Coordination for collaboration between Peru and Chile began in the city of Santiago de Chile, May 25th and 26th. This meeting took place in the framework of designing the NAMAs (Nationally Appropriate Mitigation Actions) and their national strategies that integrate climate change and vegetation resources in order to identify common actions that contribute to consolidate such initiatives in each of the countries.
The Andean Forests Programme, facilitated by the Consortium formed by Helvetas Swiss Intercooperation and CONDESAN and supported by the Swiss Development Cooperation SDC, has identified opportunities for promoting South-South collaboration on priority issues for the countries in pro of conservation and sustainable management of Andean forests landscapes to mitigate and adapt to climate change. Within this framework, coordination for a possible collaboration between Peru and Chile has emerged. This is considered a first milestone with the prospect of adding other countries as they advance in the design of measures and mechanisms to promote the recovery and conservation of forests, enhancing reforestation in soils feasible for this purpose as measures to address climate change.
In this regard, work meetings were attended by representatives of the Peruvian government institutions such as the National Forest Service and Wildlife (SERFOR) and the Ministry of Agriculture and Irrigation (MINAGRI); the National Forestry Corporation of Chile (CONAF); the Chilean International Cooperation Agency AGCI, and a delegation from the Andean Forests Programme and the SDC Global Climate Change Programme. The meeting was propitious for the presentation of the work being done by CONAF in the framework of the National Strategy on Climate Change and Plant Resources (ENCCRV) of Chile. In this context, the CONAF executive director, Aaron Cavieres, highlighted the work being done by his organisation, promoting the value and sustainable use of plant resources, native forests and plantations ensuring ecosystem services. Initiatives like this help to promote the exchange and sharing of lessons learned with its Peruvian counterpart about the formulation and implementation of the ENCCRV, the formulation of NAMAs, and the development of preventive forestry against forest fires.
Finally, representatives of both the Peruvian Forest Service and the Ministry of Agriculture noted that there is a keen interest in knowing how the CONAF Unit for Climate Change and Environmental Services (UCCSA) – headed by Angelo Sartori – has taken shape. It is expected to formalize an collaborative agreement between CONAF and SERFOR on climate change. This would allow having a platform for exchange of experiences on these issues between the two countries.