Peru is one of the countries with the largest amount of natural resources distributed in its different regions, however, it is among those countries that suffer from water stress worldwide. According to the Climate Change Scenarios developed by the National Meteorological and Hydrological Service of Peru (Servicio Nacional de Meteorología e Hidrología del Perú – Senamhi) for the 2030 horizon, total annual precipitation in the Andes will decrease by up to 30%, and could be reduced by 45% by 2050. In this context, Andean family agriculture, which is already suffering the effects of climate change, urgently needs projects that facilitate the collection and storage of water resources in times of water scarcity.
Against this background, in 2022, the Ministry of Agrarian Development and Irrigation (Ministerio de Desarrollo Agrario y Riego, MIDAGRI) commissioned its Multiannual Investment Programming Office (Oficina de Programación Multianual de Inversiones, OPMI), jointly with the project Andes Resilientes al Cambio Climático (Andes Resilient to Climate Change, facilitated by HELVETAS Swiss Intercooperation – Avina Foundation), for the training and dissemination of the “guidelines for the formulation and evaluation of investment projects of the water sowing and harvesting typology” to subnational governments, starting at the international event held on March 2nd.
“This will provide regional and local governments with a useful tool that will result in water security for thousands of communities in the country. Thanks to the institutions Helvetas and UNDP for their collaboration in the awareness raising phases, and the upcoming training of professionals and specialists,” said Nelly Paredes, Minister of Agrarian Development and Irrigation.
The event included the presentation and discussion of experiences in international cooperation in Peru and Bolivia, among them HELVETAS Swiss Intercooperation, the UNDP Small Grants Programme, FAO Peru, and Care Peru. It also included experiences of sowing and harvesting water made by the State, such as Agro Rural, the Sierra Azul Fund and the Institute for Water and Environmental Management of the Regional Government of Cusco.
The publication is available under this link (Span).
The project Andes Resilient to Climate Change of the HELVETAS Swiss Intercooperation (Avina Foundation) consortium, implemented by the Swiss Cooperation (SDC), supports the Multiannual Investment Programming Office (OPMI) of the Ministry of Agrarian Development and Irrigation (MIDAGRI) for the publication, dissemination, awareness raising and training of professionals and technicians of subnational governments on the above mentioned tool.
The sowing and harvesting of water is one of the adaptation measures (AGU2) of the Nationally Determined Contributions (Nuestro Desafío Climático, NDC) for which the agricultural sector is responsible for implementation. The NDCs are countries’ climate commitment under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).
Source: Andes Resilient to Climate Change proect
For further information:
Brochure regional Proyecto Regional Andes Resilientes al Cambio Climático (Span)
Brochure Perú – Proyecto Regional Andes Resilientes al Cambio Climático (Span)
Hoja Informativa Perú– Proyecto Regional Andes Resilientes al Cambio Climático (Span)
FS Proyecto Regional Andes Resilientes al Cambio Climático (Span)
Facebook Andes Resilientes al Cambio Climático
FS Plan Estratégico para Perú – Proyecto Regional Andes Resilientes al Cambio Climático (Span)