Cultural and Travel News Peru

Frog Species Discovered in Peru

Tuesday January 24, 2017

A new frog species was recently discovered in Peru! The discovery was made in the Communal Reserve called Amarakaeri.

The new species was found to be poisonous, hence its name “Ameerega shihuemoy,” which means poisonous frog in the local language.

This frog is quite small, sizing under 3 cm. They are identified with their vibrant colors, marking them as poisonous in the animal world.

Scientists seek to continue to promote the protection of this area, and it is the home to new species that are fighting to survive. (more…)

7th Oil Spill this Year Occurs in the Amazon

Tuesday October 18, 2016

In the region of Loreto, an oil spill took place on Friday, October 14th. This is the seventh oil spill to occur this year in the Amazon of Peru.

The spill was on the Northern Peruvian Pipeline on the first section of the Pipeline. PetroPeru, the company responsible, is in the process of investigation by the Agency for Assessment and Environmental Control.

The company asserts that it did all in its power to contain the spill once it began, and that the spill was not caused by them, but by a third party.

Natural Areas in Peru to be protected

Tuesday August 23, 2016

The State-run National Service of Natural Protected Areas insists that it aims to protect four areas in Peru. They will do this by putting them on the Green List of Protected Areas of the International Union for Conservation of Nature.

Being on this Green List ensures that the conservation and management of these areas is priority, and that recognition is given for the success of these sustainable sites.

The four areas that the National Service of Natural Protected Areas seeks to protect are the Amarakaeri Communal Reserve (more…)

Illegal mine in Huascarán National Park is Eliminated

Wednesday June 08, 2016

For around six years, the police believed an illegal mine to be operating in Huascarán National Park. It was just recently that they were granted permission to enter the park and conduct a search.

Very early in the morning, 100 police officers went out in search of the mine in park filled with wildlife and freezing temperatures. In addition to the police force, the Environmental Prosecutor´s Office and the High Commission Against Illegal Mining were also present during the investigation.

The police discovered the illegal mine, which consisted of numerous camps, cabins, and a sink hole. (more…)

Peru and Ecuador Will Create 1.8 Million Acre Biosphere Reserve

Wednesday January 06, 2016

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. (more…)

Peru, second biggest exporter of avocados

Friday February 20, 2015

According to the Minister of Agriculture and Irrigation Peru has grown in 15 years into the second biggest exporter of the delicious green vegetable; the avocado. The biggest exporter of avocados is Mexico. The 3rd biggest is Chile, closely followed by South Africa.

Peru gained in 2014, 308 million USD with the export of 177,800 tons of avocados. It´s a record!
How did Peru achieve this? A good environment is one of the most important things. Chile suffered from a bad climate which had influenced their production of avocados. (more…)

US$35 Million Was Granted to the Madre de Dios Region in Peru

Monday April 28, 2014

Peru is working to improve its Amazon rainforest by investing US$35 million for the Madre de Dios region. President Ollanta Humala says this money will work to stop illegal mining and organized crime in the southern part of Peru.

Humala believes this project is very important as illegal mining is causing drastic and harmful changes to the environment. A study performed last year by Carnegie Institution for Science on Mercury showed that over 30 tons of it ended up in the Madre de Dios rivers. This leads to overconsumption of mercury (more…)

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