Clara Ariza Niño

Clara Ariza is a consultant specializing in climate change adaptation, disaster risk reduction and sustainable development. She has more than 15 years of experience in managing and coordinating projects on these issues in multiple countries and contexts. Among other roles, she has acted as an advisor in several multilateral development, environmental policy and climate change initiatives. She has also chaired the Partnership for Environment and Disaster Risk Reduction (PEDRR), managed the implementation of public-private partnerships for development from both the public and private sectors, led several assessments of international development projects, led vulnerability reduction programs in several countries and her work has always focused on finding sustainable strategies to strengthen the livelihoods and resilience of marginalized communities. Among the most important projects in which she has participated are: the formulation of the National Adaptation Plan (NAP) and adaptation strategies for the agricultural and fisheries sectors and for the water and environmental resources of Saint Lucia; the elaboration of the National Climate Adaptation Strategy for the water resources of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines; coordination of preliminary studies on climate change vulnerability of communities in the delta of the Ganges and Brahmaputra rivers in Bangladesh for the implementation of an adaptation programme for women, which received over $25 million from the Green Climate Fund; development of a study on adaptation alternatives for small coffee enterprises in the coffee region of Colombia and development of an environmental and climate vulnerability study in Darfur, Sudan, to support the process of return of displaced persons from that country’s conflict. Since 2014 Clara has supported the coordination of the UN CC:Learn Programme in Central America.