COMNAP representative (MNAP): Maria
Elvira Velasquez Rivas-Plata, Director of the Antarctic Affairs Division,
About the Peruvian National Antarctic Program
The Antarctic Affairs Division under the Ministry of Foreign Affairs is
the body responsible for implementing actions to promote and ensure the active
and permanent presence of Peru in Antarctica in the framework of the Antarctic
its specific functions are formulating, evaluating and implementing the
National Antarctic Program; organizing scientific expeditions to Antarctica
(ANTAR); and maintenance and management of Peru’s Machu Picchu Research Station.
Peru has been a State Party to the Antarctic Treaty since 1981, and accepted
as a Consultative Party in 1989. That year Peru also acceded to the Convention
on the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources (CCAMLR) and in 1993
ratified the Madrid Protocol.
Peru’s scientific research expeditions to the Antarctica (ANTAR) are
carried out by the Antarctic Affairs Division in cooperation with Peruvian
National Research Institutions, Peruvian universities and non-governmental organizations.
Logistics and operational support as well as environmental services are
provided by the Navy, the Air Force and the Army.
In 1989 Peru established its Machu Picchu Research Station on King
George Island in Admiralty Bay. This summer station has a capacity for 32 individuals.
Marine scientific activities are carried out with the support of the RV Humboldt, which has a capacity of 100
people including crew (57) and scientific and technical staff (43). The vessel is
equipped with modern oceanographic and marine laboratories.
Peru’s “Machu Picchu” Research
Station in Antarctica.
Our Science Program
activities carried out by Peru are consistent
with SCAR’s Strategic Plan and target research and environmental objectives.
The ongoing projects are:
- Ocean sciences
Integrated study of the Bransfield
Strait ecosystem and surroundings of Elephant Island.
- Atmospheric and space sciences
Spectral measurements of solar
radiation to quantify the ozone layer, UV index and aerosol optical depth in
the Antarctic atmosphere and its relation to measurements in Peru.
- Life sciences
of biodiversity in Mackellar Bay and the deep waters in Admiralty Bay.
microclimate and nesting site election of the Antarctic tern colony (Sterna
vittata Gmelin), 1789, at Crepin Point, King George Island.
of the liquens biodiversity in Crepin Point.
Collecting macrobenthos samples.
Our Contact Information
Dirección de Asuntos Antárticos
Ministerio de Relaciones Exteriores
Jirón Lampa 545
511 –2042400 annex 3538-3534