CIDIS being built. It is expected that the center will begin operating in 2015
Photo courtesy:Yuri Hooker
Photo courtesy:Yuri Hooker
"The ocean covers 70 percent of Earth's surface and contains 97 percent of the planet’s water"
Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia - Centro de Investigacion para el Desarrollo Integral y Sostenible (UPCH-CIDIS)/ Center for Research and Sustainable Development - Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia
Follow EGS will seek to establish a collaborative agreement with the Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia-Centro Para el Desarrollo Integral y Sostenible (UPCH-CIDIS) to support and collaborate in research and educational projects the new center will develop. The Center, known as CIDIS is located on the northern coast of Peru in Piura and lies approximately 1,200 kilometers north of the capital city of Lima. It is expected to begin operations around the middle of 2015.
The center is located in a coastal arid zone, that contains dry tropical forests. The weather is hot, dry and and sunny year-round. On-going research in this area is yielding surprising results and confirm the extreme productivity of the marine environment. The waters off this coast are extremely productive because of the convergence of the Humboldt Current, which brings nutrient rich cold water from the south and the warm North Equatorial Current. The mixing of these two currents creates unique conditions that result in a highly productive and bio-diverse marine ecosystem, characterized by high levels of endemism.
The area’s main economic activities include oil extraction, tourism, and fishing. Traditionally, fishermen have practiced subsistence or small-scale fishing. This practice relies on fishing with line and hook from small sailboats or rafts. Commercial fishing is threatening their livelihood and the marine environment. As part of protecting marine resources and the traditional fishing methods, CIDIS will work in developing a certified tuna fishing program. Follow EGS is interested in supporting CIDIS in the implementation of this program and will help facilitate technical advice on the subject.
For the past ten years, the Marine Biology Laboratory of the UPCH under the leadership of biologist Yuri Hooker has been conducting baseline studies in the area. They have been able to collect invaluable data and record numerous species, some of which include new records for Peru and science. The establishment of CIDIS will facilitate and augment scientific studies in this region and continuing underwater research will be one of CIDIS priorities.
In addition, CIDIS will explore the feasibility of developing and implementing an artificial reef program in the area, develop deep water research and exploration, and establish it's aquaculture research facility.
An important component of CIDIS is education. The center will seek to develop joint projects with local and international educational institutions that target students at all levels.
Currently, there are on-going research projects in the area conducted by the non governmental environmental organizations Ecoeanica (whales), and Planeta Oceano (manta rays).
Follow EGS is committed in its support to CIDIS and look forward to building bridges of collaboration to develop projects and programs that will benefit the community and the environment.