Peru’s indigenous preserve biodiversity in Andes Potato Park

Posted by Mike Confino, December 2, 2014

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As climate negotiators gather for two weeks of talks in Lima, Peru, indigenous communities living in an Andes Potato Park dedicated to preserving biodiversity warn that global warming is forcing them to change centuries-old agricultural practices.

Located near the Sacred Valley of the Incas, almost 10,000 feet above sea level, Parque de la Papa is a conservation site dedicated to safeguarding native crops. The indigenous Quechua community of about 6,000 people even has a potato bank that holds over 1,000 varieties of the vegetable, according to Scidev, a website dedicated to science-related news.

But effects from climate change are threatening the generations-old tradition, according to park residents.

via Peru’s indigenous preserve biodiversity in Andes Potato Park | Al Jazeera America.

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