Today, Education, Science and Culture Organization of the United Nations (UNESCO) included the ” Cajas Ecuadorian Massif ” on the list of world biosphere reserves, which until now had four reserves: Podocarpus – El Condor, Yasuni, Sumaco and Galapagos Islands. This was reported by the Organization through their account on the social network Twitter.
“The Cajas massif” is a geographical region that produces 51% of the hydroelectric power of the country, also has a banana agroindustry, shrimp, cocoa, which benefit nearly 860 thousand citizens.
The provinces of Azuay, Canar, Guayas and El Oro are part of the new biosphere reserve. The massif includes the National park of Cajas, the Recreational Area of Quimsacocha and a marine-coastal area as core zones, also comprises around one million hectares, which includes towns and productive areas.
Since 2010 several institutions of the austro had proposed to Unesco to declare the area of The Cajas massif as a biosphere reserve.