Enhancing community resilience to climate change in mountain watersheds

Countries involved: Peru and Philippines
Project duration: October 2020 – September 2023
Funding: Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, Japan

The project “Enhancing community resilience to climate change in mountain watersheds” focuses on mountain areas in developing countries, which are particularly vulnerable to the effects of climate change, such as increases in the frequency and magnitude of extreme weather events and natural hazards. Forests and mountain ecosystems play a crucial role in reducing negative impacts of climate-related disasters for both upstream and downstream communities.

The expected output for this project is to enhance the technical capacities of institutions and communities in the Philippines and Peru to integrate the risk-based watershed management approach into the agricultural value chain. The project will work directly with the producers and communities working with the Mountain Partnership Products (MPP) initiative. The MPP initiative includes products such as Ulikan red rice and Itagon Coffee in the Philippines and maca andina, blueberry and goldenberry jam in Peru.

At the same time, in order to ensure the economic sustainability in the long term, the project will create the enabling conditions for the future implementation of the Payment for Ecosystem Services (PES) as a part of the exit strategy of the project.

The project applies the landscape approach that encompasses the understanding of the policy and institutional enabling environment, forest and land use management, and the livelihoods of the communities. The aim is to improve abilities to assess climate risks, develop risk-based watershed management plans, implement risk mitigations measures, and formulate adaptation through  a landscape approach and sustainable agricultural practices. Activities will be implemented in Peru and the Philippines, and the lessons learned will be compiled and disseminated at the global level via a South-to-South exchange of experiences with other countries through platforms and networks such as the Mountain Partnership, a United Nations alliance of 400+ partners including governments, intergovernmental organizations, subnational authorities and major groups dedicated to improving the lives of mountain peoples and protecting mountain environments around the world.

Forestry and agriculture are often the backbone of mountain economies, sustainable forestry and agricultural practices can effectively serve as tools to reduce risks and thereby ensure sustainable livelihoods while improving the resilience of farmer communities.


  1. Institutional and technical capacity development using the risk-based watershed management approach for forest and land management at regional, province and community levels;
  2. Design and implementation of a regional level multi-hazard risk assessment;  
  3. Design and implementation of a local and community level risk and vulnerability assessment which includes mapping, planning and design for risk-based forest and land use management and risk-based agricultural value chain development;
  4. Technical assistance on the implementation of risk mitigations measures such as promoting sustainable land management, agriculture, forestry, agro-forestry activities and resilient mountain agricultural value chains;
  5. Publication of the lessons learnt; and
  6. Dissemination at the global level. 

Specific Project Sites:


  • Cordillera Administrative Region

Project Sites in Peru:

  • Ancash Region
  • Cusco Region (Tentative)

Contact for more information:

Rikiya Konishi – Forestry Officer, Water and Mountains Team, NFO
[email protected]
Phone Number: +39 06 570 52221


last updated:  Tuesday, October 5, 2021