1 MILLION+ PEOPLE URGE PERU TO CREATE NATIONAL PARK IN AMAZON

Over one million one hundred thousand people are urging Peru’s government to establish a national park in the Sierra del Divisor region in the Amazon, adjacent to the border with Brazil, following a petition launched by campaigning organisation Avaaz and directed at Peru’s prime minister, Pedro Cateriano Bellido. Avaaz calls Sierra del Divisor ‘one of the most precious corners of the Amazon forest’ and states that, ‘with a stroke of his pen, [Cateriano] could turn it into a National Park and save it. . . Activists in Peru say if Cateriano knows the whole world is supporting him, it will tip him to take action. Environmentalists and indigenous groups have been lobbying for twenty years to get this area protected.’ For more details about Sierra del Divisor, the threats posed to it and the possible reasons behind Peru’s stalling, see my article in The Guardian published in July.  

David Hill