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“A UNESCO Global Geopark uses its geological heritage, in connection with all other aspects of the area's natural and cultural heritage, to enhance awareness and understanding of key issues facing society, such as using our earth's resources sustainably, mitigating the effects of climate change and reducing natural disasters-related risks. By raising awareness of the importance of the area's geological heritage in history and society today, UNESCO Global Geoparks give local people a sense of pride in their region and strengthen their identification with the area. The creation of innovative local enterprises, new jobs and high quality training courses is stimulated as new sources of revenue are generated through geotourism, while the geological resources of the area are protected.”2
Sedum hutchisonii, a new species of Sedum endemic from Peru is described. First collected by Paul Hutchison in Huancabamba 56 years ago, then by Myron Kimnach in Cajamarca 18 years later, and more recently by the two authors, it has been erroneously taken for Sedum incarum, S. jujuyense, S. reniforme, S. andinum and S. grandyi. It is rare, but it has a wide distribution in the departments of Piura, Cajamarca and La Libertad. Its flowers are minute, inconspicuous, urn-shaped and with strongly reflexed dark brown tipped petals, in comparison to the twice longer, greenish white, strongly keeled and almost straight petals of Sedum grandyi. To date, this is the northernmost endemic Sedum occurring in Peru, but it could also grow in Ecuador.