethnic groups, and refuge of some of the last indigenous peoples in voluntary isolation, who envision in these forests and rivers their main livelihoods.
Whether contributing towards the design and implementation of policies that promote sustainable development models, supporting the participatory management of natural
protected areas, assisting indigenous communities towards the forest management certification, furthering best extractive practices, or leading a research on wildlife, WWF works alongside authorities, communities and the private sector in order to ensure the sustainable development of the Peruvian Amazon and the local people’s welfare.