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All is not lost: the value of protecting once destroyed rainforest

All is not lost: the value of protecting once destroyed rainforest

A conservation internship in the Amazon opened my eyes to the whole rainforest ecosystem and not just the pretty mammals in a primary forest, explains researcher Diego Balbuena.

Since I was a little kid, my dream had been to visit Manu. It’s an area of remote Amazon rainforest that sits in the south-east of my home country Peru and is one of the most biodiverse places on Earth.

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Video: Love for frogs, passion for knowledge

Video: Love for frogs, passion for knowledge

Discover how a young, female researcher from Peru became the leading expert on a species new to science discovered in the Amazon rainforest.

A strange croak in the remote rainforest leads to the naming of a new species to science. The discovery hit the worldwide media – from National Geographic to Mongabay. But who’s the woman behind the research?
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Community life in a remote Amazonian research station

Community life in a remote Amazonian research station

From safety to salsa lessons, Crees volunteer Pierre Giraud explains what community means in the jungle.

The Manu Learning Center (MLC), a research station in the Peruvian rainforest, is a healthy and strong community. Building this community and ensuring that it evolves properly is not easy, especially when it involves so many people with different backgrounds, expectations, interests and goals.
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Top 5 tips: How to volunteer ethically

Top 5 tips: How to volunteer ethically

Expert advice on all the issues to consider before volunteering abroad, from cultural awareness, to environmental impact and animal welfare.

When we decide to volunteer, it’s usually out of a desire to help. But is our aim of doing good, actually doing untold harm?

There is a maze of social, environmental, cultural, political and economic issues to consider. Is there any way to really ensure that we are volunteering ethically?
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In pictures: Wildlife tour from the Andes to the Amazon

In pictures: Wildlife tour from the Andes to the Amazon

Journey from the dizzying heights of historic Cusco, the once capital of the Inca Empire in Peru, down through the Andes Mountains and into the steaming tropical jungle

Photo gallery of a 5 day tour to the Manu Learning Centre (MLC), following the Lelieveld family as they explore the diverse nature and culture of Peru while learning about the crees Foundation’s scientific research and sustainable living initiatives.

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How growing vegetables can be empowering

How growing vegetables can be empowering

In the Amazon rainforest, local people improve the nutrition of their families and generate extra income through productive entrepreneurship.

Senor Doroteo lives in Salvacion, a small town in the remote south-east of Peru, and by selling the organic vegetables from his biogarden he has become a productive entrepreneur.

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Weekly Highlight: Solutions to the banana problem

Weekly Highlight: Solutions to the banana problem

The yearly Banana Fair is a celebration of agricultural and environmental initiatives across the Manu Biosphere Reserve in the Amazon Rainforest, but what is the impact of growing bananas?

Bunches of bananas line the fairground as families and friends from across the Manu region gather to sell their produce, swap gossip, and dance the night away.

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Weekly Highlight: Shaman’s ceremony for Quechua New Year

Weekly Highlight: Shaman’s ceremony for Quechua New Year

This week we welcomed shaman, Pablo Cruz Quispe, to the Manu Learning Centre (MLC) to bring in the New Year that’s celebrated by Quechuan indigenous people every August.

Standing beneath the stars in front of a table covered in sweets and coca leaves, the softly spoken shaman begins his ceremony.

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Weekly Highlight: Rare wildlife to the wetland

Weekly Highlight: Rare wildlife to the wetland

It’s been an exciting week for our wetland restoration project, with rarely seen and new wildlife being spotted and heard in this regenerating habitat

Even after being heavily impacted by human activity, a habitat can thrive with a diversity of wildlife again. Here at the Manu Learning Centre (MLC), this is what our scientific research is proving.

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Rainforest Experience Days: Inspiring the next generation

Rainforest Experience Days: Inspiring the next generation

Local schoolchildren explore the wonder of the forest and learn about its different values so that they develop a better environmental knowledge and appreciation

The crowd of children take a step back as our senior researcher Lawrence Whittaker pulls a snake out of a bag. They’re grinning with excitement but their arms are rigid at their sides.

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