In the heart of the Amazon, dense green foliage blankets the horizon as far as the eye can see. Here, rich natural resources have supported human populations for millennia, including indigenous groups still living in these forests. As one of the most ecologically diverse countries on the planet, Peru provides an ideal place to study a variety of ecosystems, their inhabitants, and environmental threats.
Climate change, rapid development, and extractive activities like logging and mining pose a grave threat to Peru’s dramatic landscapes and the organisms they support. From the glacial lakes and tropical montane forests of the Andes to the flooded forests of the lowlands, Peru is critically important in researching the fate of the Amazon.