Gov't officially grants Kichwa, Maijuna conservation area

Kichwa and Maijuna of Loreto nearly sewed the government until the approval they had been seeking was granted today.


Yesterday Amazonian natives were prepared to sue the government if they were not granted a regional conservation area for their lands.

Two years in the waiting, the Peruvian Government officially approved the regional conservation area demanded by the Kichwa and Maijuna of Loreto today, according to El Comercio.

The Executive signed decree calls for the National Service of Protected Natural Areas by the State (Sernanp) to enforce supervision and protection of the specified area in Loreto. It outlines requirements such as the use of renewable natural resources, with the exception of harvesting timber.

For the last two years the native communities of the basin of the Napo River in Loreto have been waiting for the approval of this decree. They threatened to sue the government for the delay in the promulgation of the decree.

The decree creates the Regional Conservation Area Maijuna Kichwa covering an area of 391,039 hectares with 8,200 square meters in the districts of Putumayo, Napo, Mazan, and the Amazonas in the provinces of Maynas; Pevas and also Mariscal Ramon Castilla.

The process to create the conservation was started by the natives in 2004 along with an initiative to conserve their cultures and traditions.

In a similar note to conserve culture, this week the Ministry of Education officially recognized 24 native Peruvian languages.