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Groundswell of indigenous support leads to renewed plans for a rapid inventory

Deadly clashes between the government and indigenous groups last year forced us to postpone indefinitely our rapid inventory of the isolated Kampankis Mountains in northern Peru. Tensions continued to soar in the aftermath of the conflict, giving us little hope that we would be able to reschedule the inventory. But in a visit to the region this fall we were met with strong local support for our efforts. We are now planning the inventory for 2011.

Our meeting with community leaders in the Morona drainage. Credit: C. Vriesendorp

Shuar, Awajún, and Shapra peoples live along the Morona River and its tributaries. Credit: C. Vriesendorp