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Le plus grand lieu de biodiversité terrestre au monde, le parc national du Manu dans l'Amazonie péruvienne est menacé (David Hill/The Guardian)

11 Mars 2017 , Rédigé par Pierre-Olivier Combelles

L'Amazonie péruvienne vue d'avion (vol Air France Paris-Lima) en 2016. Photo: Pierre-Olivier Combelles

L'Amazonie péruvienne vue d'avion (vol Air France Paris-Lima) en 2016. Photo: Pierre-Olivier Combelles

Saturday 11 March 2017 21.01 GMT

The top 10 threats to the most biodiverse place on earth
Manu National Park in Peru threatened by roads, oil/gas operations, narco trade, gold-mining, logging and ‘human safaris’


Just under half of UNESCO’s World Heritage sites are under threat, the WWF asserts. Sites deemed threatened include the Great Barrier Reef in Australia, the Pantanal in Brazil and the Virunga National Park in the Democratic Republic of Congo - and 111 others.

But what about the Manu National Park in Peru’s Amazon, which UNESCO calls the most biodiverse place on earth and was declared part of a biosphere reserve in the 1970s? In south-east Peru and stretching for 1.7 million hectares from the tropical Andes to the lowland forest, Manu is home to extraordinary biodiversity and Harakbut, Matsigenka, “Matsigenka-Nanti”, “Mashco-Piro”, Nahua, Quechua and Yine indigenous peoples. 

The WWF told the Guardian that Manu didn’t make its threatened list because “at the time of the analysis it did not have any large-scale commercial mining, oil or gas concessions within or overlapping with the park’s borders, and was not listed by the IUCN as at “high” or “very high” threat from any non-extractive industrial activities.” However, as the Guardian has reported over the last few years, Manu and its inhabitants do face numerous threats - including from mining, oil and gas. 

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Suite de l'article de David Hill sur le site de sa chronique "Andes to the Amazon" dans le Guardian:

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/andes-to-the-amazon/2017/mar/11/top-10-threats-most-biodiverse-place-on-earth

Le plus grand lieu de biodiversité terrestre au monde, le parc national du Manu dans l'Amazonie péruvienne est menacé (David Hill/The Guardian)

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