President of Peru Stresses Support for Environmental Conservation of Rainforests
During the 53rd Period of Sessions of the International Tropical Timber Organization (ITTO), President PPK ratified the commitment to defend tropical forests in Peru, saying they are an essential resource for life and development. He reiterated that it is important to take into account the support that the international community has for this position.
President PPK insisted that environmental conservation should be among the priorities of any country, regardless of the country´s political makeup. It is worth noting that Peru is somewhat of an outlier compared to other Latin American countries as it is a major destination for ecotourism.
With more than 700,000 square kilometers of tropical forests, Peru heavily relies on this very important natural resource that contributes a large amount to the world´s oxygen and is the natural habitat of thousands of species. PPK also stressed the effects of global warming and its destructive effects on many areas in Peru. In the last half century, Peru has lost 50% of the volume of its glaciers which significantly affects farmland in the Andes.