Climate Change, Water Scarcity and Conflict Solution in Peruvian Andes

The project, which was funded by the Danish Research Council and lasted from 2010 to 2013, contributed to the scholarly literature on climate change by providing new knowledge of how global warming affects the living conditions and livelihoods of poor people in the Global South.

From Ice to Stone

Project period: 2010-2013

More specifically, it scrutinized how the villagers and townsmen of Peru's Colca Valley and the shantytown dwellers of the neighboring city of Arequipa created new strategies and engaged in new alliances to adapt to the changing environment and analyzed the role that family households, communal organizations, migrant associations, international tourists, development agencies, small-scale industries, mining companies and state institutions played in the struggle to adjust to the growing water scarcity.

Climate change is generating economic instability, social insecurity and political conflict thhe world. The current climate change, in particular, has severe consequences for populations inhabiting mountain regions that rely on meltwater from glaciers and permanent ice layers not only for drinking and washing water in the households but also for agricultural irrigation and other purposes. Ironically, the vast majority of these people contribute very little to the global warming. Yet, as marginalized and poor in the Global South they are seldom heard by those who contribute the most, that is the Global North.

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The project was funded by

Independent Research Fund

The Danish Research Council for Culture and Communication (FKK) under the Independent Research Fund

From Ice to Stone: Climate Change, Water Scarcity and Conflict Solution in Peruvian Andes

Principal investigator:
Karsten Pærregaard

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