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Initiative timeframe: 2011/2014

Total initiative costs

€ 1,100,000.0
Reparted as
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  • Grants € 1,100,000.0


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Departments of La Paz (Municipality of Alto Beni and La Paz), Pando (Municipality of Philadelphia, Santos Mercado, Villa Nueva, Nueva Esperanza) and Cochabamba (Municipality of Tarata, Arbieto and Capinota).

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The Initiative is aimed at enhancing resilience to natural disasters of populations affected by La Niña, by strengthening hydrometeorological monitoring, forecasting and early warning and by implementing climate variability adaptation strategies in the agricultural sector and it's foresse tecnical assistance:MONITOR AND SUPPORT TO THE EMERGNCY INITIATIVE read more close

Main outcome

The Bolivian Authorities strengthened their capacity of hydro meteorological monitoring, forecasting and early warning:the DEWETRA system has been installed and the SENHAMI (Bolivia National hydro-meteorological service) is now provided with multiple real-time data. The information available is both static (i.e.: land use, population, water resources, maps of disasters and so on) and dynamic (i.e.: weather forecasting); Early warning systems have been improved at local level: municipal civil protections have been trained to read and manage the information available through the DEWETRA system. Following the installation of the new platform, prevention and early warning procedures have been updated and improved at national and local level. Sustainability of the system: the Bolivian authorities (VIDECI and SENHAMI) are now fully in charge of managing the new platform and updating the software and in case of major difficulties, the CIMA Foundation provides free on line support to the Bolivian Civil Protection. TA: • To realize an adjourned analysis of the needs in the zone of intervention; • Assist FAO in the definition of the General Operational Plan; • Monitoring through visits in the areas of intervention the correct begin of the activities providing technical support; • Promote the coordination with the local institutions; • Support the coordination among the FAO, the executive organisms and the Bolivian institutions, particularly the National Service of Meteorology and Hydrology - SENAMHI; • Participation in cooperation’s meetings of coordination related to the interventions of emergency, prevention and risk management in Bolivia;

Initiative data

Initiative number 009705
Purpose Disaster prevention and preparedness
Sector Disaster Prevention & Preparedness


Agency MAE - Direzione Generale per la Cooperazione allo Sviluppo
Counterpart authority SENAMHI, Bolivian Civil Protection, Ministery of Rural development and lands
Other financiers -


FAO in bolivia, the executive organisms and the Bolivian institutions, particularly the National Service of Meteorology and Hydrology - SENAMHI

Final Program Report Aid 9705 (Download)

Final Program Report Aid 9705

Date Sept. 17, 2013

Note "La Cooperazione Italiana Informa" (Download)

Emergency in Bolivia: best practice italiana In 2011, the Italian Development Cooperation launched in Bolivia an humanitarian aid programme, managed by FAO in partnership with the Italian Foundation “CIMA” (a non-profit research institute). The programme is considered a best practice for the humanitarian sector. The main goal was to enhance the resilience of the people affected by the phenomenon of “La Niña”, which caused drought in late 2010 and early 2011 and floods and mudslides throughout 2011 – causing 56 deaths and the displacements of thousands of families. The programme aimed at strengthening regional and national capacities for disaster risk reduction associated with natural, environmental and technological hazards, within the broader context of hydrometeorology and climate change and for effective disaster recovery.

Date May 1, 2014

Related to the result 4 (Department of La Paz) it refers to the change of zone of action of the projected activities from Callapa to the basin of Hampaturi, both risk areas of the same Municipality. The fundamental reason is due to the lack of a proper place for the construction of the 3 greenhouses, that is not been able to retrieve neither as authorized government territory neither as place in “comodato”.

This variation of place will allow to implement a water harvest system in the zones of high risk landslide and shortage of water with consequent improvement of families food diet and improvement of the family economy with the commercialization of vegetables.

Actions taken

The change of activity zonehas also foresees a change in the number and in the dimension of the food safety activities: realizing 50 family greenhouses rather than 3 initially considered in the temporally camps of Callapa and Flor de Irpavi in La Paz. The other activities related to the result 4 are unchanged.


Status -
Type Technical Assistance/Consultancy and related expenses
Procedure Competitive Bidding
Procurement notice -