GLACIARES+: Risk management and Productive use of water from melting glaciers

Progetto concluso

The Lima Call for Climate Action adopted during COP20 in Lima stresses the urgency for fast-track adaptation and building resilience in the developing world; climate risk management plays a key role. Glacial retreat triggers natural hazards and puts at risk water supply and key economic activities such as hydropower generation – globally impacting hundreds of millions of people. Lessons from Peru will be valuable input for the global dialogue the urgently needs evidence-based practical experience in risk management and successful adaptation in glaciated basins.

Paese/Regione Tema Periodo Budget
Canbiamento climatico ed ambiente
Environmental policy
01.09.2015 - 31.12.2019
CHF  5’059’000

The Andes cover 99% of the world’s tropical glaciers – about 71% of these glaciers are located within Peru. Their area has almost been halved over the past four decades. This evolution sparks serious natural hazards, but it also offers a number of unprecedented economic opportunities. Ongoing glacial retreat is expected to continue impacting key economic sectors such as hydropower production. Peru is a particularly suitable lab to learn more about the challenges but also potential of a mountainous country affected by glacial retreat.


The overall goal of the second phase is to further develop and strengthen skills and expertise for adaptation and reduction of glacier-related natural hazards. In addition to preventing the negative impact of harmful disasters, selected economic key branches will be supported seizing emerging economic opportunities that are related to melting glaciers.

Gruppi target
  • Up to 1’686’507 inhabitants from local communities and grass-roots organisations that live in the selected river basins.
  • Professionals from public and private institutions working on glaciological topics and issues related to productive use of water from melting glaciers
  • Lecturers, scientists and students from state universities in Ancash, Cusco and Lima
  • Policy-makers in Peru and beyond.
Effetti a medio termine
  • Strengthening public institutions for climate change adaptation and reduction of glacier-related risk
  • Generating and strengthening adaptive capacities and the management of  opportunities from glacial retreat
  • Capacity building and knowledge management

Risultati principali attesi:  

  • Consolidation and scaling up of successful disaster risk management and climate change adaptation measures in selected river basins. Identification of suitable adaptation measures for the energy and agricultural sector.
  • Promotion of capacity building efforts, e.g. by means of fostering cooperation between peers on the topics of glacier shrinkage, related disaster risk management and sustainability of energy and agricultural production.

Risultati fasi precedenti:  

  • Implementation of risk management and climate change adaptation measures related to glacial retreat, such as setting up an early warning system that has 6’078 direct and 15’246 indirect beneficiaries (Carhuaz)
  • Creation and strengthening of professional expertise in glacier monitoring and related risk assessment
  • Training of 40 young professionals
  • Contribution to raising the awareness about glacial retreat and associated challenges.

Direzione/Ufficio responsabile DSC
Credito Cooperazione allo sviluppo
Partner del progetto Partner contrattuale
ONG internazionale o straniera
Economia privata
Instituzione universitaria e di ricerca svizzera
  • Care International
  • Other Swiss academic and research institutions
  • Settore privato straniero Sud/Est
  • CARE Peru; University of Zurich (leading the Swiss Scientific Consortium (ECS))

Altri partner

National Water Board, Ministry of Finance, Ministry of Environment, National Civil Defence Institute.

Coordinamento con altri progetti e attori


Budget Fase in corso Budget Svizzera CHF    5’059’000 Budget svizzero attualmente già speso CHF    5’054’186
Fasi del progetto

Fase 2 01.09.2015 - 31.12.2019   (Completed)

Fase 1 01.11.2011 - 31.12.2015   (Completed)