Climate Change & Human Security Program - Bolivia
The Climate Change and Human Security Program (CCHS), founded in 2015, facilitates conflict management at the intersection of climate change and issues of human security through environmental peacebuilding efforts. The CCHS team promotes stakeholder collaboration in order to better adapt to the challenges posed by climate change and environmental degradation.
Currently, the CCHS team focuses primarily on Lake Titicaca, the second largest lake in South America, which is cooperatively governed by Peru and Bolivia. Lake Titicaca is home to indigenous peoples and is part of the TDPS system, which includes Lake Titicaca, Desaguadero River, Lake Poopó, and Coipasa Salt Lake. Poverty in the region has led to poor nutrition, a dearth of clean water, and weak infrastructure within the basin.
Latin America director, Adam Zemans, leads the CCHS team. As one of the founders of the climate change movement in Bolivia, Mr. Zemans is also former Executive Director of the grassroots environmental organization, Environment Las Americas. CCHS collaborates with Conservation International Bolivia and other partners in conducting a multi-stakeholder analysis to create an inclusive, participatory needs-based assessment in lake stewardship and citizen science diplomacy. The CCHS team has conducted extensive research on similar initiatives in the region and is in the process of creating partnerships with other organizations that share the same passion for inclusion, facilitation, and environmental peacebuilding. One organization that has been collaborating with CCHS is the Maine Volunteer Lake Monitoring Program (VLMP), which is one of the most effective volunteer citizen-scientist lake monitoring initiatives in the United States.
CCHS is currently developing a pre-needs assessment designed to determine the needs and interests of the affected parties to later discern the most effective form of collaboration. The mission is scheduled to launch in Fall 2016. After conducting the assessment, the tentative structure of the second phase of the project is a multi-stakeholder cooperative process that will promote the goals of e-community leaders, local and national governments, the private sector, and civil society.