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Climate change adaptation: Colombia

Part of the Water Security Hub climate change webinar series

18 April 2022

“Climate change is a threat to human well-being and planetary health. Any further delay in concerted anticipatory global action on adaptation and mitigation will miss a brief and rapidly closing window of opportunity to secure a liveable and sustainable future for all.” - IPCC report

Hosted by Professor Edgar Leonairo Pencué, Universidad del Cauca, the fourth webinar in our climate change and adaptation series is focused on Colombia. As well as covering methodologies for climate change projections, limitations of climate models, and considerations for resilience and risk assessments, in this webinar our speakers also examine engaging with environmental authorities and building more sustainable water policies.

Dr Andrés Felipe Carvajal Vanegas and Dr Constantino Hernández from the Institute of Hydrology, Meteorology and Environmental Studies in Colombia (IDEAM), cover the analysis of climate change risk for decision making. In their presentation they share the methodological approach for obtaining information on hazards, vulnerability, risk, and adaptation to support climate change risk management in Colombia.

In the second presentation, Dr Javier Peña Quiñones from the Colombian Agricultural Research Corporation (Agrosavia) explains the Interinstitutional and Multisector Analysis of Vulnerability for the Adaptation of Agriculture to Climate Change in the Upper Cauca River Basin (UCRB).

Following that, Dr Yady Tatiana Solano Correa, professor at Universidad del Cauca and part of our Colombia Collaboratory team, discusses agricultural knowledge for climate adaptation in the equatorial Andean zones of Colombia, as an approach for the UCRB.

Climate change adaptation is a global challenge, and we must work as quickly as possible to find sustainable solutions.

Chair: Associate Professor Edgar Leonairo Pencué
Speakers: Dr Andres Felipe Carvajal Vanegas, Dr Andrés Javier Peña, Dr Yady Tatiana Solano

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