We’re thrilled to introduce you to our newest village – Oviri

Written by: Callie

Posted on August 4, 2015

A new village. 16,000 new acres. 176 new families working to keep their forest safe. We’re thrilled to introduce you to Cool Earths newest village partner – Oviri.

“THANK YOU FOR SUPPORTING US. WE DON’T WANT TO LOSE OUR FOREST, WE WANT TO PRESERVE IT.

NO TOWNS, NO ROADS, NO CARS – JUST TREES.”

LEOPOLDO CHIMANGA SHUMPATE

Oviri is the latest recruit to Cool Earths Ashaninka Project in central Peru. The village lies between the steep mountains along the Rio Tambo, a powerful river that joins the Urubamba.

Leopoldo Chimanga Chumpate, chief of Oviri village

Leopoldo Chimanga Chumpate, chief of Oviri village

 

 

Their 16,000 acres – the size of 80 Battersea Parks – has grown our forest shield to secure the northerly extent of the neighbouring reserve. This region is one the most at-risk areas on the planet. The Ene Valley, where the project is located, has 28 logging concessions in operation and, terrifyingly, a further 81 are in the process of authorisation. Last year alone, our partner villages were offered five logging contracts.

 

A fishing boat on the Rio Tambo

A fishing boat on the Rio Tambo

 

In the face of this enormous threat, the continued growth of this project is a huge mark of the project’s success. We’re looking forward to meeting Oviri’s neighbours, and growing the shield even further. With the backing of Fuel Card Services, we know we can do it.