EcoAdapt is an action-research initiative working with three Latin American provinces to influence water management processes that contribute to local development and reduce vulnerability of human populations to climate change through capacity building, knowledge sharing, conflict prevention and mitigation, and promoting joint work with local and national stakeholders. It is financed by the 7th Framework Programme (FP7) for Research and Development of the European Commission.
The challenges to adaptatio
The Latin American region has been affected by increasingly extreme weather events. The global scientific community agrees that climate changes observed in the past will continue to increase in the future and that the impacts and damage depend on the conditions of development in a given area. Although it is difficult to establish with certainty how, when and where climate change will impact most, it is necessary for development strategies to include measures to deal with possible negative consequences and to increase positive changes. This is what is meant by adaptation to climate change, which is especially important in those areas where there are already explicit or potential tensions over natural resources, particularly water resources.
The Concepts behind EcoAdapt
is a research project that promotes integrated work between science and
civil society to identify effective techniques for climate change
- Our work is focused in three territories in Latin America (Argentina, Bolivia and Chile).
- The project began in January 2012 and is funded by the European Union through 2016.
- One of the principal objectives is to show that the joint work between scientists and civil society organizations (CSOs) can help design sustainable strategies to adapt to climate change with strong social and technical bases. The CSOs provide knowledge through their work with the natural environment and populations, while research centers provide insight into social and biophysical sciences.
- Combining different knowledge and generating new knowledge is EcoAdapt's main focus in the Model Forest territories: Jujuy , Chiquitano and Araucaria Alto Malleco , located respectively in Argentina, Bolivia and Chile.