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Climate Adaptation Strategy for the metropolitan region of Santiago de Chile and regional learning network in megacities of Latin America

Climate Adaptation Strategy for the metropolitan region of Santiago de Chile and regional learning network in megacities of Latin America
Project team:

Stelzer, Volker (Project leader); Klaus-Rainer Bräutigam; Jürgen Kopfmüller; Helmut Lehn; Adriana Quintero Márquez; Laura Margarete Simon; Melanie Oertel


Bundesministerium für Umwelt, Naturschutz und Reaktorsicherheit

Start date:2009
End date:


Project partners:

Helmholtz Zentrum für Umweltforschung (UFZ) (Project leader),
Karlsruhe Institut für Technologie - Institut für Technikfolgenabschätzung (KIT - ITAS),
Ministerio del Medio Ambiente,
Gobierno Regional Area Metropolitana (GORE),
Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC),
Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile (PUC),
Universidad de Chile (UdC)
Scientific communication:
Sustainable Sanitation Alliance (SuSanA)

Research group:

Sustainability and environment

Project description

The project is based on the assumption that climate change will have an increasing influence on the development of the metropolitan region of Santiago and its population in the future. Due to the extremely high concentration of economic potential and governmental systems, the high demand for raw materials as well as current ecological and social vulnerabilities, the introduction of adaptation measures will be required. Therefore, the aim of the project is the development of climate adaptation strategies for the metropolitan region of Santiago de Chile in the key areas energy, water and land use, considering the major vulnerabilities. Analyses of both the decisive impacts of climate change with an emphasis on the urban level as well as the resulting consequences and effects shall be conducted. This will be done through explorative scenarios.

In the context of a comprehensive participation process (roundtable on climate adaptation), representatives of responsible regional and national administrations and stakeholders will discuss, evaluate and prioritise the proposed strategies for climate adaptation and possibly plan their implementation. By involving decision makers of other cities in Latin America, these activities shall be integrated into a regional learning network. The project contributes to the exchange and discussion of experiences of the participating cities as well as to the development of competences and capacities of the relevant partners, the members of the roundtable and the learning network. At the same time, it wants to help raise the population's awareness of climate change and adaptation measures and contribute to minimise the risks for vulnerable population groups in particular.

ITAS is responsible for the analyses of both the water and the energy sector and will contribute to the development and implementation of measures and to the regional learning network Latin America. Coordinator of the project is the Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research (UFZ).

Project homepage: here



Dr. Volker Stelzer
Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT)
Institute for Technology Assessment and Systems Analysis (ITAS)
P.O. Box 3640
76021 Karlsruhe

Tel.: +49 721 608-23474