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Paraguay

TOTAL POPULATION

6.5 million YEAR 2014

CO2 EMISSIONS

5,700 kt COUNTRY, YEAR 2014

1,912,500 kt Latin America and Caribbean, YEAR 2014

“An unconditional 10% emissions cut by 2030, compared to business as usual projections.”


PARIS AGREEMENT TARGET

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Konstantinos Dimitriadis donated € 5 to Help Build Eco-Friendly Homes for Rural Communities in India . Manon Steiner donated € 15 to Help Rwandan Cities Control Waste and Stay Clean . Bart van den Heuvel donated € 25 to Recycled Electronics for German School Children . Prateek Gogineni donated € 30 to Promote Clean Agroforestry in Rural India . Lluis Mateu donated € 50 to Bringing Back Forests In Kenya . Renato Anselmi Ricci donated € 50 to Recruiting 20,000 New Sagarmitra Student Volunteers . Donal O‘Byrne donated € 1,300 to E-waste Race Germany . Kiki Beck donated € 20 to E-waste Race Germany . Donal O‘Byrne donated € 1,500 to E-waste Race Germany . Farah Piryeva donated € 200 to CROWDFOREST: Making Reforestation Faster and Free through Unmanned Aerial Vehicles . Ruggero Lambertini donated € 75 to Recruiting 20,000 New Sagarmitra Student Volunteers . Iren Dikova donated € 50 to Recruiting 20,000 New Sagarmitra Student Volunteers . Vladimir Topencharov donated € 50 to Recruiting 20,000 New Sagarmitra Student Volunteers . Vladimir Topencharov donated € 50 to Recruiting 20,000 New Sagarmitra Student Volunteers . Luke Farrelly donated € 120 to Recruiting 20,000 New Sagarmitra Student Volunteers . Andrey Bankovski donated € 50 to Recruiting 20,000 New Sagarmitra Student Volunteers . Kalina Zhechkova donated € 50 to Recruiting 20,000 New Sagarmitra Student Volunteers . Anton Batchvarov donated € 50 to Recruiting 20,000 New Sagarmitra Student Volunteers . Stivian Valchev donated € 35 to Recruiting 20,000 New Sagarmitra Student Volunteers . Tatyana Mitkova donated € 30 to Recruiting 20,000 New Sagarmitra Student Volunteers . NELIA VATEVA donated € 50 to Recruiting 20,000 New Sagarmitra Student Volunteers . Alex Kitov donated € 25 to Recruiting 20,000 New Sagarmitra Student Volunteers . Ivaylo Vasilev donated € 50 to Recruiting 20,000 New Sagarmitra Student Volunteers . Alex Winkler donated € 50 to Recruiting 20,000 New Sagarmitra Student Volunteers . Valeriia Muliukova donated € 50 to Recruiting 20,000 New Sagarmitra Student Volunteers . Francesca bianchi donated € 100 to Recruiting 20,000 New Sagarmitra Student Volunteers . Stephanie van groenendael donated € 40 to Recruiting 20,000 New Sagarmitra Student Volunteers . Judith de Warren donated € 50 to Recruiting 20,000 New Sagarmitra Student Volunteers . nat Bonnisseau donated € 1 to Empowering Mangrove Women for a Healthy & Resilient Ecosystem . Luke Davis donated € 10 to Recruiting 20,000 New Sagarmitra Student Volunteers . Stanislav Stoev donated € 30 to Recruiting 20,000 New Sagarmitra Student Volunteers . Nathan Bonnisseau donated € 18 to Recruiting 20,000 New Sagarmitra Student Volunteers . Sara Riva donated € 50 to CROWDFOREST: Making Reforestation Faster and Free through Unmanned Aerial Vehicles . Luke Davis donated € 5 to E-waste Race Germany . Jürg Rohrer donated € 150 to Improved Firewood Stoves (IFS) for Indigenous Families in Guatemala . Errin Saunders donated € 10 to Empowering Mangrove Women for a Healthy & Resilient Ecosystem . Elise van Groningen donated € 20 to E-waste Race Germany . Peter Popdonev donated € 10 to The Bedechka Case: Fighting the Neglect of Green Urban Areas . Svetlana Goranova donated € 20 to The Bedechka Case: Fighting the Neglect of Green Urban Areas . Saglara Inzhieva donated € 30 to The Bedechka Case: Fighting the Neglect of Green Urban Areas . Emiliyana Terziyska donated € 25 to The Bedechka Case: Fighting the Neglect of Green Urban Areas . Daniel Mendez donated € 10 to The Bedechka Case: Fighting the Neglect of Green Urban Areas . Rumyana Velcheva donated € 50 to The Bedechka Case: Fighting the Neglect of Green Urban Areas . Martin Bakardzhiev donated € 10 to The Bedechka Case: Fighting the Neglect of Green Urban Areas . Sandeep Bajjuri donated € 25 to binee - Interactive E-Waste Collection System . cyrielle simeone donated € 50 to Application of satellite telemetry data to better understand the breeding strategies of humpback whales in the Southern Hemisphere . Milka Koldamova donated € 10 to The Bedechka Case: Fighting the Neglect of Green Urban Areas . Steffen Albrecht donated € 20 to The Bedechka Case: Fighting the Neglect of Green Urban Areas . Trayan Angelov donated € 20 to The Bedechka Case: Fighting the Neglect of Green Urban Areas . Felizia Kuhlke donated € 50 to The Bedechka Case: Fighting the Neglect of Green Urban Areas .

