To cope with the challenges that climate change poses on the agriculture sectors, Uruguay has developed an advanced suite of related policies, strategies and plans.
In 2016 the Ministry of Livestock, Agriculture and Fisheries (MGAP) began the process of developing a National Adaptation Plan (NAP) for the agriculture sectors, with support of the NAP-Ag programme. The Agriculture NAP (PNA-Agro) was launched in 2019 and is a strategic instrument that will help the country achieve the national adaptation and mitigation commitments established in their first Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC) under the Paris Agreement, as well as contribute to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). In 2021, the UNFCCC published Uruguay’s PNA-Agro Executive Summary in English on their website.
The PNA-Agro proposes a strategy for 2050 and an action plan for 2025, with adaptation measures in four dimensions: production systems, ecosystems and natural resources, livelihoods and institutional capacities. It seeks to clarify questions around which agriculture, forestry and fishery activities need to adapt, in which parts of the country, and how producers can effectively reduce their vulnerability and build their resilience to future climate uncertainties. Next step is now to implement this plan.
28 August 2018 - This year’s Latin American and Caribbean Climate Week (LACCW), hosted in Uruguay from August 20 to 23, pushed global ambitions to address climate change and facilitated important discussion between country representatives, organizations and the private sector on moving forward on Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) and synergies to reach the global targets outlined in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
13 November 2017 - Recognizing the key role of youth in adaptation to climate change the joint FAO-UNDP Integrating Agriculture in National Adaptation Plans Programme (NAP-Ag) organized a series of capacity building activities at agricultural high schools across Uruguay.
August 2017, Uruguay - Rural women from the dairy, livestock and horticulture production met for a three-day workshop 14-16 August in the Augustin Ferreiro Center in Canelones, Uruguay to strengthen their capacity to participate in sustainable rural development processes, especially in relation to adaptation to climate change and variability. The participants were family farmers from horticulture, livestock or dairy production farms. The activity was attended by 25 women from different regions of the country.
03 April, 2017, Montevideo - The Uruguay Integrational Agricultural in National Adaptation Plans (NAP-Ag) Team organized the first in a series of Adaptation Dialogues as part of the formulation of the country’s National Adaptation Plan (NAP) for the agriculture sectors.
31 March, 2017, Montevideo, Uruguay - Between 28 - 31 March, the Uruguay (NAP-Ag) team organized and hosted the first in a series of three training workshops on how to use the Modelling System for Agricultural Impacts of Climate Change (MOSAICC), to better understand how to measure and assess the estimated impact of climate change on agricultural production.
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The video shares the view of rural youth on climate change and adaptation to it, and the role of knowledge and training activities in building a proactive attitude on the subject.
The video shows the perspective of Uruguayan rural women on adaptation to climate change and climate change in general, as well as their participation in the construction process of the National Adaptation Plan to Climate Variability and Climate Change for Agriculture (NAP-Ag) in Uruguay.
The video tells the participatory building process of the National Adaptation Plan to Climate Variability and Climate Change for Agriculture (NAP-Ag) in Uruguay and shares the perceptions on climate change and strategies to adapt to it of some participating actors.
Walter Oyhantcabal, Director, Agriculture and Climate Change Unit, Ministry of Livestock, Agriculture and Fishery, Uruguay describes why and how the country is preparing its national adaptation plan.