PERU STALLING NATIONAL PARK IN AMAZON FOR UNIQUE MOUNTAIN RANGE

A article of mine in The Guardian about Peru stalling on establishing a new national park in the Amazon has been translated into Spanish and now appears on the Peruvian NGO CEDIA’s website, titled ‘Peru retrasa creacion de parque nacional que protegerá única cordillera de Amazonia baja.’ The proposed park is in Peru’s Sierra del Divisor region near the border with Brazil which the Instituto del Bien Común, another Peruvian NGO, describes as the ‘only mountainous region’ anywhere in the lowland rainforest. After years and years of researching and campaigning all that remains now is for the Cabinet and the president, Ollanta Humala, to approve it. Why the delay? The article considers various possibilities: oil and gas interests, plans for a highway and railways, and agricultural expansion. 'Nine years have passed while Sierra del Divisor has waited to officially become a national park,' it quotes indigenous organisation AIDESEP saying. (11-08-2015)

David Hill