Peruvian Peatlands (Bofedales): From Andean Traditional Management to Modern Environmental Impacts

Salvador Pe_rez, F., J. Monerris and L. Rochefort

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In the Andes of South America, bofedales (or high Andean peatlands) are fundamental to the traditional livelihoods of Andean pastoralists, in addition to providing numerous ecosystem services. In this document, we discuss the biology and ecological role of bofedales on a regional basis, including the intersection of water and soils that permit the formation of these unique vegetation communities, which support biodiversity, help to regulate hydrological resources, provide highly palatable and nutritious forage, and act as a carbon sink.

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Technical Document

Peatlands International