Peru to create huge national park in Amazon basin

first_imgLIMA, Peru – Peru is creating a national park to protect a vast territory in the Amazon basin that is vulnerable to drug trafficking and illegal logging and mining, the country’s environment minister said Saturday.Called the Sierra del Divisor National Park, it covers an area of about 14,170 square kilometers (5,470 square miles) in a region inhabited by a variety of indigenous communities living in self-imposed isolation.Peru’s President Ollanta Humala will travel to the region Sunday to sign a decree creating the park, Environment Minister Manuel Pulgar Vidal said on his Twitter account.The park has an estimated 3,000 species of plants and animals, many of them found nowhere else in the world, according to the government.The announcement comes just three weeks ahead of a U.N. summit aimed at sealing a global pact on climate change.Advocates of the new park have said it will enable the capture of 150,000 tons of CO2, the equivalent of nearly 40 percent of Peru’s daily carbon output.Sierra del Divisor has been a protected zone since April 2006. Since then, the communities living there have lobbied for its designation as a national park to stiffen legal protections against encroachment by loggers, miners and drug traffickers.Sierra del Divisor is the second national park created since Humala took office in 2011, after the Gueppi National Park, a 6,260-square-kilometer expanse centered on the Gueppi River in southeastern Peru. Facebook Comments Related posts:Peru fights gold fever with fire and military force Even Brazil’s military may not be enough to protect an endangered Amazon tribe Community managed forests protect against climate change, study finds To conserve the Amazon, the forest must become an economic ‘asset’ “@MinamPeru Beautiful Sierra del Divisor National Park that President @Ollanta_HumalaT will create Tomorrow Nov 8th pic.twitter.com/HFe2AzvyJp— Manuel Pulgar Vidal (@manupulgarvidal) November 7, 2015last_img read more

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first_img RelatedAwesome Autumn: 10 fabulous fall foliage spots for leaf peepingAwesome Autumn: 10 fabulous fall foliage spots for leaf peeping5 things to ‘fall’ in love with in Canada this autumn5 things to ‘fall’ in love with in Canada this autumnAutumn Deals: Insta-enviable but won’t break your budgetIn the northern hemisphere, leaves are on the turn, busy painting landscapes in fiery shades of red and gold. This annual phenomenon makes autumn high season and you’ll likely be competing with locals too, especially on the weekends. Book now to get the best deals.  Meanwhile, in the southern hemisphere, our… Dear Skyscanner,I love to go and see the autumn leaves at this time of year. Where are the best places for ‘leaf peeping’ and enjoying the autumn colours?Monica, PenzanceDear Monica,Autumn is my favourite time of year to travel – and not just because of the wonderful foliage displays around the world – it’s when some of the hot spots of Europe and North America have cooled to a more manageable climate.It is also the season of harvest, and therefore food festivals – a great time to be exploring the world. If it’s the leaves you are going for, first and foremost, then North America is where you should head – more specifically New England and eastern Canada. The further south you go, the later the season, so go early to mid-October for the north and early November further south. Vermont puts on a real show at this time of year, thanks to its mixed foliage of maple, alder, ash, red oak, birch and beech trees. You’ll be able to enjoy country fairs, harvest-time markets, farmers markets and even foliage festivals. There are also countless activities you can tackle in the great outdoors like hiking, canoeing, and fishing or maybe just peeping and snapping photos is enough. If you’re a real leaf geek, take a look at foliage-vermont.com, which is dedicated to tracking the colour change of Vermont’s foliage in an attempt to find that elusive peak when the colour is at its most spectacular. Keep an eye out here for timings and photos of some spectacular previous displays. If you head to New London in Connecticut, you can enjoy the foliage displays from the comfort of the Essex Steam Train, 1926 coal-fired steam locomotive. You will get a running commentary on the villages, farmland and mountain scenery you pass through and get great views of the Connecticut River, as well as dramatic crossings over the water. In Canada, the most famous spots are Ontario, Quebec, Nova Scotia and New Brunswick. All have websites, many with webcams, which help you to plan your trip around the most spectacular displays. The Laurentian Mountains in Quebec are some of the most spectacular in Canada, with their sugar maples and yellow birches. It all centres on Mont Tremblant, where there is an annual festival, Symphonie des Couleurs, from early September to the end of October. You can take organised hiking trails out of Tremblant, and there are open-air concerts and events for foodies. If that’s a bit too far to go and you’re looking for autumnal spectacles in the UK, try Sherwood Forest in Nottinghamshire, famous for its great old oaks, and of course its legendary hero, Robin Hood. Make sure you pay a visit to Major Oak, the grand old master of the forest at well over 800 years old, and a half-hour walk from the Visitor Centre.There’s also the Westonbirt Arboretum in Gloucestershire, which has its own maple shows from early October for a month or so. They are not as striking as the displays over the Atlantic, but magical none-the-less.Answer by Ginny Light – TimesOnline travel editorGot a travel question? Email sam@skyscanner.net and we’ll get our panel of travel experts to answer your question.Read more: Ask SkyscannerReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Maplast_img read more