While it's not news to most of us who work in or follow international conservation, Peru's El Comercio newspaper ran a story today about how only 8 park rangers patrol Alto Purús National Park. Alto Purús is the largest national park in Peru and the third largest in all of South America.
Alto Purús "protects" 2,724,263 hectares of tropical rainforest (~ 6.7 million acres). The math's not too challenging on this one. That's almost a million acres for each of the 8 rangers to patrol.
One piece of good news for Alto Purús is that its master plan calls for the park to have 60 rangers by 2010, a goal that the park's superintendent says will be met. One of the park rangers explains that they are only paid 1000 nuevos soles per month (that's about $333 dollars), which is not enough to do more than sustain their needs and some of their travel costs. So it's truly a labor cialis coupon of love for these rangers to help protect the park. In addition to enforcing laws when they can, they also help to educate communities viagra price of people living within the http://cheapcialisdosage-norx.com/ park about sustainable development.
As I've argued before, the Amazon Rainforest is probably the most
important forest in the world for a number of reasons. While Brazil has the most sizeable portion of the forest (approximately 60%), Peru has the second most sildenafil citrate at 13% (keep in mind this is still a huge area). To have so few rangers helping to protect it is viagra effects time unacceptable. It is also a fantastic example
People who live near national parks need to be involved in mutually beneficial endeavors
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