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Adaptive Infrastructure for Water and Climate Resilience in La Mojana

The region of La Mojana is an area located in the Colombian Caribbean, which covers 11 municipalities in the departments of Sucre, Bolívar, Córdoba and Antioquia. La Mojana is one of the most complex deltas in the world, with a great ecosystem richness, its system collects the waters of the three main rivers of the Andean area of ​​the country (Magdalena River, Cauca River and San Jorge River) and is composed of multiple marshes, pipes, meanders, zapales, and flood forests. This region is inhabited by about 405,625 people, of which 83.8% is poor and with livelihoods strongly vulnerable to changes in climate and water dynamics in the area. Additionally, the armed conflict in the region has negatively impacted local governance and delayed the development of communities.

One of the most critical problems of La Mojana is the access by the (mainly rural) communities to drinking water, in fact, 49% of the population does not have access. In a scenario without intervention, an aggravated situation is anticipated in terms of water availability due to the projected reduction in rainfall for the region, exacerbated by more intense and frequent extreme events (floods and droughts) that would not only affect the supply in terms of quantity but in quality, since in periods of extreme flooding the waters infiltrate the underground wells contaminating the water consumed by the population. This situation has direct impacts on people's lives, their health, their economy and their form of development. Additionally, the productive activities that sustain the region's economy end up making its inhabitants more vulnerable to the effects of climate change and variability.

Expected impact

Greater understanding and systematization of knowledge about the impacts of climate change on water management in the region.

Establishment of climate-adapted water supply infrastructure for the most vulnerable communities in La Mojana, consisting of water harvesting solutions at family level for dispersed rural areas (for 4,878 families), water harvesting solutions at community level for rural areas nucleated (for 8,560 families), adaptation of the existing infrastructure of rural micro-aqueducts to make it less vulnerable to changes in the climate and extreme weather events (96 micro-aqueducts).

Recovery of the adaptive capacity of natural ecosystems and those that support the livelihoods of communities, which will be done through the restoration of wetland landscapes on 41,532 hectares.

Early warning systems adapted to climate change.

Water-resistant agroecosystems to improve rural livelihoods. Research activities will be carried out on crops of climate-adapted varieties, there will be a rural extension program that will benefit more than 17,000 local producers, and family gardens adapted for 4,878 families that make up the dispersed rurality of La Mojana will be installed.



Goal 1
Goal 6
Goal 13
Goal 15
Financing (in USD)
38 USD
Financing (in USD)
79 USD
Basic information
Start: 01 October, 2017
Completion: 30 September, 2025
UNDP Colombia (United Nations / Multilateral body)
Ministry of Environment and Sustainable Development, Adaptation Fund, Institute of Hydrology, Meteorology and Environmental Studies, Alexander von Humboldt Biological Resources Research Institute and National Planning Department (Government)
Initiative focused on COVID-19 pandemic response, prevention and recovery efforts
Not specified
Geographical coverage
Latin America and the Caribbean
Beneficiary countries
Other beneficiaries
400,000 people from the 11 municipalities of the Mojana region.
Contact information
Felipe Lesmes, Advocacy Specialist for Environmental Policy, christian.felipe.lesmes@undp.org, +573003948271
Bogota, Colombia
United Nations