Climate Change Adaptation in the News

August 2017

August 2017

Pacific Islands most vulnerable to impacts of climate change

Matangi Tonga Online

Wednesday 16 August 2017

In the Pacific region many of the natural disasters experienced are related to water and climate, Hon. Samuel Manetoali told the opening meeting of the Pacific Meteorological Council on August 14 in the Solomon Islands. “Given our limited capacity, isolation, weak economic base and frailty as Pacific Island countries and territories, we are most vulnerable to the impacts of climate change and that of climate variability.” Hon. Manetoali, the Solomon Islands Minister for Environment, Climate Change, Disaster Management and Meteorology, said Pacific Island nations must work together in strengthening regional meteorological services by sharing knowledge and assisting each other in order to build resilience. The theme for this PMC4 meeting is "Sustainable, Weather, Climate, Ocean and Water Services for a Resilient Pacific." He said the gathering at the FFA in Honiara this week was to discuss ways and opportunities to strengthen their meteorological and hydrological services. “We must continue to assist each other. We must continue to collaborate and share knowledge, experiences and skills in our efforts to build resilient societies. We must continue to work with our partners and ensure that adequate resources are available to support the implementation of priorities programmes and projects in our countries and territories.”

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GloBallast Concludes as GEF, UNDP and IMO Continue Tackling IAS

IISD

Wednesday 16 August 2017

Upon its conclusion, the decade-long Global Environment Facility (GEF), UN Development Programme (UNDP) and International Maritime Organization (IMO) GloBallast Partnerships progamme released a publication reflecting on how the partnership catalyzed innovations in marine biosafety. A follow-up GEF-UNDP-IMO project aims to minimize the transfer and impact of aquatic invasive alien species (IAS), including through implementing International Maritime Organization (IMO) guidelines on the control and management of ships’ biofouling.

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Ministries, FAO brainstorm national strategy to adapt to climate change

The Jordan Times

Tuesday 15 August 2017

The Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO) has organised a brainstorming session between stakeholders and several ministries to discuss Jordan’s adaptation strategy to climate change, an FAO statement said. Led by the ministries of water and irrigation, agriculture, and environment, the session covered Jordan’s sectoral interventions to address the climate change challenges, including the application of more efficient and more sustainable agricultural strategies to the Jordanian context. The brainstorming session was attended by technical experts involved in climate change-related issues across the Kingdom, including government officials, governorates’ representatives, UNDP Environment and Climate Change advisers as well as the FAO’s experts team, according to the statement. Nafis Khan, FAO’s Head of Programmes and Operations, said that “the aim of the brainstorming session was to initiate dialogues on adaptation to climate change in Jordan so as to assist the country in addressing pressing adverse impacts of climate change in a participatory as well as holistic approach”.

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Pakistan needs access to global funds to cope with climate change

The Express Tribune Pakistan

Tuesday 15 August 2017

... According to the Global Climate Risk Index, Pakistan is ranked number 7 in the list of most vulnerable countries, suffering economic losses of $3.823 billion in the last two decades due to climate change and climate extremes. At the 2016 United Nations Climate Change Conference, Federal Minister for Climate Change Zahid Hamid said: “We emit less than 1% of total annual global greenhouse gases, yet we are ranked amongst top 10 countries most vulnerable to climate change. Millions of people are affected and colossal damage is caused on a recurring basis.” Climate change is a global phenomenon; none of the countries alone can deal with the issue. So, there is a need to work collectively and for this purpose various international forums such as the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), UN Environment Programme (UNEP), International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and United Nations Framework Convention on Climate change (UNFCCC) have been set up. At the 15th Conference of the Parties (COP) under UNFCCC, the developed countries agreed to pay at least $100 billion every year to the developing countries as a climate adaptation fund till 2020.

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AFES plants 70,000 saplings of mangroves along Jokadou Wetland

The Point Gambia

Monday 14 August 2017

The Association for Food and Environment Security (AFES), a Community-Based Organization of Jokadou Dasilami in the North Bank Region with support from UNDP Small grant Global Environment Facility (GEF), has planted 70,000 saplings of mangroves to restore lost vegetation cover, enhance breeding for seafood and contribute to environmental management. The mangroves were planted along Jokadou Dasilami wetland to mitigate the effects of climate change and stabilize soil and water erosion along the coastal and marine line, provide spooning ground for fish, minimise salt intrusion and enhance climate resilience building.

