Peru is estimated to be the third most vulnerable country to climate change impacts after Honduras and Bangladesh. Effects are already evident in the Peruvian capital, Lima, as shown in this report, written by one of IDRC's Focus City research teams.
Climate impacts include reduced water availability, disappearing green spaces, and health risks. Coastal areas are particularly vulnerable due to sea level rise, and fishers’ livelihoods are under threat.
In metropolitan Lima, climate change combines with population growth, poverty, and environmental degradation, with major implications for the lives and livelihoods of urban dwellers.
Researchers conclude that good communication between scientists and policymakers is essential for adapting to these changes. Fostering this dialogue was one goal of the Focus Cities Lima project.
Read the full report (in Spanish): Impacto del Cambio Climático en la Margen Izquierda del Rio Rímac
This article describes research results from a project supported by IDRC’s Climate Change and Water program, Focus Cities: Reducing the Vulnerability, Poverty and Environmental Load in Centretown Lima (Peru). The Focus City Research Initiative was a series of eight action research projects funded by IDRC. In the “Focus Cities” approach, multistakeholder city teams worked in partnership over four years to research and test innovative solutions to alleviate poverty. Participating researchers worked in the following cities: Lima (Peru), Cochabamba (Bolivia), Moreno (Argentina), La Soukra (Tunisia), Dakar (Senegal), Kampala (Uganda), Colombo (Sri Lanka), and Jakarta (Indonesia).