One of the two reserves would cover 5.3 million hectares and become the largest of all protected natural areas in Peru.
In light of its impending bicentennial celebrations of independence, Peru is doing its best to age gracefully. At the third edition of the Latin American and Caribbean Congress of Protected Areas, held October 14-17 in Lima, Peru’s Minister of the Environment announced plans to conserve two natural areas in Peru. Nature lovers, this is for you.
The first protected area will be referred to as the Mar Tropical de Grau Reserve (Tropical Sea of Grau). Encompassing the coastal waters in front of the Piura and Tumbes regions, this project will protect over 115,000 hectares. As the meeting point of the frigid Humboldt current and the warmer current of the Pacific Ocean, this area is home to an impressive ecosystem. In fact, the largest concentration of marine life reproduction in all of Peru takes place in these waters of northern Peru.
Looking south of Lima, the second protected area will by in Nazca. Though the mysterious Nazca lines are what this area is most known for, some 76 miles from the coast of this city lies the convergence of tectonic plates responsible for creating the Andes mountain range. Called the Dorsal de Nazca Reserve (Nazca Ridge), this reserve would be the largest protected area in Peru, covering 5.3 million hectares. Reaching a depth of 2000 meters, the seabed in this area contains a grand diversity of marine life.
These two protected areas would increase Peru’s protected marine areas from 0.5% to 7%.
The plans for conservation of natural areas in Peru were made during the last day of the congress. Some 2700 people from 33 countries attended the event.
“My commitment is that the creation of these protected areas be completed by 2021,” said Fabiola Muñoz, who has served as the nation’s Minister of the Environment since October 3 of this year. Muñoz previously served with this title from April 2018 to March 2019. Before returning to her position as Minister of Environment she became the first woman to serve as Minister of Agriculture and Irrigation.
Now that you're here:
We're asking you, our reader, to make a contribution in support of our digital guide in order to keep informing, updating and inspiring people to visit Peru. Why now? In our near 20-year journey as the leading English-language source on travel in Peru, we've had our fair share of ups and downs-but nothing quite like the challenges brought forth in the first quarter of 2020.
By adapting to the changing face of the tourism and travel industry (on both local and international levels), we have no doubt we will come out stronger-especially with the support of our community. Because you will travel again, and we will be ready to show you the best of Peru.
Your financial support means we can keep sharing the best of Peru through high-quality stories, videos and insights provided by our dedicated team of contributors and editors based in Peru. And of course, We are here to answer your questions and help whenever you need us.
As well, it makes possible our commitment to support local and small businesses that make your visit an unforgettable one. Your support will help the people working in these industries get back on their feet once the world allows us to make our dream of enjoying everything Peru has to offer a reality again-from its mouthwatering gastronomy, thriving Amazon and archaeological wonders such as Machu Picchu.
Together, we will find a way through this. As a member of our community, your contribution, however big or small, is valuable.