Climate change resilience in Abancay, Peru: a commitment to urban water sustainability

During the EUROCLIMA+ Annual Meeting, the innovative initiative of this project to tackle climate change was presented.

October 21, 2020. With the slogan EUROCLIMA+ in the context of green recovery, the EUROCLIMA+ Annual Meeting 2020 is being held, an opportunity for exchange between representatives of the governments of the 18 partner countries of the Programme; as well as specialists from the European Union and the six implementing agencies that comprise the Programme. The first session of the Meeting focused on identifying the lessons learned from some of the most significant sectoral projects and emblematic actions with a view toward green recovery.

In this context, the team of the project “Water for Abancay and the communities forever: strategies of resilience to climate change in the Mariño micro-basin" of the Urban Water sector of EUROCLIMA,+ presented the objectives, strategies and progress of the actions they have been developing, with the coordination and articulation of processes at the local level, between authorities of Abancay, development organisations and community leaders.

The presentation was given by Marco Sotomayor, project coordinator and specialist in Helvetas Peru, who presented how the project has been working to ensure the future availability and responsible and equitable use of water for the population of the city of Abancay and the communities of the Mariño micro-basin, thanks to a sustainable mechanism for investment in natural infrastructure, optimised and resilient demand, multi-actor governance and the production of reproducible knowledge.

The project is directly committed to working on and influencing the increase in resilience to climate change, promoting investments in natural infrastructure in order to improve the water regulation capacity of the ecosystems and increase the supply in order to respond to a growing demand for water (65,000 users) in an emerging city such as Abancay.

It also aims to prioritise modernisation in the management of the urban water cycle through the incorporation of information and communication technologies that will make it possible to reduce water losses, especially Non-Invoiced Water (41%), and which will contribute to maintaining and improving the quality, quantity and coverage of water, among other aspects.

Thus, water becomes the integrating hub of the urban and rural dynamics of the Mariño micro-basin.

The Water for Abancay project is implemented by the French Development Agency (AFD), and led by the National Superintendence of Sanitation Services (SUNASS), with the support of Helvetas Peru, and in partnership with the Centre for Studies and Social Development (CEDES).

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EUROCLIMA+ sector Water management with an urban resilience perspective

Through this sector of the EUROCLIMA+ programme implemented by the Spanish Agency for International Development Cooperation (AECID) and the French Development Agency (AFD), a total of seven projects will be implemented. For more information on each project visit: 


EUROCLIMA+ is a programme financed 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: : the Spanish Agency for International Development Cooperation (AECID), the French Development Agency (AFD), Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (CEPAL), Expertise France (EF), International and Ibero-American Foundation for Administration and Public Policy (FIIAPP), the German Society for International Cooperation (GIZ), and UN Environment.


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