Cusco receives the visit of Markus Alexander Antonietti, Swiss Ambassador in Peru

The delegation headed by the Swiss Ambassador visited the areas where COSUDE projects are being implemented.

 

A delegation headed by Swiss Ambassador in Peru Markus Alexander Antonietti and Martin Jaggi, Cooperation Director from the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation – COSUDE, visited the region of Cuzco from December 3 to 5, to see on site the local and regional actions being deployed within the framework of the Climandes, EELA and SABA+ projects promoted by COSUDE in regards to climate change and water management.

The agenda included meetings with regional authorities. In this respect, the delegation visited the facilities of the Regional Housing, Construction and Sanitation Office, where it was received by Ítalo Tarco, Director of Housing, Construction and Sanitation, Yhobet Suma, representative of the Ministry of Housing, Construction and Sanitation, Miguel Atausupa, Natural Resources Manager and Edwin Mansilla, Natural Resources Assistant Manager. During the meeting they shared the experience of the Regional Government management enriched with the Projects of COSUDE, exhibiting a series of materials aand instruments worked within the framework of the projects of COSUDE and transferred to the corresponding State sectors.

In turn, the mission’s agenda considered highly relevant to see closely how the initiatives promoted by COSUDE were being implemented and the impacts on the population. In this respect, the delegation visited the district of San Jerónimo, where they were able to see the impact that the Program for Energy Efficiency in Artisanal Brickmakers (EELA) has had through the use of new technologies that enhanced the production, reduced CO2 emissions and improved the quality of life of brick makers in the area.

Furthermore, within the framework of the Climandes Project, the delegation visited the peasant community of Huaccaytaqui, in the district of quiquijana, where they were able to carry out a joint observation with SENAMHI meteorologists and the Yachachiq – local weather observers.

The Mayor of the District Municipality of Quiquijana, Vicente Jove Tarraga, welcomed the COSUDE mission with the local Climandes Project coordinator in Cuzco, Teófilo Zamalloa Challco, the technical secretary of the Regional Climate Change Council for the Cuzco Region (CORECC) Edwin Mansilla Ucañani, the community president, Leonardo Lloclle Cutipa and the Yachachiq Fortunato Puma and Leoncio Puma.

Fortunato Puma explained in detail the experience of the joint observation of the cabanuelas during 24 days in August, as well as the current monitoring and observation of weather conditions based on SENAMHI reports and local observations.

This exposition was followed by a walk around the facilities of the semi automatic meteorological station of Huaccaytaqui, where they were shown the board with the registry of weather variables called ¨P´unchaukunamanta Willanakuy¨ (Communicating weather behavior).

After listening to the presentation, the Ambassador stated that the geographical configuration of Switzerland and Peru is very similar and the climate information is very important for all productive activities and that notwithstanding technological progress in weather and climate predition, it is necessary to take into account the perceptions of local farmers.

Finally, within the framework of the SABA+ Project, the delegation visited the community of Chihuaco, in Canchis (Sicuani) to learn about the water and sanitation services management experience of the community through the JASS. They were received by Manuel Zvietcovich, Mayor of Canchi. Also attending the meeting were Raúl Huaynapata, Water and Sanitation Manager, Teresa Tupayachi, Coordinator of PROCOES, from the Ministry of Housing, Construction and Sanitation and the President of JASS Chichuaco. Following the meeting, they visited the Municipality of Sicuani, to learn about the water and sanitation services management experience of the Local Government.

Upon finalization of the visit, after three days of intense work, the visitors expressed their satisfaction for goals achieved so far and their motivation to continue providing support to the initiatives being implemented.

For images of the mission, click here: click here.

 

Relevant links:
Web Global Programme Climate Change and Environment division
Web Global Water Program Division
Web Global Programs in the Andes (PGA)
SABA+, fact sheet, Swiss Embassy, Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation COSUDE
EELA, fact sheet, Swiss Embassy, Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation COSUDE
Climandes, fact sheet , Swiss Embassy, Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation COSUDE

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La Agencia Suiza para el Desarrollo y la Cooperación (COSUDE) es la entidad encargada de la cooperación internacional dentro del Departamento Federal de Asuntos Exteriores (DFAE). Con otras oficinas de la Confederación, la COSUDE es responsable de la coordinación general de la cooperación para el desarrollo y de la cooperación con los Países del Este, así como de los programas de ayuda humanitaria suizos.