Around the world, climate change is inflicting increasingly deep scars on entire territories, causing devastating disasters and threatening the lives of entire communities and animal species. Prolonged periods of drought are followed by violent floods in many areas, entire regions are at risk of desertification, while others disappear under sudden floods or rising sea levels. Changes in weather patterns and the resulting impacts on agriculture can lead to food insecurity. Prolonged droughts and floods can disrupt food production, causing famines and malnutrition, particularly affecting vulnerable populations such as children, while communities are often forced to migrate in search of better living conditions.
In this critical context, CISP plays a crucial role tirelessly working to prevent, mitigate, and address climate disasters in different parts of the world, with particular attention to some regions of Africa and Latin America, from Kenya to Argentina, up to Mozambique, to Ecuador, Malawi to and Colombia. This is important and delicate work that must necessarily be built together with the communities living in risk-prone regions.
In Latin America, a brilliant path of innovation and resilience has begun in the Quindío Department, in Colombia. Here CISP supported the Colombian commitment to institutional development and organization for disaster prevention and assistance, through the implementation of operational models for responding to climate events and the formulation of emergency plans, crucial for improving the resilience of communities to natural disasters. Today, local communities have become more reactive and capable of taking concrete action in the event of disasters.
The work of CISP in Ecuador, particularly in response to the impact of El Niño on the coastal area, highlights the organization's commitment to pioneering efforts in vulnerability reduction. A multi-faceted approach that combines high-level institutional and community training, the implementation of advanced Early Warning Systems, and the strengthening of climate threat monitoring mechanisms. A significant leap forward in ensuring the safety of coastal communities.
The Gran Chaco Resiliente project in Argentina is a remarkable example of how collaboration and innovation, combining modern knowledge with ancestral wisdom, can lead to tangible success in building resilience within communities. This initiative shines thanks to the active involvement of indigenous communities and authorities at different levels. The result? The collaborative construction of a robust community and institutional network dedicated to risk prevention and management The integration of advanced scientific system knowledge with ancestral wisdom is a unique and powerful aspect of the project. The use of participatory maps and ancestral weather forecasting techniques and the incorporation of such methods into the national risk prevention and management system demonstrates a forward-thinking approach to risk prevention and management. The Gran Chaco Resiliente initiative is a concrete demonstration of the power of collaboration and innovation in shaping a future of security and prosperity.
With the REBUILD project in Kenya we maintain our commitment to supporting communities in the Tana River living in arid and semi-arid areas with extreme climatic conditions. In collaboration with TriM - Translate into Meaning, a community-based weather data collection and analysis system has been structured. Unlike traditional systems, the project provides solutions that are close to communities, offering understandable and immediately usable information that translates into concrete actions. Ten manual weather stations have been installed, and community members have been trained in data collection, monitoring, and management, providing accurate and timely information to communities. Here too, as in Latin America, scientific data is integrated with traditional knowledge of climate trends, enabling communities to make vital decisions to reduce disaster risk and prevent extreme weather events. A concrete example is the constant measurement of rivers, which may overflow following intense rainfall periods. Monitoring climate information allows local communities to make timely decisions in case of rising levels.
In Malawi, through the Smart Climate project, CISP is engaged in protecting ecosystems around irrigation schemes that serve hundreds of small farmers, with actions to protect embankments and reforest to prevent soil erosion. Also in collaboration with TriM, weather information is collected and disseminated rigorously, comprehensively, and timely at the community level, contributing to farmers' decisions on the timing, quality, and type of crops to cultivate.
In Mozambique, CISP works on collective systems for disaster alert and management through the training of local committees for climate risk management and community awareness actions. All agricultural work focuses on promoting sustainable, conservation-oriented, and climate-resilient farming practices. This improves production and productivity, increases food availability, and better conserves natural resources, including water and land.
The success stories of these and other similar initiatives in Latin America and Africa are ready to inspire new horizons of resilience and collaboration, in the construction of stronger and prepared communities and territories.
While a significant part of CISP's work focuses on the immediate life-saving response to climate disasters, another crucial aspect is the commitment to building a safer and sustainable future. Through an integrated strategy, CISP not only protects human lives in the present but also educates and prepares new generations to manage various components of risk: from understanding the causes to creating models for an effective and efficient response; from designing coordination and collaboration systems to engaging public, private, and civil society actors.
This is coupled, of course, with an education component to learn to respect and safeguard the planet, to understand it, to live with it in the healthiest and most functional way. Active community involvement, the recovery of ancestral knowledge, and the promotion of sustainable practices are indeed the foundation of harmonious coexistence with the environment, of which CISP is a profound advocate. Awareness of risk management and the transmission of information and knowledge thus contribute to shaping a future in which communities are ready to face environmental challenges with collective strength and solidity.