Chimborazo Prefecture delivered alpacas to strengthen community tourism and conservation of paramos

Within the framework of the project “Management of Páramos and Native Forests”, promoted by the Provincial Government of Chimborazo, through the Environmental Management Directorate, 40 alpacas were delivered (36 females and 4 males), in the parishes of Guano and Riobamba .

The handover ceremony was held at the Santa Fe de Galán Regional Board of Water for Consumption, with the presence of Juan Pablo Cruz, Prefect of Chimborazo; Myriam Satán, Director of Environmental Management and the residents of this area; 1,500 families benefit from the San José de Chazo, Ilapo and Santa Fe de Galán parishes of the Guano canton.

“The project aims to provide environmental incentives for the conservation of moors and native forests, allowing the maintenance of flora and fauna; reduction of the agricultural frontier, preservation of water sources, promoting sustainable tourism in the communities, ”said Juan Pablo Cruz, Prefect of Chimborazo.

For his part, Myrian Satán, Director of Environmental Management, reported on the process that is being consolidated in each territory, “So far, in the parishes of the Guano canton we have delivered 14 female alpacas and 1 male (…) with this project we have planned protect 250 hectares of paramos in the upper area of ​​this territory. In addition, a delivery was made in the Guaslán Grande community of the San Luis parish in Riobamba, where work is being carried out on 15 hectares of protected forest and in the Rumicruz community of Calpi, 20 hectares of páramo have been recovered ”, he pointed out.

For this endowment, a training process was carried out on the care and protection of moors, raising and caring for the animals, the beneficiaries went through all these stages to be able to receive the alpacas.

“It is important for the inhabitants of these communities (…) it is a project that has been working for two years at last it became a reality, with this we can promote tourism in the communities and improve the quality of life of the Chimboracenses”, he concluded Noemí León, beneficiary of the Guaslán Grande community.