Photo: Peruvian Division of Antarctic Affairs
About Peru’s National Antarctic Program
COMNAP representative (MNAP): Augusto Arzubiaga, General Director of Sovereignty, Limits and Antarctic Affairs
(DMNAP): David Gamarra, Director of Antarctic Affairs
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 Treaty. Among 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 BAP CARRASCO, an oceanographic vessel built in 2017, managed by the Peruvian Navy, which has a capacity of 110 people including crew (70) and scientific and technical staff (40). The vessel is equipped with modern oceanographic and marine laboratories.
Our Science Program
Scientific activities carried out by Peru are consistent with SCAR’s Strategic Plan and target research and environmental objectives. The ongoing projects are:
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.
Characterization of biodiversity in Mackellar Bay and the deep waters in Admiralty Bay.
Predation, microclimate and nesting site election of the Antarctic tern colony (Sterna vittata Gmelin), 1789, at Crepin Point, King George Island.
Assessment of the lichens biodiversity in Crepin Point
Our Contact Information
For more information about the vessel and the Peruvian expedition, visit: www.dhn.mil.pe/antar.
Dirección de Asuntos Antárticos
Ministerio de Relaciones Exteriores
Jirón Lampa 545
Phone: + 511 –2042400 annex 3538-3534