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The EcoAdapt project has been funded for a period of four years (beginning in January 2012) by the European Commission's 7th Framework Programme to promote an integrated collaboration between science and civil society to benefit the ecosystem and the inhabitants of three areas in Latin America. EcoAdapt hopes to show that scientists working together with civil society organizations (CSOs) can help design strategies with strong social and technical bases for adaptation to climate change. CSOs provide knowledge through their work with the natural environment and populations, while researchers provide knowledge from their work in social and biophysical sciences. This job of combining different types of knowledge and collectively generating new knowledge, is the real challenge to try to support EcoAdapt's focus populations; Jujuy Model Forest in Argentina, Chiquitano Model Forest in Bolivia, and Alto Malleco Model Forest in Chile.

EcoAdapt's experiences in creating adaptation plans will be evaluated for exposure in other places where the prevention of water-related conflicts is vital due to intensifying climate change effects. To this end, EcoAdapt works at different levels using existing networks of organizations, strengthening and expanding them, so that the results are disseminated and shared and new ideas can be introduced into the project.                                          

Implementation Strategy

The following diagram (in Spanish) shows the will to develop a participatory project with all stakeholders in EcoAdapt:


EcoAdapt considers that adaptation to climate change can not be done individually, so collective efforts are needed to weave together organizations with different levels and skills. Therefore, the project has five civil society partners and four research partners. The project also collaborates internationally with the Network of Climate Change Offices (RIOCC) and the American Model Forest Network (IAMFN), and locally with the networks that make up the Model Forest platforms including universities, state agencies, producer associations, and community councils among others.

  Key messages

Below are some of the key messages that EcoAdapt uses to guide its work:
  1. Changes in the weather impacts the water cycle which can lead to increased tensions and conflicts at the local level. 
  2. We encourage the critical and purposeful participation of various actors at the local level in the Model Forest territories in Argentina, Chile, and Bolivia, to co-create solutions suitable to their needs and interests that will enable them to reduce vulnerability to the effects of climate change.
  3. We promote dialogue, collaboration, and coordination between the various actors in the Model Forests around the management of water as a resource of interest to all.
  4. We facilitate dialogue on local and national levels to design adaptation strategies to climate change that can be recognized and validated by political institutions.
  5. We share our scientific knowledge with the various local stakeholders and recognize that the connection between this knowledge and popular knowledge offers better possibilities for designing creative and innovative solutions. 
  6. The management of ecosystems for water resources contributes to other locally important ecosystem services.

Theory of change

The following diagram depicts the theory of changed and its work packages on which EcoAdapt is built.

Seventh Framework Programme (FP7)

The Seventh Framework Programme (FP7) bundles all research-related EU initiatives together under a common roof playing a crucial role in reaching the goals of growth, competitiveness and employment; along with a new Competitiveness and Innovation Framework Programme (CIP), Education and Training programmes, and Structural and Cohesion Funds for regional convergence and competitiveness. It is also a key pillar for the European Research Area (ERA).

The broad objectives of FP7 have been grouped into four categories: Cooperation, Ideas, People andCapacities. For each type of objective, there is a specific programme corresponding to the main areas of EU research policy. All specific programmes work together to promote and encourage the creation of European poles of (scientific) excellence.

(Text taken from the website of the Seventh Framework Program