Maggy
Belén Romero Arribasplata

Project: C'huya mayu

Maggy Romero studied Mining Engineering at the Pontificia Universidad Católica del Peru (Pontificia Catholic University of Peru). During her professional career, she has gained experience working on environmental issues, planning and operations in surface and underground mining, as well as in phytoremediation and metal impact analysis in various plant components. She also has academic environmental research on the removal and recovery of heavy metals in waters and soils impacted by the mining industry. She was recognized as a “Mujer Roca 2019,” a prize awarded by the World Educational Support Organization and the Canadian Chamber of Commerce and was also part of the 200 Embassies of the Bicentennial of Peru program promoted by Concytec and the U.S. Embassy. She is currently assistant university teacher at the PUCP and head of laboratory for the Mining and Environment course.

PROJECT

The C'huya Mayu project seeks to provide solutions for improving the water quality of the Rímac River. Through the development of theoretical-practical training aimed at boys, girls, adolescents, and Chaclacayo citizenry that covers topics such as physical-chemical parameters and heavy metals measurement that can be measured in real time from mobile devices, as well as the implementation of Wetlands at the laboratory level, to arouse interest in science, chemistry, and biology from an early age.

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

Maggy Romero studied at the “Colegio Mayor Secundario Presidente del Perú” in Chaclacayo. After 10 years, there have been no significant changes in the water quality of the river, which shows that it is a vulnerable place, not only because of pollution, but because of the constant “huaycos” that occur in the area. (A huaico or huayco is an Andean term for the mudslide and flash flood caused by torrential rains) Maggy seeks to inspire more young people to join the local climate action with greater significance, to grow in an integral way, and serve as an example for citizens to become involved in caring for our rivers.