Celebrating resilience during World Water Week

Water is the essential ingredient of life.  But changes in the climate are putting water at risk – on the farm, in the home, on the coast, through our rivers and oceans, and even underground. As we celebrate World Water Week, see how UNDP is working with national governments, civil society, thought leaders, vulnerable communities, donors and other key stakeholders to support innovative water-focused climate change adaptation projects across the globe.

Low-lying coastal areas are often the most populated parts of islands, with villages, towns, agriculture, infrastructure and tourist development competing for space. Unfortunately, coasts are also particularly vulnerable to climate hazards and weather events.  Particular vulnerabilities include loss of land and islands from sea level rise and loss of homes and lives from extreme weather events such as cyclones.

The resulting impacts – coastal erosion, infrastructure damage, flooding and salt water intrusion – present a critical challenge to many Pacific island coastlines.

Supported by UNDP and the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP), the Pacific Adaptation to Climate Change (PACC) programme is the first major climate change adaptation initiative in the Pacific region. Since it began in 2009 the programme has laid the groundwork for more resilient Pacific communities that can cope with climate variability today, and climate change tomorrow.

This short video, narrated by renowned astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson, highlights the PACC projects that are working to reduce the vulnerability of island coasts.

The Least Developed Countries Expert Group (LEG) technical guidelines are aimed at assisting developing countries to produce their National Adaptation (NAPs) in a comprehensive and strategic manner. 

The bulletin provides the latest information on UNDP's support to countries on Climate Change Adaptation at the national, sub-national and community-level. It includes updates on a range of topics including the status of ongoing projects, new project approvals, performance indicators, project impacts and results, policy and mainstreaming work, and noteworthy announcements.

 

The fourth smallest nation in the world - Tuvalu - consists of nine low-lying islands with the landmass of 26km2 in the vast ocean of the South Pacific. While most news headlines on climate change tend to emphasize, quite rightly, the existential threats on this tiny nation from sea-level rise, there are many other aspects of climate change impacts that have received less attention by the international community than they deserve, but have extraordinary impacts on communities' vulnerability.

Data philanthropy will drive climate resilient development

At a high-level side event at this year’s UN Climate Talks in Bonn, leaders from private sector data companies joined with United Nations representatives in a call for increased “data philanthropy” to drive efficiency, power innovation and support efforts for more affective climate action.

Building climate resilient food systems

Joint FAO-UNDP Integrating Agriculture in National Adaptation Plans Programme supports global vision for food security, safeguarding livelihoods and climate action. Food habits are changing, our population is growing, and – owing to human-induced climate change – many of the development gains of the past decades will be hindered. Without adaptation to climate change in agriculture sectors, it will not be possible to achieve food security for all and eradicate hunger, malnutrition, and poverty.

Empowering women to lead the way on climate change

'As world leaders meet for climate talks this week in Bonn, at the UN Climate Change Conference, they should embrace the tenacity, spirit and energy of women to promote more effective climate actions across the globe. We will not achieve the goals of the Paris Agreement — nor our goals of ending hunger and poverty and protecting our planet — if we don’t put women up front as the key agents of change.' - Connie Britton, UNDP Goodwill Ambassador, actor and activist in her recent OpEd in The Boston Globe.

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