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    Enabling Risk Management and Adaptation to Climate Change through a Network of Peruvian Universities

    Espinoza-Molina, Jorge, Paucar-Caceres, Alberto ORCID logoORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-4690-561X, Silva-Cornejo, Maria del Carmen, Quispe-Prieto, Silvia, Acosta-Caipa, Karina, Chambe-Vega, Esther, Osco-Mamani, Erbert, Cordova-Buiza, Franklin, Burrowes-Cromwell, Toni and Huerta-Tantalean, Lucero Nicole (2022) Enabling Risk Management and Adaptation to Climate Change through a Network of Peruvian Universities. Sustainability, 14 (24). p. 16754.

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    In recent decades, Latin America (LA) has been frequently and severely affected by floods and landslides. There is an urgency for adopting Comprehensive Disaster and Climate Risk Management (CRM). In 2016, a group of Peruvian universities established a network (Gestión Integral del Riesgo de Desastres y Adaptación al Cambio Climático (GIRD-ACC)) committed to the principles of CRM. This article compiles and evaluates the network results/plans and actions. A qualitative study and a methodological strategy are reported featuring: a bibliographic/network documentary review; an account of the events that led to the start and development of the network; and a case study of a three-university network. Results show that the network can help in deepening knowledge and forging a culture of risk prevention. This is by incorporating risk management and climate change awareness in professional training and intensive activity to meet the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs -11, 13, and 17). Results indicate the importance of gaining consensus (a notoriously difficult task in LA) between the authorities and the operational departments; the role of universities’ social responsibilities; incorporating sustainability and risk management themes in the mainstream curricula; and developing a network by learning from similar groupings across LA to improve CRM within universities.

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