Helbert Anchante Herrera
Biologist, Areas Costeras y Recursos Marinos (ACOREMA)
Location: Pisco, Peru
Research: Conservation Actions for Peruvian Diving Petrel in the Pisco Area, Peru
Species/Topic: Peruvian Diving Petrel (Pelecanoides garnotti)
Abstract: The Peruvian diving petrel (Pelecanoides garnotii) is a threatened marine bird endemic of the Humboldt Current and classified as "Critically Endangered" at both national and international levels. Main causes for its population decline are human-related, together with the little the public knows about this species. The present project is aimed to raise awareness about Peruvian diving petrel in and around its main breeding locations in the Paracas National Reserve through work with stakeholders. Production and distribution of educative /informative materials and activities with local students are the strategies used to reach the target publics identified. This initiative will enhance conservation status of Peruvian diving petrel, promoting its inclusion in the local conservation agenda and in management plans for sustainable exploitation of resources without further affecting the viability of the species.