Urban and Environmental Change in Peru

Bruce D’Arcus and Bill Renwick, working with Ricardo Bohl Pazos of the Pontifical Catholic University of Peru, taught a course on Urban and Environmental ChangePeru workshop 2015 in Peru in mid-January, 2015.  The course included a 12-day study tour of Lima and its hinterlands.  Lima is a mega-city with a population of ~10 million; this figure has doubled in the last two decades.  It is also a desert city, with mean annual precipitation of about 1 cm.  Among the themes the course examined were problems of urban planning and transportation under conditions of rapid growth and limited capital; environmental/economic/social sustainability of freshwater resources and marine resources, and ancient urbanization in coastal Peru.  Students and faculty, accompanied by colleagues from Lima, traveled to the crest of the Andes-- an elevation of 4800 meters (15,800 feet) from which Lima’s water comes; experienced first-hand the extraordinarily productive marine ecosystem that supports Peru’s fisheries and guano industries; visited Caral, the oldest civilization in the Americas (ca. 5,000 years); and sampled Peru’s diverse and unique cuisines. The course took advantage of Miami’s new January term, which is particularly well suited to field studies. We plan to offer the course again in 2016.
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