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.

This document compiles information on progress, experience, best practices, lessons learned, gaps and needs , support received by developing country Parties and support provided by developed country Parties in the process to formulate and implement national adaptation plans as at 9 February 2018, in accordance with decision 4/CP.21, paragraph 12 ( c ) .

Working to put the Paris Agreement and Agenda 2030 into action, the programme equips governments and companies with the right tools and services to implement the low-emission development targets which they laid out in their NDCs. We thereby help countries pursue a “whole-of-society”, integrated approach that is embedded within national systems to drive transformative sustainable development results. We do so by capitalizing on the unique strengths that each party has to offer, working in close collaboration with development partners, and in contribution to the NDC Partnership, a global coalition of 80+ countries and institutions.

As the monitoring and evaluation (M&E) of adaptation at the national level is becoming ever more important, a number of countries have built their own M&E frameworks, with others stating their intention do so in the near future. This document provides an overview of the potential steps needed in designing an adaptation M&E framework and plan for the agriculture sectors.

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