Communities empowered to become citizen monitors in remote villages along the Ampiyacu River

Wednesday, 28 January, 2015

Communities along the Amiyacu River in the Periuvian Amazon have suffered slavery and indentured labour to extract and sell their rich natural resources including mahogony, rubber and game. Now the same communities are being involved in natural resource management through becoming community monitors, building on a participatory mapping exercise that established extractive areas with management plans and a national park to protect the communities sacred areas where "Sachamama" resides — the spirit that protects the forest’s animals. Community-based monitoring committees were established as part of this endeavour to combat illegal logging. The recent news article on Mongabay highlights the complexities and tensions that can arise from these initiatives which bring benefits but also trade-offs in terms of limits for local hunting and fishing,

Amazon Poison Dartfrog (Ranitomeya ventrimaculata)
Amazon Poison Dartfrog in Peru by Bayucca