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Adapting to Water Stress in Comahue Region of Argentina

Canada’s Total Contribution: $1,500,000

Targeted Countries: Argentina

Funding Period: 2011/2012

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This contribution is part of Canada's $20 million fast-start contribution to the International Development Research Centre (IDRC) to support climate change adaptation projects in the water sector in Asia and in Latin America and the Caribbean. This project aimed at working towards adapting to water stress in the Comahue Region of Argentina.

Results/Expected Outcomes

The project is generating maps to identify vulnerability ""hotspots"", areas within the river basin areas that should receive priority support for adaptation. These maps are being used to generate recommendations for municipal and provincial water management policies for the Comahue region, as well as to inform national level policies. An inception workshop was held in Neuquen in May 2013, bringing together researchers from 10 institutions involved in the project to share data and discuss research methodologies. The meeting was followed by a training course on the use of Water Evaluation and Planning modeling software, which was attended by 30 participants. Researchers have completed the initial model for Raue, one of the sub-watersheds in the upper Comahue region. Compilation of secondary socioeconomic, hydrological, and meteorological data has also been completed. A total of 19 global climate models were run for the entire Patagonia region, 5 of which will be used to generate statistical and dynamical climate downscaling. The assessment of energy demands and supply for the region is nearly complete and will be integrated into Long range Energy Alternatives Planning System software.
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