Reforestation Plan "Cusco 1 Millon"
Global climate change, forest fires, and the growth of urban areas and the exploitation of the forests without any control, have significantly influenced the process of deforestation in Cusco. This process affects all who live in the region, it alters the ecological balance generating biodiversity loss by subtracting recreational green areas and even endangering the population, because in the rainy season, the trees located on the slopes of the hills contain or moderate the fall of landslides, and also their roots absorb some of the rainwater, preventing it reaches the river and causing flooding.
Given this situation, it is necessary to reforest watersheds, to provide the population with natural protective barriers to defend them from future weather overflows may cause, in addition to returning to the region of the lost green areas, which will result in improved quality of life of all the Incas.
With that vision, Perurail decided to commit to the region to make every effort to contribute to the process of reforestation that several public and private organizations are carrying out, and since July 2010 was aimed at promoting and participating in the planting of a million trees to the Cusco region.
Together with a common goal
Our reforestation campaign was started in Cusco involving local communities in the area of influence of the railroad within the district of Ollantaytambo and then continue, making an agreement with the Provincial Municipality of Cusco and by agreeing to various institutions, associations and interest groups, to jointly develop reforestation activities.
To date, Perurail already participated in the planting of 230.500 trees of various species, mostly native, and in different locations in public areas and / or public access areas. And this is just the beginning.
The Department of Environmental Affairs of Perurail is the technical body responsible for proposing and developing policy guidelines to maintain the railway business in harmony with environmental conservation and the sustainability and preservation criteria of natural resources. South East rail route goes through the Historic Sanctuary of Machu Picchu, considered a natural protected area for its rich flora and fauna that these humid forests offer, adding to it the various archaeological sites that can be seen in this route.
Some of the actions or auspices Perurail has promoted in recent months in favor of the environment:
Support of wildfires mitigation actions. Perurail provides transportation for brigade and staff from the National Civil Defense Institute (INDECI), the Ministery of Culture (ex - INC), Ministery of Environment (ex – INRENA) and logistical material to extinguish fires.
Perurail participated, as every year, in the Vilcanota River cleanup season, with SERNAMP, the AUQUI agency, and Rafting Guides Association.
Perurail has placed in every station, special dumpsters to encourage and facilitate recycling of garbage.