T he Newton Fund, so states the website of the British Council, promotes the economic development and welfare in partnering countries, through science and innovation partnerships. It aims to strengthen science and innovation capacity and unlock further funding to support poverty alleviation. It is managed by UK’s Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy and Peru was recently designated by the Government of the United Kingdom as a new potential beneficiary country. The Newton Fund was launched in 2014 and funding covers activities in the categories of people, research and translation.
A couple of days ago, a British delegation of the Newton Fund visited, together with the experts of the National Institute of Research in Glaciers and Mountain Ecosystems (INAIGEM) the Palcacocha Lake, the Research Centre for Mountain Ecosystems of Catac and pine plantations in Tayacoto in the Peasant Community of the Cahuide-district of Independencia. The visit to the aforementioned places had as objective to verify the risk situation of the glaciers and of the Lake Palcacocha, as well as to announce some progress on the investigations of glaciers and mountain ecosystems by the INAIGEM.
Gabriel Real de Azua, communications manager at the British Embassy, said he was impressed after knowing the lakes, glaciers and ecosystems in Ancash:¨It was a fascinating and an unforgettable experience for the British delegation,¨ he said. He also congratulated the INAIGEM for involving the communities in the research that it carries out, which is a requirement for its sustainability. Real de Azúa additionally stated that he will collaborate so that the Newton Fund can support scientists and resources necessary to realise research in Ancash on such topics as glacier risks, water resource management, recovery and the conservation of mountain ecosystems. By doing so this could minimise the negative effects of climate change.