From WWF - The Government of Peru, WWF and partners today announced a commitment of $140 million to expand and effectively manage almost 17 million hectares of protected areas in the Amazon.
The funds will be used to buy wildlife monitoring equipment; develop resilience and mitigation strategies; and increase and strengthen participation by local and indigenous people in the management of protected areas.
The funding supports “Patrimonio Natural del Perú” (National Parks: Peru’s Natural Legacy), a Government of Peru-led cutting-edge initiative to create financial sustainability for the entire national protected areas system of Peru. The initiative will eventually cover 100 percent of Peru’s protected areas network. which is mainly comprised of national parks in the Amazon river basin and marine protected areas in the Andean Coast.
Read the full story on the WWF site and view the Press Release here.
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