Work in Peru began in the year 2000 through
a partnership with APECO (Peruvian
Association for the Nature Conservation). In 2002, ParksWatch-Peru began working
as an independent organization. The mission of ParksWatch-Peru is to conserve
Peru's ecosystems and biodiversity and to strengthen Peru's protected areas.
The objectives of ParksWatch-Peru are:
A) The realization of studies, investigations and inquiries
of biodiversity, natural resources, protected areas, socioeconomic and cultural
aspects of rural and indigenous people, sustainable development, environmental
management, among others.
B) The dissemination of environmental information and promotion
of environmental awareness.
C) The coordination of different institutions and organizations
involved in biodiversity conservation, protected area management, and sustainable
ParksWatch-Peru coordinates its protected
areas evaluations with the Natural Protected Areas Corps of Peru's National
Institute of Natural Resources (INRENA) and other stakeholders working in
the area, be they members of NGOs, regional associations or other.
Some of the protected areas receive institutional
support from both governmental and non-governmental entities and/or funding
from international sources, while others are completely forgotten. ParksWatch-Peru
views these neglected protected areas as priorities and works to identify their
major threats and problems. ParksWatch-Peru promotes information exchange and
shares the information gathered during park evaluations to both national institutions
and local inhabitants.
ParksWatch-Peru is directed by Diego