PIA-ACC - Applied Research Project for Climate Change Adaptation

Progetto concluso

Bolivia is highly vulnerable to the effects of Climate Change. Thus, scientific information needs to be generated and used to upscale the communities’ capacity for resilience. Universities are key players in the area of research and have the potential to support development. This project aims to strengthen the capacity and sustainability of the Bolivian university systems. Results shall be shared with public institutions to ensure greater adherence to and impact on public policy.

Paese/Regione Tema Periodo Budget
Canbiamento climatico ed ambiente
Impiego & sviluppo economico
Environmental policy
Sviluppe rurale
01.10.2019 - 30.06.2023
CHF  1’800’000

According to scientific studies Bolivia, especially the Andean forest region, is one of the zones most vulnerable to the negative effects of climate change. It has been calculated that there will be a temperature increase of 2ºC by 2030 and up to 6ºC by 2100, along with changes in rainfall and drought patterns.

One of the paramount measures needed to build and boost resilience to the impacts of climate change in the country is to strengthen public and private institutions dedicated to applied research.

The country’s two main state universities are committed to addressing the issues around climate change  by working on applied research projects in the zones where they operate.

Nevertheless, there are challenges to setting up solid university systems that, on the one hand, promote applied research into how to tackle climate change where they operate and, on the other, establish funding and management mechanisms that are geared to this specific task.

Obiettivi Bolivia has the scientific knowledge and applied technology needed to support the resilience of the life systems of the poor and most vulnerable to climate change by strengthening the research capacities of the Bolivian University System, implementing applied research projects and influencing public policy.
Gruppi target

Institutional beneficiaries:

Department of Research, Science and Technology (DICyT) – UMSS Cochabamba. Department of Research, Postgraduate Studies, Academic Management and Social Interaction (DIPGIS) – UMSA-La Paz.

The Executive Committee of Bolivian Universities (CEUB) Secretariat for Science and Technology (SINCyT) and institutes and university research centres belonging to the Bolivian University System (SUB).


Personal beneficiaries:

Primary or direct: 250 researchers, lecturers and technical staff from the Bolivian University System, 28 students conducting thesis research and scholarship recipients, 42 municipal support staff from local development units and/or projects related to ACC in the project catchment zones, of whom at least 40% are female.

End or indirect: Up to 2.5 million people living in zones vulnerable to climate change in the country’s Andean region who have directly or indirectly improved their knowledge and resilience.

Effetti a medio termine

Outcome 1)    University research system strengthened by developing capacities and funding mechanisms to do applied, integrated and transdisciplinary research projects on climate change adaptation taking a territorial and strategic approach.

Outcome 2)    The university’s research efforts are linked to and strengthened through national and regional specialist networks and actors.

Outcome 3)    Influence university research policy and local and national public policy regarding the challenges to tackling climate change.


Risultati principali attesi:  

-    Research agendas from at least 3 academic institutions and/or the Executive Committee of Bolivian Universities’ National Secretariat for Science and Technology on climate change improved and aligned with public policy, and in force.

-    Knowledge about adapting to and mitigating climate change generated and disseminated jointly across disciplines to improve people’s resilience to CC in at least 3 prioritised regions (municipalities, autonomous territories, departments).

-    The latest research and CC adaptation methodologies, approaches and/or technologies are shared with national and international networks.

-    The research findings are systematised to be disseminated and used to influence public policy.

Risultati fasi precedenti:  

-    67 research projects focussing on 5 thematic areas related to climate change;

-    320 researchers from 14 universities with their research skills boosted;

-    25 external research institutions involved;

-    111 Research Project Partners involved in ACC research projects;

-    Bolivia's National Science, Technology, and Innovation System Plan 2017-2026 agreed on.

Direzione/Ufficio responsabile DSC
Credito Cooperazione allo sviluppo
Partner del progetto Partner contrattuale
Instituzione universitaria e di ricerca straniera
Economia privata
  • Settore privato straniero Sud/Est
  • Research Organisation of South East

Altri partner

Universidad Mayor de San Andrés-La Paz (UMSA)

Universidad Mayor de San Simón-Cochabamba (UMSS)

Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS)

Coordinamento con altri progetti e attori

Actors:    Vice-Ministry of Science and Technology, Executive Committee of Bolivian Universities, Plurinational Authority for Mother Earth, Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA).

Project:    Bioculture and Climate Change, Integrated Water Resources Management, Municipal Environmental Management.

Budget Fase in corso Budget Svizzera CHF    1’800’000 Budget svizzero attualmente già speso CHF    1’750’349
Fasi del progetto

Fase 2 01.10.2019 - 30.06.2023   (Completed)

Fase 1 01.06.2013 - 30.06.2019   (Completed)