In the last three months, much progress has been made on our project in Pampa Hermosa, Peru. Back in October, the National University of Central Peru in Huancayo was granted a 40 year conservation concession in the Pampa Hermosa region where RP is working. The concession involves a total of around 6,000 hectares. RP is excited about the opportunity of being involved in a three way partnership with both the University of Central Peru and the communities of San Antonio and Calabaza. RP is currently working with both the communities and the university on the details of the partnership.
In our last project update, we mentioned that the community had just welcomed its first group of tourists. Since then, Gunnar Engbloom of Kolibri Expeditions has begun regularly bringing tourists to the community to stay for several days. As the project progresses, these types of tours will become even more frequent, establishing the area as a prime eco-tourism destination. In order to increase capacity for housing tourists, the municipal government has agreed to pay for 50% of the costs of renovating a local building in the community of San Antonio so that it can be used as a guest hostel. We are excited to see this level of commitment on behalf of the municipal government. With a new hostel in San Antonio, the communities will be able to handle a larger number of tourists on a regular basis.
In terms of the other necessary infrastructure for ecotourism, progress has been made on a waste disposal system for the communities of Calabaza and San Antonio. Eusebio, RP’s Project Coordinator in Pampa Hermosa, has helped the community devise a system for using compost pits to recycle organic materials. As for the inorganic materials, the community has devised a new system of collecting all the plastic items and selling them to be recycled in the city. This recycling system creates a great incentive for the community to not only make some extra money but also keep their community clean and beautiful. This is exciting news as it shows how dedicated the communities are to the environmental protection of their pristine land.
Thank you so much for your support of this project. Without you, none of this would be possible! By helping the communities of San Antonio and Calabaza establish their region as a prime ecotourism destination, you are making it more valuable for them to keep their forests standing.
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