In Peru, droughts and heavy rainfalls are becoming more frequent as a result of climate change and, unfortunately, affecting water availability, quantity and quality. Likewise, operating water supply and wastewater systems may generate significant greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.

Therefore, there is a need that water and sanitation utilities develop, implement and report climate change adaptation and mitigation measures; in order to contribute to the sustainability of services provision, and thus benefiting millions of Peruvians.

In this context, the Peruvian Ministry of Housing, Construction and Sanitation (Ministerio de Vivienda, Construcción y Saneamiento; MVCS) supported by the German development cooperation, implemented by GIZ, through the WaCCliM and PROAGUA II projects, which also has the support of the Swiss Cooperation – SECO, is working on building capacity of water and sanitation utilities, delivering two e-learning courses on digital tools’ application that enable utilities’ practitioners develop, implement and report climate change adaptation and mitigation measures, thus contributing to the country’s NDC (Nationally Determined Contributions).

The courses entail the following modules:

1. Introduction to integrated climate change management in the water sector 2. Tool for climate change management in water and sanitation utilities
  • Module I: Introduction to climate change – international and national levels
  • Module II: Climate change and the water sector
  • Module I: Adaptation to climate change in the water sector
  • Module II: Climate change mitigation in the water sector
  • Module III: Developing, updating and monitoring Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation Plans (Planes de Mitigación y Adaptación al Cambio Climático; PMACCs)

The training courses will last 5 months (September 2021 – January 2022). Currently, 35 water and sanitation utilities have enrolled in the first course – accounting for a total 129 professionals (46 women). At the end of the training process, practitioners of water and sanitation utilities will be better prepared to develop or update their PMACCs. These planning instruments constitute the water sector’s contribution to the country’s NDC to meet the global commitments of reducing GHG emissions and increasing climate resilience.

Link to MVCS virtual classroom: http://aulavirtual.vivienda.gob.pe/aulavirtual/

Picture in header: ©GIZ/ Germán Ato