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WWF and USAID sign agreement to improve waste management in artisanal fishing in Máncora and Paita

  • This morning, the project “Zero Waste: Navigating towards the management and recycling of inorganic waste from artisanal fishermen from Paita and Máncora” by WWF-Peru, with the support of USAID's Clean Cities, Blue Ocean (CCBO) Program. “Basura Cero” seeks to strengthen the management of inorganic waste from artisanal fishing in the Artisanal Fishing Landing Sites (DPA) of Máncora and Paita, in the north of our country. Find out more information in the following note.
Inorganic waste generated during fishing operations and in DPAs have a detrimental impact on marine life when they are not properly managed.  These wastes represent severe risks for navigation and maritime transport and even affect tourism by visibly contaminating natural landscapes. inorganic waste includes abandoned, lost, and/or discarded fishing gear (APAPD), which are considered the most lethal form of plastic waste for the biodiversity of this ecosystem.

“Inorganic waste generated during artisanal fishing activities have a negative impact on marine life and can harm local communities that benefit from activities related to the marine-coastal ecosystem. It is important to execute more concrete actions and that is what we propose from the project”, commented Carla Cisneros, Director of CCBO.

Faced with this situation, WWF, hand in hand with Grupo GEA, and with the financial support of the Clean Cities, Blue Ocean Program of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), joins forces to take action with the project “Zero Waste: Navigating towards the management and recycling of inorganic waste from the artisanal fishers of Paita and Máncora”. Today, the launch event was held with the participation of representatives from the Ministry of Production, Ministry of the Environment, DICAPI, IMARPE, FAO, international cooperation institutions such as GIZ, non-governmental organizations such as Ciudad Saludable, and companies such as Apoyo Communications.

At the event Kurt Holle, Director of WWF - Peru, and Carla Cisneros, Director of CCBO, signed the agreement that seals the project and will last a year and a half. Additionally, attendees received information on the problem of waste generated in fishing and key actions to mitigate its negative effects in the aforementioned locations.
Clean Cities, Blue Ocean is USAID's flagship program to respond to the global ocean plastic pollution crisis and supports countries in Asia, Latin America, and the Caribbean. In Peru, it works to test and scale solutions at the local level in the coastal cities of Paita, Máncora and Pisco. The projects want to help improve solid waste management and promote its recovery.

It is worth mentioning that “Zero Waste” seeks to strengthen the work of Clean Cities, Blue Ocean by developing inorganic waste management models for fishing operations in the Máncora and Paita DPAs. In addition, it will approach circular economy models that will promote the reduction, correct segregation, as well as recycling of inorganic waste generated in fishing, in particular plastics and APAPD.

“WWF has been working to promote clean oceans through projects that seek to improve the management of waste generated in fishing operations and counteract ghost fishing. Additionally, we have been working with fishers from Paita since 2013, and since the end of 2021, in Máncora. With this project, efforts to prevent pollution by plastics and other waste will be strengthened”, mentions Kurt Holle, Director of WWF-Peru.

A solid plan to improve waste management

The project will have two phases. The first will begin with a diagnosis and a detailed design of the management plan for inorganic waste from artisanal fishing. The second will consist of the implementation of the plan, as well as spreading the experience with the aim of replicating and scaling this project to other places in Peru. Undoubtedly, the ceremony is the beginning of an articulated work for sustainability in the marine ecosystems of northern Peru. Together is possible!

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