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Paola Diana commented on Lima 2035

Hi¡ I find the project interesting because of the approaches it gives to a Lima in 2035, as well as the idea of ​​valuing the agricultural talent of the people who live in the hills so that they can generate income. Also the way in which inequality is covered seen not only from the window of employment opportunities, but also in access to water and enjoying a dignified environment. That is why the policy of establishing a surcharge for water consumed in excess of basic needs seems important to me, discouraging its wasteful use and generating income to carry water to the most marginal human settlements in Lima.

The idea of ​​taking advantage of the water through fog catchers is very good, however, it must be taken into account that there are dry periods. Therefore, it would be good to store a percentage of the water for these periods, in such a way as to have an efficient use of water throughout the year. Also, I would like to mention a 2015 study on the quality of water from mist catchment in the Loma de Villa María, where according to García, F. (2015), after evaluating mist water samples, found that it had concentrations of arsenic, due to emissions from a nearby factory; as well as concentrations of aluminum and iron from the soil of the hills, lead from the atmospheric pollution of Lima, in this way it was concluded that this water did not comply with the National Standards of Environmental Water Quality, decreed by the MINAM. So, it is important to evaluate these types of conditions that are currently in Lima, since the project considers the use of fogs.

Another idea that I liked was that of the cablecars, since it would help people who live in the upper part of the hills to move faster, and they can also enjoy a beautiful view. But, in addition, I consider that it also has a positive environmental impact, since it does not emit toxic gases, in this way it will positively impact air quality, which as I mentioned before, is very important for the conservation of the hills, and the use of water from through the fog.

Another important point is that to achieve a sustainable Lima it is necessary to evaluate a very important aspect that is the reality of the inhabitants of Lima, even more so in cultural and environmental aspects. Although within the project is to build a learning center to involve people in this new vision of sustainable houses and community gardens. And it is stated that, if the award is won, 10% will support the development of a “pilot plan” that will benefit the inhabitants of the Pomacocha community and that these people are committed to the project if they receive assistance. . Thus, I consider that before starting the pilot plan it is very necessary to know the cultural background of each of the settlers, as well as their real interest in getting involved with the project, and from there to see the best way for the settlers to really connect with Lima 2035.

On the other hand, the idea of ​​integrating plant and animal agriculture on rooftops, which are currently unvalued spaces, for food security seems excellent to me. Likewise, the raising of guinea pigs in the same space where the vegetables are grown is very efficient, in addition to the fact that, as mentioned in the text, the excreta of the guinea pigs serves as fertilizer, but it has also been shown that from this resource it can produce biogas and generate electricity as well, so in a Lima 2035 also some houses could implement that technology and benefit.

In conclusion, the project is excellent for Lima, however, I consider that it is necessary to evaluate the social, environmental, and political aspects that Lima is going through, and that can influence the successful development of the project. Finally, I congratulate the creators of this initiative as it is a great contribution to the sustainable development of Lima.