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Lake Junín: protection and sustainable use of high Andean ecosystems

Wed, Apr 3, 2013

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Lake Junín: protection and sustainable use of high Andean ecosystems

Peat cutting on Lake Junín © ECOAN

More efficient cooking stoves were designed for communities around Lake Junín as a way of encouraging a better use of the high Andean peatland, or champa, an important habitat for migratory birds. Certified models of the cooking stove, adapted to local conditions, were built by members of the Management Committee and the local community. To date, 30 cooking stoves have been given to members of the community who are committed to the conservation of the area. The experience has been very successful and many more inhabitants expect to receive the stoves. The effects of the 30 new stoves on the use of the champa are yet to be evaluated quantitatively, however, a reduced use of this ecosystem has been perceived, given…

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