The increase in visitors to Lachay National Reserve has generated challenges in terms of infrastructure, waste management, and tourism services, due to the increase in the number of people visiting the reserve each year. To address these challenges, agreements have been established with the local community, allowing them to participate in the provision of tourism services within the protected area. This has generated employment, improved the quality of services, and contributed to the conservation of the ecosystem. Thanks to these actions, we have been able to reduce the amount of solid waste generated, improve the tourist experience, and guarantee quality standards in services. In addition, local community participation in the management and conservation of the Lachay National Reserve has been strengthened.
Keywords: solid waste reduction, community involvement, conservation, stakeholder management, waste management