The Regional Government of the Peruvian Amazon has just recently signed off on the Maijuna Regional Conservation Area. The Maijuna, with RCF’s help, have been fighting for this for the past 6 years and this is an incredible accomplishment. The area protects 390,000 hectares (almost 1,000,000 acres!) of Maijuna ancestral lands. RCF was in Maijuna lands for the declaration ceremony and it was an incredibly empowering moment for the Maijuna and very important for their future generations.
This important event was documented with many news stories, including a story in the longest running newspaper in Peru, El Comercio, and the article can
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RCF helps create a huge new rainforest reserve in the Peruvian Amazon!
Located between the Napo and Putumayo rivers, the 391,000 hectare Área de Conservación Regional Maijuna was established on February 4, 2012.
RCF Board member Dr. Michael Gilmore and RCF extensionists Gerardo Bertiz and Exiles Guerra attended the dedication ceremony and celebration in the Maijuna village of Sucusari. Almost 1,000,000 acres in size, the creation of the new reserve effectively cancels a project to build a road through Maijuna ancestral lands and gives protection to the last remaining 500 Maijuna individuals. To put things in perspective, this new protected area is 22%
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From the George Mason University News:
When he goes to visit the Maijuna people in the Peruvian Amazon, Mason student German Perilla is welcomed by the name they gave him — “ua” — which means, simply, “bee.”
An appropriate name, given that last year Perilla brought more than 600,000 honeybees to their small community as part of a beekeeping program through his studies at Mason. Perilla is pursuing a master’s degree in interdisciplinary studies, with a focus in environmental science and community engagement.
The Maijuna, also known as the Orejón, are an endangered and marginalized indigenous group found in the northeastern Peruvian Amazon. Today, there are only 400 Maijuna individuals left living in four villages in a large area between the Napo and Putumayo Rivers. The intact nature of Maijuna ancestral lands and the biological diversity present within them is a testament to the past and present environmental stewardship of the Maijuna and the sustainability of their traditional resource use and management strategies.
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Today, there are only about 400 Maijuna individuals left in the Peruvian Amazon living in four villages in a large area between the Napo and Putumayo Rivers. Maijuna ancestral lands are incredibly biologically rich and culturally important yet this large swath of primary rain forest is currently under siege.
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