Peruvian Environment Ministry and the World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF) Sign a Memorandum of Understanding for Inter-Institutional Cooperation

Peru Ministry of Environment and the World Agroforestry Centre have entered into an agreement to collaborate on climate change mitigation and adaptation. HE Manuel Pulgar Vidal and Dr Anthony Simons with the MoU

Peru Ministry of Environment and the World Agroforestry Centre have entered into an agreement to collaborate on climate change mitigation and adaptation. HE Manuel Pulgar Vidal and Dr Anthony Simons exchange the MoU

On 7 December, the Peruvian Environment Ministry (MINAM), represented by H.E. Minister Manuel Pulgar-Vida, and the World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF), represented by its Director-General, Dr. Anthony Simons signed a memorandum of understanding for inter-institutional cooperation.

The signature of the memorandum of understanding reflects the complementarity of interests and objectives of the two institutions, which are already collaborating in themes such as land-use planning for low-carbon development, and climate change adaptation and mitigation in general. With the signature of the agreement, both institutions expect an intensification of work in areas of common interest, such as the detection and rehabilitation of degraded land.

“It is an absolute delight to sign this MoU. This is a very important time for Peru, the world, and the scientific knowledge that we seek to share. We are grateful for your openness in sharing information and training opportunities, and allowing us to engage with you as you develop you country sustainably, so we learn together in the process, ” said Dr Simons.

“ We are very happy to have this opportunity to sign this MoU with the World Agroforestry Centre, at a time in which Peru has not only organized the COP 20 Climate Change conference, but also one in which we are focusing a lot on forestry management to make it more sustainable. This includes rehabilitating already degraded landscapes. The landscape approach gives us opportunities to look at landscapes as one piece, and is the only way to deal with drivers of deforestation. These multiple dynamics include social, environmental, cultural and historical dynamics… infrastructural, development and poverty dynamics, rights of indigenous people, and many more,” said Minister Manuel Pulgar-Vida.

The regional office for Latin America of ICRAF is located in Lima. It is the base for a multidisciplinary team of scientists who work closely with partners in Peru and ICRAF scientists from other regions. ICRAF has been active in Peru since 1993, and works in the Amazonian and Andean regions.

ICRAF is a member centre of the CGIAR Consortium, with HQ in Kenya. Its mission is to generate science-based knowledge about the diverse roles that trees play in agricultural landscapes and to use this research to advance policies and practices, and their implementation, that benefit the poor and the environment.


In Spanish (without quotes)

Firma de Convenio Marco de Cooperación Interinstitucional entre el Ministerio del Ambiente (Minam) del Peru y el Centro Internacional de Investigacion Agroforestal (ICRAF)

El 7 de diciembre se celebró la firma de un convenio marco entre el Ministerio del Ambiente del Perú, representado por Su Excelencia el Sr. Ministro Manuel Pulgar-Vida, y el Centro Internacional de Investigación Agroforestal (ICRAF, conocido también como World Agroforestry Centre), representado por su Director-General Dr. Anthony Simons.

ICRAF es un centro miembro del Consorcio CGIAR, con sede en Kenia. Su misión es la generación de conocimiento científico sobre las funciones que cumplen los árboles en los paisajes agrícolas y la utilización de esa investigación para fomentar políticas y prácticas que combatan la pobreza y beneficien al medio ambiente.

La firma del convenio marco refleja una complementaridad de intereses y objetivos de ambas instituciones, las cuales ya vienen colaborando en temas tales como la planificación de usos de la tierra para el desarrollo bajo en carbon, así como la mitigación y adaptación al cambio climático en general. Con la firma del convenio, se anticipa que se intensificará el trabajo conjunto en áreas de interes común, por ejemplo la detección y rehabilitación de las tierras degradadas.

La oficina regional de ICRAF para América Latina está ubicada en Lima y cuenta con un equipo multidisciplinario de investigadores científicos, los cuales trabajan estrechamente con aliados peruanos y con científicos de ICRAF ubicados en otras regiones. ICRAF ha estado activo en el Perú desde 1993 y trabaja en las regiones amazónica y andina.

Photos from Lima COP 20 and the Global Landscapes Forum

The World Agroforestry Centre at the COP20:


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