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Protect Amazonian Rainforest for $0.50 an Acre!

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THE STORY:

Protecting the Wild Heart of the Amazon, Peru

Climbing from an immense plain of unbroken rainforest, the Sierra del Divisor Mountain Range stretches more than 600 miles along the Peru-Brazil Border in the heart of the Amazon Basin. Complete with plunging waterfalls, dormant volcanic cones, wild rivers, pristine forests, and uncontacted tribes, this largely unknown and unexplored range is one of the Amazon’s last true wildernesses. Protecting a biological community rich in rare, endemic, and threatened species, this region is also one of the highest conservation priorities in Peru. Moreover, its location in the center of a ten-million-acre multinational wildlife corridor makes its preservation critical.
The Sierra del Divisor faces imminent threats from oil and mining development, road and pipeline construction, over-fishing, and illegal logging. Unchecked, these threats could destroy the area in a matter of years. To permanently protect the Sierra del Divisor and the biodiverse lands surrounding it, Rainforest Trust is working with Peruvian partner, CEDIA, to establish two protected areas with a buffer zone that will span 5.9 million acres.
The first phase of the Sierra del Divisor conservation project will raise $646,000 by December 2014, which will establish the Sierra del Divisor National Park. Subsequent phases will raise $2.2 million to establish the White Sands National Reserve and obtain land titles for 57 community territories that will form a buffer zone around the protected areas. These funds will also be used to install park infrastructure, create management plans for protected areas, and provide indigenous communities with training in park protection.
Unlike other Rainforest Trust projects, protection for this area will be accomplished by national decree rather than land purchase. As a result, the Sierra del Divisor can be saved for 50¢ an acre.
GIVE BY YEAR’S END TO DOUBLE YOUR DONATION! Rainforest Trust board members have generously pledged $200,000 to match (1:1) all donations for the Sierra del Divisor until December 31, 2013.
- See more at: http://www.rainforesttrust.org/projects/tropical-rainforest/peru/#sthash.Lxm1uLRJ.dpuf

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