Project Profile: Partnering for Adaptation and Resilience (PARA-Agua)

Columbia and Peru: Building Bridges Across the Watershed, Upstream and Downstream

Partnering for Adaptation and Resilience (PARA-Agua)2013–2017

Rising temperatures and changes in the amount, timing, and intensity of precipitation throughout Latin America and the Caribbean are impacting water resources and affecting crop productivity and biodiversity. In Colombia and Peru, shrinking Andean glaciers and extreme drought and floods threaten the water supply for millions of people living in downstream communities, impacting drinking water, agriculture, and hydropower. But there is no scientific consensus on downstream impacts. Policymakers, researchers, and water resource managers across the Latin America and the Caribbean region urgently need help informing water management decisions with data and science.

USAID established the Partnering for Adaptation and Resilience (PARA-Agua) initiative to help governments and communities address these challenges. PARA-Agua is a multi-year collaboration that brings together scientists, decision-makers, and stakeholders from across the region to help communities adapt and become more resilient in the face of a changing ecosystem.

This project profile appears in the USAID Global Water and Development Report.