Launch in Colombia of a project implemented by the International Centre for the Investigation of the El Niño Phenomenon, under the EUROCLIMA + Programme framework.

April 23, 2019, Bogotá Colombia. The Institute of Hydrology, Meteorology and Environmental Studies (IDEAM) of Colombia is the venue of the international workshop for the launch of the EUROCLIMA+ project entitled “Strengthening of national and regional systems for monitoring and managing drought and flood risks in a context of climate change and desertification in the Andean countries.”

This workshop marks the official launch of the project that will be implemented by the International Center for the Investigation of the El Niño Phenomenon (CIIFEN), an institution that will strive to achieve the objective of reducing the social and economic impacts associated with floods and droughts through capacity building and the articulation of regional, national and local institutions involved in the management of drought and flood risks in the countries of western South America.

José Olmedo, Executive Director of the National Institute of Meteorology and Hydrology of Ecuador, explained the importance of the EUROCLIMA+ project for Ecuador, because it aims to reduce the impact of droughts and floods that are occurring more frequently in this country.

For her part, Carmen Rus of the Spanish Meteorological Agency (AEMET), emphasised the participation of all the meteorological services of western South America in this project and highlighted the consolidation of the regional role of CIIFEN in Ibero-America.

The ceremony to launch the project was chaired by IDEAM director Dr. Yolanda González, with the attendance of representatives from the National Meteorological Services of Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru and Venezuela, as well as the presence of national authorities, European Union delegates, development cooperation agencies of Spain and France, CIIFEN and officials of the countries involved in the project. In addition, a session was held via videoconference in which interventions were made by some agencies, such as the World Meteorological Organisation (WMO), the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR), the secretariat of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change and the Spanish Meteorological Agency (AEMET).

About the projects of the Disaster Risk Management and Reduction: droughts and floods component

Through the Risk Management component of the EUROCLIMA+ programme, a total of seven projects will be implemented. For more information about each project visit this link:


EUROCLIMA+ is a programme funded by the European Union to promote environmentally sustainable and climate-resilient development in 18 Latin American countries, particularly for the benefit of the most vulnerable populations. The Programme is implemented under the synergistic work of seven agencies: Spanish Agency for International Development Cooperation (AECID), French Development Agency (AFD), Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC), Expertise France (EF), International and Ibero-American Foundation for Administration and Public Policies (FIIAPP), German Society for International Cooperation (GIZ), and UN Environment.


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