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Megaport of Chancay: These Are the Silenced Impacts of the Project

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Tuesday, April 23, 2024, 01:00 (GMT + 9)

The following is an excerpt from an article published by Infobae:

The environmental impact study of the work is strongly questioned by grassroots organizations in the district, as well as NGOs and specialists, since they consider it incomplete and biased. Despite attempts at dialogue with the Government and Cosco Shipping, they point out that their claims are not attended to.

In Peru, the Chancay megaport is projected as a crucial infrastructure that will economically benefit the country with an annual contribution of 4.5 billion dollars, an amount that represents 1.8% of the national Gross Domestic Product (GDP), according to the new Minister of Production, Sergio Gonzalez Guerrero.

According to the head of the aforementioned portfolio, the project will mark a before and after in commercial ties with countries where 55% of the world's population resides and represents 38% of global GDP, highlighting mainly the markets of China, Japan, Korea from the South and Indonesia.

However, although the work is emerging as a fundamental economic driver due to its direct impact on various industries, at the same time, it would bring with it important environmental challenges in the district —located in the province of Huaral—, which is still facing the consequences. of the Repsol oil spill.

According to specialists, the environmental impacts of the megaport are divided into three main categories: air, water and soil quality. These cover 50 critical points, which have already been exposed by the organized civil society of Chancay in front of the National Environmental Certification Service for Sustainable Investments (Senace).

Source: Infobae

Specifically, these show the tension between the incompatibility of the project and the natural environment, which calls into question the harmonious coexistence between the infrastructure and the preservation of valuable natural areas of Chancay, such as the Santa Rosa Wetland.

That ecosystem is key to the conservation of various species, especially migratory birds, as well as to prevent floods and droughts. Also, its importance extends to the local culture and economy as it is part of the identity of the Chancayan communities and supports artisanal fishing and ecotourism.

Source: Infobae

But, although the conversation about environmental challenges attempts to position itself in the public sphere, the economic impact of the megaport and its position in the world market is opposed without further question.

With the purpose of analyzing these challenges in depth, Infobae Perú speaks with different experts and a leader and member of the Defense Front for Dignity and Freedom of Chancay, which brings together different organizations from the southern part of the district.

Source: Milko Schwartzman

This list includes: the Association of Residents of Committee 10 and 12 of Santa Rosa, the Association of Residents of the Santa Rosa Human Settlement, the Association in defense of housing and the environment of the port of Chancay, the Environmental Surveillance Committee of the Santa Rosa Wetland, among others.

Possible negative effects

Currently, the Chancay megaport continues in the construction phase, led by the company Cosco Shipping Ports Limited (CSPL), with an approximate progress of 76% and would be ready by the end of November 2024. [Continues...]

Author: Daniela Valdivia Blume | Infobae | Read the article in full by clicking the link here (only available in English)

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