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Aguaje palms (Mauritia flexuosa) have long been considered to be “the tree of life” in the Amazon rainforest. Their fruits are not only eaten and sold by humans, but they are also an important source of food for a wide range of threatened animals such as monkeys, macaws, tapir and white-lipped peccaries. These massive palm trees produce large amounts of valuable fruit high up in the palm, causing people to cut them down, killing these old, majestic, magnificent symbols of the Amazon rainforest.
Luckily, a new type of climber has been developed that is durable and makes climbing the palms an easy
Continue reading New RCF campaign for the Amazon: Funding climbing harnesses to end the destruction of “The Tree of Life”
“Even when he managed to seize trucks, chain saws or illegally harvested trees, judges would often force him to give them back, he said. Bribes were so common, he said, that one anticorruption official openly encouraged him to take them.
“The power of the logging industry here is very strong,” Mr. Berrospi said. “The corruption is terrible.”
Read the whole article at New York Times…
Continue reading Corruption in Peru Aids Cutting of Rain Forest
In April, 2010, RCF added a new project to our rainforest conservation efforts, located near and around the Amani Nature Reserve, in surrounding forest fragments and farmland of the East Usambara Mountains of Tanzania.
Led by RCF Advisor to the Board Dr. Norbert Cordeiro (Roosevelt University, Chicago) and Dr. Henry Ndangalasi (University of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania), the project works with local residents from 3 villages to conserve and restore the threatened cloud forests and the biocultural diversity of the area.
Dr. Henry Ndangalasi (left) and villagers processing seeds and seedlings in the screenhouse at Emau Hill, Amani.
The main component of the
Continue reading RCF project in Tanzania: Conserving and restoring an endemic-rich African cloud forest
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
Continue reading New Maijuna Protected Area in the News!
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%
Continue reading RCF helps create 960,000-acre reserve in Peruvian Amazon!