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Peru, first LatAm country to monitor forest responses to climate change

13:41 | Lima, Jan. 8.

Peru will be the first country in Latin America to implement a forest monitoring system to assess climate change impact, Minam's Deputy Minister of Strategic Development of Natural Resources Gabriel Quijandria announced on Wednesday.

This is one of the 91 adaptation measures to be implemented in protected natural areas located in eight regions across the country.

As part of the participatory process called 'Let's Dialogue,' the official said the measure broadens the perspective about forests, thereby highlighting their role as providers of resilience and generating valuable information for the adaptation to climate change regarding the availability of water and forest-related resources, among others.

"The launch of this climate change measure leads us to cement the role of forests as an important element in the process of adaptation to climate change, being a fundamental pillar in the generation of well-being for people in the long term," Quijandria remarked.

For his part, Pedro Gamboa, head of the State-run National Service of Protected Natural Areas (Sernanp), emphasized that the monitoring system's goal is to generate scientific information that illustrates the climate change impact on forests.

"This information will lead to informed decision making by national, regional, and local authorities. Thus, the ecosystem conservation capacity and people's adaptation to climate change shall be improved," he stated.

"Featuring authorities of decentralized public organizations is a way to point out how important the fight against climate change is for the State," Gamboa expressed.

"Likewise, the active participation of civil society and the academy, in particular, will be key to turn this measure into an opportunity that contributes to sustainable development," he added.

(END) NDP/LZD/RMB/MVB

Published: 1/8/2020
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