Statement of Purpose
The International Society for the Preservation of the Tropical Rainforest
(ISPTR) is an American and Peruvian non-profit organization which is comprised
of a dedicated team of volunteer naturalists. One of our international
projects is the Preservation of the Amazonian River Dolphin (PARD). For
more than one decade, we have been working on the frontlines of the Amazon
Basin in Peru and Brazil, developing a series of innovative pilot projects
and sustainable alternative strategies that will benefit the indigenous
people, fauna and flora of the world's largest remaining tropical rainforest.
ISPTR/PARD has made significant progress in shaping positive environmental
attitudes and developing beneficial educational/conservation programs.
Some of our accomplishments are:
TRUSTED by the Peruvian government, in 1990, Roxanne was given the
honor of being the first woman to ever raise the Peruvian national military
flag and light the Eternal Flame of Peace in the Plaza de Armas in Iquitos,
Peru. Also, Ms. Kremer was awarded the Medal of Honor from the Navy, Army,
Airforce and the Pro-Marina association. She was the fifth woman in Peru
and the first non-Peruvian "gringa" ever to receive this honor.
OPENED an outpost medical clinic at our Peruvian research camp on
the Yarapa River which is visited by doctors from the Naval Hospital in
Iquitos. The outpost clinic is manned by their administrative nurse.
|SIGNED an agreement with the National University
of the Peruvian Amazon in Iquitos, Florida International University and
Ohio State University for accredited courses and exchange programs involving
our research camp which is a "living classroom".
ASSISTED the people living along the Yarapa River in setting up
sustainable cooperatives based on the production of pink dolphin carvings
made from ever-plentiful balsa wood (balsa wood will not deplete the forests).
Since then they have begun selling baskets, beautiful jewelry and art work.
PROMOTED carefully-managed educational and conservational eco-tourism
by offering trips to the Peruvian Amazon rainforest with a "hands-on" experience
at the non-invasive research camp.
COLLECTED and distributed thousands of dollars worth of medicine
by boat and on foot to many remote villages in response to the cholera
epidemic. Compiled census data following the epidemic. Informed and educated
the people regarding the replication of a simple remedy for cholera.
PROVIDED the means for local people to receive medical treatment
for snake and scorpion bites, broken limbs, dengue fever, etc.. This sometimes
took the form of transporting medical emergencies to the nearest hospital,
over two and one-half hours away, by boat.
STOPPED the illegal selling of 75 huge trees that had been cut from
the mouth of the Yarapa River in 1992, and had a large fine imposed on
the illegal commercial logger by bringing the Department of Agriculture
and the Forest Police to the scene.
PARTICIPATED as an accredited non-government organization (NGO)
at the Earth Summit Conference in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (June 1992). ISPTR
organized and transported 54 Brazilian Kayapo Indians to Riocentro (the
main site of the Earth Summit Conference). They arranged one of the largest
UNCED-related press conferences at the Earth Summit, so the Indians, who
represented all indigenous cultures of the world, could state how a strong
Forest Principles Treaty would be fundamental for the protection of the
world's forests and the traditional cultures they support.
LEARNED that commercial loggers had been given government contracts
to cut down trees in the Cumaceba Community Reserve and along the Yarapa
Illegal Logging Operation
|After Ms. Kremer explained the environmental
consequences of this logging operation, Arq. Raul Morey, the president
of Loreto, cancelled the contracts and suspended all commercial logging
and commercial fishing activities within the Department of Loreto, until
a new set of forestry principles could be drafted. ISPTR assisted by submitting
a comprehensive list of recommendations to the Regional Government of Loreto.
SET UP and taught how to build, with the assistance of a Swedish
University, an improved sanitation/sewage system on the Yarapa River through
the use of compost toilets.
ORGANIZED AND LED a research team to the Cayobeno Faunal Reserve
in Ecuador at the invitation of the Ecuadorian government. They compiled
census data plus behaviorial and feeding patterns on the pink dolphins
geoffrensis) while they mapped the Lagarto River at the request of
the Equadorian government.
ESTABLISHED the first river dolphin preserve on the Amazon River.
POSTED tributaries to prevent illegal gill-net fishing by commercial
COMPLETED a 14-minute video on the plight of the river dolphins,
the rainforest and the indigenous people. The film has been shown on Brazilian
and Peruvian television to raise awareness of the need to protect the Amazon's
DEVELOPED an animal rehabilitation/orphanage and reintroduction
program at our 300-acre non-invasive research camp that handles indigenous
surplus zoo animals and animals that have been confiscated from poachers
by the Forest Police. After completing the rehabilitation program, the
animals will be released into the natural habitat of the 4000-acre private
CELEBRATED (since 1988), on the third Sunday of every June, The
International Dedication Days for the Dolphins and Ecology in Peru which
includes ecological messages, art contests for children and parades. during
the celebration of our 5th Dedication Day in Iquitos, Roxanne Kremer and
children from Peru and America burned confiscated animal skins to demonstrate
that the animals are more valuable alive than dead. This annual practice
has continued, with much ceremony and support from the local people.
TOOK CARE OF five dolphins at the request of the Brazilian government,
for over eight years, including the administering of vitamins and antibiotics
as needed. The two pink dolphins (Inia geoffrensis) and three tucixi
grey dolphins (Sotalia fluviatilis) lived in two Brazilian lakes,
which constituted a Species Survival Sanctuary. In July of 1994 ISPTR/PARD
working with the Brazilian national agency, IBAMA, began a three to six
month program designed to reintroduce them back to their natural habitat.
HELD the first river dolphin conference in Brazilia, and PARD's
influence resulted in a change of laws regarding dolphins and whales.
STOPPED the killing of 400 minke whales off the coast of Brazil
that had been targeted by Japanese whalers for "scientific research". Some
of the whales were pregnanat. Note: since 1986, the Brazilian whaling industry
COLLECTED AND DISTRIBUTED thousands of pounds of donated clothing,
medicine and educational materials among Indians and river people. Roxanne
always has something to give to or teach about the rainforest. (Right)
Roxanne and the river people
ISPTR/PARD was founded on the premise that one person CAN make a
difference and a group of like-minded people can exert a positive influence
on the fate of our rainforests. We can no longer afford to ignore our
AND COLLECTIVE RESPONSIBILITIES as planetary stewards. Our actions
and decisions must now be guided by a new ethical standard which can address
the needs of all peoples while respecting the rights of other living creatures
which share this planet with us.
SUPPORTED numerous orphans outside of Iquitos, Peru.
SIGNED a convenien (an agreement) of cooperation with the Regional
Government of Loreto, the largest department, or "state", in Peru whose
size is approximately 100,000 square miles.
ORGANIZED AND LED a team of doctors to a remote tribe of Machiguenga
Indians who were dying from diseases contracted by contact with the outside
world. Many lives were saved.
"We are all interconnected as if one beating cell. Kill
a part of that cell and the whole cell eventually dies. By the year 2000
A.D., more that one million species will have become extinct on Earth."
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