CONAVE (Consejo Noramazónico de Turismo de Aves y Naturaleza) is a civil association, uniting leading entrepreneurs, conservationists, and communities, in a harmonic partnership to conserve and promote the Northern Peru Birding Route. The group was first formed in 2007 as a dedicated working group focused on bird tourism in northern Peru. As of 2012 it is formally recognized as a not-for-profit civil association under Peruvian law, with a democratically elected council.

Its mission is to: promote, develop and sustainably manage nature and bird tourism in northern Peru, through private-public sector participation, seeking to provide a competitive service, while promoting social inclusion and environmental conservation.

CONAVE has representatives in each of the eight political regions (departments) of the north (Tumbes, Piura, Lambayeque, La Libertad, Cajamarca, Amazonas, San Martín and Loreto), as well as many members actively working to conserve and promote the sustainable use of the unique biodiversity of the north.


Luis Castañeda

President (2014-2016)

Originally from Lima, Luis has lived in Moyobamba y Tarapoto for 16 years. A professional development and environment consultant, he´s dedicated to the sustainable management of natural and cultural resources.

Jeremy Flanagan

Executive Director

Renowned conservation ornithologist; with 18 years living and working out of Sullana. Author on threatened birds species, as well as publications on birding in Peru.

Lluis Dalmau

Treasurer (2014-2016)

Lluis is a pioneering developer of ecotourism in northern Peru. Owner-manager of lodges and hotels in the Utcubamba and Huallaga valleys and Tarapoto, he has set new standards in tourism in Peru.


Tino Aucca

From Cusco, Tino is one of Peru´s most respected conservationists and Director of ECOAN NGO. The work by Tino and ECOAN has saved key species and greatly improved the enjoyment of birdwatching in the north.

Heinz Plenge

Heinz pioneered wildlife photography in Peru and is respected internationally as a leading conservationist. Home is Pimentel, while his photography takes him all over Peru. Driving force behind the Chaparrí reserve, he continues to promote community involvement in conservation and tourism.

Analía Sarfati

From Lima, Analia is founder-owner of an award winning Amazon lodge near Pacaya Samiria National Reserve, which she manages with her husband Percy. Her work prides itself on the highest social and environmental standards and local community involvement.

Carlos Viñas

Carlos divides his time between Lima and the north coast where he his tour operator in Tumbes. He is a leading promoter of ecotourism in the North-west Peru Biosphere Reserve and involved the in sustainable development of the Tumbes mangroves and Cerros de Amotape National Park.