Peru Teams Up With Japan To Bring Clean Drinking Water To Amazon
On 30th March, 2012, Peru agreed to a loan of 3,210 million yen – equivalent to $35 million – from the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) to finance the first phase of the Drinking Water & Sanitation Program for the Rural Amazon, being implemented by the Ministry of Housing, Construction and Sanitation.
The main aim of this program is to improve substantially the current drinking water and waste disposal services in the regions of Amazonas, San Martin and Loreto - which is where Rainforest Cruises’ Peruvian cruise ships operate - thereby helping to decrease the prevalence of infectious, intestinal diseases amongst the most vulnerable sector of the population.
It is an initiative that is certainly to be applauded, and a reminder that, for all the richness of bio-diversity, the human population in much of Amazonia is still amongst the poorest in the whole of South America. Spending tourist dollars in this wonderful area will help.