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CCAP: Climate Change Adaptation Plan in Peru
Climate change has had particularly devastating effects on the quality and quantity of water resources in Peru’s High Andean Plateau. The same scenario can be seen for other natural resources such as crops, which provide a source of nutrition for rural populations: more frequent and intensified extreme weather conditions threaten to compromise past development funding and achievements. In the Peruvian Andes, the regions of Cuzco and Apurimac are exposed to extreme climate conditions: frost, hail, heavy snowfall, cold waves and drought, all causing considerable damage and destroying crops that serve as a vital food source for already undernourished populations. Faced with this alarming situation, Peru’s CCAP seeks to reduce climate vulnerability for the local populations of Cuzco and Apurimac. Focusing on water resources, disaster prevention and food security, the PACC combines local and scientific knowledge in a resolutely transdisciplinary fashion in order to identify the most suitable adjustment measures.
The Project Network
CCAP is a joint project of the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC), the Swiss Foundation for Development and International Cooperation (Intercooperation), two corresponding organizations in Peru (Libelula and PREDES), and a bi-national scientific consortium. The Swiss research consortium is comprised of the University of Zurich, the Federal Office of Meteorology and Climatology MeteoSwiss, Agroscope Reckenholz-Tänikon Research Station ART, University Geneva, Meteodat, and WSL/SLF.
Our Contribution to CCAP
Our main focus within CCAP is to analyze the link between climate and the water cycle: how will climate change affect the water resources and their availability e.g. for agriculture and power production? Part of our analysis will be based on numerical simulations with our hydrological models that will be set-up for the regions of Cuzco and Apurimac. These allow turning climate change scenarios into predictions with respect to the future water resources in Peru.
AndesPlus is part of the project "Adaptation to the Impacts of Rapid Glacier Retreat in the Tropical Andes" (PRAA) of the Andean Community and the World Bank and aims to develop and investigate methods that are feasible for producing scientific bases for climate change adaptation projects in mountain regions.