Peru is highly vulnerable to weather fluctuations, such as extreme events related to El Niño; it also suffers climate change impacts including rising temperatures, changes in rainfall patterns, melting glaciers and rising sea levels. A 2013 UNDP report warned that Paru’s climate vulnerability could undo the progress made in reducing poverty. There is a strong correlation between GDP growth and rising emissions, and breaking this link is a new challenge that the country must address. Deforestation rates in the country are increasing at a rapid pace: here lies both a problem and a potential solution.
The goal of CDKN’s country programme is to contribute to Peru’s becoming a low-carbon, sustainable, inclusive economy. CDKN is working to see climate adaptation and mitigation approaches mainstreamed into development, in order to increase Peru's competitiveness and the resilience of the most vulnerable groups.