Saving Forests in Peru

By Geraldine Cook
July 01, 2010

In the Amazonian high forest, the Oxapampa-Asháninka-Yánesha area in Peru is the home of the indigenous Yánesha and Asháninka. Both cultures had been working against the threat of deforestation to implement sustainable development until UNESCO lent a helping hand by naming the region a biosphere reserve. With the addition of five reserves in Latin America and the Caribbean in June 2010, the World Network of Biosphere Reserves, part of UNESCO, now numbers 564 sites in 109 countries.