Top 5 Environmental Reports About Peru On Mongabay Latam


This year, Mongabay Latam wrote several articles on Peru, but those about mafias in the Amazon, illegal logging and mining, wildlife trafficking and deforestation stood out.

But not everything was negative, the story about Paddy, a spectacled bear with brown colored fur seen on video for the first time was something to be happy about!

In order of the most-read, according to El Comercio, these were the top 5 environmental stories of 2018:

1. SPECIAL Bahuaja Sonene in danger

The Bahuaja Sonene National Park protects the only sample of humid tropical savannas of Peru and a characteristic fauna of this ecosystem. However, this biodiverse space is being cornered by illegal mining and drug trafficking. This story revealed how these two illicit activities advance over the buffer zone of the park and, in some cases, have managed to overcome the limits and enter the protected area.

2. SPECIAL The last trees of the Amazon

Reporters from five Latin American countries came together for this regional investigation that showed the mechanisms used by the mafias for the Amazonian wood traffic.

3. Chilling images of illegal mining drive operations in Madre de Dios

In August 2018, high-resolution aerial images captured by teams from the Peruvian Air Force showed, in detail, for the first time, the devastation that illegal mining and illegal logging in the Peruvian Amazon are causing.

4. Mafias attack the jaguar population in Iquitos

Illegal jaguar-hunting (Panthera onca), the largest feline in Latin America, is a constant threat against this species. Its capture supplies the lucrative illegal market of tusks, furs and other parts of this mammal that has China as its main destination.

5. Peru: exclusive images show illegal mining in the Tambopata National Reserve

High-resolution photographs and videos captured by an airplane of the Air Force of Peru evidenced the presence of illegal mining within the Tambopata National Reserve.

(Cover Photo Pixabay)

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Ermelinda is a journalist from Caracas, Venezuela. She has a Master’s degree in Digital Journalism and has recently finished a technical degree in Veterinary Assistance because of her love for animals. She likes to do sports, but especially ballet, which she has practiced for more than 17 years. Her passion is to read, write, and blog about different topics, as well as travel whenever she can.