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.
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