What are we doing to restore Titicaca Lake?

La Prensa reports:

Daily fish, frogs and other amphibians are dying

They will recover the lake with Bs3,000 million

Screen Shot 2015-09-08 at 9.24.32 AMAt least Bs3,000 million will be invested to implement the recovery plan for Lake Titicaca. “So far, from what we have collected from metropolitan plans, development plans, we have seen the need for about Bs3,000 million, but this amount will vary according to the pre-investment studies,” said Deputy Minister of Environment, Gonzalo Rodriguez.

Also, the authority said that the full recovery of the lake involves several projects that should be brought to final design, for which significant funding is required.

Three months ago, the media reported the mortality that occurred in the Lago Menor [minor lake], apparently from a mass of green water, contaminated water, which moved by this water mirror.

STRATEGY. The government announced it will focus on five lines of action, which are water sanitation and waste recovery and management of areas and life systems, management control and monitoring, production development in balance with the environment and education and awareness within the almost complete Integral Recovery Strategy of Lake Titicaca.

The sectors involved in this issue -Gobernorate, Ministry of Mines, Ministry of Environment, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, among others presented their work plans to implement the recommendations of the Comptroller, after the audit. The State institution also identified pollution sources and those responsible. Likewise it established who should act to remedy environmental damage.

In May, representatives of ten government entities, Government of La Paz, municipalities and ministries joined forces to save the Titicaca from its acute pollution affecting their water and daily kills frogs, fish and other amphibians.

To the Deputy Minister, one of the main sources of pollution of the lake are the mining liabilities inherited since the time of the colony, and waste treatment. “Municipalities are required to allocate at least for the pre investment, so that the Ministry of Environment, the Government and the national government can jointly contribute to get financing,” said the authority.

ORIGIN. According to the Ministry of Environment, most pollution (arsenic and lead) comes from El Alto. 60 percent of the 130 factories in the city operate illegally and their pollution levels are not regulated.

An environmental report issued last year by the Binational Authority of Lake Titicaca (ALT) provides that the pollution is alarmingly high.

PROBLEMS. The Titicaca situation also affects people living from fishing, since it was significantly reduced and admit that in its fishing nets, they caught dead frogs, there is also the risk of contamination of fish.

The biologist Arturo Munoz, said that all the institutions of Bolivia and Peru, must apply urgent actions. “If they do not, the giant frog of Titicaca, which is already at high risk of extinction, will disappear,” he said.

The lake has an area of 8,400 square kilometers and is the largest body of fresh water in South America and the highest navigable lake in the world, with almost four thousand meters above the sea level.

http://www.laprensa.com.bo/diario/actualidad/social/20150908/recuperaran-el-lago-con-bs-3000-millones_70419_119411.html

Lets not forget what happened with the Aral sea, it disappeared under the USSR. We do not need to repeat that disaster!

Those of us who had the joy and opportunity to sail in the lake, to sleep close to its shores, to walk in Copacabana, the island… know what is at stake, we must help clean it and preserve its biodiversity!

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