Climate change is proving to be devastating for the economies of many countries in Latin America and the Caribbean, including both natural ecosystems and human settlements. Consequences have included financial loss, loss of human life, and the reduction of health and nutritional conditions.
Given these conditions, the Regional Water Center for Arid and Semi-arid Zones of Latin America and the Caribbean (CAZALAC), which functions as the G-WADI Technical Secretariat for that región, organized a four-day, ten-hour virtual Training Course on Adaptation Strategies for Droughts and other Climatic Phenomena. The course took place from 29 November to 2 December, 2021.
The main objectives of the course were to introduce the participants to the topic of climate change, through understanding the physical processes through which it is expressed, especially droughts, as well as understanding and applying technologies and adaptability strategies. . The course consisted of three units:
- Climate change and its influence on physical processes by society, particularly droughts;
- Multidisciplinary adaptation strategies, with international examples; and
- Drought and climate change adaptation technologies, such as prevention, monitoring, early warning and uncertainty management systems.
The instruction team was composed of (in alphabetical order):
- Dr. Humberto Alves Barbosa, Universidade Federal de Alagoas, Brasil
- Carlos Estévez Valencia, former Director General of Aguas de Chile
- Dr. William Logan. ICIWaRM, USA
- Dr. Gabriel Mancilla Escobar, CAZALAC, Chile
- Ing. Héctor Maureira Cortés, CAZALAC, Chile
- Dra. Pamela Izkra Mejía Estrada, IMTA, Mexico
- Dr. Jorge Núñez Cobo, Universidad de La Serena, Chile
- Dr. Roberto Pizarro Tapia, Universidades de Chile y Talca, Chile
- Dr. Koen Verbist. Ph.D., UNESCO, Zimbabwe