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Ecosystem-Based Adaptation to Climate Change in the Magdalena River Basin

As of: October 2018

Objective and activities

The project supports the Colombian government in the development of a planning framework to design and implement a cost-effective, climate-resilient management plan for the Magdalena River Basin in order to reduce flood risks and provide for economic growth while sustaining a healthy river and accounting for climate changes. Around 80 % of Colombian residents are living in the Magdalena River Basin and 80% of GDP is produced there. The partnership maps biodiversity, ecosystem services and land use, and develops watershed models for two pilot watersheds in order to better understand the hydrologic regime. The project develops proposed climate adaptation strategies to reduce climate impacts. Involvement of local stakeholders is key here, in order to provide broad benefits and buy-in, and include land management options to preserve vital ecosystem services that society needs to buffer the impacts of climate change.

State of implementation/results

  • At COP 22 in Marrakech in 2016, the project's vulnerability and risk assessment was discussed in the context of the side event "Ecosystem-based adaptation in Colombia" with international participants from governments, non-governmental organisations and universities
  • TNC and the partner institution Corantioquia participated in the 11th International Conference on Community-Based Adaptation to Climate Change (CBA11), held in Uganda from June 28-29 2017 , focused on harnessing natural resources and ecosystems for adaptation.

Project data


Implementing organisation:
The Nature Conservancy (TNC) - Europe

Partner institution(s):
  • Ministry of Environment and Sustainable Development (MADS) - Colombia
  • National Planning Department – DNP (Departamento Nacional de Planeación)
  • Regional Autonomous Corporation of the Magdalena Great River (CORMAGDALENA) - Colombia

BMU grant:
€ 2,000,000.25

07/2015 till 12/2018

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