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Editors: Nigel Pitman, Richard Chase Smith,Corine Vriesendorp, Debra Moskovits, Renzo Piana, Guillermo Knell, Tyana Wachter
Design: Costello Communications, Chicago
Maps: Richard Smith, Renzo Piana, Ermeto Tuesta, Mario Pariona, Willy Llactayo, Nigel Pitman, Sergio Rabiela
Translations: Patricia Álvarez, Nigel Pitman, Corine Vriesendorp, Tatiana Pequeño, Guillermo Knell,Tyana Wachter, Debra Moskovits
Web design and development: Allyson Meyer, Sergio Rabiela, Ryan Peters, and Asha Patel
Funding: Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation
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We are deeply grateful to the indigenous communities of the
Ampiyacu, Apayacu, Yaguas, and Medio Putumayo region, and to
the coordination and facilitation of the indigenous communities
and the federations that represent them, who invited us to carry
out this inventory of their forests. Without the generous and
constant support of the indigenous communities throughout our
work together—from the first meetings and overflights, to the
construction of the remote campsites, to the field inventories
themselves—this project would still be on the drawing board.
We are especially grateful to the leaders of the indigenous
federations, especially Benjamín Rodríguez Grandes of ORAI,
Hernán Lopez of FECONA, Manuel Ramírez of FEPYROA, and
Germán Boraño of FECONAFROPU, for whom this inventory
represents one small step in a long and ongoing struggle.
We are also extremely grateful to Margarita Benavides,
and the other staff at the Instituto del Bien Común, and to
Mario Pariona, Rik Overmars, and the other staff at SNV-Perú’s
Iquitos office, whose many years of experience in the region laid
the practical and conceptual groundwork for the inventory and
facilitated innumerable logistical details. Thanks to their prior
work in the area, many of the complicated social, cultural, and
political questions regarding the proposed conservation area had
been answered long before we started.
At the remote field sites that the biological team visited,
advance teams established campsites under very difficult
conditions. We owe immeasurable thanks to Alvaro del Campo,
who coordinated and oversaw all of the activities, and whose
extraordinary capacity for problem-solving got us through each
road-block. Once again, Dario Hurtado provided miraculous
coordination for air transport between rustic unmarked heliports,
ferrying impossible amounts of cargo and personnel (even dugout
canoes) with helicopters from Copters Perú and the Policía
Nacional del Perú. For their help in the overflights preceding the
inventory, we thank Richard Alex Bracy of North American
Float Planes in Iquitos, and the Fuerza Aerea Peruana.
Local communities did nearly all of the advance work.
Asterisks mark members of the advance teams who did an extra
service, remaining at the camp to help the biological team throughout
the inventory. The Yaguas camp was built by Walter Vega Quevare*,
Melitón “Coronel” Díaz Vega*, Robinson Rivera Flores, Rigoberto
Salas Peña, Haaker Mosquera Merino*, and William Mosquer
Merino of the Pucaurquillo community; Andrés Flores Tello, Cleber
Panduro Ruiz, Elber Manuel Ruiz Sánchez, and Linder Flores
Arikari* of the Brillo Nuevo community, and Pedro Gonzales
Guevara of Pebas, with the coordination of Alvaro del Campo.
Denis Mosquera Merino in Pucaurquillo was an additional help to
the Yaguas team during the construction of the campsite.
The Maronal camp was built by Hernán López Rodríguez*,
Alfredo Meléndez López*, Aurelio Campos Chacayset*, Teobaldo
Vásquez Pinedo, Carlos Vásquez Pinedo, Henderson Ruiz Imunda,
Robert Panduro Mibeco, Victor Ruiz Rodríguez, Jabán Nepire
López, and Isaac Nepire Ejten, all of Brillo Nuevo; Benavides Trigoso
Peña, Jhonny Díaz Prado, Mauricio Rubio Ruiz, Pedro Mosquera
Roque, and Guillermo Collantes Lligio* of Pucaurquillo; and
Juan Carlos Silva Peña, Abelardo Cachique, Gregorio Tello Arirama
of Ancon Colonia, with the coordination of Guillermo Knell.
The Apayacu camp was built by Atilio Ruiz Barbosa*,
Purificación Ruiz C.*, José Murayari C.*, Lindenber Gadea F.*,
Manuel Ramírez López*, Emilio Ortiz S., Amancio Ruiz Barbosa,
Orbe Noroña, Melchor Greffa F., Abraham Jaramillo C., and
Reynaldo Greffa F., with the coordination of Aldo Villanueva.
At all three campsites, Eli Soria Vega and Hortensia Arirama
Vega kept the team well-fed from their fabulous field kitchen,
while Alvaro del Campo, backed up by Jennifer Eagleton and
Rob McMillan in Chicago, ensured the complicated logistics went
off without a hitch.
At the Iquitos herbarium, we are especially grateful to
Mery Nancy Arévalo García and Manuel Flores for their longstanding
support for our projects there. We also thank Walter Ruiz
Mesones, Ricardo Zarate, and Hilter Yumbato for transporting and
drying the plant specimens. The plant team also thanks Jaana
Vormisto and Sanna-Kaisa Juvonen for providing valuable literature.
The ornithological team is indebted to Tom Schulenberg for
many valuable contributions to the bird report. The ichthyological
team thanks Hernán Ortega for helpful comments on the manuscript,
and for providing comparative inventory data from Putumayo.
The herpetological team thanks Pekka Soini and Jean Lescure for
providing bibliographic material from the Paris Museum of
In Lima we again thank CIMA-Cordillera Azul for their
logistical support, especially Jorge (Coqui) Aliaga, Tatiana Pequeño
and Lily Rodriguez, who provided significant help with corrections in
Spanish. Douglas Stotz and Olga Montenegro helped hugely with
proofreading. Jim Costello, as always, put an immense effort into the
special requirements of this report. Our work continues to benefit
enormously from the support of John W. McCarter, Jr., and from
the financial support of the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation.