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Adaptation Plan for the Colombian Transport Sector

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Project Reference: TALA-0028a

The event of “La Niña” in 2010-2011 caused damages equivalent to 2% of Colombia’s gross domestic product (GDP), 38% of which were concentrated in infrastructure that is costly to repair. This creates an opportunity to focus long-term investments and policies on adaptation to climate change. Colombia is in the process of significantly expanding its road infrastructure; it is timely to ensure that this kind of investment is resilient to climate change, which will in turn reduce costs for maintenance and reconstruction.

A well-planned and well-designed road infrastructure is synonymous with competitiveness, growth and development.  Taking steps now to prepare and adapt to future climate conditions will be much more cost-efficient than waiting until emergency measures are necessary. Furthermore, adaptation will create opportunities for growth in industries, transportation users, and the country in general.

This project aims to strengthen the capacity of the Ministry of Transport and other actors in the transport sector to incorporate adaptation to climate change in the new road infrastructure’s agenda. Other objectives are:

  • To raise awareness about the threats and opportunities in the sector that stem from climate change.
  • To incorporate practical tools and strategies for climate change in sectorial planning.
  • To develop a Technical Manual and a Adaptation Plan for the sector.
  • To strengthen institutional capacities.
  • To create the conditions so that Institutions and relevant actors may coordinate and complement their efforts.

Outputs of the project will be:

  • A manual for Standards and Specifications for Adaptation.
  • A plan for Adaptation to Climate Change in Transportation.
  • Workshops for the Transport and Infrastructure sectors


  • Direct beneficiaries: Ministry of Transportation, National Institute of Roadways (INVIAS), National Institute of Infrastructure (ANI) and principal actors in the sector.
  • Indirect beneficiaries: Academics, research centers, associations of civil engineers, communities and users.

CDKN funding: £ 433,989

CDKN project manager: Liliana Ramos (

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