Salinas y Aguada Blanca National Reserve
|Salinas y Aguada Blanca National Reserve|
Rock formations at Salinas y Aguada Blanca National Reserve
Location of Salinas y Aguada Blanca in Peru
|Location||Part of the regions of Arequipa and Moquegua, Peru|
|Established||09 August 1979|
Salinas y Aguada Blanca National Reserve is a protected area located in the regions of Arequipa and Moquegua; Peru. The main purpose of this area is to protect the local flora, fauna and landscape formations.
Salinas y Aguada Blanca National Reserve is located in the provinces of Caylloma and Arequipa in the region of Arequipa; and in the province of Sanchez Cerro in the region of Moquegua. It spans an area of 366,936 hectares (3,669.36 km2) which covers the headwaters of important local rivers like Yura and Chili.
The landscape features high Andean plateaus dotted by lakes and meadows; and surrounded by volcanoes like Ubinas, Misti, Pichu Pichu and Chachani in the southwest and by mounts Chuccura and Huarancante in the north. Although initially declared an area with the aim to protect local camelids, it has since become a protected water source for the city of Arequipa. Precipitation carried by the eastern winds is captured by the local vegetation and stored in the lakes, meadows and soil; thus giving a valuable environmental service to the region.
The reserve is populated to some extent; most of its territory belongs to thirteen peasant communities and more than 100 private smallholders recognized by law.
- "De Salinas y Aguada Blanca - Servicio Nacional de Áreas Naturales Protegidas por el Estado". www.sernanp.gob.pe (in Spanish). Retrieved 2016-11-19.
- Plan Maestro de la Reserva Nacional de Salinas y Aguada Blanca 2006-2011 (PDF) (in Spanish). SERNANP. 2006.
- Ugarte-Nunez, Joaquin A.; Lourdes Mosaurieta-Echegaray (2000). "Assessment of Threats to Flamingos at the Salinas and Aguada Blanca National Nature Reserve (Arequipa, Peru)". Waterbirds. 23 (Special Publication 1: Conservation Biology of Flamingos): 134–140. doi:10.2307/1522158. JSTOR 1522158.
- Salinas y Aguada Blanca National Reserve. Official site (in Spanish).
- Salinas y Aguada Blanca National Reserve. Map.
- Photos of Salinas y Aguada Blanca National Reserve
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