Language: Bilingual in English and Spanish
In July of 2009 a team of socioeconomic experts from the United States and Peru conducted a social asset inventory of the ancestral territory of the Maijuna indigenous people in northeastern Peru in order to identify patterns of social organization and opportunities for capacity building. Shortly thereafter, another team of scientists conducted a rapid biological inventory of the area. Both arms of the project were intended to assess the region's suitability for protection as a regional conservation area.
Michael P. Gilmore is assistant professor of life sciences and integrative studies at New Century College, George Mason University. Corine Vriesendorp is a conservation ecologist with Environment, Culture, and Conservation at the Field Museum, Chicago, where William S. Alverson is a senior conservation ecologist/botanist, and Alvaro del Campo is the international field programs manager. Rudolf von May is a specialist in amphibians and reptiles at Florida International University in Miami. Cristina López Wong is the coordinator of the Programa de Conservacion, Gestion y Uso Sostenible de la Diversidad Biologica en Loreto, Iquitos, Peru. Sebastian Ríos Ochoa is president of the Sucusari Maijuna Community.