they say a city drowned, an amazing biodiversity outcrops.
Cámbialo a español
project led by Nature and Culture International, logistically and
socially as well.
– A decade and a half later. The first time we learned about
Chinguelas Mount was not in favoring terms. Approximately since the
millenium began, mining exploration and exploitation was made in the
very same place where another people looked for biodiversity and the
western tributary of Amazon River starts.
Since it was apparently submitted to volcanism in geologic past, the
probability exists. But the reference haven by some people of El
Carmen de la Frontera District (Huancabamba
went back too a legendary past, indeed… spectral, to be pretty
is supposed the city of Chicuate
(pronounce “Cheekwatteh”) was located on the same name’s
mountain side, and its prosperity was based on gold extraction until
a strong earthquake swallowed it down making a lake to emerge despite, what still exists. There is information since 19th
when people tripped until there to collect gold little stones those
appeared in the water pond and the creeks borning out from it.
affirm the actual adventurers who wish to get the appreciated metal
must take care of the ‘mountain charming’, that produces
a sudden fog, disorientates, and vanishes.
the city of Chicuate is not longer legendary at all. Actually,
science recognizes a phenomenom called soil
that can be produced when a highly violent event, like an earthquake,
removes the soil, permeating it before the presence of a massive
freatic mantles. The soil goes down, the water comes up.
Valley is a seismic zone until now. Even not having 200-year-old or
300-year-old or older records - it is actually known that an
estimated actual Mercalli
VIII-intensity quake in 1912 broke out there, shaking all actual
fog doesn’t have anything magic neither because is a common
phenomenom in that place. It has been clinically proven under extreme
cold conditions, such as Piura’s moors, disorientation and up
coming death are highly possible.
fog also gives abundant life despite. That is what interested to
and Culture International
(NCI) four years ago, which detected another type of riches in
Chicuate and close Chinguelas Mounts as well: a great biodiversity ,
maybe a syntheses of the existent across Peru.
mountains are part of Segunda y Cajas (pronounce “Segunda ee
Cahas”) Farmer Community, that became notorious for leading
a war against corporate mining projects
since 2004 fearing damage to environment, although illegal mining is
developed in Abaspite (pronounce “Abaspeetteh”) town and
many farmers’ mind was enough wearing explorer clothes and
speaking an accent different to local for being accused as a miner…
and NCI people just looked-like-so when they approached to community
leaders to propose an ambitious project that could protect Chinguelas
and Chicuate’s cloudy forests and moors, all their biodiversity
trustness lasted two years until Segunda y Cajas’ president
Samuel Labán stepped ahead. Helped by NCI, advised by Natural
Areas Conservation Regional System, he started the tricky long
processs to justify the need for creating a Private Area of
Conservation (PAC) before the Peruvian Government.
challenge, Pronamp, ecoAndes, Profonampe, and Condesan got involved.
funded the initiative.
mixture of both sides
June 2nd, Peru’s Ministry of Environment released the
resolution 138-2016 that allows to preserve 271.07 sq km of moors and
cloudy forests for the next five years with option to renew, turning
into the largest in Piura State, and the third largest of its kind
specifies “it hosts the third part of cloudy forests according
to Regional Economic and Ecologic Zonification” and benefitted
lots are legally recorded. In fact, all needed steps were followed in
order to guarantee all the place were environmentally attractive and
is an achievement of Segunda y Cajas Community, that assumed the
leadership of the proposal,” NCI’s responsible Kathy
today's protected territory has 487 plants species, 11 among them under
threatening, (plus) high commercial value wood species as the pink
162 birds species, 44 mammals species, and 15 reptiles and anphibes
species,” NCI explains.
PAC is located in a critic spot where Andean Range raises below 4000
meters altitude, known as the Huancabamba
a sort of big depression beginning in Paita, Peru coast in the
Pacific, and enlarging almost until Africa’s western coast.
PAC’s lowest altitude is 1300 meters nearby Abaspite and
Huachumo (pronounce “Wachoomo”) towns, in the so-called
High Jungle at east. Then, it jumps up to 3850 meters in the North,
beside Pacaipampa (pronounce “Pakaaypampa”) District
moors (Ayabaca County)where Quiroz (pronounce “Keehros”)
favors Amazonic transfer, humidity pass from one of the largest
jungles in the planet at east, and its eventual meeting to raising
humidity from the Pacific at West. As a result, there are combined
flora and fauna of both slopes into one of Andean-Amazonic type in a
territory similar to quite more than a half Andorra or 1¾
Liechtenstein, both Europe countries.
makes possible the presence of three types of ape those were only
recorded before in Amazon basin: red howler monkey (Alouatta
white-fronted capuchin (Cebus
and Nancy Ma’s night monkey (Aotus
spectacled bear (Tremarctus
and toucan (Ramphastos
were also found, and maybe the most amazing sighting is the Andean
, Peru’s national bird.
today's protected space is a representative sample of moors and cloudy
forests corridor in Northern Andes,” NCI underlines.
is estimated 4900 people live in newly Chicuate-Chinguelas PAC ,who
will have to work now for not breaking out for hazardous activities ,
what also could legally unprotect the whole zone. There is not clear
the impact on mining exploitation projects as Río
and even nearby detected mineral mills yet.
so-called ‘water guardians’ depends the treasure they are
preservating before everybody’s watch doesn’t drown
beneath the soil.
Pronounce it “Sapalachah”
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