Beyond Bear Conservation
Building local conservation capacity
We are training local people in research methods to conduct conservation outreach, and to further build conservation capacity by training and mentoring students. Parabiologist training is essential to our work because it is a primary mechanism for engaging the local communities, carrying the conservation message further than is possible by outsiders to the community. In Lambayeque, our broader interests in conservation and commitment to outreach have been recently illustrated by the inauguration of El Centro de Conservación de Batán Grande (Conservation Centre of Batán Grande), for use by local conservationists and educators. Since centers inauguration in 2010, SBC has held numerous workshops and presentations for the local villages.
In 2011, SBC began a long term training program 3 days a week for the woman of Incahuasi and members of the textile association so they can learn to read and write. For more information contact Jessica (Jessica@sbc-peru.org)
In 2010 we developed and implemented an introductory conservation education program within the ‘Cuenca de la Leche’ watershed in each of the 10 villages. Our educational staff worked with 16 primary schools directly reaching 173 teachers and 3,655 students. SBC would like to increase this program in 2012 by reaching out to all secondary schools within this watershed.
One step further …
El Parque Arqueológico y Ecológico de Batán Grande
Because of the field team’s discoveries and outreach efforts in the dry forest of Lambayeque, a new park has been created to protect the natural and cultural resources of the site: El Parque Arqueológico y Ecológico de Batán Grande. This park was created with the formal support of all levels of government, from the local municipal district of Pitipo to the national Ministerio del Ambiente (Ministry of the Environment). The park adjoins the pre-existing El Refugio del Vida Silvestre de Laquipampa (Wildlife Refuge of Laquipampa), another national protected area, and we hope these areas will eventually be linked to others in a biodiversity conservation corridor.