June 18, 2015 – Yesterday, President Humala of Peru officially granted national recognition to the Maijuna-Kichwa Regional Conservation Area in the Amazon rainforest of northern Peru. Bigger than California’s Yosemite National Park, this vast reserve protects nearly one million acres of rainforest and its extraordinary biodiversity, as well as the indigenous Maijuna and Kichwa’s ancestral homeland. The national recognition of this reserve will allow their way of life to continue for generations to come and ensure that the rainforest’s rich natural resources are protected in perpetuity.
Below is an interview with Romero Ríos, President of the Maijuna Indigenous Federation, on the national declaration of the Maijuna-Kichwa Regional Conservation Area (RCA) on June 17, 2015. This vast reserve protects 977,600 acres of richly biodiverse Amazon rainforest in Peru’s western Loreto region, as well as the ancestral homeland of the indigenous Maijuna people.