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Peru presents activities to face climate change

December 12
12:00 2011

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.

Peru's delegation to at the COP17 conference in Durban commented that Peru has 70 percent of the world's tropical glaciers, and they are threatened by climate change. Photo:

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.

The Peruvian delegation at COP17 gave facts on the effects of climate change in Peru:
Should sea level rise, 55 percent of the coastal populations will be displaced or otherwise affected. 90 percent of Peru’s population lives in arid, semi-arid and temperate areas, where droughts are magnified. 70 percent of the world’s tropical glaciers are found in Peru, and these have retreated by 25 percent compared to their size 30 years ago.

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Carolina is a contributing writer for Love Peru. Hailing from South Africa, Carolina came to Peru after spending some time in Chile and working at I Love Chile. A published zoologist and environmental specialist, she is exploring Peru and all its wild glory!

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