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COURSE TITLE: Preliminary study: Ecological and Economic Assessment of the Villa María Wetland, Chimbote - Peru.

INSTRUCTORS Alejandro Flores Lozano

COURSE DESCRIPTION Ecosystem services in the wetlands of the central coast of Peru: advances and future prospects
By Alejandro Flores Lozano

The "Villa Maria" Wetland is a marine-coastal ecosystem, emblematic and associated since the early twentieth century with the development of the cities of Chimbote and New Chimbote in the province of Santa, department of Ancash in the north of Peru. It is valuable for the expressions of biodiversity and ecosystem services that make it unique. It has been neglected and has not been effectively preserved by a series of conflicts of interest between: 1) municipal governments in their accountability to the regulation development affecting conservation of the natural heritage, 2) resident populations that have contributed to pollution, eutrophication, and habitat loss; and 3) by industrial fishing activities.
The wetland supports a growing economy associated with the production of handicrafts from vascular flora including totora, junco, carricillo, and enea. The associated chain of production includes extractors (who sow, cultivate and harvest), trenzadores (families that oversee forming "braids" with fibers), and craftsmen who create various products, including rugs, hats, furniture, and chairs. An important feature of this productive chain is the majority participation of women.
To understand the importance of this ecosystem, research that results in an ecological and economic valuation of ecosystem goods and services is prioritized to strengthen the decision making and efforts in local development to favor of wetland conservation, which constitutes an element of local identity.

Alejandro Flores Lozano: Peruvian by birth, is a biologist and aqua culturist. Alejandro graduated from the National University of Santa in Chimbote (north coast). He plans to complete his master's degree with a major in ecology and environmental management from the San Antonio Abad University of Cusco with the tentative title: Environmental impacts due to anthropogenic activities and climate change in the wetland of the rural community of Chumo and Suyo, Sicuani district 2019 - 2020.

Alejandro participates in many academics related to the sustainability of wetlands and adaptation to climate change; environmental volunteering; participatory budgeting; risk management in natural disasters; and youth enterprises, and training of young leaders.
He actively participates as an exhibitor in congresses, seminars and courses on environmental management and education, specifically associated with wetland conservation and adaptation to climate change, including the following posters:

Authored: Ecological and Economic Assessment of the "Villa María" wetland, Chimbote - Peru. Poster selected for the II Peruvian Wetlands Congress IICOPEHU, developed by the San Luis Gonzaga University of Ica, 08 and 09 February 2019.

Authored: (World Conservation Congress electronic poster) Ecological and Economic Value of the Conservation of Wetlands and its Importance in the Adaptation to Climate Change in Peru. September 2016, in Hawaii, United States of America. Congress organized by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature IUCN.

Credit Points: 0.06

SYLLABUS/TOPICAL OUTLINE 1) Geography of the Villa Maria Wetland (10 minutes): Geography and significance in the development of local communities; 2) Wetland Ecosystem Services (10 minutes): The wetland supports a growing economy associated with the production of handicrafts from vascular plants; 3) Challenges (10 minutes): Human encroachment, conservation, pollution, and industrial fishing; 4) Early Phases of Mitigation (15 minutes): Valuation of ecosystem goods and services to justify conservation efforts; 5) (15 minutes) Questions & answers.

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