Scientists help prevent further destruction of Peru’s Amazon forest

Americas Now

Peru contains the second largest part of the Amazon Rainforest. But illegal logging and mining have wiped out a big chunk of it. Now, scientists are offering solutions to prevent further degradation.

The most bio-diverse ecosystem in Peru’s Amazon region is the Madre de Dios. It’s also one of the most under threat from deforestation.

The past decade has been especially devastating for the region.

Correspondent Dan Collyns visited the area to survey the damage. He also spoke to some scientists who are finding innovative ways to fight back.

In 2011, a 2.8 billion dollar project called the Interoceanic Highway was completed to link farms in the Amazon. The roadway cuts across Madre de Dios and has made the once-remote area more accessible to civilians.