Photovoltaic array inaugurated in Cologne's twin city of Yarinacocha

On 19 March, a delegation led by Climate Alliance President and Cologne Mayor Andreas Wolter inaugurated a photovoltaic system in Yarinacocha, Peru. "It was an impressive day and we are delighted to unveil the solar plant in cooperation with the city and the university. Climate action means moving from oil and coal to renewable energies – to protect the climate, the rainforests and indigenous peoples," explains Wolter. Since the beginning of 2018, Yarinacocha, in the Peruvian Amazon forest, has been Cologne’s partner city. After a first visit in 2018, a larger delegation of Cologne representatives has now travelled to Peru with Climate Alliance to implement initial projects and plan future cooperation.

After Climate Alliance honoured the 35th anniversary of its indigenous partner organisation COICA in Ecuador with a new fund for renewable energies, Cologne’s delegation joined them in Lima, Peru, for an exchange with indigenous mayors on the subject of climate partnerships. The delegation then began its journey to Pucallpa in the Amazon region. The programme so far has included a visit to the Shipibo community of San Salvador, the opening of the solar roof at the university, an excursion to palm oil plantations and an exchange with the Alexander Humboldt community as well as a visit to the Humboldt Forest.

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