Lima, Nov 10 (EFE) .- The need to invest more in planning and civil engineering in the reconstruction of Peru after the damage caused by El Niño Costero was highlighted today by Spanish companies participating in the Expo Agua technology fair held in Lima.
Several Spanish engineering companies based in Peru, with sanitation projects in the region, they participated in the panel "Spanish solutions - Sustainable management of the water cycle in Peru", as part of the business presentations at the Water Expo.
The delegate In Peru, the engineering and consulting company Inypsa, Mariona Oliva, explained to Efe that "one of the problems, but at the same time learning that we do here, is that what we had taught does not serve for the social, geographical, climatic reality of another country, besides that the clients have other demands ".
After eight months of the floods by the phenomenon of El Niño Costero, Oliva said that "there are a series of actions that are urgent and that have to be carried out, but also, from our point of view, what we would throw at lack in Peru is strategic planning. "
The delegate of Inypsa stressed the need to" be able to plan territorially so that it does not happen again in the long term "a disaster natural as the one suffered at the beginning of the year in Peru, which left more than one million affected on the north coast.
"In terms of water and sanitation, there is a lot of work to be done, in Peru it is little planned, we must try to order the way of working, so that in a certain number of years the goal is achieved, not working in a disorderly way but knowing what it is that we want to move forward every year, "he said.
Inypsa has projects in Central America, the Caribbean and South America in territorial planning, cadastre, roads and water management, among others. topics.
"Our idea (at the Expo Water fair) is to present the problems that a Spanish company can find when it is implanted in the country, when it is working on projects of water and sewage, "he said.
In Peru, Oliva said," we have not seen it materialize (planning after a disaster), although we all talk about it, but then it does not end to see it materialize and that is the problem. "
In the opinion of the executive," in water and sanitation it is good to plan because it makes you set goals to meet ".
It can be that in a country, every 15 years, we have these disasters when they would be avoidable, "he noted.
For his part, the director for South America of the engineering firm Eptisa, Miguel Angel Lopez, told Efe that "the reconstruction is an opportunity to be able to do more and better, we want to emphasize that we have to help everyone, and push to contribute especially in projects of water and sanitation. "
Lopez added that his contribution at the technology fair is aimed at placing" the greatest emphasis on the importance of investing in engineering so that the problems that have happened now do not happen again in the future. "
" Let's break molds, let's not be afraid to hire foreign or national companies that are able to carry out projects where the Administration sometimes does not come, because of the saturation of day-to-day work and the tedious bureaucracy of the administration, "said the representative.
Eptisa has worked on the design of the Rositas hydroelectric plant in Cochabamba, Bolivia, and has just won a contract to make India's national hydrology plan, according to López.
ExpoAgua is organized by the Water Competencies Center together with public and private entities to support the Peruvian Government's objective of reducing the access gap to sanitation services to 100% in the urban area and 83% in the rural area by 2021.