Lima's urban wetlands
This conservation initiative in highly urbanised Lima demonstrates God's love for all creation.
Lima is my home. While working here as a field biologist, I spent time at the local coastal wetlands and became aware of the conservation priorities. We have selected two of particular significance: Pantanos de Villa in the south and Poza de la Arenilla in the extreme east of the city. These suburban wetlands are part of the Pacific flyway and host both resident and migrant birds, which makes them very important. The wetlands are already protected by local government, but there is a great need for biological research and for environmental education programmes with the school parties who visit regularly.
A Rocha Peru is on good terms with the local officials who have welcomed our offer of assistance. Funding proposals have been submitted, and several young men and women have signed up as volunteers. With the support of the local church, which has provided a classroom, we are about to start a training programme for these volunteers.
Story by Oscar Gonzalez, leader of A Rocha Peru's Initiative Group (with thanks to A Rocha UK)