Over 50 community park rangers were sworn in as volunteers and defenders of the Titicaca Lake National Reserve located in Puno.
They will be in charge of the natural protected site preservation.
Peru’s National Service of Natural Protected Areas (Sernanp) indicated the ceremony took place on June 28, when members of the 16 Reserve Conservation Committees attended the ceremony, as did other directors and the Association of Conservationist Original Peoples.
The ceremony was held in the framework of the committee's monthly assembly. It was presided over by a representative of the Prosecutor's Office Specialized on Environmental Matters; provincial attorney, Oscar Jimenez; regional governor, Rene Calsin; and the head of Titicaca National Reserve, Victor Apaza.
The attendees highlighted the commitment and identified themselves as partners in preservation of the area.
“The job is not easy,” says Rafael Malco, community park ranger representative.
“We must 'take our accomplishments to the field and lake' to assume responsibly new roles and challenges comprised in this relevant task to be carried out at the National Reserve of Titicaca […]," he added.
According to Sernanp, there will be another swearing-in ceremony for the upcoming group next August.