Sernanp concerned for Amarakaeri Communal Reserve, illegal mining - Peru this Week

The National Park Service is concerned for the damages at Amarakaeri and will conduct investigations.


portion of the Amarakaeri Communal Reserve in Madre de Dios was recently found destroyed by illegal mining as reported by the Monitoring of the Andean Amazon Project (MAAP).

The Peruvian National Service of Natural Protected Reserves (Sernanp) announced it would be conducting an investigation into the study by MAAP regarding the reserve located in the department of Madre de Dios in the Amazon, reports El Comercio.

“It is less than 15 hectares compared to more than 400,000 hectares. But we are still concerned however small,” Pedro Gamboa, head of Sernanp, told Andina news agency.

Despite the analysis put forth by MAAP that the deforestation is due to illegal mining, Sernanp will be conducting an investigation as “it may be that there has been a growth in the river that has generated the deforestation.”

The figures published on Sunday by MAAP explain their “analysis shows that gold mining deforestation, expanding from the Huepetuhe/Delta-1, entered the southeast corner of the reserve in 2013 and expanded in 2014 and 2015. We also show that gold mining deforestation is spreading within the reserve’s south-eastern buffer zone.”

Last week it was reported that this region of Peru sends about 100 kilos of illegal gold to Bolivia a week.