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Amazon Rainforest - Sustainable Development on the Rio Jauaperi

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December 7, 2012

The area of the reserve has been protected for the last eleven years and a marked increase in the quantity of wildlife is noticeable. The Xixuau-Xiparina is home to many species of animals endangered in other parts of the Amazon which are now commonly sighted inside the reserve. To the north is the Waimiri-Atroari Indian reserve. An area of 2.2 million hectares protected by the Indians themselves. Over recent years there had been a marked increase in the number of commercial fishing boats coming to the Jauaperi from Manaus and the local inhabitants noticed their fish stocks were dwindling. An agreement with a number of communities and with the Waimiri lead to the active discouraging of these fishermen and the area of the Jauaperi from Samauma to the north has returned to a natural state with extremely abundant fish stocks. At the same time efforts have been made to raise the ecological awareness of the people and projects have started whereby the communities receive financial assistance in exchange for conserving areas of forest belonging to them.

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