The FZS Peru Programme
Conserving the mega-diverse east slope of the Andes and Amazonian lowlands of Peru.
FZS started working in Peru in 1969 and supported projects on various threatened species over the next decades. In 1990 a detailed study of Giant Otter ecology began in Manu National Park and this evolved into the integrated park protection program in 2002. Since 2005 the number of protected areas has continually increased. In 2015 FZS expanded its support to the North, summing up to nine protected areas that cover more than 8 million hectares.
FZS works in close collaboration with the Peruvian national protected area authority (SERNANP) supporting them in their work to protect these amazing areas.
What we do in Peru
Our main activities include:
- Support for protection of protected areas
- Infrastructure construction and maintenance in protected areas
- Building capacity for park guards and protected area staff
- Improving education for the Matsiguenka communities in the Manu Biosphere Reserve
- Environmental education in native and rural communities in and around protected areas
- Development, planning and implementation of ecologically compatible tourism
- Biological and threat monitoring in protected areas
- Supporting participative management of natural resources within the protected areas and buffer zones
We also undertake specific projects on some threatened species including:
- Giant Otters
- Andean Bears
- River Turtles