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Peru’s coffee growers turn carbon traders to save their farms from climate change | The Observer

In the foothills of the Andes, in the Sierra Piura region of Peru, the problems faced by coffee farmers are clear. Up to 6,600 farmers produce here for the Central Piurana de Cafetaleros co-operative (Cepicafe), growing 4,000 tonnes a year of the finest Peruvian coffee on family plots scattered across the mountainside. Together, year in, year out, they bring in ...

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Peruvian father retrieves body of cop son on his own, touching off anger toward government | The Washington Post

LIMA, Peru — Nearly three weeks after his police officer son disappeared during combat with Shining Path rebels, Dionisio Vilca had to hike into dense jungle and personally retrieve his son’s body. He brought it home in a somber ceremony Thursday. The father’s agonizing odyssey triggered angry recriminations in Peru, where there was already outrage over authorities’ inability to rescue ...

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New Declaration Protects Nearly a Million Acres of Rainforest Habitat | natureandculture.org

     Government leaders, Conservationists and an endangered indigenous group in the Peruvian Amazon Basin announced today the formal declaration of a 970,000-acre rainforest reserve in the Loreto Region of northeastern Peru. The new Maijuna Reserve is 22% larger than California’s Yosemite National Park, and consists of a vast forest wilderness, part of which is home to the indigenous Maijuna people, ...

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Urban population boom threatens Lake Titicaca | The Guardian

South America’s most famous lake is being polluted by increasing levels of waste from fast-growing cities, according to locals, environmentalists and politicians. Lake Titicaca, which sits on the border of Bolivia and Peru, has sustained agricultural societies on the dry, high-altitude Andean plains for thousands of years, but is now threatened by a population boom from nearby cities and towns. ...

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Peru suspends US-funded coca eradication programme | The Guardian

Peru’s new centre-left government is temporarily suspending its modest US-funded coca eradication programme to re-evaluate its strategy. The prime minister, Salomón Lerner, said the government was committed to reducing the illegal crop and would convene a special panel next month to chart a strategy that would stress alternative development, “social inclusion and fighting poverty”. Read more here: Peru suspends US-funded ...

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Pacific-Atlantic route drives up fears of crime and destruction | The Guardian

Carretera Interoceánica boosts links with China for Brazil and Peru but causes anxiety for environmental groups They call it El Puente Billinghurst: a bright orange, half-mile suspension bridge, straddling the thick, murky waters of Peru’s Madre de Dios River. But the Billinghurst is no ordinary bridge. When it is inaugurated later this month it will signal the realisation of a ...

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