One Tiny Wasp Turns a Fig Tree Into a 150-Foot-High Eden

Between August and October 2014, Ecologistica Peru helped and assisted a German photographer, Christian Ziegler in his wonderful project : “The global Fig Tree” supported by National Geographic. The location of this ambitious project was realized in the biological station Cocha Cashu in Manu National Park.

Finally and after almost two years Emma Marris article about Zielgler experience in the jungle of Peru is on line. We want to share with you this incredible experience and information, see the link below:

One Tiny Wasp Turns a Fig Tree Into a 150-Foot-High Eden

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Pelagic Trip News

Pelagic Trip – July 26: The First release at sea!

On our third organized excursion we had the privilege to invite some members of the following project: Proyecto Golondrina de la Tempestad de Collar: www.golondrinatempestad.org, a project that started in 2009 with the main objective of rescuing oceanic birds that are found disoriented in urban areas in Lima city. For all of us it was a very special day because it was the first time that two Wedge-rumped Storm-petrels were release in the ocean at 30 miles from the coast. It was a good day, not because we were witnesses of this event, but also because we saw two groups of Humpback whales, more than six individuals of Waved Albatrosses and several species of storm-petrels all around us and welcoming this two new bird mates. After this experience we have decide to help and provide the opportunity to repeat these actions in future excursions.

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Pelagic Tours with Ecologistica Peru

Since 2013, Ecologística Perú offers pelagic tours off the coast of Lima. Focused on specialized tourism like birdwatching and whale watching. The new boat and the recently acquired equipment guarantee a proffesional service.

It has become frequent to be able to observe the following species: Waved Albatross, Markham ́s Storm-Petrel, Ringed Storm- Petrel and Peruvian Diving -Petrels. Depending on the time of year, these tours are highlighted by the presence of whales, such as the Humpback, Sperm and Blue Whales, in addition to other mammal species, especially three different dolphin species.

For more information, visit: Pelagic Trip – Departing from Callao

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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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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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Oscar-winning French director filmed movie about forests in Manu

Lima, ene. 22 (ANDINA).

For two months, the French director Luc Jacquet, Oscar winner in 2006 for the documentary “The March of the penguins”, was interned with his team in the Manu National Park in Madre de Dios, to film the movie “once upon a time the forest”, which will be premiered in Cannes Festival.

For the film, Jacquet and a total of 35 people, including cameramen, sound, photographers and Illuminators, moved to the last outpost, known as Pakitza, in Madre de Dios, where the camp was built to the recordings during July and August of last year.

Thedocumentary film, alsomadewiththePromperúsupport, tries to raiseawarenessabouttheimportance of rainforestsagainstpredationcausedbyman.

With that goal, Jacques sought to capture the live of Manu forest ecosystem and its wealth of plants and trees, to oppose them with the engraving in Gabon, Africa, where forests have been devastated by logging and deforestation of the man.

The film was initially titled “seven hundred years and a day”, in reference to the time which costs a forest regenerate from a single day of destruction by extractive activities.

Filmmaker Luc Jacquet and the producer, Bonne Pioche Cinema, chose the Peruvian jungle after the survey by a first group that traveled to Tambopata and Manu. Other options were Brazilian and French Guyana jungle, but they were finally discarded.

Through them facebook account, the NGO Wild Touch, tape producers reported that the launch on the cinema screens is scheduled for 13 November this year in Paris.

“The only human character who appears on the tape is the renowned French botanist Francis Halle, who provided scientific support,” told to the Andina agency, the biologist Guillermo Knell, fromEcologistica Peru, the company that was in charge of providing logistics and assistance in the field for the filming of this movie.

“All were extremely impressed with the quality of the forest, so pristine and preserved, of Manu. In thefirst ten dayswesawfour times Jaguars, including a motherwithhercalf, whichindicates a healthyforest”, saysKnell.

Meanwhile, MariellaSoldi, the image country Director of Promperu, reported that this State entity supported the management of the film in Peru, as well as in post-production. She announced that the intention is to create the Peruvian Film Commission, whose objective is to facilitate the work of the international producers who come to carry out audiovisual works in Peru.

She explained that the idea is to support them with the entry of teams, both technical and human; as well as with permits and coordination with the institutions of the locations where they want to shoot.

He noted that in the case of the French movie they saw an opportunity to promote Peru, which provided the facilities for its realization, and stressed that Peru brand will be shown in the credits of the tape.

“The French were shocked that Peru has people who know so well the jungle, our local guides were the Rangers from Manu who could find more filming locations that they were not even expecting”, concerns Guillermo Knell.

The images and video on the sighting of the jaguar and the biodiversity of Manu are published by the French nature photographer Vincent Munnier, in Wild Touch pages, the NGO that they direct.

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