Wednesday, December 19, 2018

Monitoring indicators for Ecosystem based Adaptation measures - Peru

The 10th and 11th of December 2013 different stakeholders in the EbA Peru project got together to explore the multiple choices of indicators that could be used to monitor the impacts of implementing EbA measures in the field.

Monitoring indicators for EbA measures

The Ecosystem based Adaptation (EbA) in mountain ecosystems project in Peru organized an event to work on the identification of a set of indicators to measure the impact of EbA measures in the field. The event took place in Lima on the 10th and 11th of December 2013 thanks to the contribution of UNEP-WCMC. Participants used the no regret options identified by the project for one of the communities in the pilot area, the landscape reserve Nor Yauyos Cochas (NYC), as sample for the work. The no regrets option identified is the rehabilitation of wetlands and pastures in the areas surrounding the community.

Participants worked in groups analyzing the structure of these ecosystems, their processes and the services they provide, as well as the impacts of climate change in these services. Through this analysis, it was possible to identify a number of indicators of the state of the ecosystems and the services they provide which can serve to monitor the effectiveness of the EbA measures, as well as to identify corrective actions.

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