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Protecting the Tropical Rainforest in Peru

Peru has the fourth-largest area of tropical rainforest in the world, but it is also vulnerable to illegal logging - losing up to a million hectares in the past decade. Six reserves have now been set up to provide living space for the indigeneous people and protect the forest.

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In the El Sira reserve, 600 kilometers northeast of the capital Lima, indigineous people live from growing and harvesting rubber. Up to now, these people have lived from their own products, almost entirely autonomously. But their home region is threatened. International companies and illegal loggers are looking for new tracts of forest to exploit.