New Project to Strengthen resilience to Climate Change in the Andes

The Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) is providing 5.8 million Swiss francs (CHF) in funding for the ENANDES+ project, which will scale up the Adaptation Fund’s ENANDES project, currently being implemented by WMO, and extend it to 2026. ENANDES+ will support six Andean countries with their climate adaptation and resilience efforts, expanding from the three original project countries – Chile, Colombia and Peru – to include Argentina, Bolivia and Ecuador. All of the WMO regional institutions in South America will be involved in the expanded project: the Regional Climate Centres for the South and West of South America to the Regional Training Centres in Peru and Argentina. Meteoswiss will also contribute to the project, mainly through knowledge and expertise sharing.

The Andean countries share distinctive climate, environmental and cultural characteristics that have led the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) to recognize them as particularly vulnerable to climate change. The production of weather, water and climate information and knowledge is essential to address this vulnerability and will contribute to more effective and participatory decision-making, the design of adaptation practices, and an increase socioecological resilience to evolving hydroclimatic hazards.

ENANDES+ will have a transnational and a national implementation area: the Pilcomayo River Basin which spans across Argentina and Bolivia, and the Upper Basin of the Pastaza River in Ecuador. It will prioritize water management, agriculture and food security, and disaster risk reduction in the two areas.

The project has three main goals:

  • Improve the capacity of societies and communities to adapt to a changing climate
  • Strengthen resilience to hydroclimatic hazards through the empowerment of social actors and institutions
  • Improve coordination and planning among participating national, regional and international institutions and partners.

ENANDES+ will build on the ENANDES project by enforcing a more regional approach. By the end of the project in October 2026, the countries will have strengthened their capacity to produce and communicate weather, water and climate services and information. Institutional coordination will have improved and new tools and processes will have been adopted to allow for a better translation of those services and information into language and terms that can be easily understood by stakeholders. Service providers and local communities will have codesigned and implemented activities that will have been demonstrated as effective adaptation measures to climate variability and change using weather, water and climate information. These achievements will have been made through improved regional coordination and planning.

The project will be managed from the WMO Regional Office for the Americas, in Asunción, Paraguay.

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