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UNDP Moves To Check Water Hyacinths’ Effects

The Tide

Monday 14 August 2017

The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), says the ravaging effects of water hyacinths in the Niger Delta will continue until  communities  in the region  learn how to utilise  them for positive  use. Representative of the organisation, Mr.  Raymond Enuwaye said this at a two-day training on concepts and techniques in production of organic fertilizer  from water hyacinth  organised by the UNDP, in collaboration with Environment    and Climate  Change Amelioration Initiative (ECCAI) under the Niger Delta Biodiversity Project (NDBP) for communities  in Orashi region of Ahoada. Mr. Enuwaye,  said that  water hyacinth  which  has  become a menace to communities  in the fresh water areas of the Niger Delta can be used to produce organic  fertilizer to increase food production  as well as be used in the  production of handicrafts.

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Climate change, UNDP advocates for Haiti

Haiti Libre

Monday 14 August 2017

Haiti received last week the 32nd Meeting of the Group of Experts of the Least Developed Countries (LDCs) on climate change just a few days before the Paris Agreement (COP21) which enters into force on 31 August. In her speech Yvonne Helle, the Senior Director of the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) in Haiti declared : "[...] For the populations of many developing countries that will bear the greatest burden of climate change, the Paris Agreement opens new perspectives, particularly in terms of financing and capacity building for sustainable and more resilient development."

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UNDP gives assistance to women on livelihood improvement

News Ghana

Friday 11 August 2017

United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) has provided an assistance package to boost the productive capacity of women engaged in gari-processing at Kenyase Number Three in the Asutifi North District and transform their lives.This involved the presentation of cash of GH?20,000.00 and eight pieces of “Gari Elephant” – energy efficient and environmentally-friendly cook stoves. Mr. Bossman Owusu, UNDP’s Communications Analyst, said the goal was to help strengthen community-level resilience and promote livelihood opportunities. Gari, made from cassava, has been an important staple in many Ghanaian households and its production gives valuable income to tens of thousands of rural households, across the cassava-growing areas. Women, who dominate the final step in gari production – frying, have been complaining of low productivity, high firewood usage, burns and health complications from exposure to smoke, and this is what the UNDP’s support seeks to address.

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UN Resident Coordinator for Azerbaijan visits project sites in Ismailly

Trend News Agency

Friday 11 August 2017

United Nations Resident Coordinator for Azerbaijan, Ghulam M. Isaczai, visited Ismailly district from 9 to 10 August to monitor the implementation of the project on sustainable land and forest management in Greater Caucasus landscape of Azerbaijan... The project assists the government to sustainably manage its pasture and forest resources and helps to improve legal and institutional basis for sustainable management of rangeland and forest resources. It also supports demonstration of improved land and forest management practices in selected pilot districts of Ismailly and Shamakhy.

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Papua New Guinea has taken its first step towards developing a National Adaptation Plan

Papua New Guinea Post-Courier

Wednesday 9 August 2017

As the climate changes, Papua New Guinea (PNG) will likely experience higher risks of landslides, increased inland and coastal flooding, droughts and frost conditions, salt water intrusion, and hazardous sea conditions among other effects. PNG is now taking its first step towards developing a National Adaptation Plan to outline the country’s strategy for adapting to the threats of climate change.

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Building a National Adaptation Plan in Nepal

The Himilayan Times

Wednesday 9 August 2017

Agriculture in Nepal is highly dependent on the monsoon and production fluctuates with the weather. Such fluctuations have been observed in different years and that has resulted from variations in rainfall and temperatures and the lack of adequate irrigation facilities, low access to improved seeds, fertilizers, and technology. Being a sector that employs a large proportion of the workforce, climate-impacts on agriculture sector can affect the overall economic growth and wellbeing of the people. Nepal has adopted National Adaptation Program of Action (NAPA) and prepared the National Framework on Local Adaptation Plan of Action (LAPA) to implement NAPA priorities. Nepal anticipates contributing towards avoiding or reducing the climate change impacts to ensure the wellbeing of climate-vulnerable communities through the NAPA framework. The LAPA process integrates climate change in development planning and implementation. In Nepal, the Ministry of Agriculture Development, in partnership with UNDP, FAO and German Government, has been supporting to integrate the agriculture sector into the National Adaptation Plan, which is expected to make Nepal's poor and vulnerable farmers more resilient to the impact of climate change.

