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In Peru, our efforts are focused on the Apurimac Reserve area, which holds the world record for the greatest number of species for a single site for woody plants, birds, butterflies, mammals and dragonflies. It is estimated that 1,000 bird species live in this area, roughly 22 percent of all bird species in the world.

In addition to some of the world's richest biodiversity, this area is also home to one of Peru's largest natural gas reserves, the Camisea gas field. The draw of rich natural resources necessitates a dialogue with private sector investors to ensure that resource development for national economic prosperity does not come at the cost of the area's unique environment.

Camisea Natural Gas Project
The Camisea Project, in the Andean rain forest of Peru, includes development of one of South America's largest gas fields construction of a pipeline across the Andes, and establishment of a fractionation plant and marine terminal on the Pacific Coast. We are collaborating with a wide range of stakeholders, including the World Wildlife Fund, The Nature Conservancy and the Smithsonian Institution, to ensure that sustainable resource planning is coupled with improved management of existing protected areas in the Apurimac Reserve area.

Conservation International is working to improve the management and protection of 500,000 hectares in Peru's Huascaran National Park. We are working with Antamina, Peru's largest copper-zinc mine, on regional conservation planning to protect the rare and threatened species of this region.


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Tropical Andes Biodiversity Hotspot

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