Issue 2 - Fall 2016

PERUVIAN POINTERS:

  • Peru is, ecologically, incredibly diverse, boasting the Andean highlands, Amazonian rainforests, the Pacific coast, and the Nazca Desert
  • In December 2014, 196 participating countries attended the COP20 in Lima, Peru. Laying the groundwork for the historic international climate agreement in Paris in 2015

Peru is home to many rare and beautiful indigenous animals, one of which is truly balancing on the fence of extinction. There are only 1000 Peruvian Plantcutters left in the world, known by the Peruvian locals as la Cortarrama. The small, brightly colored bird lives in the tropical dry forests in the north of Peru, nesting in the branches of the Algarrobo tree and feeding on the bushes that grow in its shade.

This summer, Sjors, our Latin America intern, met up with Jeremy Flanagan and Rosemary Underhay in Lima to talk about their work with the ‘SOS Peruvian Plantcutter’ foundation. This organisation wants to expand the Plantcutter’s habitat by planting Algarrobo seedlings. One of the challenges of this region is the lack of water, and poor soil conditions, which is where the Cocoon will offer a sustainable and scalable solution. Towards the end of 2016 we will be planting the first Cocoon Algarrobo plantation in Piura, Perú with these wildlife warriors. 

  Land Life intern   Sjors   planting his first Cocoon in Peruvian soil

Land Life intern Sjors planting his first Cocoon in Peruvian soil

  No trees means no future   for the endangered species of Peru

No trees means no future for the endangered species of Peru