The Peruvian Ministry of Energy and Mines (Minem) has issued a supreme decree to halt new mining petitions or concessions near the basin of the Nanay River for a period of 12 months.

The Nanay River flows through the department of Loreto in Alto Nanay, a district in the province of Maynas.

The decree stated that this area is home to several types of flora and wildlife, as well as delicate and distinctive ecosystems.

Minem said the decree is aimed at protecting the biological diversity and environment of the white sand rodal and chamizal forests found in the Napo Ecoregion, as well as the floodplain forests encircling the Nanay River basin.

The decision follows requests from citizens, environmental and indigenous organisations and local authorities seeking to protect the Nanay River as it supplies fresh water to more than half a million people, reported

In a press statement, Minem said: “In view of this, it is necessary to protect the area of ​​the Nanay River, between the Allpahuayo Mishana National Reserve and the Alto Nanay-Pintuyacu-Chambira Regional Conservation Area.”

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