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Amarakaeri Communal Reserve
Reserva Comunal Amarakaeri (RCA)

peru

First Listed

2018

Area
4023.36km2

Why is it Green Listed?

The Amarakaeri Communal Reserve (RCA) is located in the province of Manú, department of Madre de Dios; and it has an area of ​​402,335.62 hectares. Its establishment aims to contribute with the protection of the Madre de Dios and Colorado river basins, forests, and soil stability to maintain the quality and quantity of water, the ecological balance and an adequate environment for native communities.

The RCA is one of the largest communal reserves in the country. It has a great physiographic variety, composed of terraces, hills and mountains, in different floors of high and low forests, with a great variety of ecosystems and microclimates that provide refuge to a great number of species of fauna and flora, many of them in a situation threatened.

Site Attributes

WDPA ID

Size
4023.36km2

Designation(s)
Communal Reserve

IUCN Category
VI

Year Established
2002

Marine Protected Area
No

Governance Type
Government-delegated management

Site Agency
Servicio Nacional de Áreas Naturales Protegidas por el Estado (SERNANP)

Site Manager
Daniel Asvin Florez Gil

Application
30.5.2018

EAGL Evaluation
6.9.2018

GL Committee Submission
24.9.2018

EAGL Chair
Jeff Pradel

ASI Reviewer
Carlos Escobar

Site Summary

The Amarakaeri Communal Reserve (RCA) is located in the province  of Manú, department of Madre de Dios. Its establishment invests  management in the local community custodians of this region, with  twin aims to secure rights and territorial access to indigenous and  local communities and at the same time contribute to the protection of  the Madre de Dios and Colorado river basins, forests, and soil  stability to maintain the quality and quantity of water, the ecological  balance and an adequate environment for native biodiversity. The  RCA is one of the largest communal reserves in the country. It has a  great physiographic variety, composed of terraces, hills and  mountains, in different floors of high and low forests, with a great  variety of ecosystems and microclimates that provide refuge to a  great number of species of fauna and flora, many of them globally  threatened.

Major Site Values:

The protection of the Madre de Dios and Colorado river basins,  forests, and soil stability to maintain the quality and quantity of water;  ecological balance and an adequate environment for native  biodiversity including rare, threatened and endemic species. Cultural  values include multiple customary practices and knowledge as well  as many cultural heritage sites and landscapes within the RCA

Conservation Summary

  • Site visit report
  • EAGL meeting minutes
  • No COIs declared
  • EAGL consensus and vote:
  • 6 out 7 in favour. One EAGL member concerned about illegal mining in the vicinity. This is the same EAGL member who led site visit.
  • EAGL decide to approve, as the mining is not within the boundary of the PA, but could be a great threat if not managed. Approval also based on evidence provided for criterion 4.1 indicator 4.1.2 ‘external context’. Approval is condition to remedial action being put in place to manage the spread of illegal mining. Progress is to be reported to EAGL in next 12 months in order to retain ‘Green List’ status

EAGL statement:

  • According with accomplishment of criteria, for what has been mentioned and observed in the field visit, based on activities under implementation, the risk management strategies and, mainly, for the tremendous effort done by the team that leads the co-management of the PA, the engagement of the local population for the conservation of the PA, and the openness for constant improvement and adaptive  management, the EAGL members approve by majority to recommend the Amarakaeri Communal Reserve for inclusion on the IUCN Green List

Reviewer statement

The EAGL team, the IUCN representative of the Operations Team and the Implementer – Mentor Team received their first training on the operation of the Green List Manual and COMPASS in November / 2017 and then it was reinforced in March 2018. Despite this, shortcomings were identified in the use of the tools provided by the Green List Manual; However, this group of people respected the essential procedures of  the Green List Manual, such as the review of the generic indicators, the review of the self-evaluation of the PA, the visit to the PA and the  discussion of the observed findings, including the results of Interviews with relevant stakeholders. It highlights the level of expertise, knowledge  and objectivity of the experts in the different documents reviewed and that, today, are available in the COMPASS. From this, the PA is called to  continue implementing the 2017-2021 Management Plan and, above all, to monitor it according to the indicators provided by the Green List with  special emphasis on combating illegal mining. To include this PA in the Green List is to recognize the efforts that it has been making as well as  to commit this PA to redouble its management to fulfil the 2017-2021 Management Plan

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