2015 Milestones: July

Growing the Shield

In July we were excited to announce a new village partnership.

Oviri is the latest community to join our Asháninka Partnership in central Peru. The village lies between the steep mountains along the Rio Tambo, a powerful river that joins the Urubamba. Their 16,000 acres – the size of 80 Battersea Parks – has grown our forest shield to secure the northerly extent of the neighbouring reserve.

This region is one of the most at-risk areas on the planet. The Ene Valley, where the project is located, currently has 28 logging concessions in operation and terrifyingly, a further 81 are in the process of authorisation. Last year alone, our partner villages were offered five logging contracts.

“THANK YOU FOR SUPPORTING US. WE DON’T WANT TO LOSE OUR FOREST, WE WANT TO PRESERVE IT. NO TOWNS, NO ROADS, NO CARS – JUST TREES.”

Leopoldo Chimanga Shumpate, Chief of Oviri Village

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