Trained park rangers and formalized fishermen among the results of Project Guaneras

Trained park rangers and formalized fishermen among the results of Project Guaneras

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Profonanpe
03 de abril de 2019
Evento de Cierre “Fortalecimiento de la Gestión Sostenible de la Reserva Nacional Sistema de Islas, Islotes y Puntas Guaneras”

 

Over 200 fishermen from the peruvian coast and 30 park rangers are some of the beneficiaries of the project “Strengthening of the Sustainable Development for the Guano Islands and Capes National Reserve” (Project Guaneras), which started in 2014 to improve the management of protected areas and nearby territories, aiming to shape an integrated territorial management vision.

These results were unveiled during the closing event for the project, headed by the minister of environment Lucia Ruiz. Claudia Godfrey, Executive Director (i) for Profonanpe, was also among the attendees, along with Pedro Gamboa, Head of the National Service of Protected Natural Areas (SERNANP for its abbreviation in spanish), and Gabriel Encalada, representative for the World Bank.

The minister highlighted the scope of these achievements thanks to the integrated work between fishermen, divers and the SERNANP team. “Here there was a great work with the people. You have taught the entity how to work better in marine and coastal marine areas. They have learned from you what the sea is like and what we can do to protect it” she commented during the event

 

Autoridades del SERNANP, Profonanpe, Ministerio del Ambiente y el Banco Mundial estuvieron presentes en el evento.

Authorities from Profonanpe, SERNANP, the Ministry of Environment and the World Bank attended the event.

 

The Project Guaneras was implemented by the National Service of Protected Natural Areas, with support from Profonanpe and financing by the Global Environmental Facility (GEF), through the World Bank.

Encalada, manager of the Project Guaneras for the World Bank, states that the zoning made in the Reserve is one of the project’s biggest accomplishment. “Mapping the different natural areas allows that, for the first time in Peru, you can identify the stakeholders and where they are. Having the opportunity to distinguish the zones and its users can contribute to protect and conserve the biodiversity” she adds.

The project’s goal was to improve the management of 11 marine and coastal ecosystems. This scenario of action represents 62% of the Guano Islands and Capes National Reserve, and implied the joint work of 7 regional governments. The project was developed in three pillars: conserve the species, make use of the resources in a sustainable way, and strengthen the participation of fishermen and divers.

 

Equipo Proyecto Guaneras

From left to right: Pedro Gamboa, Head of the National Service of Protected Natural Areas; Lucía Ruiz, Minister of Environment; Claudia Godfrey, Executive Director (i) for Profonanpe; and Gabriela Encalada, manager of the Project Guaneras for the World Bank.

 

After five years of implementation, the Project Guaneras has trained 25 park rangers in supervising with drones licensed by the Ministry of Transport and Communication, 20 park rangers with PADI certification and 30 park rangers trained in a course of yacht pattern. 225 fishermen were also formalized, whom participated in beach cleaning and marine shore cleaning activities.

These actions opened the eyes of these men that spent long hours in the peruvian sea. Francisco Ñique, president of the San Pedro Artisanal Fishermen from Eten Port, confesses with regret that “in the cleaning of the seabed we found tires and iron objects. The sea has become the world’s landfill. Sometimes there’s more plastic in the ocean than fishes”. Trying to change this reality was one of the project’s objectives.

For Issac Tapia, Secretary General for the Artisanal Fishermen and Civil Divers Union from Ilo Port, the implementation of the project meant that they could understand that “the preservation of the resources is important, and we want to assure future generations that they will too enjoy this richness. And it’s working, there’s a process to keep following”.

Finally, Claudia Godfrey, Executive Director (i) for Profonanpe, emphasized the need of sustainability for the project. “I am pleased to announce that Profonanpe will manage the patrimonial fund to ensure participatory management. I hope we can find more funding together to continue strengthening, and take the next steps for what has been started with this project” she concluded.