“CRADLE TO CRADLE” – A DISPATCH FROM MOYOBAMBA
We celebrated World Environment Day this year with a beautiful ceremony in Moyobamba, Peru, planting native trees as part of a reforestation initiative to protect local water supplies. We were joined by the US Ambassador to Peru, Lisa Kenna, and Ysabel Blanco, the Head of Cooperation of Canada in Peru, as well as many other important leaders from the Peruvian and US governments.
Moyobamba is in some ways where it all started in Peru – the “cradle” of a model for financing watershed protection through a fraction of water user fees – and it was moving to celebrate with local leaders a program that has inspired similar initiatives in 43 other watersheds in Peru (at last count!).
For the last two years, the global pandemic disrupted both restoration projects in the field and the collection of water tariffs that help to pay for it. So we were celebrating a return to “normal” work, as well.
We are feeling a lot of urgency of Forest Trends these days to move faster, work harder, as the fallout from climate change piles up around us.
But Moyobamba was a welcome reminder that the climate conversation shouldn’t only be about averting disaster. It is about building something good together.
If you are a regular reader, you already know about the remarkable things happening in Peru. If not, I’d like to share with you below some recent work from our team and partners, including a pair of webinars on how in just a few short years Peru transformed public institutions for a 21st-century conception of infrastructure, and what the next decade of investment will look like, and a short video on reimagining public investments in disaster risk mitigation to include “natural infrastructure” alongside built infrastructure like dams, seawalls, and roads.
I hope your World Environment Day was also a beautiful one – although you don’t need to wait for a holiday to plant a tree, join with your community on a cleanup project, or however you choose to build something for the future.
– Michael Jenkins