Strengthening human security in the central municipalities of the Paraguayan Chaco

Duration: October 2014 – September 2016
Budget: US$2,396,256 (UNTFHS: $1,542,056; Pooled Funding: $854,200)
Implementing Agencies: UNDP, FAO, PAHO

The programme improved the resilience of rural and indigenous communities living in vulnerable conditions in four municipalities in the Paraguayan Chaco region impacted by extreme and frequent climatic events. Based on a multi-sectoral framework, the programme strengthened the capacities of local institutions to overcome health, food, environmental and economic insecurities. In addition, overlooked by previous initiatives, traditional approaches and locally sourced materials provided the foundation for community-based environmental management and climate change adaptation plans that were subsequently integrated into the country’s disaster prevention and environmental protection strategies. As a result, risk management technologies were modified in accordance with local conditions and agricultural practices that were better targeted to the specific situation of remote indigenous communities and thus were better able to respond to and strengthen their resilience.