00:00 | Madrid (Spain), Dec. 3.
Peru has the third-largest extent of tropical peatlands (land consisting largely of peat or peat bogs) —after Indonesia and Congo— to fight climate change, Minam's Deputy Minister of Strategic Development of Natural Resources Gabriel Quijandria reported.
Quijandria noted the experience of Peru and JICA in the conservation of wetlands and peatlands as a solution to combat climate change
, while highlighting their high carbon storage capacity.
A clear example of this is the Andean peatlands, which store a hundred times more carbon than the entire world's tropical peatlands combined.
In this sense, he expressed the Peruvian Government's commitment to promoting an evidence-based policy to maintain and manage our wetlands.
Quijandria said that aguaje is the main species in the tropical peatlands within the Peruvian Amazon
, hence the works with the private sector to promote sustainable economic activity through the use of natural resources, such as the launch of an aguaje-based drink by AJE Group company.
It benefits 120 indigenous communities in towns like awajun, achuar, chapra, kandozi, quechua, wampis, and shawi.