Environment Ministry launches environmental conservation program in Peru’s Amazon

Peru Environment Minister Antonio Brack has launched the “Conserving Together” program, which aims to favor the protection of the Amazon forest by financially rewarding Amazonian communities who take steps to do so.

“We are structuring the program with Peru’s indigenous communities,” said Brack in comments to Canal N. “They could become involved in eco-tourism or other similar initiatives, but the idea is not to cut down trees.”

According to Brack, an annual payment will be made to communities involved in developing and carrying out projects aimed to protect the Amazon’s ecological and biological diversity, as well as its primary forests.

So far, 110 million soles, or $37 million, have been set aside for the “Conserving Together” program.

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