On Nov. 8, Peruvian president Ollanta Humala approved the creation of a 3.3-million-acre national park called Sierra del Divisor.
The park is larger than Yosemite and Yellowstone national parks combined.
The new park secures a link in a 67-million-acre Andes-Amazon Conservation Corridor and forms one of the largest contiguous blocks of protected area in the Amazon.
“We want to preserve this geographic area, which is like an important part of the lung that allows us to purify the air of the world and, moreover, preserve it from illegal activities such as illegal logging, drug trafficking and other activities that [lead to deforestation],” Humala told Peru's Radio Nacional.
He said the preservation is good not only for Peruvians, but for the entire world.
The announcement was made at a conference in New Saposoa, in the Ucayali region.
The land is home to 3,000 species of native plants and animals, many of which don't exist elsewhere. The link to the Andes-Amazon Conservation Corridor strengthens the regional wildlife corridors, which encourage biodiversity and give animals a habitat to live in unmolested by human interference.
U.S. nonprofit Rainforest Trust was involved in getting the habitat a National Park title.
“The Sierra del Divisor is the final link in an immense protected area complex that extends for more than 1,100 miles from the banks of the Amazon in Brazil to the snowy peaks of the Peruvian Andes,” Paul Salaman, CEO of Rainforest Trust, said in a statement. “This permanent conservation corridor is one of the greatest refuges for biodiversity on Earth.”
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