The challenges faced since the spread of Covid-19 do not discriminate geographically; in the jungles of Peru, the pandemic has raised new perspectives regarding its conservation. Indigenous groups are part of the most affected population due to the lack of possibilities to resort in the biodiversity. The beginning of a reactivation in the Peruvian Amazon is expected to bring a change of view toward the culture of its communities.
Productivity in the Peruvian Amazon
During the crisis, indigenous people in the Amazon remind that the Amazon forest is not only an ecological habitat with a wealth of natural resources, but also a social and cultural space. In April, the Interethnic Association for the Development of Peruvian Forests (AIDESEP), stated that some essential productive sectors for Peruvian economy include activities in their territories such as forest and agricultural services. Weeks later, it was confirmed that they would be part of the «Comando Covid» along with the Ministries of Health, Culture and Development. Its cultural richness is another key component for the Amazon economic stability of these communities known for their hospitality and nice treatment to foreign people.
Many communities in the Peruvian jungles are aware that international tourism is one of the fundamental fuels for their territories. One of the Amazon destinations with the most recognized communities is Puerto Maldonado. This city delights tourists blending the amazing scenery and the traditional habits which is a new cultural experience. Although, the culture of their lifestyle may seem unusual for some, the heartwarming welcomes and the exuberant landscapes are proofs of the importance of tourism.
Indigenous communities should be included
The communities of the Peruvian jungles have demanded to be included in the Government’s reactivation plan. Over the past decades, Peru has seen protests from local amazon community members in order to be recognized as well as their territories to be respected. Because of the influence of tourism and the productivity he reactivation of the Peruvian Amazon is a must to consider not just in benefit of the communities, but for the stability of their national economy.