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Ancient Inca road in desperate need of protection

Ancient Inca road in desperate need of protection
trefwoorden: Chili - Inca - wegen
A preliminary study of the ancient highland road that linked the Inca Empire from southern Colombia to Central Chile, found that only 5 percent of the 8,500 km route is under some form of protection, and large sections of it have been lost entirely.
The study, carried out by the World Conservation Union (IUCN) with the support of Conservation International (CI) and local partners, also found that preserving the highland route called the Gran Ruta Inca in Spanish could have important benefits for ecosystem and watershed maintenance, as well as ecotourism and community development.
"The historical, social and even spiritual importance of this ancient wonder of engineering demands that the international community seriously study the establishment of protected areas along the route," said Miguel Pellerano, the IUCN's regional director for South America. "By protecting the Gran Ruta Inca we can also safeguard some of the hemisphere's most fragile ecosystems and habitats."

Lees verder bij: Eureka Alert (13 september 2003) (Registratie vereist)