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2 degrees more – so what?

Climate protection at the local level

as part of the fight against poverty

Project partner in Bolivia

View over the City of La Paz (© private)
View over the City of La Paz (© private)

City of La Paz

Logo Stadt La Paz

The threat of heavy rainfall

The city of La Paz (Gobierno Autónomo Municipal) is the project partner of protect the climate in Bolivia. La Paz, the administrative capital of Bolivia, is located at an altitude between 3,000 and 4,000 meters in the Chokeyapu river valley. The city has been repeatedly hit by catastrophes caused by landslides and floods since its founding in 1548. Either long-term precipitation or short-term intervals of intensive rainfalls have been the major source of natural disasters. Climate change led to an increase of these extreme weather effects.

These events affect a large part of the population, particularly the very poor who reside on the steep slopes of the valley. Water shortages caused by the enduring melting of the Andean glaciers stand in bitter contrast to the floods originating from extreme precipitation.

City Initiatives

The above mentioned hazards encouraged the city’s officials to install an early-warning system. Since 2006, this project has been supported by the federal city of Bonn. The system alerts the population in case of an acute flood potential in due time. People can seek safe rescue places while damage to the infrastructure is reduced.

At the same time our partner is raising awareness for the fight against poverty. In the future, the city plans to establish a similar early-warning system for the detection of landslides. This is an important step considering that 70% of La Paz is under immediate threat by sudden movements of land.

La Paz’ role in protect the climate

La Paz and Bonn have been partners for many years now. With respect to protect the climate, La Paz provides other partners with invaluable information concerning the local situation and their own ideas on how to tackle climate change and poverty effectively. Furthermore, the city will produce a film which thoroughly demonstrates the problems as well as the various approaches of protect the climate

© Rhein-Sieg-Kreis
© Rhein-Sieg-Kreis
© Gobierno Autónomo Municipal de La Paz
© Gobierno Autónomo Municipal de La Paz
© Gobierno Autónomo Municipal de La Paz
© Gobierno Autónomo Municipal de La Paz
© Gobierno Autónomo Municipal de La Paz
© Gobierno Autónomo Municipal de La Paz
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Bolivia

Projektpartner in Bolivien
Key data: Bolivia

Population

10.65 million

Area 

1,098,581 km²

GDP per capita

2,315 USD (2011)

HDI

0.663

Capital

Sucre

Official languages

Spanish, Quechua, Aymara and other indigenous languages

Source: German Federal Foreign Office, UNDP

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