Peru


But Mother Nature’s earlier handiwork—from the desert lining the Pacific coast to the rain forest of the Amazon Basin—is equally stellar.

Almost twice the size of Texas, Peru is a nation of biological riches. With close to 1,700 bird species, it ranks second in the world behind only Colombia. Pink and gray river dolphins, manatees, giant otters and jaguars live in the Amazon, which spans 60% or Peru’s territory and is home to numerous indigenous groups, some who stilllive in voluntary isolation. Nutrient-rich coastal waters support the world’s most productive fisheries—a major food supply not only for people but also for myriad animals from sea lions, seals, orcas, and humpback whales, to penguins and flamingos.

Between 2002 and 2012, the Peruvian economy almost doubled in size, making the country one of the fastest growing and most stable economies in Latin America. This economic boom is putting pressure on the historic balance between livelihoods and nature.
 
The Nature Conservancy has been working in Peru since 1983, building partnerships and sharing innovative tools and knowledge. We work collaboratively with government agencies, local communities, indigenous organizations, businesses, universities, international aid agencies, and non-profits. Together, we are developing the tools and strategies Peru needs to protect its spectacular natural heritage while providing the food, water and energy that people need to live and prosper.

Latest News & Features

Latest Photos

Latest Videos

GET TEXT UPDATES*

x animal

Sign up for Nature eNews!

Sign Up for Nature e-News

Learn about the places you love. Find out
how you can help.

Thank you for joining our online community!

We’ll be in touch soon with more Nature Conservancy news, updates and exciting stories.

Please leave this field empty

I'm already on the list!

Read our privacy policy.