Adapting Together: Strengthening Local Capacity for Climate Change Adaptation (CEDEPAS)

Due to climate stresses and non-climate factors, including the encroachment of industrial large-scale mining, residents in the high Andean district of Hualgayoc note increasing competition for and difficulty accessing sufficient quantities of water, negatively affecting water availability for productive and human consumption. Resulting conflicts among watershed users negatively affect local social, economic and political stability. This stability is further exacerbated by high levels of poverty and the compounding vulnerability effects of climate change. Hualgayoc district’s ability to effectively adapt to climate change, reduce vulnerability, fragmentation, and distrust between water users is handicapped by: 1) weak local institutions and lack of local government policies to establish climate change adaptation plans and programs 2) weak community organization for shared management of natural resources. Adapting Together: Strengthening Local Capacity for Climate Change Adaptation in the Hualgayoc high-Andes Ecosystems strengthens local government capacity to design and implement climate change adaptation plans and policies and strengthens capacity for integrated management of the Hualgayoc and Tingo-Maygasbamba watersheds. Adapting Together also strengthens local management of water resources by working within Peru’s existing legal and institutional framework that provides the mandate and support to water management and climate change adaptation. Adapting Together leverages a variety of partnerships with local government, private sector, and civil society to promote a culture of dialogue and catalyze climate change adaptation and watershed management efforts in the Hualgayoc District of Peru’s Cajamarca region. With $1,000,000.00 coming from USAID support, the non-USAID contributions to Adapting Together total $664,497, including support from Gold Fields La Cima S.A.A. Mining Company, LWR, and CEDEPAS Norte.


Adapting Together will achieve the following lasting results: • Stronger capacity of Hualgayoc municipal officials to adapt to climate change — via policy, planning and successful public investment program proposals (including Public Investment Projects, hereafter referred to as PIPs) that draw decentralized financial resources to the district • Inventory of district water resources and climate projection studies inform policy development and water resource management • Consultative District Climate Change Adaptation Plan (CDCCAP) approved and being implemented • Two watershed commissions established and strengthened • Two watershed management plans developed and implemented • Reduced conflict over water resources and improved/shared understanding of rights/responsibilities and legitimacy of watershed actors.

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Project achievements will be sustained through an implementation strategy centered on building local institutional and individual capacity to support current and future climate change adaptation approaches in policy and practice at the local, municipal level.


  • Peru>Cajamarca


  • Agriculture
  • Environment
  • Mining and Extractive Resources
  • Water Sanitation and Hygiene
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