Visualising Global Challenges – Introduction to Lobitos

Lobitos is in the Piura region, North-West of Peru, located on the Peruvian coast. It has a dry desert climate of year round temperatures above 22.5 degrees Celsius and annual average rainfall of 42 mm. Lobitos has a population of only 1600 and has 5 main residential areas. Key infrastructure in Lobitos is weak and resources are scarce, due, in part, to a military coup in 1968. Tourism has become one of the town’s main economies; the other being traditional fishing. In 1997, the El Nino weather phenomenon led to changes of the Lobitos coastline and wave patterns. Since then, many surfers have arrived, because Lobitos now experiences swell from both the North and the South throughout the year-perfect conditions for surfing and other water sports. Today, Lobitos experiences an influx of 2000-3000 tourists annually.

Peru is classed as a less economically developed country. In 2012 4.1% of the population had an income of less than $1.90 a day and in 2014, 22.7% of the population had an income below the national poverty line of $93 a month. This is one of the main economic reasons why there are several projections from NGO’s to invest in Lobitos. Both the government and the NGO’s have chosen Lobitos as an area that has the potential to develop sustainably and escape poverty.

During the visualising global challenges course we each made an art piece on a specific aspect of the community of Lobitos that most interested us individually. This allowed us to explore our ideas creatively and encourage other Imperial students to take action against the issues currently present in Lobitos. The wide range in our pieces shows our different view points on the issues such as tourism and water. The course has been enjoyable and also thought provoking.



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