Two Adelie penguins stand atop a block of melting ice on a rocky shoreline at Cape Denison, Commonwealth Bay, in East Antarctica January 1, 2010. Russia and the Ukraine on November 1, 2013 again scuttled plans to create the world's largest ocean sanctuary in Antarctica, pristine waters rich in energy and species such as whales, penguins and vast stocks of fish, an environmentalist group said. The Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources wound up a week-long meeting in Hobart, Australia, considering proposals for two "marine protected areas" aimed at conserving the ocean wilderness from fishing, drilling for oil and other industrial interests. Picture taken January 1, 2010. To match story ANTARCTIC-ENVIRONMENT/ REUTERS/Pauline Askin (ANTARCTICA - Tags: ENVIRONMENT POLITICS ANIMALS) - RTX14WAT
A few days ago, Peru became the first country in Latin America to receive resources of the Green Climate Fund (GCF), thanks to the approval of a project presented by Profonanpe, which aims at mitigating the effects of climate change.
The decision was taken by the Board of the Green Climate Fund (GCF) in early November in the city of Livingstone, Zambia (Africa).
The project presented by Profonanpe seeks to provide electricity to the fruit processing plants in the northwestern region of the Amazon Basin, near the Maranon and Pastaza rivers in Peru.
What stands out of the project is the generation of solar energy to illuminate these plants, avoiding the devastation of forests in the region, the use of fossil fuels and reducing emissions of greenhouse gases; thus mitigating the effects of climate change.
Among 37 proposals submitted for funding from the GCF, only 8 were selected, and the only Latin American initiative chosen was the project entitled “Building Resilience in Wetlands of the Marañon Datem Province in Peru”, proposed by Profonanpe.
The total amount of the project, which will start its implementation in March 2016, is USD 9 million. It will receive funding from GCF (USD 6.24 million), the Agency for Cooperation of Korea (USD $ 1.8 million) and Profonanpe (counterpart of USD $ 1.07 million).