News from Puno. Puno is a well-known area for its bio diversity. The landscape is incredible as the Andes Mountains reach nearly 6km above sea level looking down over the Peruvian amazon at only 400m. Here are many species that cannot be found anywhere else on the planet. The area is home to iconic animals such as the Jaguar. Unfortunately in many areas local ecosystems face severe threats from urbanization, pollution, climate change and invasion from foreign species to name a few.
The current protection plan covers about 11% of the total area, but there are now plans to increase this to 23%. The regional government is working alongside the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS Peru), and have been able to identify a number of priority sites that will be included in the new protection area. There are 19 priority sites in total of which 9 are located in the Puno amazon and 10 in the Andes.
There is still some work to be done before the new conservation site is secured but Puno has committed S/.9 million (roughly $2861000) to provide added protection to at least 2 of the 19 sites.
If approved the new plan will add more protected areas to the Bahuaja Sonene National Park and the National Reserve of Titicaca as well are other private conservation areas.