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National Adaptation Plans in Uruguay - A Sectoral Approach
Uruguay has been strengthening public policies for adaptation to climate change of
vulnerable communities and strategic economic activities. Our priorities are to promote
communities that are resilient to climate change and variability while promoting social
The recently developed National Climate Change Policy promotes the implementation
of adaptation and mitigation strategies to reduce vulnerability to climate change.
Recognizing the specificities of different sectors of the economy, the country has
formulated sectorial mitigation and adaptation goals for its Nationally Determined
NATIONAL ADAPTATION PLANS IN URUGUAY
A SECTORAL APPROACH
Plan Nacional de Adaptación al Cambio Climático
SUSTAINABLE CITIES STRATEGY
A city that guarantees the quality of life of its inhabitants and their social integration
and that promotes their competitiveness by minimizing the impacts on the
A city that offers a good endowment of green areas and universal access to quality
services, and minimizes the impacts on the environment through controlled and
dense urban growth.
A city that generates integration spaces, with accessible public spaces and a
heterogeneous urban and social fabric.
A city resilient in the face of climate events and that empowers its inhabitants for
the decisions that affect them, through spaces of public participation that contribute
to good governance.
Reduce vulnerability to climate change by building adaptation and resilience capacities
in cities, infrastructures and urban environments.
Facilitate the integration of climate change adaptation measures into the corresponding
policies, programs and activities, both new and existing, in territorial and urban planning
strategies and processes.
Creation and strengthening of capacities for the incorporation of adaptation to climate change
in planning processes at the national, departmental and local levels.
Improve vulnerability and risk analysis with the use of climate projections.
Design and integration of tools and information systems to support decision making on the
risks associated with climate change.
Formulation of strategies and financing mechanisms to scale adaptation in cities.
National Consultation with participation of farmers, rural
organizations and academia.
Sectorial Dialogues: dairy, forestry, small scale fishing,
livestock, horticulture and fruitculture, agriculture.
Cross cutting Dialogues: family farming, rural women.
Sectorial vulnerability analysis.
Identification and priorization of adaptation alternatives.
Climate risk management
Practices that reduce vulnerability
Valuation of ecosystem services
Strengthen rural livelihoods
AGRICULTURAL SYSTEMS THAT ARE PRODUCTIVE,
SUSTAINABLE AND ADAPTED
At the national level the following barriers are recognized for the
implementation of adaptation actions to variability and climate
Scarce capacity of the different institutions involved to
incorporate the adaptation to CC and variability approach.
Inadequate interinstitutional coordination relating to CC, in
accordance with the applicable laws currently in force.
Practically non-existent guidelines relating to CC and variability for
coastal zone management policies.
Insufficient information regarding comparable database between
environmental processes, the state of infrastructure and weather
variables. It does not have universal access to global data, or
disaggregated data, or locally generated.
The collection of data and indicators is not systematic and
therefore the monitoring and adjustment of planning strategies in
the territory has not yet been incorporated.
IMPROVE THE KNOWLEDGE
To improve the knowledge of CC and variability impacts on the coastal zone,
thus promoting a comprehensive and interdisciplinary research.
INCORPORATE THE ADAPTATION
To incorporate the adaptation into the development and enforcement of
the regulatory framework applicable to fluvial, coastal and marine areas.
The main challenges for its implementation will be to build local capacities
to monitor the threats caused by climate change and possible adaptation
measures across different time frames and for different socioeconomic
To reduce vulnerability to CC and variability impacts in fluvial, coastal and
marine areas through ecosystem-based adaptation actions that cut losses
and damages in uses of infrastructure and in said natural ecosystems.
REINFORCE THE PRESERVATION
To foster the preservation of natural fluvial, coastal and marine spaces and
processes which are jeopardized by CC and variability.
COURSES OF ACTION
Plan to CC
RESPONSE TO CC