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We work to ensure free-flowing rivers and freshwater ecosystems health to conserve the Amazon.

© J.J. HUCKIN / WWF-US

The Amazon basin is characterized by its unique biodiversity, cultural wealth, and rivers. However, faces great challenges that put its aquatic ecosystems at risk. In order to preserve our vast Amazon, we focus our efforts on ensuring the free flow of rivers and ecosystems´ health, promoting the sustainable use of freshwater ecosystems and guaranteeing protection mechanism for rivers.

Peru harbors the headwaters of the largest river system in the world:

The Amazon Basin, with more than 100,000 kilometers of rivers and 70% of tropical glaciers worldwide. However, it is constantly threatened by productive activities and operations with high environmental impacts that may cause irreversible effects on Freshwater ecosystems: lakes, large rivers and small streams, riverine and non- riverine wetlands, and floodplains.

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80% of Peruvian water resources are produced by the Amazon Basin?

© Diego Pérez / WWF Perú

What is WWF doing?

WWF Peru is protecting the North and South Amazon of the country, working closely with decision-makers at the national level to support integrated resource management with a sustainability and resilience approach.
 
Also, we are fostering, through an open dialogue between Government, civil society organizations and the private sector, seeking to minimize the impacts of their economic activities over prior aquatic ecosystems.

Amo el Río I love the river healthy, clean, alive, and free.

In a coordinated effort with multiple institutions and the Freshwater program, "I Love the River Initiative" was created to strengthen the emotional and love ties that exist between Amazon citizens and its rivers. The river is a source of water, food, and the essential transport route in the Amazon. Therefore, it will help to inspire and encourage the population to become the guardians of their rivers.

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“We only defend what we love. It´s time to protect the health of our rivers”.

© André Bärtschi / WWF