Building the capacity of local institutions to lead seabird conservation initiatives in Peru

Natalia Ortiz Escobar & Jessenia Ortiz

Piura State's artisanal fishing fleet is the largest in Peru, which overlaps and interacts with endangered and threatened seabirds. However, little research or conservation efforts have addressed these issue. Increased international awareness of seabird threats in Peru, as well as the transfer of many powers from federal to state governments, have led to an urgency and unique opportunity to address these problems. Through a partnership with local institutions (NGOs & State) we will establish a seabird conservation programme and will train staff in education, conservation and research. The resulting independent programme will be able to respond quickly and effectively to seabird conservation issues in Piura.

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