Climate Change Adaptation Programme in Peru

Swiss and Peruvian collaboration

In response to the high vulnerability of Peru’s Andes region to climate change the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) in collaboration with the Peruvian Ministry of Environment has initiated a programme on climate change adaptation (PACC – Programa de Adaptación al Cambio Climático) in the Cusco and Apurimac regions of the Peruvian Andes.

The PACC is implemented by a consortium led by Intercooperation, supported by Universities in Peru, and a Swiss scientific consortium, that includes Meteodat, Agroscope, the Swiss Federal Institute for Forest, Snow and Landscape Research WSL-SLF, the University of Geneva, and is led by the University of Zurich.

An interdisciplinary and multi-actor project

The programme focuses on three main thematic lines which are water resources, food security and natural disasters. The themes are transversal implying important cross-sector effects. The human dimension is integrated in this concept to allow for a more complete view on vulnerabilities to climate change.

The interdisciplinary and multi-actor environment of the PACC represents both its strength and complexity. The PACC is a major opportunity to improve the dialogue between the scientific community, implementing agencies, and the political sphere to find more sustainable mechanisms of climate change adaptation.

Our project role

The Swiss scientific consortium supports the Peruvian Universities in data analysis, climate model and scenario development, climate impact and vulnerability assessments in the different thematic fields, in climate change monitoring and information systems, and in teaching courses at the academic level.

Andes, vulnerability, impacts, capacity building
2009 – 2016
Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC/DEZA)
  • Helvetas Swiss Intercooperation
  • Libélula
  • Meteodat
  • WSL
  • Agroscope
  • University of Geneva
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