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CLIMATE SIGNIFICANCE

The country is hugely diverse, with about 50% of covered in trees. More than 1,000 species of birds are found perched in the canopy. Capybaras, a house favourite, are also present all over the country. Jaguars roam in the Pantanal swamp and more than 7,000 plant species cover the ground of Paraguay.

Paraguay has lost more than 15% of its tree cover in the last 15 years and more than 80% since pre-industrial times. The powerful cattle industry is the single largest land user in the country and a leading cause of deforestation. Soybean, another of the root causes of deforestation in the world today is also growing and gnawing at the precious ecosystems in the woods.

The country has implemented a zero-deforestation policy, which led to some successes, but that target has not been reached. The country is still struggling with large-scale clearing in the Atlantic forest and the Chaco.

Rio Paraguay is the second largest river in South America. The river divides the country into two distinct regions. The West, or the Chaco, is the driest region and encompasses around 60% of the country. The East, known locally as the Alto Paranà is rainier, containing marshy and forested hills.

The Iguaçu falls - actually 275 individual falls - create the single largest waterfall in the world. It’s one of the seven natural wonders of the world. With the rivers Paraguay and Paranà, the country has tapped its large hydropower potential.

Dams provides virtually 100% of the country’s electricity output. Paraguay also exports large amounts of energy to his neighbours. It shares with Brazil the Itaipù dam, one of the largest dams and binational structures in the world. 


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DATA INSIGHTS

According to the World Bank classification, Paraguay is an upper middle-income country. To understand Paraguay’s position in the fight against climate change, it is useful to observe its history of carbon emissions and exposure to climate risk. The following plots provide an overview of Paraguay’s historic greenhouse gas emissions in perspective with global emission levels, as well as the country’s relative vulnerability and preparedness to climate change.

Paraguay Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Paraguay’s timeline of total GHG emissions and the percentage change since 1990

This plot combines 3 pieces of information measured from 1990 - 2012: The bar chart indicates the volume of the country’s GHG emissions, the solid line shows the variation of this volume compared to the baseline 1990, and the dotted line presents the same variation, but globally.


Greenhouse gases such as carbon dioxide, methane and fluorocarbons are the main drivers of global warming. Between 1990 and 2012, the world’s emissions grew by 40%.


From 1990 to 2000, Paraguay’s emissions dropped by 38%, yet its emissions increased between 2000 and 2008 due to strong emissions growth in the agriculture sector. After the country saw its emissions drop (2008-2009), Paraguay’s emissions rate slowed down from 2010 to 2012. Overall, Paraguay’s GHG emissions decreased by 20% between 1990 and 2012. 


