Non-regrets measures for adaptation to climate change in the Peruvian Andes

05 July 2013 | News story

The recovery of ancestral watercourses and the management of native pastures are the measures that the Miraflores and Canchayllo communities have chosen to start a process that will allow them to learn more about climate change and ecosystem-based adaptation.  

After a process of analysis and discussion with specialists, two measures were chosen: i) the recovery of ancestral watercourses in order to improve their access to water for different uses, and ii) the management of native pastures and organization of grazing activities.

In fact, within the Ecosystem-based Adaptation (EbA) framework, IUCN promotes the implementation of non-regrets adaptation measures, which offer social, economic and conservation benefits to local communities and ecosystems, independently from the future climate scenario. Generally, non-regrets measures are implemented while detailed climate evaluations are developed with the objective of providing information for the development of large scale EbA activities.

The inhabitants of these communities, both previously selected, showed interest not only in the implementation of non-regrets measures, but also in the need to better understand climate change, in the improvement of environmental governance and in social and community organization. This included the local regulations for the use of community resources and the recovery of community work. In the next months, the IUCN and The Mountain Institute will focus on reaching these objectives alongside the communities and the RPNYC.