Multilevel governance and intersectoral coordination increase the likelihood that countries can achieve ambitious climate action plans - and also that they can achieve climate change and development goals in tandem. Find out why this is the case, based on compelling experience from Chile, in this 31 July webinar (Spanish). [more...]
Chile is moderately vulnerable to climate change and its vulnerability is set to increase between 2010 and 2030 (DARA; Climate Vulnerability Monitor, 2012). It is ranked 41st on the Human Development Index (UNDP; Human Development Index, 2014), positioning it as the third highest in the index for the Americas, after the US and Canada. With a population of 16.8 million, Chile’s per capita GDP of $16,000 ranks it the second highest in South America. Chile’s CO2 emissions are 4.2 tonnes per capita, while the global average is 4.9 tonnes per capita (World Bank; World Development Indicators: Energy dependency, efficiency and carbon dioxide emissions, 2010).
Chile intends to implement mitigation actions in order to achieve a 20% reduction below the ‘business as usual’ emissions growth trajectory in 2020, as projected from the year 2007. However, there is a need to raise awareness of climate change impacts and include these impacts in public and private planning. One relevant example on this respect is the effect that climate change is having, and will have, on hydrology trends and its consequences on energy planning and management.