NIK project - Network of Indigenous Knowledge

Finally in April 2013, we start our first NIK (Network of Indigenous knowledge) project workshop between The COMARU (Urubamba River Machiguenga Council), represented by our Machiguenga friends of the Timpia native community in the low Urubamba River and the YRITWC (Yukon River Inter-Tribal Watershed Council) from Alaska. A pilot project that will bring new ideas and knowledge about protection and respect of their natural and cultural resources.

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RBI – Cerro La Escalera

This year, like the past ones, we were called upon by the Field Museum of Chicago to help with the pre-advance and Field logistics for the Rapid Biological Inventory that was to take place at Cerro La Escalera area in the Loreto region. This inventory was carried out in response to the request from the Shawis native’s commnunities to extend the conservation area of Cerro la Escalera protected area in San Martin state into their territory in Loreto, in order to protect the remaining mountain massif, which is currently under pressure.

This time Ecologística Perú was in charge of the construction brigade, responsible for building camp number 2, located at the Cachiyacu river bank and surrounded by an amazing landscape of rugged mountains, rocky creeks and steep hills, all of which kept us in a constant challenge to reach and access the points of interest for the respective studies.

The participation of our friends the Shawis from the communities of Balsa Puerto, Canoa Puerto, San Lorenzo and Nueva Luz were key for the investigation and, in record time (10 days), we were able to count with a luxury campsite with approximately 22 kilometers of correctly marked trails.

As always, it was all possible thanks to the efforts of different actors who are committed to keep moving forward in the protection of the forest and its resources. To all of them: Thank you!!

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Chocolatillo River Biological Inventory - WCS, Bahuaja Sonene National Park - Puno

Once again and after the successful expedition to Cuchilla Mountain in 2011, we were invited by the Peruvian Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) office to be in charge of the base camp construction and the Chocolatillo River Biological Inventory management in the BahuajaSonene National Park southest limit, between 400 and more than 1100 meters above sea level, in the province of Puno.

The abrupt and challenging altitude gradient, added to the incessant rains with the consequent flooding of streams where the toughest obstacles to overcome, not only for the advanced logistics team but also for the experienced investigators that evaluated up to 06 taxonomic groups (birds, mammals, insects, plants, amphibians, reptiles and fish).

All the proposed objectives were accomplished in a very professional manner and thanks to the invaluable support from Infierno community inhabitants and from other “Tigers” that joined this cause, the inventory was a success and we are sure that our researcher friends will surprise us shortly with the results of their findings. To all of them, our appreciation for joining their efforts and meeting with this unforgettable experience.

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Ecologistica Peru on a peruvian Newspaper

Peruvian Amazon onstage. NextNovemberwill debut in Paris, a film shot in Manu.

French filmmaker will take to film the natural wealth of our country. The renowned photographer of nature the Frenchman VicentMunnier published on the page Wild Touch a video which shows a map, drawn by hand, of the Manu National Park, with the following inscription: “Rio Manu-Peru; 6 o’clock in the morning, an unforgettable encounter. The first jaguar in my life, more than one hour face to face. Amazing”.

The sounds of the jungle flooded the scene, and between the mist appears on the sand of the beach a jaguar rest, which only miss to raise its head and look at the camera. Vincent Munnier and a team of the renowned French director; Luc Jacquet, winner of an Oscar in 2006 for the documentary “The March of the penguins”, interned in the Peruvian jungle two months – July and August – the last year for filming the movie “Once upon a time the forest”.

In total, about 35 people, including Jacquet, cameramens, soundmen, photographers and Illuminators, supported scientifically by the outstanding French botanist; Francis Halle, moved to the heart of the Manu National Park to the last Ranger station known as Pakitza, in Madre de Dios.

All of them were extremely impressed by the quality of the forest, so pristine and well preserved. In the first ten days of installed they saw four times Jaguars, including a mother with her offspring, indicating that it was a healthy forest, concerns Guillermo Knell from Ecologistica Peru, the company that was in charge of providing logistics and assistance in the field for the film.

Peru competed with other countries for the location of the film such as Brazil and French Guiana. In April, a first group traveled to Tambopata and Manu to make a recognition and the result was positive. The Filmmaker, Luc Jacquet and the production company, Bonne Pioche Cinema, chose the Peruvian jungle.

“They were surprised with people who knew the jungle that well, our local guides were the Rangers of the Manu National Park with whom we could find more locations of recording than they expected,” concerns Knell.

Forest in action

The filmmakers were looking for a tree called Cecropia, which marks the beginning of the regeneration of forest deforested or impacted, because it generates shadow for other species and encourages the growth of other trees, says Knell, who is also a biologist.

The film initial title was “Seven hundred years and one day”, in reference to the time that costs a forest recover from a single day of destruction by extractive activities; but it was changed to “Once upon a time the forest”.

The central theme is to create awareness of the importance of tropical forests, which are predated by the man and manages hundreds of years to regenerate. So recordings focused ecosystem comprising it, trees, plants, insects, like the ants, which influence the condition of a forest and its regeneration. The only character who appears in the film is the French scientist; Francis Halle.

The production was divided into groups specializing in filming pollination, the behind the scenes, sound responsible for recording a living jungle noises and nature photographers.

Its launch on cinema screens scheduled for November 13, point producers on the account Facebook of the Wild Touch NGO, and will be distributed by Walt Disney.

Peruvian Film Commission

Image country director of Promperu, MariellaSoldi, announced that they seek to create the Peruvian Film Commission to facilitate the work of the international producers who come to make audiovisual works. The idea is to support them in the entry of teams, both technical and human, as well as permits and coordination with the institutions of the sites where they want to shoot, explains Soldi.

