Jaguar (Pantera onca).

Peruvian Amazon: unique and biodiverse

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.

Key facts:

The Amazon River originates in Southern Peru at 5,500 m. above sea level.

Peru is the second country with the largest expanse of
Amazon forest.

The Peruvian forests are home to some of the last indigenous peoples in voluntary isolation.

Junikuin, Sharanahua, Asheninka, Amahuaca, Yine,
Eseeja, Achuar, Kandozi, Quechua, Urarinas and

Cocama-cocamilla indigenous peoples are the main allies of WWF Peru for the conservation of the Amazon biodiversity and the sustainable resources management.

Jaguars and river dolphins are key Amazon species prioriti-
zed by WWF Peru for its research and conservation.

Mahogany (Swietenia macrophylla) is the most valued and overexploited timber species, therefore, WWF Peru promo- tes sustainable forest management by prioritizing species diversification and respect for the forest.

A major goal:
  • In line with the WWF Amazon Network Initiative, WWF Peru’s goal is to guarantee the conservation and integrity of key ecosystems of the Peruvian Amazon, to achieve the joint conservation of these Amazon ecosystems and species by 2030, guaranteeing the continuity of their environmental services and of its role as a world climate regulator.
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