Following the devastating loss of lives and livelihoods during the El Niño climate cycle in 2017, the UK Department for International Trade signed a government-to-government agreement in June 2020 with the Government of Peru to help accelerate the reconstruction of vital schools, health facilities and flood protection.
The UK Delivery Team (UKDT) of Arup, Mace and Gleeds has been working with the Authority for Reconstruction with Changes (ARCC) to apply international best practice to the reconstruction of resilient and sustainable facilities and infrastructure.
The Government-to-Government (G2G) partnership is supporting the reconstruction of 74 schools and 15 new or completely rebuilt hospitals and health facilities.
To protect communities against future extreme weather events, the UKDT is accelerating the implementation of sustainable flood prevention by improving 17 river basins, five gullies and seven drainage systems across seven regions.
A national Early Warning System is also being implemented to help the public prepare and reduce the impact of natural disasters in high-risk areas.
74 new and rebuilt schools
16 millionpeople protected by flood prevention measures
51,000 hectaresshaped into terraces and planted with 56 million trees
Transferring knowledge to build capacity in Peru
A large-scale transfer of the UKDT’s specialist knowledge runs through every aspect of the programme. Through on-the-job learning, informal learning and formal training, we are helping to build capacity in Peru’s national and regional officials, contractors and other industry professionals so they can deliver critical infrastructure and public facilities independently and sustainably.
To date, more than 6,000 training certificates have been issued following 734 workshops, 100 knowledge cafés and Q&A sessions with UKDT specialists. An online training platform with more than 200 modules will benefit Peru professionals long after the programme is concluded, leaving a legacy of ongoing learning.
Building natural resilience
Reforestation, new planting and natural earthworks will be used to manage water and reduce flood risk across the coast of Peru. The equivalent of 20,000 football pitches of land (51,100 hectares) will be terraced, shaped and planted with 56 million tree seedlings to manage water, reduce landslides and erosion, capture carbon and create and restore natural and sustainable green spaces for wildlife, farming and communities.
The trees will be propagated in large high-tech nurseries and then acclimatised in local nurseries. The investment in these nurseries and management of this land will create an innovative approach to planning and implementing nature-based solutions in Peru, generating thousands of jobs and training opportunities.
Leaving a digital legacy
The UKDT has developed and delivered an integrated suite of digital tools to support functions and the long-term management of infrastructure across the programme. The tools, which have been built on a common data platform, will help drive innovation across infrastructure programmes in Peru, including an integrated GIS data platform, a learning portal, a stakeholder management platform, a social cost-benefit analyser and a digital platform for design reviews.
These best-in-class technologies help reduce risks, support effective decision-making and enable the efficient delivery of the programme and operating the facilities and infrastructure through their whole life-cycle, leaving a practical legacy for the future.
A partnership for international best practice
The government-to-government agreement between the UK and Peru is an example of how public bodies and specialist organisations can collaborate and share expertise to deliver resilient infrastructure and facilities critical to people’s lives and livelihoods. By transferring knowledge, tools and international best practice approaches, the partnership is building capacity in Peru to deliver value now and for generations to come.
Following two years of progress helping to accelerate the Peru Reconstruction programme, the Peru and UK Governments have announced the extension of the partnership to the end of 2023. It will help to maintain our pace of progress completing high-quality public facilities, including the implementation of integrated solutions for flood prevention projects, which will benefit over 4 million Peruvians. To mark the extension the UK Delivery Team partners, Arup, Mace and Gleeds have published a report highlighting what the partners have achieved together to date.
We are proud to see schools and hospitals already being used by thousands of staff, pupils and patients, with more opening soon, and work well underway on flood protection and early warning systems. One of our greatest shared achievements to date has been transferring knowledge to help build the national regional capacity that will empower Peru to continue to safe and sustainable infrastructure and public facilities. ” Nic Merridew Director