|Continent||Central and Latin America|
|Date||28 Nov 2017|
Following our long-term conservation strategy in the area, we aim at replicating and scaling up the results obtained in Colombia in two Peruvian communities achieving the following goals:
• Build capacity in the indigenous communities of Vista Alegre and Chineria through workshops that provide training in aspects of wildlife tourism such as primate, bird and dolphin watching techniques, recording wildlife hotspots, meal preparation, and First Aid in order to establish a low-impact, Wildlife Watching Tourism (WWT) initiative as a sustainable economic alternative to decrease the extraction of natural resources while improving local living standards.
• Strengthen leadership skills in Vista Alegre and Chineria in ethical WWT practices, providing them with the theoretical and practical information to effectively design, implement, and evaluate the impact of their tourism activities. Training in customer service for community tourism and reserve management improves the long-term development, monitoring and administration of projects and funds at a local level, improving local capacities.
• Establish a tourism association comprised of 30 community members that is responsible for allocating funds properly for monitoring, construction and services that will benefit the whole community and local ecosystem.
• Foster Relationships, communication and collaboration among the communities and local organizations involved in WWT on the Colombian- Peruvian Amazonian border.
• The analyses of DNA samples from Aotus nancymaae taken from sampling sites in Peru and the Centre of Primate Reproduction IVITA-San Marcos University, Iquitos are compared with samples taken in Colombia to assist in determining the origin of A. nancymaae in Colombia, clarifying the current taxonomic uncertainty. This information will help track illegal trade occurring between the two countries.
• Improved law enforcement; grassroots monitoring of the illegal trade in wildlife serves as a case study to enforce CITES regulations at the Colombian-Peruvian border.
Read about Angela's previous project https://www.rufford.org/projects/angela_maldonado or for more information contact: