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Biodiversity and Development in the Amazon

Peru

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Understanding Biological and Cultural Diversity in the Andean-Amazon Region

This region is rich in natural resources, yet the ecosystems, habitats, and species that comprise the biodiversity and provide ecosystem services to residents local and global are threatened by rapid and unplanned urban and peri-urban development, expansion of road system, unregulated logging and mining, and high-input agriculture. The social fabric of local communities is threatened by environmental degradation associated with these industries and inequities in rural development. Poverty in rural areas remains high and there are stark differences in access to health care, education, and water and sanitation.
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    Biodiversity and Development in the Amazon

    Peru
    The School for Field Studies Peru program provides students with the opportunity to study and work hands-on in the forests, fields, communities, and rivers along the elevational gradient from the Andes Mountains to the lowland Amazon rainforest. Our goal is to understand the balance of conservation and development through examining strategies that aim to promote and protect this productive region of South America and its rich diversity of cultures.

During our first year of programming in Peru, our staff and students will be working with local actors and other stakeholders to identify a suite of conservation and development challenges in the region. Together we will define a list of priority issues that SFS can help to address through research, and this will comprise the new Center’s Five-Year Research Plan.

Join us in the field this year to help us discover how SFS can contribute to the conservation of cultural heritage and biodiversity, and to improving the well being of rural residents.

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