TOURISTS THAT VISIT MACHU PICCHU ARE OFFERED CLOTH BAGS IN EXCHANGE FOR PLASTIC BOTTLES

As part of the new regulations that prohibit the entry of plastic bags, straws, and Styrofoam packaging into the protected natural areas across the country, the National Service to Protect Natural Areas (Sernanp) and the Machu Picchu Municipality are carrying out an awareness campaign that includes the gifting of cloth bags to all local community members and visitors, in exchange for plastic bottles.

In line with the “Less Plastic, More Life” in our Protected Natural Areas (ANP) Campaign, Sernanp has begun a project, with the participation of new local authorities, in order to guarantee the restriction of the entry of single-use plastic into the Historic Machu Picchu Sanctuary.

During the first meeting with the local authorities, participants reached an agreement to come together and carry out an activity for the World Environmental Education Day on the 25th of January. The activity was presented in the Machu Picchu Pueblo sector.

The meetings brought together representatives from the Assistant Managing group in charge of the Machu Picchu Municipality’s Environmental Management, along with Cusco’s Decentralized Cultural Board, the PeruRail train company, the Sanctuary Lodge Hotel, and the Sumaq Hotel.

These meetings were held throughout the month of January, and also featured the participation of tour operators from the Cusco Region, that offer services on the Inca Trail. The training was given by specialists from the Ministry of Environment (Minam) and the Sernanp. In addition, the Sernanp gave an incitement workshop with public workers from Machu Picchu District Municipality, in which they explained their efforts and the challenges faced as they work to manage and preserve the Historic Machu Picchu Sanctuary.

This workshop also functioned to develop themes related to the legislation of the Protected Natural Areas (ANP), the formulation of previous technical opinions, the use of the investment project compatibility module, and the structure of the Sanctuary’s Management Committee.

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