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Peruvian Ministry of Environment’s press release on their collaborative work with CIAT-supported Payment for Environmental Services

As part of a highly successful series of consultations with key Benefit Sharing Mechanism (BSM) stakeholders in the Andes, CIAT-members working within the CGIAR Global Challenge Program on Water & Food (CPWF) met with the Peruvian Ministry of Environment (MINAM) to discuss progress of Peruvian BSM projects.

The meetings further consolidated the Ministry’s commitment to, and involvement in, the CPWF’s work in Peru, as was clearly articulated in the Ministry’s subsequent press release.

The English version of this is as follows:

The Ministry of Environment (MINAM), in collaboration with WWF Peru, CARE, the International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT) and the Challenge Program on Water & Food (CPWF), is undertaking research for the design of a Payment for Environmental Services (PES) for Hydrological resources in the Cañete River Basin.

A PES will constitute an important tool for ensuring that water management is conducted in a more sustainable way- contributing to the conservation of ecosystems that provide hydrological environmental services for the local population’s benefit. The PES system in Cañete will include participation of public and private companies and civil society, demonstrating a high level of involvement from the local populace.

“The MINAM, with the support of partner institutions has been conducting environmental assessments of water resources and the identification of suppliers and purchasers of the environmental services from the water supply, in order to propose a participatory scheme of PES for the Cañete River Basin. This will ensure the conservation of those ecosystems in good condition, rehabilitate those that have been degraded and provide incentives for the adoption of sustainable production practices, thus enhancing the economy of the entire basin, “said the engineer Fernando Leon, Director General of MINAM’s Evaluation, Assessment and Funding of Natural Heritage.
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Other positive aspects of this scheme are that it will facilitate the equitable distribution of benefits from the use of ecosystems, improve the relationship between the public sector civil society, contribute to public awareness and bring direct benefits to rural populations as well as provide a leverage for other projects.

In this context representatives of the CPWF have come to our country to undertake a series of activities, including a meeting with the Ecologist Rosario Gomez (the Deputy Minister of MINAM’s Strategic Development of Natural Resources), the Director General of Evaluation, Assessment and Funding of Natural Heritage and several MINAM specialists. The purpose of the consultations is to learn about the progress and challenges for the implementation of PES. In addition, experts from these institutions will hold a meeting with the principal basin actors in Cañete city.

The Challenge Program on Water & Food (CPWF) of the CGIAR (the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research) was launched in 2002 and aims to increase the resilience of social and ecological systems through better water management for food production (crops, fisheries and livestock).

CPWF works through innovative research and development approach in six basins in the world that correspond with the following rivers: the Ganges; Volta; Mekong; Limpopo; Nile and a series of basins in the Andes, which include the Cañete River Basin in Peru.

The main challenge in the Andes program is to analyze the impact of profit sharing schemes and costs associated with environmental services in watersheds.

San Isidro, March 23, 2011
Communications Unit
Ministry of Environment
www.minam.gob.pe

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