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2013-07-18 | project

AC3 Project “Water for human consumption, communities and climate change: expected impacts and adaptation in Central America”

In Central America there are approximately 24,000 organizations responsible for providing water for domestic consumption (CBDWO). These organizations are key agents in the generation of human well-being and reduction of poverty in the region.

The vast majority of CBDWO are small and highly dependent on the availability of surface water and groundwater. In addition to a number of inherent weaknesses and threats in the socio-economic environment, the trends of change towards higher temperatures and drought events longer are significant additional threat to the satisfaction of the consumption needs of million people served by the CBDWO of the region.

This project aims to improve decision-making on the investment in the design of plans and policies for adaptation to climate change of CBDWO in Central America. The specific objectives of the project include: i. to analyze, identify and map the impact of climate change on the users of the water resource for the definition of priority areas of action at the regional level; II. identify and evaluate from a multidisciplinary perspective, the factors that facilitate the successful adaptation of CBDWO faced intense phenomena of drought; III. analyze the incentives and constraints, beyond the financial aspects, affecting the decisions of communities and households to invest in adaptation to the CC, including aversion to risk, vision of short-term and prosocial preferences; iv. Develop guidelines for the design of multi-tiered local adaptation strategies and multi-stakeholder (local, national, NGOs), v. contribute to the building of local capacities for adaptation; and (vi). Disseminate the results at multiple scales, from the local up to scientific forums. 

This project is funded by: