Glave, Manuel y Karla Vergara (2016). Cambio global, alta montaña y adaptación: una aproximación social y geográfica. En GRADE. Investigación para el desarrollo en el Perú: once balances. Lima: GRADE.

The present study documents main advances in three areas: institutional, scientific knowledge production, and adaptation projects for confronting climate change in Peru. The analysis of a case study in the Cordillera Blanca brings to light the problems and constraints that can be faced by adaptation projects implemented under a sectorial viewpoint lacking sufficient scientific and social data.

Based on this evidence, the article discusses the importance of studying mountain ecosystems using the concept of global change and identifies three challenges for effective adaptation in Peru: a) coordinate production activities and livelihoods with the water situation; b) develop and implement adaptation projects that take into account the physical and social situations in their area of study, as well as externally; and c) integrate scientific and social research into public policies.

The analysis of the challenges promotes a spatial and temporal reflection regarding the need in Peru for a multi-sector policy approach that meets the needs of mountain populations and coordinates downstream projects according to the water scenarios of the basins and the current and future effects of climate change on mountain ecosystems.