First steps taken to a much needed Early Warning System for Lake Palcacocha

Y esterday, authorities and officials of Huaraz, the district of Independencia and the Regional Government of Ancash, as well as Congressman Ricardo Narváez Soto, visited Lake Palcacocha with the purpose of establishing actions that allow providing the so much needed security to the population before a possible glacial lake outburst flood. Other objectives of the visit were to inspect the water resource and, in the near future, to promote tourism spaces. Also present were members of the Mountain Institute in Huaraz, members of Civil Defense, the National Park Huascarán and Care Peru.

Directed by the Natural Resources and Environment Management department of the Regional government of Ancash, an inspection and implementation of commitments were carried out, which verified maintenance work, tasks for the Early Warning System, and other activities that require the participation of decision makers.

Three main conclusions were agreed:

  1. To manage an Emergency Decree at the highest governmental level for Lake Palcacocha to anticipate the danger of a flood or lake outburst
  2. The contribution of the municipalities of Huaraz and Independencia to boost the Early Warning System
  3. Continue with awareness work

The activities are carried out within the framework of the project “Ensuring Water and Livelihoods in the Mountains”, implemented by the Mountain Institute in cooperation with USAID and in total, more than 75 professionals and authorities assisted at this important event. The Early Warning System that should protect the city of Huaraz and the district of Independencia of a possible glacial lake outburst flood (GLOF) will cost around five million soles.

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