In Paraguay, land-use change and forestry (LUCF) are responsible for the largest share (78%), followed by the agriculture sector (15%). LUCF emissions are mainly due to the transformation of forest lands into logging grounds and the expansion of agricultural activities. Within the agriculture sector, the majority of emissions come from methane produced by livestock digestion and manure left on pasture. 


In 2012, Paraguay made a small contribution to 2012 GHG emissions in Latin America. However, there is still room for improvement. To reduce the country’s emissions, Paraguay requires further efforts such as regulating the unsustainable land use and developing sustainable agriculture systems. (Source: WRI, 2018; World Bank, 2018)


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Paraguay Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Paraguay’s timeline of total GHG emissions and the percentage change since 1990

Paraguay Greenhouse Gas Emissions

This plot combines 3 pieces of information measured from 1990 - 2012: The bar chart indicates the volume of the country’s GHG emissions, the solid line shows the variation of this volume compared to the baseline 1990, and the dotted line presents the same variation, but globally.


Greenhouse gases such as carbon dioxide, methane and fluorocarbons are the main drivers of global warming. Between 1990 and 2012, the world’s emissions grew by 40%.


From 1990 to 2000, Paraguay’s emissions dropped by 38%, yet its emissions increased between 2000 and 2008 due to strong emissions growth in the agriculture sector. After the country saw its emissions drop (2008-2009), Paraguay’s emissions rate slowed down from 2010 to 2012. Overall, Paraguay’s GHG emissions decreased by 20% between 1990 and 2012. 


In Paraguay, land-use change and forestry (LUCF) are responsible for the largest share (78%), followed by the agriculture sector (15%). LUCF emissions are mainly due to the transformation of forest lands into logging grounds and the expansion of agricultural activities. Within the agriculture sector, the majority of emissions come from methane produced by livestock digestion and manure left on pasture. 


In 2012, Paraguay made a small contribution to 2012 GHG emissions in Latin America. However, there is still room for improvement. To reduce the country’s emissions, Paraguay requires further efforts such as regulating the unsustainable land use and developing sustainable agriculture systems. (Source: WRI, 2018; World Bank, 2018)


Paraguay Climate Vulnerability and Readiness (CVRI)

Paraguay’s vulnerability and readiness to combat climate change

This graph ranks a country’s climate performance by measuring its readiness (x-axis) and its vulnerability (y-axis). Both are measured from 0 - 1 (1 being the most ready or most vulnerable). This index combines indicators of a country’s exposure to climate change and others that measure the country’s potential to withstand those shocks. 


Each dot in this plot represents a country. The countries in most urgent situations are on the top left of the graph whilst the most resilient ones stand at the bottom right.


Relative to the other countries, Paraguay is categorized as a country with manageable vulnerability, yet, lack of preparedness which makes it less adaptable to unavoidable climate change consequences. The agricultural capacity of the country is weakening and dependency on food imports is increasing. Medical staff capacity is poor which impacts the quality of health-related services. (Source: ND-GAIN, 2018)


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Paraguay Climate Vulnerability and Readiness (CVRI)

Paraguay’s vulnerability and readiness to combat climate change

Paraguay Climate Vulnerability and Readiness (CVRI)

This graph ranks a country’s climate performance by measuring its readiness (x-axis) and its vulnerability (y-axis). Both are measured from 0 - 1 (1 being the most ready or most vulnerable). This index combines indicators of a country’s exposure to climate change and others that measure the country’s potential to withstand those shocks. 


Each dot in this plot represents a country. The countries in most urgent situations are on the top left of the graph whilst the most resilient ones stand at the bottom right.


Relative to the other countries, Paraguay is categorized as a country with manageable vulnerability, yet, lack of preparedness which makes it less adaptable to unavoidable climate change consequences. The agricultural capacity of the country is weakening and dependency on food imports is increasing. Medical staff capacity is poor which impacts the quality of health-related services. (Source: ND-GAIN, 2018)


The impacts of climate change vary by country and region. But wherever you are, local-level adaptation projects are necessary. You have all the cards in hand, now go explore our live projects and be one of the good guys. 


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