THE DAKAR IS COMMITTED TO THE ENVIRONMENT
The Dakar Rally supports a wide range of initiatives to protect the environment and cultural heritage of the countries it crosses.
Every aspect of the Dakar's visit to Peru has been planned in full collaboration with Peruvian authorities. The route is designed after multiple meetings and joint reconnoitring trips with the Ministries of Foreign Trade and Tourism, the Environment —including the National Service of Natural Protected Areas (SERNANP)—, Culture and Education. This work identifies exclusion areas that will remain entirely off-limits to traffic during the event.
A large-scale media campaign before and during the event raises awareness among spectators and rally fans.
The Dakar supports Peru's natural and cultural heritage by participating in palaeontological and archaeological digs in the desert. More than 60 specimens and items have been discovered, collected and preserved since 2017.
The Dakar also shows its support for heritage by placing reference points and permanent information signs in sensitive natural areas to raise awareness among locals and tourists alike. Over 300 points and 70 permanent information signs have been set up since 2017.
The Dakar helps to collect and recycle all the waste produced in bivouacs and spectator areas by having a truck take all the waste to the closest collection site. Over 100 tonnes of waste will be collected with the support of Innova.
"Green Points" will be set up in each bivouac. These areas are where all the hazardous waste produced during the race (e.g. oil and filters) will be collected and processed. Plastic will be sorted from the rest of the waste and recycled separately.
The Dakar compensates its entire direct carbon footprint (15,000 tonnes of CO2 emitted by the competitors, media and organisers) through two conservation projects:
GREENOXX Madre de Dios Amazon REDD
Deforestation is a critical threat to the Peruvian Amazon, especially following the construction of an inter-oceanic motorway through the jungle. The Madre de Dios Amazon REDD Project is being implemented with financial backing from the Dakar in 100,000 hectares of Amazonian forest, located in the Vilcabamba-Amboró conservation corridor, a biodiversity hotspot. The area of the jungle covered by the project is extremely important for biodiversity, as it is home to over 35 endangered species of tropical trees and animals. Furthermore, the project has a social impact, supporting the inhabitants of rural areas and indigenous communities near the area (Yine, Huitoto, Mascho Piro, Yora and Amahuaca tribes).
CIMA - Cordillera Azul
CIMA — Cordillera Azul strives to protect the biodiversity of Peru through the following actions:
- conducting research, a survey and monitoring of biodiversity hotspots in Peru, along with the socio-economic and anthropological studies that are essential to conservation efforts.
- implementing conservation schemes in accordance with the legal framework and promoting alliances and strategies at the local, national and international levels.
CIMA — Cordillera Azul is a consolidated organisation known for its substantial contribution to conservation and rational use of natural resources in Peru, ensuring the proper management of Cordillera Azul National Park with the backing of the Peruvian government and exporting its scheme to other protected areas in Peru.
The Dakar is aware of this change of attitude and, therefore, encourages competitors to join the fight to protect the environment. As well as supporting electric vehicles, it has created an ecolabel to reward the most cutting-edge environmental projects.
Glacial – Reduce the impact, not the speed
The Peruvian water brand Glacial, an official Dakar Fan, will use the event to roll out its engagement and environmental awareness-raising campaign with its "Reduce the impact, not the speed" operation. Through its partnership with the NGO Reciclando, Glacial aims to collect and recycle all the PET bottles discarded in Dakar areas to transform them into blankets for people who live in the coldest parts of the country.