Peru’s Natural Protected Areas receive millions of tourists annually, mostly for nature tourism.
In 2017, tourism in the Natural Protected Areas earned for the visited localities $723 million US dollars, informed the National Service of Natural Protected Areas by the State (Sernanp), therefore to increase the growth of the region, carbon bonds could be sold to tourists by the end of the year.
Gestión said that carbon bonds are a mechanism to reduce emissions of polluting gases with the help of private companies. “In short, companies are charged for emitting CO2”, they explained.
In this case, the Sernanp proposes to sell, through other organizations, these bonds to natural persons; more specifically: tourists.
Pamela Salazar, the responsible for tourism in Sernanp, informed that they are working to promote the bonds through NGOs.
The tourism that the Natural Protected Areas (NPA) receives are adventures (such as trekking, camping), and nature (bird, butterfly, and orchid watching), according to Salazar.
“Interestingly, the most popular in the NPA is nature tourism. ‘More people are going for recreation and being in touch with nature, but we are promoting adventure tourism,’ she added”, you can read in Gestión today.
Salazar also believes that in 2018 the number of tourists to these natural areas will grow by 15%, which translates into 2.4 million people. As for the revenues, they will also increase to $831 million US dollars.
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