PERU PLANS TO CREATE NATIONAL PARK IN AMAZON TOMORROW

Peru is set to establish a 1.3 million hectare national park in the Amazon tomorrow, according to tweets by the Environment Minister Manuel Pulgar-Vidal. The announcement was made the same day that Peru’s Ombudsman revealed that legal action taken against the Environment Ministry and Peru’s Council of Ministers for stalling on creating the park has been admitted by Lima's Superior Court of Justice. The legal action was taken by the Ombudsman and Shipibo-Conibo leader Martha Cairuna Fasabi. As a recent article of mine in The Guardian explains, the proposed park, in Peru's Sierra del Divisor region, is home to extraordinary biodiversity, numerous river headwaters and indigenous peoples, including some living in ‘isolation.’ People in Peru and abroad have worked for years to have the park created - and a recently-launched petition to Peru’s prime minister by campaigning organisation Avaaz has been signed by over 137,000 people. (7-11-2015)

David Hill