Reserva Nacional de Paracas – Peru

The Warriors of Paracas, a conservation opportunity

Tourism in the Northern Tourist Circuit of the Paracas Reserve was massive and disorderly. There were many problems due to the campsites; the generation of solid waste, the behaviour of the tourists, among others. One of the actions taken by the management of the Paracas National Reserve was to strengthen a group of local people who had been working for years in the local tourism industry. This group is the Association “Los Guerreros de Paracas”. Thanks to them it has been possible to improve the problems caused by tourism, such as better control of visitors: and teh reduction of the amount of solid waste on the beaches, as well as the entry of food and alcoholic beverages to the beach.

Keywords: solid waste reduction, community involvement, volunteerism, coastal management

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