Three organizations are committed to protecting the Candamo, Guacamayo, Távara, and Tambopata river basins and the forests that surround them.
The main activities carried out to date by the foundation have been an agreement with the Cracidea Foundation (for the protection and breeding in captivity of the white-winged peacock) and studies on breeding leopards and wild boars in captivity (which include the work being carried out by zoologists at the Unión de Cervecerías Backus & Johnston brewery in Ate and at the Cervecerías San Juan brewery in Pucallpa).
The Foundation also intends to finance a scientific research station in the Candamo River Basin in the jungle region of Puno. The station will provide support and facilities to researchers and others committed to protecting this ecological sanctuary and its unique features.
The efforts of Backus & Johnston are part of a larger project involving the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) and America Television, Peru's main television network. The project is aimed at preserving the environmental integrity of the area, promoting research and study, and disseminating its environmental value. It is worth noting that these three organizations have demonstrated their determination to work in strict compliance with Peruvian laws and in unison with all people and institutions seriously interested in nature conservation.
Under the project the WCS has undertaken to direct technical procedures for creating, equipping and operating the station in a way that complies with the above objectives and that efficiently serves the scientific community in Peru and the rest of the world. America Television is committed to promoting Candamo's value as an environmental resource by providing coverage and helping the public to learn about the research, discoveries and other interesting facts unearthed by the new scientific station.
Thanks to this agreement, which was signed in October 1998, in January and February this year, America Television released a three-part documentary produced by Daniel Winitzky called "Candamo: The Last Uninhabited Jungle."
By Walter Wust
Volume /Issue 15, Page 18
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