Adaptation against the odds: enabling communities to cope with climate change | Global development | guardian.co.uk

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Adaptation against the odds: enabling communities to cope with climate change | Global development | guardian.co.uk.Peru: protecting the Andean alpacas
“Living on our lands is becoming more difficult as the years change, but by building a shelter my alpacas will be safe. That means my family will be too,” says Victoria Canchis. Besides potatoes, alpacas are the other main livelihood for isolated Andean communities. But these animals, which produce the best quality wool at high altitudes, are poor foragers and struggle to find food in the snow and ice. In extreme conditions, pregnant alpacas miscarry, meaning that a family’s herd and income is devastated. In 2003, when temperatures unexpectedly dropped to -35C, 70% of alpacas perished and many more were left exhausted and prone to disease. Families are being helped to protect their alpacas through the teaching of veterinary skills that increase animals’ resistance to disease. They are also being shown techniques for building shelters out of local materials

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