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01-09-2015 Cop20 news

How does Climate Change Affect Huacachina?

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Créditos: La República

Climate change effects are present the world over and they are more remarkable each day. Peru is one of the countries most impacted by climate change. In spite of the fact that it has 70% of tropical glaciers in the world, one fifth has disappeared in the last three decades, according to experts. This is a consequence of global warming.

In this frame, the emblematic “Oasis of America,” la Huacachina lagoon, is today a token of the climate crisis, because lack of water supply in the Ica region has caused its water to descend by more than 1.50 m lately. The original water line for the lagoon is 10m higher than now,” reported La República newspaper.

Therefore, the deepest point in the lagoon is only 4m today and the total volume of impounded water is no more than 9000m3. If this situation does not improve, this lagoon may dry up next summer, alerted Francisco Massa Prado, Vice-President of Salvemos Huacachina, a management committee, in an interview for La República.

This is a remarkable case stemming from climate change in Peru. In this regard, the Peruvian Ministry of the Environment passed Decree N° 008-2014-MINAM, in August 2007, which declares Huacachina as a Regional Conservation Area and Zone. This new status will adequately protect the area and will enable a true process to mitigate the effects of climate change.

We must be reminded that Peru is one of the most fragile countries vis-à-vis climate change, since it has the 7 vulnerability characteristics acknowledged by the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), many of them related to water. This is why Mr. Pulgar Vidal, COP20 President has declared once and again that water should be the central issue on the climate debate.

Read more on la Huacachina transformations, here.

 

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