CLAP is a research project funded by the National Agency of Investigation and Development of Chilean Government. The project is led by Dr. Dewitte and Dr. Rivadeneira from CEAZA. CEAZA is an interdisciplinary research Centre that promotes scientific and technological developments in earth and biological sciences, with a focus on the Central Chile region. CLAP involves a transdisciplinary research ecollaboration with experts from CEAZA, University of Antofagasta, University of La Serena, Catholic University of the North, Pontifical Catholic University of Chile, Catholic University of the Maule, and University of Concepción with other international research institutions.

CLAP stands for Climate Action Planning (Planificación de la Acción Climática), and is a a 5-year project that evaluates the sensitivity of the biosphere in mainly marine ecosystems to climate change in central Chile, with the aim to implement climate action planning at the regional, national and international levels. The general objective of the project is to improve predictive capabilities of the sensitivity of the Coquimbo region socio-ecological system to climate change. It aims to generate local to mesoscale predictions of future climate change effects in the Coquimbo region by advancing current observational and modelling capabilities in geophysics and ecology. This new knowledge of the system will be used to predict linkage responses (ecological and socio-economic) to climate change effects from an interdisciplinary perspective. Therefore, CLAP aims to fill knowledge gaps necessary to deliver science-based products for addressing the impacts of climate variability on targeted ecosystem services.

The Future Oceans Lab is collaborating within CLAP research line “Ecological and social responses to climate variability and extreme climate events”, led by Laura Ramajo,  which aims at investigating fisheries vulnerability and adaptation to climate change in the oceanic region off central Chile. FOL collaborates on a bottom-up stakeholder-based approach to evaluate climate vulnerability to advance on the state of the art of fisheries risk, vulnerability, and adaptation, which will allow to contribute to the design and implementation of informed adaptation plans and policies in the region.

For doing that, a social-ecological vulnerability and adaptive capacity assessments will be conducted over selected marine dependent human communities, involved in fisheries and/or tourism or other uses, impacted by extreme climatic events, and that are of key relevance for local sustainability and resilience.

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