About the making of “Once upon a time the forest”, reported that its supported in the management of this production, in locations seeking, as well as in the post-production. It was reported that this film is an opportunity for the promotion of our country. The Peru brand will be shown in the credits of this film, that will be present in the Avant premiere which will be held in Cannes.

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CAPITALISM – Documentary, Tamouz Media Productions

Without a doubt, 2012 has been the best year for Ecologistica Peru and to finish it we worked with our friends from the North American production company Tamouzmedia and their last documentary: Capitalism. The director of documentaries; Illan Ziv, got in contact with us because we were recommended and asked us to assist him with the logistics to carry out interviews in native communities from our Amazonia.

This time, chosen ones for the job were our friends from the Maijunas of Puerto Huaman and Nueva Vida native communities, in the Yanayacu River, tributary to the Napo River in Loreto.

The 06 chapter documentary seeks to show the audience how consumption and the current market economy are the models that have taken us to irresponsibly use our natural resources. Using history, the documentary takes us (amongst other destinies) to a native community in the Peruvian Amazon to show us in a traditional manner how it is that they have access to the forest and its resources, maintaining a balance between men and their environment.

Despite the short time we had to carry out this trip, we managed to cover all the wanted interviews in the field and to close with one last interview in the city with the renowned anthropologist, Alberto Chirif. Thanks to our friends from NCI; Natali Pinedo and Sergio Donayre, for their invaluable time and to Alberto for giving us his time and, of course, to our friends the Maijunas in the Yanayacu basin for their hospitality, generosity and for making our job an unforgettable journey.

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Ere - Campuya Rapid Biological Inventory

When we were all expecting the invitation from the Field Museum of Chicago for the advanced logistics of a project at the frontier with Brazil, we were happily surprised to learn that this time we would be going to the frontier with Colombia, up north the Amazon River. On this opportunity, Ecologistica Peru would help with the advanced logistics to prepare Camp 1 of the Rapid Biological Inventory: Ere-Campuya.

These basin areas of the Ere and Campuya and its surroundings have always been of interest for investigators, because many of the records of unusual fauna and flora happen towards the northern part of the Amazon River, creating a natural barrier towards the south. Also, the climate behaves in such a strange and atypical way that many times it can bring surprises and generate changes in the organization strategies.

This time we were working at Yare creek, which is a tributary to the Ene River. It is at this point where we constructed a camp base, a heliport and almost 22 km of trails. Our team could have not been a better one and, thanks to them, we achieved our goal in record time. Thanks to our friends in the communities of Putumayo and to our great boat driver Shego. Till next time!

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Once upon the Forest - Bonne Pioche Cinema Film

Ever since March of this year, we have been competing to make Peru and our amazon jungle the headquarters for the new film production of the renowned French director; Luc Jacquet, winner of an Oscar in 2006 for the documentary “The March of the Penguins”. Many countries with incomparable conditions for this goal, such as Gabon (Africa), Brasil and French Guyana, were our toughest competitors.

Finally and after the Scouting Trip that took place in April, the French production company, Bonne Pioche Cinema, decided that the Manu National park would be the main location to carry out two thirds of the filming of this documentary-fiction. This time, Ecologística Peru was in charge of building, managing and functioning the base camp, plus giving scientific advice and camp production information, in the different sets. The base camp was established in the PVC Pakitza and housed more than 50 people during 02 months of strenous work in the middle of the jungle.

Our job was concentrated on attending the needs and demands of the whole team and managing the logistics for more than 50 people, between local workers and moviemakers, in the camp as well as in the surroundings. The results speak for themselves and once again our brothers the Machiguengas of Tayacome, the Manu parkrangers and all the Peruvians involved in this important commitment were key to overpass the expectatives and achieve the takes and scenes required with a total success. Thanks to all of them and most importantly, thank you Manu!!!

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Scouting Trip to Manu National Park and Tambopata National Reserve

During April 2012, we went on a scouting expedition with members of a French production company. We were led by the renowned director Luc Jacquet. The interest of the trip laid on getting to know the amazon tropical rainforests, in order to find the ideal locations and the necessary resources that would fulfill the requirements to film a movie in the near future.

The Manu National Park and the Tambopata National Reserve were the two places that were chosen for this job. The trip lasted 12 days, beginning the journey in the city of Cusco, which is the entry door to Manu. The route contemplated a two night stay at the Bosque de Nubes (Cloud Forest), near the Pillahuata area, another two night stay at the border of the Juarez Lake in Manu, three nights in lodges along the Tambopata River and two final nights in the city of Puerto Maldonado.

Even though we stayed very few days in each place, we were able to accomplish the goals of the trip. Ecologistica Peru, along with the other actors and collaborators, were able to obtain the approval and total satisfaction of the production company representatives. The next step and new challenge will be the organization and preparation to go about the filming of the movie, which will be done during June and July this year.

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Cerro Cuchilla WCS Expedition - Bahuaja Sonene

September 2011 was a total jungle month for us. This time we were invited by the Wildlife Conservation Society Peru´s office, to be the Fixer for the Cerro Cuchilla Expedition at the Bahuaja Sonene National Park in the western slopes of the tropical Andes, in the Puno department.

This time was an even harder task due the dry season and the number of people involved; almost 25 scientists from different Latin-American countries, 12 staff members between boat drivers, assistants, cook and camp helpers and our Fixer, having to head up the Tambopata river two days up, jumping into the water and pushing the boats at least 12 times a day to finally arrive to the GPS point and set up a camp for 27 days in this absolutely awesome landscape.

The weather, the demanding environment and the goal to cross the Cuchilla to the La Torre and Chuncho river headwaters (never studied before), was possible due the empiric knowledge and experience of our friends from the Infierno native community and the former forest guards from the National Park and the Tambopata National Reserve, to whom with no doubt go our most sincere acknowledgements.

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