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Faire du Fonds Vert Climat une opportunité pour le développement durable en République du Congo

Media Terre

Monday 7 August 2017

Le Ministère de l’Economie Forestière, du Développement Durable et de l’Environnement, en partenariat avec le Programme des Nations Unies pour le Développement, a organisé le 1er août 2017, à Brazzaville, un atelier de coordination des bailleurs et partenaires techniques et financiers du Congo. Engagée dans la lutte contre les changements climatique, la République du Congo a ratifié, en 2015, l’Accord de Paris sur le changement climatique, issu de la 21ème Conférence de Paris. Le Fonds Vert pour le Climat (FVC) est un mécanisme de financement international qui soutient la promotion d’un réel changement vers un développement à faibles émissions de gaz à effet de serre (GES) et résilient au climat. Il s’ajoute à d’autres modes de financement déjà existants afin de renforcer de façon significative la lutte contre le changement climatique par la réduction des gaz à effet de serre et en favorisant l’adaptation. Ce processus est capital, notamment pour aider les communautés vulnérables à s’adapter aux impacts des changements climatiques qu’elles subissent déjà.


Following fatal landslides in June, UNDP finds out causes, makes a set of recommendations to prevent disaster

The Daily Star

Monday 7 August 2017

Unplanned settlement, deforestation, lack of guidelines for constructions in the hill region, development interventions, and heavy rainfall were among the causes of the devastating landslides in the Chittagong Hill Tracts over one and a half months ago, according to a UNDP report. The UN body also blamed various constructions obstructing natural water flow, leasing of forest lands for commercial crops, lack of building code and lack of understanding of hill ecology for such a major disaster. The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) came up with the report five weeks after the series of landslides on June 13 claimed over 160 lives in Rangamati, Bandarban and Chittagong. Of them, 120 people died in Rangamati alone. After making assessments of the three hill districts from July 2 to 16, the UNDP on July 19 sent the report titled “Chittagong Hill Tracts Post-Landslides and Flash Floods Recovery Assessment” to the disaster management and relief ministry.

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Government, UNDP partner on trees in Zambia

Daily Mail

Sunday 6 August 2017

Government in partnership with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) is undertaking a five-year forest regeneration project covering 15,000 hectares in Serenje and Chitambo districts in Central Province. Ministry of Lands, Natural Resources and Environmental Protection permanent secretary Trevor Kaunda said close to K1.1 million will be spent on the project. “This project we are doing with the UNDP and we are looking at regeneration of forests. We are looking at areas where trees have been cut down or in some cases where we need to protect forests,” Mr Kaunda said.

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Support to adaptation leads to increased income for farmers-reveal studies

My Republica

Sunday 6 August 2017

The investment made by the Government of Nepal to help farmers adapt to climate change is having positive impact on the income level of the farmers, reveals new study reports. The two study reports – “Collaborative Research on Impact of Climate Change Finance on the Climate vulnerable poor population” and “Public Expenditure Tracking Survey of Cooperative Farming, Small Irrigation and Transportation of Seeds and fertilizers” – were released amid a function on Sunday in Kathmandu. The study reports by the Ministry of Agriculture Development, National Disaster Risk Reduction Center, Freedom Forum and UNDP highlighted that the climate related programmes in the agricultural sector have generally had positive outcomes in terms of increasing the income level of farmers, as well as other benefits.

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Guyana’s Model Green Town Reflects Ambitious National Plan

Caribbean 360

Friday 4 August 2017

At the head of Guyana’s Essequibo River, 50 miles inland from the Atlantic Ocean, you will find the town of Bartica. Considered the gateway to Guyana’s interior, the town has a population of about 15,000 and is the launching point for people who work in the forests mining gold and diamonds. Under a new project, Bartica is to benefit from the installation of a 20Kwp grid connected Solar Photovoltaic (PV) system at the 3-Mile Secondary School along with the installation of energy efficient lighting, as well as light-emitting diode (LED) street lighting. The Ministry of the Presidency (MotP), through the Office of Climate Change, in collaboration with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), launched the Japan-Caribbean Climate Change Partnership (J-CCCP) in Bartica earlier this month. The Partnership, which is being funded by the Government of Japan to the tune of $15 million, supports countries in advancing the process of improving energy security planning for adaptation to climate change.

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