Forest in Cusco declared Private Conservation Area

(LIP-ir) — The Bosque Nublado (Cloudy Forest), located in the region of Cusco was declared a new Private Conservation Area by the Ministry of Agriculture.

The project comes from an initiative proposed by Peru’s National Institute of Natural Resources (INRENA).

This project seeks to protect the Kosñipata headwater basin, to promote a buffer area close to Manu National Park and to facilitate the strategic areas for tourist purposes, among other goals.

According to the ministerial resolution signed by Peru’s Minister of Agriculture, Ismael Benavides Ferreyros, the private conservation area of the Bosque Nublado is recognized as property of Peru’s Southern Rainforest Conservation Association for a ten-year renewable period.

The Bosque Nublado covers a 3,353-hectare piece of land. It was reported that the conservation title did not grant deed holders any rights over natural resources in the area.

INRENA and the association‘s legal representative will sign a Letter of Understanding, in which they will determine the terms to be fulfilled in this conservation area.

Private conservation areas are restricted to areas with significant biological, environmental, and landscape features that complement the coverage of Peru’s Natural Protected Areas System (SINANPE).

Furthermore, they promote the conservation of biological diversity as well as scientific research and education.

News source: ANDINA