Environmental Protection Agency Administrator visits Peru

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator, Gina McCarthy, completed a visit to Peru that included meetings to support initiatives for environmental protection.

In Chincha, Administrator McCarthy participated in the launch of the “Trash Free Waters” Program, an effort of the EPA and international partners to reduce and prevent the entry of debris into the watersheds, coastal waters and the marine environment. The central principle of the “Trash Free Waters” is to help leaders and stakeholders work together to develop innovative strategies that address marine debris and solid waste management in specific geographic areas. This visit marks the start of the design and implementation of pilot projects in Chincha to help the environment. In addition, Administrator McCarthy visited the “Home of the Carmelite Woman” with Afro-Peruvian women from district of El Carmen, the Chinchaysuyo School, and the collection center of the Chincha Recycling Cooperative, where she was joined by Minister of Environment Elsa Galarza.

Administrator McCarthy also visited Cusco, where she spoke with the Deputy Mayor Dr. Richard Suarez and his team, as well as with the administrators and students of San Antonio Abad del Cusco University. She also visited the Peruvian-North American Cultural Institute (ICPNA) Cusco, where she learned about environmental projects developed by students supported by the National Scholarship and Educational Credit (PRONABEC). She ended her visit at the community of Huilloc to learn about the residents’ environmental protection activities.