The Cordillera of Vilcanota in the Cusco region has already lost 30% of its glacier mass. And according to Walter Choquevilca Lira, coordinator of the CARE Peru – Cusco Glaciers Project, there are very fragile ecosystems that would be affected by deglaciation, such as bofedales. “This situation worries because the basin supplies drinking water to the city of Cusco, agriculture and livestock. Possibly also affect the generation of electric power of Machu Picchu, and in which they are being built, “reports Choquevilca.
Is deglaciation an effect of climate change?
One of the first impacts of climate change is the retreat of glaciers and the variety of climate. And because glaciers are a reservoir of water, because in the dry season they supply water to the basins, especially the bofedales, then it is anticipated that this withdrawal
will strongly affect the water supply.The Minister of Energy and Mines, Gonzalo Tamayo Flores, today visited the high Andean communities of the province of Espinar, located above 4000 meters above sea level, to supervise the prevention works against frost and friars in the department of Cusco, as part of the Multisectoral Plan called “Antes Perú”.
Minister Tamayo began his first day of travel by visiting the San Miguel Health Center in the Pichigua district, which serves about 2 300 people. “This center has 80 percent coverage in influenza vaccination, and 100 percent in pneumococcal vaccination against pneumococcus, to protect them from pneumonia,” he said.
He also announced that special equipment will be delivered to optimize the temperature in the child care room of this health center; and will improve the public lighting of the area with the support of the company Electrosur.
After attending the requests of the inhabitants of Pichugua, the head of the Ministry of Energy and Mines (MEM) went to the district of Condoroma, where he delivered energy breakfasts and shelter kits to about 200 students of the institution’s initial, primary and secondary Educativa N ° 480, Educational Institution N ° 56189 and Educational Institution Pedro Julio Valdivia Deza.
Minister Tamayo also verified the care provided at the Condoroma Health Post, especially the most vulnerable population, children and older adults. “In this medical center, which serves approximately 1,500 people, 90% of the vulnerable population has been vaccinated against influenza,” said Tamayo.
It should be noted that Condoroma is one of the areas that has been most affected recently by snowfalls in the Cusco region, which is why priority has been given to prevention actions in this high Andean district. To this end, Minister Tamayo had a coordination meeting with the mayor of Condoroma, Alirio Aqquepucho Cruz.
Finally, it is important to mention that for the Cusco region, as part of the “Before Peru” Multisectoral Plan, different actions and projects undertaken by the Ministries of Agriculture and Irrigation have been contemplated; Women and Vulnerable Populations; Housing, Construction and Sanitation; Transport and Communications; Health; Development and Social Inclusion and Education.