Peruvian Government Extends Manu National Park

August 2002

The Government of Peru issued a supreme decree in July extending Manu National Park by 215,538 hectares, bringing the park's total area to 1,716,295 hectares.

The action is another dramatic advance for turning the Vilcabamba-Amboró conservation corridor, a 30-million-hectare expanse of high biodiversity straddling the Bolivia-Peru border, into a reality.

The Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund (CEPF) strategically focuses on the corridor in the Tropical Andes biodiversity hotspot.

As part of the overall CEPF investment strategy for the corridor, three distinct protected area complexes will be connected. Today, however, private and public lands separate the complexes. These lands range from pristine to devastated by destructive gold mining, but when stitched together could equal one of the biologically richest tapestries of life on Earth.