Strengthening of the Management and the System of Control and Surveillance of the Yaguas Reserved Zone
The Yaguas Reserved Zone was created in 2011 with an extension of 868,927.57 hectares of land in the lower part of the Putumayo (Loreto) river basin. The principal goal of its creation was to protect and converse the biological communities of the Yaguas and Cotuhé rivers, and contribute to the well being of the local population of native communities located in the Yaguas and Putumayo river basins.
This area is of biological importance because it includes a complete gradient of aquatic habitats in the river of the lower forest, from the headwater to the oxbow lakes and flood plains. These habitats are home to many endemic flora and fauna species, and is one of the areas of the Amazon with the highest biodiversity in Peru, including 65% of continental fish species found in the country.
Nonetheless, illegal logging and gold mining has increased in recent years, threatening conservation of the biodiversity of this zone. This is due to the presence of illegal miners within the protected area and is in effect the principal threat within the Yaguas Reserved Zone.
The Yaguas Project
For these reasons and beginning in 2015, FZS Perú directed its support to the SERNANP with its own funding to strengthen management of the Yaguas Reserved Zone. In March 2016, the two organizations, FZS and SERNANP, signed the Inter-Institutional Collaboration Agreement to support management of the protected areas. The agreement will be active for two years but is already projected for an additional three years, or five years to begin. As of September 2016, the FZS also receives financial support from International Conservation (CI) through the project, “Strengthening Management and the System for Control and Surveillance of the Yaguas Reserved Zone,” that will last 10 months, from September 2016 until June 2017.
Within the framework of this agreement and the CI project, a conservation strategy for the hydrographic basin of the Yaguas river will be implemented that will effectively protect its ecosystems and high biodiversity through strengthening the management and the system for control and surveillance of the protected areas. Furthermore, the FZS Perú, in collaboration with other institutions, is providing support to the process of recategorization from its actual status of reserved zone, into either a national park or national reserve.
The development of these multi-faceted activities within the framework of the agreement and the CI project will directly benefit the Yaguas Reserved Zone and indirectly benefit the inhabitants of the native communities within the area of influence.
- Support the SERNANP in employing park keepers and increase their presence in the Yaguas Reserved Zone
- Construction and outfitting of the control post and two lodges
- Assist control and surveillance activities
- Undergo monitoring of indicative species
- Assist with the implementation of a conservation strategy for the hydrographic basin of the Yaguas river
- Collaborate in the process of recategorization