The United States grants $100,000 to contribute to the remediation of the Repsol oil spill

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In response to the recent oil spill in the Peruvian coastal waters, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) provided a $100,000 grant to the local private environmental fund, Profonanpe, to work with the National Protected Areas Service (SERNANP), the National Forest and Wildlife Service (SERFOR), and the Peruvian NGO community to address the oil spill and impacts on important natural areas.

On January 15, while the oil tanker Mare Doricum was unloading crude oil at the La Pampilla Refinery north of Lima, Peru, the ship spilled approximately 11,900 barrels of oil into the ocean.  The Peruvian government requested international support to respond to what they called the city’s “worst ecological disaster” in recent history.  Peru’s Health Ministry stated that 21 beaches were “a serious risk to health”.

The grant will support Profonanpe to coordinate with SERFOR and SERNANP and a consortium of NGOs to develop and implement evaluation and monitoring plans of coastal marine wildlife populations in the area affected by ​​the oil spill.  Profonanpe will also work with its partners to collect information about the number of animals and habitats impacted by the oil spill, along with their locations.  Finally, this grant will support the preparation of assessments to understand the economic and environmental impacts resulting from the oil spill and the development of a response protocol to respond to future disasters.

“The United States has been supporting Peru in the remediation of the Repsol oil spill. With support from USAID, highly specialized teams from the U.S. Coast Guard and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) provided technical assistance in preparedness, planning, response, and recovery activities for the oil spill emergency. Through this grant to Profonanpe, the United States wants to reinforce our commitment to continue working alongside the Peruvian government and NGOs to respond to this emergency and help in the development of a protocol for action in the event of future disasters.” said Jene Thomas, Mission Director of USAID in Peru.

Profonanpe is an internationally recognized environmental NGO with a long history of working to conserve Peru’s biodiversity and protected areas.  Profonanpe currently manages funds that support conservation of protected areas across the country, including those impacted and threatened by this oil spill. 

“This joint collaboration with USAID will be crucial to manage resources in response to the oil emergency, and to generate data in order to assist private and public institutions to make decisions, based on information, in future events”, said Anton Willems, CEO of Profonanpe.

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Monday, April 18, 2022 - 7:00pm

Last updated: April 19, 2022