ON THE face of it, a mostly peaceful protest by several thousand tribespeople in Peru

camera traps work well to estimate species diversity of medium and large mammals, a recent study says. Counting the number of mammals in dense tropical forests is difficult and rare species are often missed out. Camera traps offer a new tool for finding the number of large and medium sized terrestrial mammals. But the method is not foolproof and researchers point out the importance of having an

The western Amazon is the most biologically rich part of the Amazon basin and is home to a great diversity of indigenous ethnic groups, including some of the world's last uncontacted peoples living in voluntary isolation. Unlike the eastern Brazilian Amazon, it is still a largely intact ecosystem. Underlying this landscape are large reserves of oil and gas, many yet untapped. The growing global demand is leading to unprecedented exploration and development in the region.

Peru is considered to be one of the most vulnerable countries in the world to climate change. On the steep slopes of Chopcca, a community of 10,000 residents in the Andes, the rains come later, don't last as long and end more abruptly than they did only a few years ago. Frosts and hail hit earlier and more frequently. Fewer clouds drift by to moderate the extremes of temperature.

Press Trust Of India / Lima July 09, 2008, 0:12 IST Reliance Industries (RIL) has signed an agreement with Peru's Perupetro to jointly explore for oil and gas in the Andean country,Cesar Gutirrez ,president of Peru's state-run firm, said. "We'll be formalising the agreements reached in these past weeks. Also, in the coming days we will provide details of the joint exploration venture which focusses on areas that hold oil and gas potential," Cesar Gutierrez told Peru's official Andina news agency yesterday.

There are several procedures to control mosquitoes by chemical, mechanical, genetical or biological means. Biological control of mosquito larvae by the application of natural animal products is one of the important techniques, which is cheap, easy-to-use and environment friendly. (Correspondence)

Rio De Janeiro: Dramatic photographs of previously unfound Amazon Indians have highlighted the precariousness of the few remaining "lost' tribes and the dangers they face from contact with outsiders.

Who are the beneficiaries from participative approaches in conservation - the people or the wildlife. The authors compare two protected areas Amarakaeri Communal Reserve in Peru and Selous Game Reserve in Tanzania and show how in similar institutional settings local interest groups react very differently to the possibility of participation.

Peru: They have quarreled over the 1880's pillaging of Peru's national library by Chilean troops. They have squabbled over who has the naming rights to pisco, the fiery grape brandy. Now, Peru and Chile are arguing over another hot-button issue: the origins of the potato. Peruvian agronomists, historians and diplomats are chafing at an assertion by Marigen Hornkohl, Chile's agriculture minister, who said on Monday, "Few people know that 99% of the world's potatoes have some type of genetic link to potatoes from Chile.' Peru, where the potato is a

It is unlikely that many of us will ever see Phragmipedium kovachii in the flesh. Discovered only seven years ago, the stunning pink orchid grows on inhospitable limestone cliffs in Peru's