Noroeste Amotapes-Manglares Biosphere Reserve (Peru)

Noroeste Amotapes-Manglares Biosphere Reserve (Peru)

Thu, 11/22/2018 - 15:33
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The Noroeste Amotapes-Manglares Biosphere Reserve is located on the northern coast of Peru and covers part of the Ecuadorian dry forest in the tropical Pacific forest. The reserve includes Cerros de Amotape National Park, Coto de Caza El Angolo and Tumbes Mangroves Protected Area.

The Noroeste Amotapes-Manglares Biosphere Reserve is located on the northern coast of Peru in the Tumbes and Piura departments. The area covers part of the Ecuadorian dry forest in the tropical Pacific forest with high biodiversity in flora and fauna.

The Biosphere Reserve also includes the Cerros de Amotape National Park, the Coto de Caza El Angolo and the Tumbes Mangroves Protected Area. In 2017, it was joined with Bosque Seco Biosphere Reserve in Ecuador to form the new transboundary Bosques de Paz Biosphere Reserve.

Its relief is very varied, and is covered by formations of matorral, very dry forest, dry and tropical submontane forest, with (Prosopis juliflora), (Bombax sp.), (Tillandsia sp.), and mangroves of Tumbes. It also contains endangered fauna species as Crocodylus acutus, iguanas (Iguana iguana), birds as the Vultur gryphus, Sarcoramphus papa, and Burhinus superciliaris, and mammals as Odocoileus virginianus, Tayassu tajacu, and Felis concolor.

Over 480 inhabitants live in the reserve, engaged in agriculture, cattle raising and tourism — mainly in the buffer zones — which generates the principal income and benefits to local communities.

The main goal of the Biosphere Reserve is to protect ecosystems and important endangered forest fauna and flora species. Environmental education efforts have been supported as well as conservation and research on natural resources.