Social Responsibility: Pisac Reforestation Campaign
Inkayni Peru Tours together with more than 30 UNSAAC university students fulfilled the mission of Social Responsibility in Pisac
Inkayni Peru Tours is a family business initiative aimed at offering quality touring services based on international standards in tourism. Our work aims to practice sustainable tourism, to promote the responsible use of natural and cultural resources, and to focus on operations that improve the quality of life for local populations, strengthening their social, environmental, cultural and economic development.
Among our main objectives we have:
- Practice Sustainable and eco-friendly tourism.
- Promote the responsible use of natural resources.
- Improve the local people quality life.
- Strengthen social, environmental cultural and economic development.
- Preserve the historical, cultural and spiritual legacy in our region.
Cleaning the environment reduces pollution, protects unique ecosystems, prevents the extinction of endangered species and conserves resources, such as water, land and air. A clean environment ensures the protection of biodiversity and ecosystems upon which human life and all other life on Earth depends.
Sustainable tourism, one that establishes a suitable balance between the environmental, economic and socio-cultural aspects of tourism development, plays an important role in conserving biodiversity. That is why Inkayni Peru Tours includes in its annual working project plans to minimize its impact on the environment and local culture so that it will be available for future generations, while contributing to generate income, employment, and the conservation of local ecosystems.
And this year thanks to the volunteer cooperation of more than 30 university students of San Antonio Abad National University of Cusco Tourism career, we were able to reforest 1000 Queña trees.
In order to conduct the Social Responsibility activity properly, it was necessary to previously coordinate and do some research on the most suitable type of tree that would be worth to plant in the area of the Kinsa Cocha Lagoon which is located in the district of Pisac in Cusco.
The research was very useful since it is important to know the type of plants and trees that would resist the environmental factors. After this research we concluded that it was best to plant Queña trees.
Why did we plant Queña trees?
One of the most typical trees from the Andes region is the Queña. What makes this tree very special is that it grows at the highest altitudes of all trees, with the ability to produce oxygen above 4000 meters.
This is possible because of the tree’s thick and foliated trunk and the layers that cover it. The layers protect the tree from the cold. When the layers fall on the ground, they mix with the dry leaves and create a fertilizing humus. Furthermore, the tree uses a very small amount of water.
This tree is also very valuable because it:
- fertilizes the soil
- prevents erosion
- retains water
- reaches a height of 3 to 7 meters which makes it suitable as fuel wood.
What is reforestation?
Reforestation is the process of regenerating or replanting forest areas that have been destroyed or damaged for the benefits of mankind. Occasionally forests have the capability to regenerate due to the trees in the surroundings or due to the dispersion of seeds. However, forest lands that are badly degraded cannot be regenerated unless plants have been planted by using native methods.
Reforestation is a very important procedure in order to save our planet. This is needed as huge forests are being destroyed or damaged due to various reasons on a daily basis. Removal of the green cover from the surface of the earth has become common due to various reasons such as forest fires, agricultural needs, human needs, logging, and mining.
Inkayni Peru tours reforests as a way to help recover the Drainage basins, which will contribute to the locals benefit.
- Regional watersheds that have been damaged by deforestation can be brought back to health through reforestation. Regional watersheds are an important resource for human development.
- It helps to rebuild areas for the livestock in an extensive production system.
- It helps to reduce the amount of carbon dioxide in the air and significantly decreases the presence of toxic gases like methane. Forest are natural effective carbon sink. Carbon given out from burning fossil fuels is absorbed by the forests.
- It provides wood for the locals that can be used as fuel.
- The trees prevent or reduce soil erosion and water contamination. The roots of trees serve as natural nets spreading extensively into the ground to hold the soil in place. As soil runoff is prevented essential nutrients are retained and the soil remain fertile.
- Forests maintain the water cycle of the area by absorbing moisture through the leaves and roots. They are a natural storage system of rainwater and slows down the aridity of the atmosphere.
According to the Art. 3 of the Law Nº 3535/2018 (Law of Protection, Recover and Improvement of the forest to secure the Sustainable environment, approved by the Peruvian Republic Congress) mentions that after cutting down a tree, you have to plant 2 trees.
“Reforestation supports wildfire recovery, improves water quality, mitigates climate change, and so much more. It helps establish a seed source to give our forests a better shot at quick recovery. Furthermore, the links between our mental and physical well-being and nature are clear. We’re happier and less stressed when we spend time in nature. By replanting our forests, we’re helping to make more space for you to find peace of mind.”