Barbara D'Achille


Barbara D'Achille devoted much of her life to defending the care of nature in our country. However, her plans were thwarted when the terrorist group "Sendero Luminoso" murdered her in Huarmicocha, Huancavelica - Perú.

Barbara Bistevins Treinani D'Achille was an Italian citizen, born  in Dobele (Latvia), based in Perú. Since her arrival in our country, in 1961, Barbara travelled a lot through the Peruvian jungle. She lived in Pucallpa, Iquitos and Manaus, where she saw up close the destruction and deterioration that lashed the jungle, which caused her great concern and indignation. These emotions gave her a new reason for living: the struggle for the conservation of our natural resources and biodiversity.

That's how she began to publish her articles at the newspaper "El Comercio", then, in 1985 she took over the Ecology page of the journal. She wrote articles about her trips to national parks and other protected areas as Yanachaga-Chemillén, Abiseo River, Pacaya-Samiria, Cutervo, Manu, Machu Picchu, among others. Barbara was fascinated with the majesty of the Peruvian jungle and the creatures that inhabit it. She lived in love with the lost places of the Tambopata and Candamo and its flora and fauna.

Bárbara D'Achille was amazed by the wealth of the Tumbes forest of, the Amotape Hills National Park and The Angolo.

To her memory, the Reserve of Pampa Galeras, changed its name to Pampa Gallera - Barbara D'Achille in 1993 and a green Amazon parrot adopted, in her honor, the scientific name "Nannopsittaca Dachilleae".

Bárbara D'Achille, focused her research on social and economic problems of the Huancavelica region, considered the poorest area of the country, despite having given tremendous economic resources to the national treasury through the exploitation of quicksilver and be the first hydropower potential of the country, through the Mantaro Hydroelectric Complex, suffered from the indifference of the state, a fact that at the time this researcher warned.

The commitment and feeling that Barbara joined the people of Huancavelica, was to find the solution to the age-old social problem of poverty and procrastination that punished the area. Barbara D'Achille, the morning of May 31 in 1989, met the Director of Special Projects from the Huancavelica's Development Corporation, and then left for a tour around the town communities. That was her last mission in defense of natural resources, but her legacy of environmental stewardship and finding a better quality of life for depressed areas remained in the memory and continue to spread in the coming years.