Machu Picchu Is a UNESCO World Heritage Site
Back in 1983, Machu Picchu was declared one of UNESCO’s World Heritage Sites. In addition to being a historic site, the place is a natural habitat for important species, including the Andean bear, some unique orchids, and endemic birds. With so much to keep and preserve there, it was decided that more measures have to be taken.
The latest initiative combines public and private investment and aims to engage in activities that will have a positive impact on the environment surrounding Machu Picchu. In addition to reducing the carbon footprint of the area, people hope to also expand organic waste treatment and reduce the use of plastic. Tourists will even be encouraged to check their carbon emissions when visiting the site.
Nearly Five Percent of Peru’s Carbon Emissions Come from Tourism
A report of the UN’s World Tourism Organization shows that almost five percent of the overall carbon emissions in Peru come from tourism. The Peruvian government has started a new initiative to address the potential problems tourism and overcrowding can cause to its environment and priceless heritage sites such as Machu Picchu. The country is also pushing towards sustainable development and taking direct action to combat climate change.
Peru will reduce its carbon emissions on three levels. First, it will focus on destinations that can benefit from becoming carbon neutral, then it will pay attention to certain enterprises and corporate activities that affect the climate, and third, it will show tourists how to travel better and reduce their own carbon footprint.