Sunday, June 23, 2024

The Gran Mojos Protected Area celebrates two years with the challenge of census the Blue-throated macaw

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Located in the municipality of Loreto (Beni), it has an area of 580 thousand
hectares, of which 85 thousand correspond to the Municipal Park category
and the rest to the Integrated Management Natural Area (ANMI) category.
Two years ago, the dream of the inhabitants of Loreto, in Beni, of having a
municipal protected area (APM), became a reality thanks to the work of its
mayor, Gaby Vania Balcazar, and the support of the Blue-throated macaw
Project. The objective was to diversify the municipality’s economy through
tourism and the sustainable management of natural resources.
Today, two years from that February 22, one of the most important
challenges is to perform the first census of the bird mentioned in the APM, to
know the population status of the species and thus work even more in its
conservation. Also, it is expected to install nest boxes for the Blue-throated
macaw to find sites for their reproduction.
But beyond that, it seeks to consolidate a broader monitoring program and
develop environmental education activities in educational units, as well as
educating the local population to become aware of the importance of working
together for the benefit of the environment.
Currently to visit the APM there is a system of charge for entry the protected
area. The visitors carry out activities of tourism and wildlife observations, as
well as sport fishing. In the place there is a director, two park rangers and an
Regarding the Blue-throated macaws as such, there are 3 ecotourism
products on 3 different cattle ranches: La Cantina, La Esperancita and the
other in Tres Estrellas. Tourism companies, both in Loreto and Trinidad, are
responsible for taking people to observe both birds and other wild animals. In
some of the properties it is possible to stay overnight.
To visit this APM, you can arrive by car, starting from Trinidad or entering
through the community of Elvira, which is on the Santa Cruz-Beni road.
Tourism agencies, both national and local, already operate there.
Beyond sharing with nature, with the entrance ticket or the purchase of
services from the communities, tourists allow the generation of internal
resources for the correct management of the protected area.

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