The aim of the Climandes project is to develop climate services for decision-makers in Peru, and to improve the training and education of meteorologists in the Andes region. The World Meteorological Organisation (WMO) coordinates the cooperation between MeteoSwiss and the Peruvian meteorological service.
Innovative cooperation between Switzerland and Peru
The Climandes project (Servicios climáticos con énfasis en los Andes en apoyo a las decisiones) strengthens the existing partnership ties and exchange of knowledge between the two mountainous countries Switzerland and Peru. It is a pilot project launched by the Global Framework for Climate Services (GFCS) and coordinated by the World Meteorological Organisation (WMO). The joint project activities support the Peruvian weather service (SENAMHI) and the recently established regional WMO training centre at La Molina University (UNALM) in Lima. The project Climandes consists of two phases, Climandes 1 and Climandes 2. Climandes 1 included two modules.
Module 1: Improving the training and education of meteorologists and climatologists
The Climandes 1 project focused on improving academic training and education in meteorology and climatology. The study programmes was adapted by the WMO training centre in Lima to meet the current and future challenges facing the Andes region. Climandes provided professors and students with new e-learning modules for climatology and meteorology and promoted student exchange programmes within the region as well as between Peru and Switzerland.
Module 2: Tailored climate services for Peru
The aim of Climandes 1 was to develop top quality climate services tailored to the needs of local decision-makers for the Cusco and Junín regions. The focus in phase 1 fell on the dissemination of climate information to local decision-makers. To provide an example, data on spells of cold weather and hot weather is very important to farmers. Such information also benefits economic sectors such as the agricultural sector, tourism industry, mining industry and energy sector. With better climate information, measures to adjust to climate change can be initiated at an early stage.
International project organisation
Climandes was financially supported by the Global Programme Climate Change of the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) and coordinated by the World Meteorological Organisation (WMO). The project phase 1 was implemented in Peru by the Peruvian weather service SENAMHI and La Molina University. The Peruvian partners were supported in the implementation of the project by MeteoSwiss, the Institute of Geography of the University of Bern and Meteodat.
The Climandes 1 project ran from August 2012 to December 2015 and had a budget of around CHF 3.2 million.