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Peru’s Booming Tourism Could Aid Vulnerable Nature Preserves

March 6, 2018, 8:19 PM

A booming tourism industry in Peru’s protected natural areas is prompting the country’s government to improve infrastructure, while contemplating some extra help from private investors.

Tourism in Peru’s protected natural areas supported than 36,000 jobs and generated $723 million—40 times the country’s investment in the protected land, according to a study presented March 5 by the U.S.-based Conservation Strategy Fund.

Peru is home to 15 national parks, 15 natural reserves, and another 183 local, regional, and national protected areas cover 17.3 percent of the country’s territory. Four million tourists visited Peru in 2017...

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