由安地斯貘基金會（Andean Tapir Fund）支持的地區保育人士季蓋拉（Alejandro Zegarra）會進行幾場公開的廣播演說。
Campesinos and townsfolk from Ayabaca and outlying rural communities in the Piuran Cordillera are celebrating the first anniversary of their citizen referendum rejecting the open-pit mining projects proposed for this Andean region.
Since September 1, they have been participating in a series of conservation talks and festivities centered around enhancing public appreciation for the unique cloud forests and treeless paramos that remain here and their vital role in supplying water for humans and wildlife.
These include many plants and animals found nowhere else on Earth and the majority of Peru's few remaining, critically endangered mountain tapirs, a species highlighted throughout the events.
The festivities will culminate on September 16, the actual date of the 2007 referendum by which 95 percent of citizens voted to reject the mining projects seeking gold, silver, copper, and molybdenum that would alter their environment.
Many Andeans depend upon radio communication as their window to the outside world. Public addresses and discussions concerning the conservation and ecology of this region and how these would be affected by the mining proposals are being broadcast from Ayabaca's major radio station.
Local conservationist Alejandro Zegarra, with support from the Andean Tapir Fund, will be making several public and radio addresses.
Though mining interests have sought to minimize the importance of the referendum, its validity is grounded in Peru's national constitution and is a public reaffirmation of the power of ordinary citizens.
Conservationists here, however, remain on guard to prevent the type of violent repression they have experienced from the mining companies and their well-heeled and aggressive supporters.
Today, more than 300 residents of Piura state are being investigated under charges of terrorism for exercising their rights as citizens to vocally oppose the mining projects that threaten diminishing wildlife populations, their water supply and their way of life.
Additionally, dozens of Piuran citizens are imprisoned for protesting the mining proposals and for insisting upon the enforcement of laws governing environmental protection and the upholding of community and individual rights, including those concerning property and the right of citizens to determine their own future.
Their community leaders have been accused of terrorism by the mining companies and by Peruvian President Alan Garcia.
Mining companies and their employees have unsuccessfully offered local citizens bribes to accept mining, but protest roadblocks leading into the mining concessions remain in place.