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Peru approves plan for preservation of Machu Picchu

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Peruvian authorities have approved a Master Plan for the preservation of the Historic Sanctuary of Machu Picchu during the 2015-2019 period, the National Service for Protected Natural Areas (Sernanp) said.

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A communique from the organization said that in its two years of working to bring the plan up to date, Sernanp promoted "the active participation of authorities, public and private institutions and local communities by means of workshops and meetings, at which the contributions of each of them could be recorded and collected".

Sernanp said that representatives of neighboring communities "expressed their satisfaction at being considered important participants in updating this document."

The new Master Plan for Machu Picchu, which besides its fame as an archaeological site includes a large natural reserve, has been created "planning 20 years ahead and with strategic goals" that should be achieved within the next five years, Sernanp said.

It said the plan protects the environmental value and complete worth of the more than 37,000 hectares (91,000 acres) protected by the Peruvian state in that southern area of the country.

That element, Sernanp said, enables the plan to "establish a harmony between the high natural and biological value of the area and its thousand years of history and archaeological legacy."

The plan also seeks to involve the local population more directly in tourism activities and in the area’s management, while organizing both productive activities and transportation services to Machu Picchu in order to reduce their ecological impact.

The Master Plan notes that the management of solid waste and of natural disaster risks "are also priorities" that are already being addressed by organizations like the municipal government of the Machupicchu district, Sernanp, the Cuzco Culture Board, the Indeci emergency management service and private companies.

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