Peru and Ecuador have agreed to create a reserve would protect dry forests along the shared border. This project would create a reserve of 1,8 acres in the northwest region of Peru and in the southwest region of Ecuador.
Starting in 2016, Peru’s National Service for Natural Protected Areas will work with Ecuador’s Ministry of the Environment to have the forests of Arenillas and be declared a bi-national biosphere reserve by UNESCO.
“Between Ecuador and Peru we have shared a dry forest. Part of the Arenillas reserve is part of a shared ecosystem,” declares Paola Inga, Ecuador’s director of the project. Inga added that both countries will work together with the local communities in the region.
This agreement was reached last December 2015, when the two presidents Rafael Correa of Ecuador and Ollanta Humala of Peru met during the their ninth ni-national cabinet meeting.
During the high-level talks, the two leaders addressed border security and identified ongoing security issues facing the two countries.