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Important lack of articulation to achieve adequate Climate Change Action

IMAG1986The coordinator of the Observatory of Climate Change of the Peruvian Center for Social Studies (CEPES), Beatriz Salazar, said in an interview in the Environmental Agenda program that there is a lack of coordination between the sectors involved in the issue of climate change to achieve an adequate framework law and National strategy that is consistent with the realities of the population living within the country. At another point in the interview, Salazar said it is necessary for each Regional Government to develop a Regional Strategy Against Climate Change, part of the new National Strategy on Climate Change which, although still not formally approved, it has previous large differences in 2003

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Peruvian state will seek to curb climate change without stopping economic growth

The General Director of Climate Change, Desertification and Water Resources of the Ministry of Environment (MINAM), Eduardo Durand, said during his participation in Environmental Agenda that Peru is a vulnerable country to climate change, so the government should contribute to reduce carbon emissions without neglecting the level of economic growth. The architect said that to achieve this end, Peru is working to establish Certain planned national contributions and (INDC), addressing five sectors: forests, energy, transport, agriculture and industrial processes.

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Titration problem in the Amazon is generated by change of authorities conducting the process

IMAG0678The Executive Director of the Centre for the Development of Indigenous Amazon (CEDIA), Lelis Rivera, said during an interview in Environmental Agenda that the main problems for titling territories of native communities in the Amazon is the change of governing bodies on issues of physical and legal sanitation that does not allow the continuity of titling processes. Rivera said that more than 800 indigenous communities have not yet been titled or recognized in the Loreto region, while in other regions, it is missing to give titles and recognize about 40 communities. On this subject, highlighted the cases of Madre de Dios and Cusco, where despite CEDIA has worked for almost 30 years, there are 20 communities that are still in the process of enlargement..

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Adjoining communities to Sierra del Divisor ask Categorization to Secure Care Forest

IMAG0629The head of the Native Community of New Saposoa, Marta Cairuma, said during an interview in Environmental Agenda that they need the Government to categorize as National Park the reserved area of Sierra del Divisor to allow more and better forest protection and resources that their community profits, like other communities close to the area. Cairuma said that the request for extension of the communal land was conducted in 2008, however so far received no positive response from the regional or provincial authorities. "There is no answer, how long can we expect? why until now we weren’t titled? and the coca growers are taking advantage, they are doing their farm and planting coca, that’s why I am claiming my right too, "he said.

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95% of deforestation in the Peruvian Amazon is caused by logging and burning of forests

IMAG0536The National Program Coordinator of Forest Conservation (CBPP) of the Ministry of Environment (MINAM), Gustavo Suarez de Freitas said that about 95% of deforestation in the Peruvian Amazon is associated with logging and burning of forests to convert these forested land in a land that can be used for other uses such as agriculture or livestock. The official said the CBPP aims to conserve 54 million hectares of forests, so it is necessary to balance the needs of agricultural production and care of forests. "More land we have in areas that are already deforested without use, which are under use, then the main policy should be intensified agricultural use, occupying the lands that are now degraded and to be recovered, improving productivity" the official said.

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OEFA needs to move from managing papers to acting

IMAG0325The Supervision Director of the Agency of Assessment and Environmental Control (OEFA, in Spanish), Delia Morales said during the interview in the space Environmental Agenda, the state agency needs to move from management roles to action and thus generate more support to the control of local and regional governments in the country. The lawyer reported that in order for the OEFA to fulfill that role requires a specific budget, the same as achieved thanks to the Contribution for Regulation (APR, in Spanish) that companies in the mining sectors and energy delivered directly to the sanctioning body in a percentage that was fixed in late 2013 and is validated by four laws that enable the realization of this collection.

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Cantagallo Shipibo leader: "We are defending our rights, we are not asking a favor"

IMAG0343The representative of the Housing Association of Shipibos in Lima (AVSHIL) of Cantagallo, Ricardo Franco, said during an interview in Environmental Agenda that the requests of continuity to the agreements reached by the Green River Project with the previous management of the Metropolitan Municipality of Lima (MML) are not a favor but a right any citizen of the city has, and they need to be fulfilled before any damages may be committed against them. In the interview also attended by the Head of Indigenous Peoples Program of the Ombudsman, Daniel Sanchez, said the situation is complex because it can leave a dangerous precedent, because this can happen to any resident of the city before a decision an authority, is a situation that can happen to any citizen from Lima.

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In Peru there is a deficit of Public Policies for Resolving Issues of Indigenous Peoples

IMAG0234The former coordinator of the Regional Program Office to promote Convention 169 of the International Labour - PRO 169, Manuel Garcia, said during an interview in space Environmental Agenda that in Peru there is a deficit in public policies to solve the problems of native populance. "It must be recognized that there is progress in the process of recognition and certification, but there is also guidance to privatize communal area, put the collective rights aside, for a possible development and that means the end situations of conflict, which will only be resolved with intercultural social dialogue, as proposed by the ILO Convention 169, "said the specialist.

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There is great concern for Deregulated Guidelines for Environmental and Social by the S.D. No. 001-2015-MEM

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The Executive Secretary of the Muqui Network, Javier Jhancke, said during the interview given on Environmental Agenda, the biggest concern for the declaration of the Supreme Decree No. 001-2015-MEM are a series of requirements that modify the existing rules for activities mining, as the start of exploration practices, the granting of benefits (which in the mining process is the processing time of minerals, for which there are a number of requirements that previously meet the granting of authorization) among others; where surface access is requested to the territory of any owner or owner community of a particular place which aims to carry out mining activities and has already been granted the concession.

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World Bank relaxes its environmental standards to compete with other investment actors

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The coordinator of Global Governance of the Foundation for the Development of Sustainable Policy (FUNDEPS) of Argentina, Gonzalo Roza, said during an interview in Environmental Agenda that the World Bank (WB) is relaxing its environmental and social standards to regain ground in terms investment loans worldwide. "Then, the Bank wants to be more competitive against these players and decided to weaken their environmental and social standards for the loan approval process is done in less time and at lower cost. However, this means less protection of human rights and natural resources by the same bank as well as the inability to influence to the other actors to introduce policies for environmental and social robuts safeguards, "the Internationalist.

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