Peru presents activities to face climate change
DURBAN – Peru’s Natural Resources Strategic Development vice-minister, Hugo Cabieses, said that the National Climate Change Strategy aims to stabilize the concentration of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere to avoid a dangerous interference level in the climate system, at the COP17 conference in Durban, South Africa.
He further remarked that stabilization levels should be realized within an appropriate time frame so as to allow ecosystems to naturally adapt to climate change, reports the official newspaper El Peruano. This should not affect food production or the country’s sustainable economic development.
Cabieses addressed representatives from over 190 countries at the conference, and said that industrialized nations should reduce their emissions to reduce the effects of climate change around the world. He said, “In Peru, climate change has lead to the meltdown of Andean-Amazonian glaciers which has provoked changes in the drainage basins, causing great social, cultural, ecological, economic and political impacts in the country.”
Peru is a member country of both the Climate Change Convention since 1992 and the Kyoto Protocal since 2002.
Peru is deemed as highly vulnerable to climate change as agriculture is highly dependent on the country’s natural resources and regular water supply from seasonal snow melt in the high Andes, and because of its varied climate along the length of the country, covering desert, tropical and mountain environments.