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Visa Information For Katoomba Peru

Katoomba Peru is only eight months away.  We hope to have representatives of each project be able to attend the conference, so for those who will be attending, it’s important to starting thinking about visa requirements early.

For citizens of Brazil, Mexico, and Bolivia, no visas are necessary, but it’s more complicated for citizens of China and African countries.


Chinese citizens wishing to apply for a tourist visa to Peru must submit the following documents:

  1. Valid passport
  2. Proof of return flight
  3. Completed application form. Peru Tourist Visa Application Form: Chinese
  4. Two passport-size photos with white background
  5. Proof of hotel booking in Peru
  6. Documents that guarantee the applicant’s financial situation (three to six months bank statement)
  7. Payment of US$30.

A personal interview may also be required, as well as any additional information as requested by the consular officer.

Further information at

Ghana and Kenya

The South African consulate recommends that citizens of Ghana and Kenya being the application process for tourist visas by mid-November or December. Creation and evaluation of the visa application take about 2-3 weeks each.

In order to apply for a visa, the applicant should submit:

  1. Two application forms, filled out, signed in, and fingerprinted. Visa Application Form: Citizens of African Countries
  2. Letter of presentation including personal details, job description, and the purpose of going to Peru.
  3. Copy of a passport valid for at least 90 days beyond the time of stay in Peru.
  4. Copy of itinerary or flight schedule.
  5. Invitation letter from Peru.
  6. Color, passport sized photos with white backgrounds and no glasses
  7. Copy of hotel reservations, contacts in Peru, or the address of the place where applicant will stay.
  8. Three months bank statement of the applicant.

These documents should be scanned and emailed to the Consular section at  This will create a portfolio to be evaluated.  An approval notification email will notify the applicant of next steps. If everything is okay, the applicant will be instructed to send his/her passport and the original visa application form to the Embassy in South Africa. The amount of the visa fee will also be included in the email (equivalent to US$30).

According to the South African consulate, if all documents are in order, the entire process can be done without travel to South Africa. However, a personal interview or travel to South Africa may be required in individual cases, so applicants should apply early.

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The Water Initiative Needs YOU! – Market Research for “Scaling Up Investments in Watershed Services”

Another discussion that came out of last week’s Water Retreat was the need for the Water Initiative and Forest Trends to better understand the worldview of other actors in the water space.  Do water managers, civil engineers, and regulators see the looming water problems in the same way as we do? Or do they have other pressing concerns such as decaying infrastructure, shrinking budgets, and increasing demand? As we seek to scale up investments in watershed services and grow our community of practice, our group needs to understand what drives and motivates other actors in the space, so that we can talk to them in language they understand, to help them with problems that they have.

Over the next few weeks, the Water Initiative team will be conducting a series of interviews with stakeholders in a number of areas in the water sector – from IWS practitioners to development banks to oil and gas companies.  We will be asking them a range of questions to meet four objectives:

  1. Understand what interviewees see as the key issues for water management in their region, industry, or watershed;
  2. Understand to what extent interviewees are familiar with IWS/NI solutions and how they are effective in water management;
  3. Understand what the key barriers for increasing use of IWS/NI solutions to solve water problems are; and
  4. Understand where interviewees get their information from, who they see as key influencers, and what would encourage them to change their current watershed management strategies.

The goal of this exercise is to reach out beyond our circle of friends and see what the rest of the world looks like – so we need your help! Each of you has contacts out there that would be useful to use in answering our questions – and we want to interview them! In the next week, email me with your contacts from our key audiences – or fill out our easy-to-use form.

Who are we looking for?

  • People who could serve as champions for IWS
  • People who may not be involved in or proponents of IWS, but are knowledgeable about decision-making within their sector or region

Please take a few minutes to send us the name and organization of your contacts – so that we can reach our goals for IWS and Forest Trends together.


Kicking Off “Scaling Up”

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Welcome to Scaling Up! This is a place for Forest Trends, our partners, and others in our community of practice to stay in touch on efforts to scale up investments in watershed services.

This blog will feature regular Updates from the Water Initiative team to keep you updated on new and upcoming developments, meetings, workshops, reports, and so on. We also need to hear from you – what are you learning, doing, and seeing?

We’ll also regularly feature Op-Eds (which we hope will turn into threads through utilizing the comments section) to explore important themes, strategies, and ideas.

Our vision is for this blog to help to facilitate a regular exchange of experience and ideas — to really begin to activate our community of practice. Let’s see what we can do!

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