Rapid Biological Inventories: Results from the Field: Perú 02

02 - Peru: Biabo Cordillera Azul

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Editors: William S. Alverson, Lily O. Rodríguez, and Debra K. Moskovits

Design: Costello Communications, Chicago

Maps: William S. Alverson and Gretchen Baker

Cover Photograph: H. Bradley Shaffer

Translations: Angela Padilla, Lily O. Rodríguez, and Tyana Wachter

Web Design and Development: Allyson Meyer, Sergio Rabiela, Ryan Peters, and Asha Patel

Funding: The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, Chicago Zoological Society, and The Field Museum

Website funding: Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation

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The remote ridges of the northern Cordillera Azul posed tough challenges for our expedition. And a large number of individuals and organizations responded with overwhelming support. When this many people become integral to the effort, no acknowledgement comes close to recognizing the critical help of all individuals. We deeply thank each and every person—in the Cordillera Azul region, Yarina Cocha, Pucallpa, Lima, Washington DC, and Chicago—who went out of their way to facilitate our work and to secure the success of this expedition. Although we individually name only a fraction of those who supported us below, we remain profoundly grateful to all.

Our preparatory work for the expedition began in earnest in March ’00. We thank Roland Patrnovic, the staff of APECO, Mision Suiza (Jonás Gafner and Renate Thimm), SAMAIR Perú and Pablo Flores, John O’Neill, Dan Lane, and Avecita Chicchón for critical discussions and for help on the ground. Anne Metcalf and George Hull (Metcalf Federal Relations), through Eduardo Orrego, opened doors to tremendous assistance in Perú and to new, valued friendships. Claudia Vega, Max Hidalgo, Orlando Riva, Herminio del Aguila, Alejandro Villavicencio, and Shipibo guides from Nuevo Edén—Roger Linares, Ignacio Amasifuén, Jaime Flores, Felix Zevallos, Jayo Linares, Custodio Urquia, Demetrio Amasifuén, Tito Gratelly, Benjamin Nunta, José Antonio Linares, and Catiano Perez—provided critical logistics, trails, and river travel in the field. The management and staff at Hostal Señorial, Lima, and Grand Hotel Mercedes, Hostal Arequipa, and Club Divina Montaña, Pucallpa, facilitated our work in Lima and in Pucallpa and were wonderfully tolerant of our special requests. Travel agent Carmen Bianchi (Kantu Tours) accommodated our multiple, last-minute travel arrangements. George Sloan was instrumental in our use of a satellite phone. Silvia Sanchez (APECO), Jorge Caillaux (SPDA), Alvaro Quijandría, and others helped us obtain the permits to enter the field.

Because of the extraordinary support that we received from the Peruvian National Police (Policía Nacional del Perú, PNP) we were able to cover a large expanse of the northern Cordillera Azul during our three weeks in the field. We especially thank General Fernando Dianderas, then Director General of the PNP, for his personal attention. Every representative we met of the PNP made us feel extremely at home. Starting with Colonel PNP Alberto Jordán and his wife Carmen, who took it upon themselves to secure the highest degree of success to our expedition, we continued to be overwhelmed with the kindness extended to us by the PNP staff in Lima, in Pucallpa, and in the field in the Cordillera Azul. The team of PNP pilots and helicopter crew who supported us were readily attentive to our needs. We especially thank pilots Major Roy Ugaz, Commander Darío Hurtado, Major Julio López, and Major Luis Gonsales—along with flight mechanic First Lieutenant Edgardo Sotelo and flight engineer First Lieutenant Pedro Saldaña—for stunning flights and for their friendship. Lieutenant Wilmer Fustamante and Lieutenant Henry Luján went well beyond the call of duty to assist us in the field. To all the police who supported us, we extend our most sincere thanks.

After the fieldwork, as before, the staff of Aero Andino provided fantastic overflights that helped us put our results in regional perspective. Once our preliminary results were compiled, the efforts of Sophia Twichell, Rafael Galván (COPRI), Hernan Ortega, Silvia Sanchez (APECO), and Pía Delgado (COPRI) were instrumental in bringing people together, both in Pucallpa and in Lima, to discuss next steps for conservation. We thank COPRI for their generous hosting of the meetings in Lima at PetroPerú, and for their maps and transparencies for the presentation. We further thank Rafael Galván and Felipe Ramirez (COPRI) for continued discussions about possible conservation management of some of the lowland concessions that border the hills of the northern Cordillera Azul. Patricia Fernández-Dávila (BIOFOR/USAID) gave us permission to use all the information gathered by the Red Ambiental Peruana, which served as the point of departure for our expedition. INRENA’s Nora Block accompanied us to our first field site, and Luis Alfaro (General Director ANPFS-INRENA) met with us to discuss the status of the “Zona Reservada” and new limits for the reserve.

For thinking through the economic logistics to allow critical conservation work in the region, and for totally reliable support before and after our expedition, we sincerely thank Dick Rice (CABS, Conservation International) and Jared Hardner (Hardner & Gullison Associates, LLC), who launched the idea of conservation concessions.

We thank all field participants for coming through with their reports under tight schedules and for continued focus on excellence and detail. We sincerely thank Jennifer M. Shopland and Douglas F. Stotz for reading the manuscript and offering insightful comments, and Peter Lowther for keeping files flowing between continents no matter what problems we encountered with the Internet. Tyana Wachter and Angela Padilla came through with translations under impossible deadlines. We are very grateful to James Costello (Costello Communications) and Linda Scussel (Scussel & Associates) for keeping the production on schedule despite delays on our part, and for their efforts on the extra design considerations in this issue.

We continue to be awed by the magic that Sophie Twichell and Tyana Wachter perform with logistics and intricate coordination. Sophie, with the help of Tyana, successfully cleared the many snags and challenges that appeared along our way. We are deeply grateful to John W. McCarter, Jr., for his unfailing support of our programs, and for Avecita Chicchón, at the MacArthur Foundation, for her support and interest at every step of this project. Funding for this rapid inventory came from The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation and from The Field Museum.

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