The World Wildlife Fund (WWF) has been working in Peru since 1969. If you’re familiar with World Wildlife Fund’s logo, the panda, you might wonder what in the world they’re doing in Peru—despite being home to the world’s fifth largest number of animal species–there are no actual pandas in Peru!
There are, however, plenty of WWF experts working hard to help preserve the natural wonder of this beautiful and diverse country.
Founded in 1961, WWF is the world’s leading conservation organization. Today WWF works in 100 countries and is supported by more than one million members in the United States and close to five million globally. WWF’s unique way of working combines global reach with a foundation in science, involves action at every level from local to global, and ensures the delivery of innovative solutions that meet the needs of both people and nature.
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In Peru, WWF was one of the first organizations to partner with the Peruvian government to create a fund to properly manage Peru’s magnificent network of 76 national parks. This funding will help manage 41 million acres of the Amazon in its first phase, covering 87% of Peru’s protected area network!
Approximately 62,000 people live in these protected areas and 532,000 live adjacent to them. WWF works to help strengthen these communities’ ability to improve land use and natural resource management. Tourism plays a role, too.
In 2013, 1.3 million tourists who visited Peru’s protected areas generated $236 million in revenue, of which $134 million directly benefited its people.
WWF’s efforts to help Peru fund the permanent protection of Peru’s natural treasures will allow the country to create more employment opportunities in tourism to further benefit communities and increase revenues to fund the management and protection of these precious areas.
For example, in the Pacaya-Samiria National Reserve, located in the Amazon, SERNAP created a program managing the river turtles that has generated more than $1.5 million for local families over the last five years. WWF has been working in the Pacaya-Samiria National Reserve since 2002. This massive (5.2 million acres) area protects the Amazon’s flooded forests and some of its most magnificent species, such as the Amazon pink river dolphin.
Nicolas Villaume / WWF-US
WWF is working with SERNANP, the Peruvian Parks Service, to ensure the long-term financial sustainability of Pacaya-Samiria and 37 other national parks in the Peruvian Amazon through the initiative: National Parks: Peru’s Natural Legacy.
To learn more, visit: https://www.worldwildlife.org/projects/protecting-peru-s-natural-legacy.
Peru has been blessed with an abundance of natural wonders, and people who care deeply for their well-being. Learn more about this initiative and act now to donate and help protect Peru’s Natural Legacy.