During a festive opening ceremony, the Regional President, Mr. Ivan Vasquez, cut the ribbon of “Productive Conservation” auditorium and talked about the need of interiorizing the message of conservation. Sharing office space with the Regional President and the government’s Sustainable Forestry Program, we hope that NCI’s conservation values will become the norm. During the event, “Loreto, the rainforest and its people” was presented; this high quality coffee-table book features Loreto’s biological and cultural diversity, conservation areas, and the “productive conservation” model which has been successfully implemented in the Regional Conservation Areas.
Working together with NCI, the Regional President was also recently honored as a “world champion of water protection” for declaring the PROCREL Alto Nanay-Pintuyacu-Chambira RCA and for signing a historic ordinance protecting headwaters in Loreto. This ordinance is the first of its kind in South America and an important element in the strategy for protection of ecological processes in Loreto. The ordinance gives effective conservation measures to large areas of fragile ecosystems by restricting high impact activities.