Rapid Biological Inventories: Results from the Field: Perú 12

Perú: Ampiyacu, Apayacu, Yaguas, Medio Putumayo

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Editors: Nigel Pitman, Richard Chase Smith,Corine Vriesendorp, Debra Moskovits, Renzo Piana, Guillermo Knell, Tyana Wachter

Design: Costello Communications, Chicago

Maps: Richard Smith, Renzo Piana, Ermeto Tuesta, Mario Pariona, Willy Llactayo, Nigel Pitman, Sergio Rabiela

Translations: Patricia Álvarez, Nigel Pitman, Corine Vriesendorp, Tatiana Pequeño, Guillermo Knell,Tyana Wachter, Debra Moskovits

Web design and development: Allyson Meyer, Sergio Rabiela, Ryan Peters, and Asha Patel

Funding: Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation

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We are deeply grateful to the indigenous communities of the Ampiyacu, Apayacu, Yaguas, and Medio Putumayo region, and to the coordination and facilitation of the indigenous communities and the federations that represent them, who invited us to carry out this inventory of their forests. Without the generous and constant support of the indigenous communities throughout our work together—from the first meetings and overflights, to the construction of the remote campsites, to the field inventories themselves—this project would still be on the drawing board. We are especially grateful to the leaders of the indigenous federations, especially Benjamín Rodríguez Grandes of ORAI, Hernán Lopez of FECONA, Manuel Ramírez of FEPYROA, and Germán Boraño of FECONAFROPU, for whom this inventory represents one small step in a long and ongoing struggle.

We are also extremely grateful to Margarita Benavides, and the other staff at the Instituto del Bien Común, and to Mario Pariona, Rik Overmars, and the other staff at SNV-Perú’s Iquitos office, whose many years of experience in the region laid the practical and conceptual groundwork for the inventory and facilitated innumerable logistical details. Thanks to their prior work in the area, many of the complicated social, cultural, and political questions regarding the proposed conservation area had been answered long before we started.

At the remote field sites that the biological team visited, advance teams established campsites under very difficult conditions. We owe immeasurable thanks to Alvaro del Campo, who coordinated and oversaw all of the activities, and whose extraordinary capacity for problem-solving got us through each road-block. Once again, Dario Hurtado provided miraculous coordination for air transport between rustic unmarked heliports, ferrying impossible amounts of cargo and personnel (even dugout canoes) with helicopters from Copters Perú and the Policía Nacional del Perú. For their help in the overflights preceding the inventory, we thank Richard Alex Bracy of North American Float Planes in Iquitos, and the Fuerza Aerea Peruana.

Local communities did nearly all of the advance work. Asterisks mark members of the advance teams who did an extra service, remaining at the camp to help the biological team throughout the inventory. The Yaguas camp was built by Walter Vega Quevare*, Melitón “Coronel” Díaz Vega*, Robinson Rivera Flores, Rigoberto Salas Peña, Haaker Mosquera Merino*, and William Mosquer Merino of the Pucaurquillo community; Andrés Flores Tello, Cleber Panduro Ruiz, Elber Manuel Ruiz Sánchez, and Linder Flores Arikari* of the Brillo Nuevo community, and Pedro Gonzales Guevara of Pebas, with the coordination of Alvaro del Campo. Denis Mosquera Merino in Pucaurquillo was an additional help to the Yaguas team during the construction of the campsite.

The Maronal camp was built by Hernán López Rodríguez*, Alfredo Meléndez López*, Aurelio Campos Chacayset*, Teobaldo Vásquez Pinedo, Carlos Vásquez Pinedo, Henderson Ruiz Imunda, Robert Panduro Mibeco, Victor Ruiz Rodríguez, Jabán Nepire López, and Isaac Nepire Ejten, all of Brillo Nuevo; Benavides Trigoso Peña, Jhonny Díaz Prado, Mauricio Rubio Ruiz, Pedro Mosquera Roque, and Guillermo Collantes Lligio* of Pucaurquillo; and Juan Carlos Silva Peña, Abelardo Cachique, Gregorio Tello Arirama of Ancon Colonia, with the coordination of Guillermo Knell.

The Apayacu camp was built by Atilio Ruiz Barbosa*, Purificación Ruiz C.*, José Murayari C.*, Lindenber Gadea F.*, Manuel Ramírez López*, Emilio Ortiz S., Amancio Ruiz Barbosa, Orbe Noroña, Melchor Greffa F., Abraham Jaramillo C., and Reynaldo Greffa F., with the coordination of Aldo Villanueva. At all three campsites, Eli Soria Vega and Hortensia Arirama Vega kept the team well-fed from their fabulous field kitchen, while Alvaro del Campo, backed up by Jennifer Eagleton and Rob McMillan in Chicago, ensured the complicated logistics went off without a hitch.

At the Iquitos herbarium, we are especially grateful to Mery Nancy Arévalo García and Manuel Flores for their longstanding support for our projects there. We also thank Walter Ruiz Mesones, Ricardo Zarate, and Hilter Yumbato for transporting and drying the plant specimens. The plant team also thanks Jaana Vormisto and Sanna-Kaisa Juvonen for providing valuable literature.

The ornithological team is indebted to Tom Schulenberg for many valuable contributions to the bird report. The ichthyological team thanks Hernán Ortega for helpful comments on the manuscript, and for providing comparative inventory data from Putumayo. The herpetological team thanks Pekka Soini and Jean Lescure for providing bibliographic material from the Paris Museum of Natural History.

In Lima we again thank CIMA-Cordillera Azul for their logistical support, especially Jorge (Coqui) Aliaga, Tatiana Pequeño and Lily Rodriguez, who provided significant help with corrections in Spanish. Douglas Stotz and Olga Montenegro helped hugely with proofreading. Jim Costello, as always, put an immense effort into the special requirements of this report. Our work continues to benefit enormously from the support of John W. McCarter, Jr., and from the financial support of the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation.

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