The head of the Titicaca National Reserve(RNT), Víctor Apaza, announced that next month Peru will begin exporting totora, a subspecies of the giant bulrush sedge, to the Netherlands, after the signing of the first contract of resource management. The agreement was signed by the national service of protected natural Areas by the State (Sernanp) of Peru and the inhabitants of Uros Chulluni, a set of floating islands in Lake Titicaca.
At the beginning of this year 1,800 moorings of totora, were sent to be tested, then to Holland, initiating contact with the communities of Lake Titicaca to evaluate the possibility of starting the business. Head of the Titicaca national reserve stressed that the decision to export the totora was made after studies determining that the activity was sustainable and does not put the resource at risk.
Apaza explained that the first twelve tons of dry Reed will be sent to Holland in December, aimed at the wine market for the production of packaging of wine barrels. The marketing of these herbaceous plants, which measure up to 3 meters, will benefit eight Uros families per year, while providing the opportunity to expand negotiations with other associations. Of the 16 hectares of the reserve, 40% will remain intact, 50% will keep the use that the communities of the areas usually give them and only 10 percent will be for export,” said Apaza.