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Iberoamerican Network of Climate Change Bureaus (RIOCC)



The Ibero-American Network of Climate Change Offices (Red Iberoamericana de Oficinas de Cambio Climático, RIOCC) was created in 2004, supported by the Ibero-American Conference of Nations. Climate Change Offices from 21 countries are members of RIOCC: Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Portugal, Spain, Uruguay and Venezuela.

RIOCC is a cooperative structure that facilitates both North–South and South–South collaboration. Its objective is to promote a permanent dialogue on climate change for a better understanding of the priorities, needs and gaps in the region. The working program establishes, among other things, activities on impacts and adaptation to climate change.

In June 2008, RIOCC provided a booklet containing 18 action pledges 'Contribution of a regional cooperative structure to the objectives of the UNFCCC Nairobi work programme (NWP)'

The PIACC (Plan Iberoamericano de Vulnerabilidad, Impactos y Adaptación al Cambio Climático; Ibero-American Programme on Adaptation to Climate Change) is the framework where RIOCC initiatives and activities on impacts, vulnerability and adaptation to climate change are planned and implemented.

RIOCC's booklet describes PIACC’s objectives and activities that support the work areas of the Nairobi work programme. They also provide information on a range of pledges for future actions that will contribute to implementing the Nairobi work programme objectives.

The objectives of RIOCC and associated action pledges complement the following areas of work:

  • Methods and Tools
  • Data and Observations
  • Climate modelling, scenarios and downscaling
  • Climate related risks and extreme events
  • Adaptation planning and practices

Action pledge updates

The following action pledge updates were provided in September 2009:

These updates were provided as a contribution to and is summarised in the Nairobi work programme publication "Action Pledges: Making a difference on the ground. A synthesis of outcomes, good practices, lessons learned, and future challenges and opportunities".

Action pledges 

Vulnerability assessment to climate change in marine and coastal areas of Ibero-America


Cooperative project on mitigation and adaptation to climate change in sustainable forest management in Ibero-America


Spain will continue to give financial support to the GCOS cooperation mechanism in order to solve urgent needs in the observational networks in the region


Promoting the development of and Implementation Strategy for the GCOS in the Ibero-American regios, in collaboration with the GCOS Secretariat


Brazil will host a capacity building activity aiming to promote the use of the Eta/CPTEC regional climate model in Ibero-America


Regular capacity building activities under the framework of the Conference of Meteorological and Hydrological National Services (HMNS) in Ibero-America


Drafting guidelines for integrating climate change adaptation and natural disaster reductions


Enhancing the cooperation and information exchanges among national focal points on both fields, climate change adaptation and disaster risk reduction


Promoting the dissemination of selected material


Developing pilot projects demonstrative of how to integrate climate change adaptation and natural disaster reduction


Promoting the development of an integrated assesment report on climate change and natural disaster risk reduction in the region


Further engaging regional organizations, institutions and initiatives active in climate change adaptation on PIACC activities


Increasing the portfolio of adaptation projects, especially trans-frontier projects, trans-sectoral projects and/or pan-sectoral projects


Widening the systems, sectors and geographical areas covered by the projects


Organising a workshop to analyze and assess adaptation projects in progress or already carried out in the region, and the effectiveness of the adaptation measures implemented


Setting up a dedicated website on the RIOCC and the PIACC


Reviewing findings and outcomes, and promoting information exchanges, from the projects, as they are implemented


Set up an on-line training course on the International Climate Regime; one of the areas of study is related to adaptation

  Yesid Carvajal
Head of School of Natural Resources and Environment, Faculty of Engineering at Universidad del Valle
  Gustavo Nagy
Professor of Global Environmental Change/Consultant at University of the Republic (UdelaR)
  Deborah Clark
Research Professor at University of Missouri-St. Louis
  Pablo Imbach
Researcher at CATIE
  Roberto Flores Verdejo
Sectorial Officer for Climatic Change and Managment to Risk to Disasters
  Mónica Gómez Erache
Consultant, Ministry for the Environment, Uruguay
  Rodney Martinez
Scientific Coordinator and Acting Director at CIIFEN
  Raffaelle Vignola
International Professional Personnel at CATIE
  Luis Alvarado
Senior Researcher and Forecaster at Instituto Meteorológico Nacional (IMN)
  Franklin Paredes
Researcher at University of Carabobo
  Ken Takahashi
Director of Climate Variability and Change Research at Instituto Geofísico del Perú
  Lenin Corrales
Researcher/Consultant/Academic at CATIE
  Marcos Villacís
Assistant Professor at National Polytechnic School
Further information

RIOCC's ongoing works in education, training and public awareness

Regional focus Caribbean and Central America
North America
South America
Adaptation delivery activity
NWP work area
Climate hazards
Operational scale

Organizations, institutions and private sector companies at all levels and in a wide range of sectors can become engaged with the NWP by becoming a partner and making Action Pledges. Information about how organizations can become engaged with work on adaptation under the NWP can be found here.