Ivana Karina
Escate Gastañaga

Project: Evaluation and Implementation of Urban Green Spaces

Graduated with Ecotourism Engineering degree from the Federico Villarreal National University, with extensive experience in research and training on climate change, agriculture, social equity and gender from the University of Chile, Inter-American Development Bank - IDB and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations -FAO. Currently member and part of the National Advocacy Technical Team of the Peruvian Youth against Climate Change (JPCC) collective; as well as a member of the José Antonio Bonifaz Moreno - TDA Environmental Law Workshop of the National University of San Marcos, being part of the Academic Commission of said group.

PROJECT

This project consists of 3 main phases: the first evaluates the urban green spaces of each district of Metropolitan Lima in order to gain an in-depth knowledge of the state of these areas and the deficit they present. This research will be carried out through the use of engineering tools and with the participation of female university researchers. The second phase is the implementation of green spaces through urban afforestation, involving a diverse group of neighbours: women, men, young people of different ages and from various organisations to ensure inclusive participation in this phase. The third and last phase of the project is monitoring of the researched green spaces, with the use of the Suspended Atmospheric Particles Concentration methodology using receiver plates. This phase will be led by the same researchers involved in the evaluation of each district mentioned in phase one. It should be noted that for this process a pilot project will be carried out in the San Juan de Lurigancho District.

Urban green spaces provide valuable ecosystem services not only for environmental quality and human well-being, but also help to tackle climate change such as reducing polluting emissions and fighting urban heat islands.

I have always been concerned about the levels of pollution that Lima suffers and at the same time, thanks to my studies, I knew that there are so many ways to minimise this that I am encouraged to focus on this problem. So, I had the concern of how we would do as a city to face the imminent effects of climate change such as extreme temperatures. This is how my project idea was born, giving it an innovative approach that I personally think we had forgotten as a society: the social axes of research and women’s empowerment. Urban green spaces provide valuable ecosystem services not only for environmental quality and human well-being, but also help to tackle climate change such as reducing polluting emissions and fighting urban heat islands.

MOTIVATION FOR AND COMMITMENT TO CREATING A BETTER AND MORE SUSTAINABLE PLANET

I had the privilege of being born and living in a small town called Huancaní in the Junín region where green fields abundant and one breathed fresh air, but due to the lack of services and opportunities, my family and I left our home to come to Lima. Although reaching Lima did give us better opportunities, I also found a grey city, polluted and without green spaces to which I was so accustomed to. I did not understand how a city that could offer so many good things, on the one hand, was also so grey and polluted, on the other hand. From there, I always wanted to do something to make Lima a green and sustainable city.