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Over four centuries ago, Antonio de León Pinelo placed heaven on earth at the confluence of the Ucayali and Marañón rivers, in what is now the Pacaya-Samiria National Reserve. However, the current situation of the Amazon region grows ever closer to a purgatory, or perhaps a hell. Any traveller visiting a rural community in the Amazon leaves with a sad impression: there is no resemblance to the paradise portrayed by some of the early explorers.

25 years after its inception, the Peruvian Amazon Research Institute (IIAP from its Spanish initials) is strengthening its actions in pursuit of sustainable development in the region. There are increasingly more projects, especially with the support of international cooperation, aimed at basic research and in the development of technologies which will benefit the Amazonian villager, as well as the application of this knowledge in the field, through dissemination and technical assistance for rural communities and other economic actors.

The Peruvian Amazon is currently at a historic crossroads: the extractive-trade model which has dominated its economy during the last two centuries is collapsing due to the exhaustion of natural resources that are the backbone of the regional economy. The scarcity is mainly a result of exploitation, lacking management, of many of the region’s natural resources. This is bad news for the Amazonian rural population and for the Nanay basin, whose economy depends on 70% of the utilization of wild living resources of the Amazonian forests and rivers.


INKANATURA, 2013 Enlaces Externos: Inkanatural Inkanat