Adapting to climate change in Peru

Peru is already experiencing the negative impacts of climate change, for example in terms of reduced water availability. Through a combination of research and coordination between regional and local actors, the project contributes to the development of strategies and practical adaptation measures.
The Adaptation to Climate Change Programme is a collaborative initiative between the Ministry of Environment, Government of Peru and the Swiss Agency of Development and Cooperation, facilitated by a consortium of three organizations, among those HELVETAS Swiss Intercooperation.

The programme works at national, sub national and local levels. At the national level it supports the country's efforts in international climate negotiations and in developing a national framework for climate change adaptation. At the sub national level it works with the regional governments of Cusco and Apurimac helping them with strategies to mainstream adaptation to climate change in their planning and public investments. Several participatory as well as research studies have provided the information base for practical actions at the field level. At the field level the project works with households and communities on a range of practical measures that help people deal with existing and anticipated changes in climate patterns.

Through a combination of research on climate variability and future scenarios of climate change and its impacts and field actions, the project enables coordination between regional and local actors to develop strategies and practical adaptation measures. Farmer to farmer learning, enables households to adopt methods for water harvesting and aquifer recharge, soil conservation, protection of grassland and pasture management, aforestation, more resilient varieties of crops and livestock. This process has also led to many innovations by communities themselves.

To support the scaling of these actions, the project supports and advises Local and Regional Governments in the formulation and implementation of public investment projects that incorporate adaptive approaches to climate change. These actions are part of local and regional development plans and strategies, which have incorporated climate change adaptation as a strategic objective of development.

This is a project mandate implemented on behalf of SDC.

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project impact

135 people carried out activities to improve their adaptive capacities to climate change or reduce disaster risks with Helvetas’ help in 2013.