Adaptation to climate change in the Andes

Learn about how climate change is affecting the Andes and how the region is adapting through its National Adaptation Plans and Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) in this short video!
snow covered mountain near body of water
Photo by Raphael Nogueira on Unsplash


Mountain regions are particularly sensitive to climate change – often temperatures are increasing at rates above the global average, leading to rapidly melting glaciers, extreme events such as floods and landslides, and threatening the long term supply of water for municipalities, agriculture, energy and industry. Mountain regions are also important for their biological diversity and sensitivity, where small climate changes can lead to significant impacts on species’ habitat. In light of these challenges, mountainous countries and regions are taking action to adapt their populations to climate change, and to build resilience through technological, social and institutional actions, notably through building partnerships across political borders. 

This video is part of a series*, drawing attention to climate adaptation actions that can be taken in mountain regions. Featuring Ms. Milagro Sandoval Díaz from the Ministry of Environment in Peru, we hear about how the Andean region is adapting to climate change through National Adaptation Plans and Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs). Adaptation measures include early warning systems, resilient infrastructure and the development of river basin plans. International cooperation is essential for ensuring food and water security, as the Andes range extends across seven South American countries.

*This video was made with the support of Kaosmovies. Check out the rest of the series, which explores climate change challenges and adaptation in the context of the Hindu Kush HimalayaEast Africa, and the Swiss Alps.

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