The newest national park in the world
The “Sierra del Divisor" region has hosted the newest national park in the world since November 8, 2015.
The Sierra del Divisor region, along the border of Peru and Brazil, in the heart of the Amazon, has hosted the world’s newest national park since November 8, 2015. The park extends from the deepest parts of the Amazon rainforest to the foothills of the Andes and forms one of the largest contiguous blocks of protected land in Latin America. This park has an area of 1.3 million hectares.
This region is considered a low volcanic region and is the only region of the Amazon that is basically very flat. The wonderful scenery of nature usually consists of waterfalls, silent volcanoes, wild rivers, remote lakes, sharp valleys and lush forests. The most important feature of this area is the silent volcano El Cono, which is one of the many craters scattered in the south of the mountain range. El Cono is 490 meters above the surrounding rainforest plains and is considered the symbol of the Sierra del Divisor.
The Sierra del Divisor park extends from the deepest parts of the Amazon rainforest to the Andes
Due to its unique geographical form, this area is home to many native animals that are not found anywhere else. But this area is so remote and deserted that its study has only started in the last few decades. In a 2005 study, scientists found several dozen species of animals in this area that were previously unknown. Based on these findings, researchers expect that future studies will lead to the discovery of more species.
The Sierra del Divisor is also home to several indigenous tribes with a total population of 300-400 people who live in complete isolation from the outside world.
Although this area was designated as a protected area in 2006, the Peruvian government has not been successful in protecting it from encroachment and human threats. During the past few decades, several projects including oil discovery, gas pipelines, and road construction have entered this region. Neighboring areas are currently degraded by mining and logging. Illegal fishing along with hunting threatens the animal population of the region. This area attracts poachers because of its rare and amazing species.
The Sierra del Divisor is also home to several indigenous tribes with a total population of 300-400.
The establishment of the Sierra del Divisor National Park last November is one of the biggest achievements in recent years to preserve the rainforest.
The Minister of Environment of Peru, Mr. Manuel Pulgar-Vidal (Manuel Pulgar-Vidal) wrote on his Twitter on the day of the announcement of the park: “This seal is a confirmation of the Peruvian government’s commitment to conservation, sustainable development and the fight against climate change."
Due to the unique geographical shape of the Sierra del Divisor, this area is home to many endemic animals
In his official speech, the President of Peru Mr. Humala says: “We want to keep this area as an important part of the lungs that purify the world’s air, in addition to making this area active to maintain illegal activities such as cutting trees, carrying drugs and other activities that cause deforestation."
Not only is this park important for its biodiversity, this area has the second largest carbon footprint in Peru. Research shows that the forests of the region have 181 million tons of carbon, which according to the American Environmental Organization, this figure is almost equal to the amount of carbon dioxide produced by 127 million cars annually.
Sierra del Divisor National Park is important for its biological diversity
This area has the second largest carbon footprint in Peru
The facts show that the forests of the region have 181 million tons of carbon
This region is a volcanic lowland and is the only region of the Amazon that is basically very flat