The City of Trujillo located on the northwestern coastal plain of Peru, is an important commercial and transport center for the surrounding farming areas. The expansion of irrigated agriculture has contributed to tremendous economic growth and an expanding population in the city.
To meet the demands of this growth, the Municipality of Trujillo has invested in expanding its water supply and sanitation, coastal protection, and transportation networks, among other infrastructure.
These current and planned infrastructure investments are at risk from climate variability and change, which are likely to exacerbate existing vulnerabilities. Portions of the metropolitan area are already vulnerable to coastal flooding and erosion and are also at risk from inland flooding from extreme rainfall and overflow of the adjacent Moche River. These current stresses may become more severe as the climate continues to change. In addition, the local economy is bolstered by agricultural production―mostly grown for commercial export―that is heavily reliant on water delivered by the Chavimochic irrigation project from the glacier-fed Santa River, which be affected by changes in melt, run-off, and glacial retreat resulting from changes in temperature.
Activities and Outcomes
Building on a detailed vulnerability assessment funded by the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), the Municipality of Trujillo has worked with CRIS to increase the capacity of its staff and partners to address climate risks and to share lessons learned with other cities through peer learning. Specifically, this partnership has yielded the additional following accomplishments:
CRIS worked with city officials, community members, and other partners to develop the following resources: