Climate Change Adaptation in the News

June 2018

June 2018

Governments Agree on Updating the Elements of the Least Developed Countries Work Programme


Thursday 21 June 2018

Governments at the last UN climate change conference, held from 30 April to 10 May, in Bonn, Germany, agreed to update the elements of the least developed countries (LDCs) work programme to reflect new and continuing needs of the LDCs. This is a historic milestone since the establishment of the work programme in 2001.

The work programme was established in 2001 for the implementation of Article 4, paragraph 9 of the Convention (“Parties shall take full account of the specific needs and special situations of the least developed countries in their actions with regard to funding and transfer of technology.”) Since then, many developments that have direct and/or indirect implications to climate change and development planning in the LDCs have taken place. These include the establishment of the process to formulate and implement National Adaptation Plans (NAPs) in 2010, the operationalization of the Green Climate Fund (GCF) in 2010, and the adoption of the SDGs and the Paris Agreement on climate change in 2015.

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UNDP at the VI Regional Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction in the Americas


Thursday 21 June 2018

The Sixth session of the Regional Platform represents an opportunity for Member States to share experiences, build their capacities, transfer knowledge and show successes related to disaster risk reduction at the national and local levels. Similarly, it is expected that this session will increase the degree of participation and the commitment of the parties and stakeholders interested in the implementation of the Sendai Framework as well as in the integral management of disaster risk as a key component for sustainable development. 

Over the past decade more than 1.5 billion people have been affected by disasters that have cost at least US$ 1.3 trillion. Climate change, weak governance, and an increasing concentration of people and assets in areas exposed to natural hazards are driving disaster risk upwards, especially in poor and fragile countries.
This poses a critical threat to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). UNDP’s disaster risk reduction efforts aim to risk-inform development in line with the goals and targets of the SDGS and the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction. Specifically, UNDP works with country partners to strengthen national and subnational policy, legal and institutional systems; foster greater coherence of disaster risk reduction and climate adaptation efforts; provide access to risk information and early warning systems; and strengthen preparedness and response measures. Together, these efforts strengthen the resilience of countries and urban and rural communities.

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Preparing for disaster pays by saving lives, cutting losses

Thomson Reuters

Tuesday 19 June 2018

Using scientific analysis to calculate climate risks is often a core component of efforts to make societies more resilient to climate change.

A GCF initiative now being implemented in Vietnam with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) is strengthening storm and flood protection by using information from climate assessments across all of the country’s 28 coastal provinces.

Vietnam’s vulnerability was brought into stark relief in November last year when floods following Typhoon Damrey killed at least 60, destroyed 2,000 homes, and threatened to disrupt a yearly Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) gathering of world leaders.

Another GCF-UNDP project shows that early flood warning is not just a priority for coastal communities. Rising temperatures in northern Pakistan are turning glaciers into growing lakes which now threaten over 7 million people with flooding.

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Un programa de la ONU busca proyectos medioambientales en el norte provincial

Mirador Provincial

Tuesday 19 June 2018

El programa de pequeñas donaciones es del Fondo para el Medio Ambiente Mundial o GEF (Global Environment Facility), por sus siglas en inglés. El GEF financia esta iniciativa en 125 países del mundo. En Argentina, es un programa que se aplicó entre 2006 y 2011 en el NOA. Se trabajó específicamente sobre los ecosistemas de montaña. Desde 2012 se trabaja en el NEA. En el noreste se incluyó a estos departamentos del norte de nuestra provincia: 9 de Julio, General Obligado, Vera, San Cristóbal y San Javier. También se trabaja en Misiones, Formosa, Chaco, Corrientes y Entre Ríos. Francisco López Sastre, una de las personas asignadas para el PNUD en nuestro país, explicó los motivos de la inserción de la región santafesina: “Se trabaja en el norte de Santa Fe por la ecorregión chaqueña que involucra a los departamentos del norte”. Se realizó un taller días pasados para difundir esta convocatoria de las pequeñas donaciones para que las organizaciones presenten proyectos socio-ambientales. Se hicieron también talleres para difundir y para capacitar.

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The positives of preparing for disaster

Green Climate Fund

Monday 18 June 2018

 A guide to GCF’s support for climate change early warning systems

Knowledge is power. In terms of climate change, this translates into using a growing understanding of how rising global temperatures lead to localised weather disasters. This improved knowledge can help reduce the physical and social devastation of climate change by providing early warning...

While the landlocked nation of Malawi is highly susceptible to droughts, it also provides an example of how flooding can pose a problem for a number of African countries – even those located far from coastlines. Lake Malawi, one of the largest lakes in the world, is a central geographical and economic feature of the country. A GCF project in Malawi being implemented by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), a GCF Accredited Entity, is installing automatic weather stations and lake-based weather buoys to increase the capacity to identify and forecast flood risks.
A major component of this USD 16.3 million early warning project is ensuring that climate information is transmitted to vulnerable farming and fishing communities around the lake. The sharing of climate information to the right people is a key part of all effective early warning systems. In the case of the Malawi project, this will include making sure affected communities know what to do with enhanced weather information. The capacity of local communities, district councils, and national agencies to respond to emergencies will be strengthened through training and improved emergency services.

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Lessons from our kings of yore for a parched land

The Sunday Times, Sri Lanka

Sunday 17 June 2018

June 17 2018, Sri Lanka: Centuries before 'climate change', 'water harvesting' and 'water management' became buzz-words, Sri Lanka's ancient monarchs were modern enough to see ‘sustainable development’ through their irrigation marvels - the foresight of the kings is validated today more than ever before.  To improve food production, livelihood security and water security for flood and drought-affected communities of the dry zone, the Climate Resilient Integrated Water Management Project (CRIWMP), under the local banner of Wewu gam pubuduwa, is underway. The project - covering seven districts in the Northern, Eastern, North Western and the North Central Provinces - is an initiative by the Ministry of Mahaweli Development and Environment (MMDE) with the assistance of the United Nations Development Programme and finance from the Green Climate Fund. 

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National Disaster Management Agency, UNDP-Liberia Conduct Training on National Disaster Readiness

Front Page Africa

Thursday 7 June 2018

The training was funded by the United Nations Development Program (UNDP). According to E. Abraham T. Tumbey, NAP’s project manager, the training session focused on strengthening national disaster response and helped citizens understand the steps to be adopted to respond to various disaster situations. Tumbey added that the training increased participants’ knowledge disaster preparedness by increasing each agencies’ understanding of participants’ roles and responsibilities before and during a disaster. Tumbey said planning, coordination and high state of preparedness were the necessary steps to handle crisis successfully. The NAP project manager said the training was also meant to create awareness among participants about the firefighting techniques and the ways to respond swiftly in times of such emergency situation.

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Impacts to Cambodian economy from climate change could be worse than first predicted: UNDP

Xinhua News

Tuesday 5 June 2018

PHNOM PENH, June 5 (Xinhua) -- If the global rise in temperatures is kept below 2 degree Celsius by 2100 and Cambodia maintains current levels of investment in climate change adaptation, climate change will reduce Cambodia's GDP by 9.8 percent in 2050, the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) said on Tuesday. UNDP said in a statement that reduced labor productivity - caused by workers slowing down or becoming fatigued due to higher temperatures - will be the main cause of GDP loss, accounting for 57 percent of the economic loss and damage caused by climate change in the country in 2050, citing a macro-economic report titled "Cambodia Climate Economic Growth Impact Model."

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Au Malawi, des fermiers en vigie face au changement climatique

Le Monde

Monday 4 June 2018

Très pauvre, touché par des événements climatiques extrêmes, le Malawi est l’un des premiers pays à bénéficier de l’argent du Fonds vert pour le climat. Chaque matin à 6 heures, lorsque c’est son tour de garde, Jamira Seleman quitte sa maison pour se rendre au bord de la rivière. La mère de famille relève le niveau de l’eau, indiqué par une jauge solidement plantée au milieu des flots terreux. Puis elle le consigne scrupuleusement sur un cahier d’écolier froissé par le temps. Ce matin-là, l’échelle n’indique pas plus de 70 centimètres. Mais le chiffre s’envole parfois, transformant la bénéfique rivière Lifisi en menace mortelle pour les habitants du district de Salima, une région rurale du centre du Malawi, à l’est de la capitale, Lilongwe. « Lorsque l’eau atteint 3 mètres, nous, les membres du comité citoyen, nous appelons au plus vite nos homologues dans les villages en contrebas », décrit-elle fièrement. Installé en 2012, ce système « d’alerte précoce » a depuis été éprouvé plusieurs fois. « C’est très bénéfique. Grâce à ce système, nous sauvons des vies », souligne Jamira Seleman, le menton haut. En février 2017, en pleine saison des pluies, une alerte fut ainsi lancée à 3 heures du matin depuis cette station située en haut du bassin-versant. En quelques coups de téléphone, l’information atteignait les villages qui bordent les rives du lac Malawi, à 30 km en contrebas. Aussitôt, les membres du comité attrapaient leur bicyclette et leur vuvuzela pour donner aux habitants le signal de fuir immédiatement. Quelques heures plus tard, près de 500 personnes avaient convergé vers le centre d’évacuation, une grande bâtisse de brique construite en zone sèche, et aucun mort n’avait été déploré cette nuit-là. Le Fonds vert pour le climat s’est engagé à verser 12,3 millions de dollars (plus de 10 millions d’euros) dans le cadre d’un projet mené par le gouvernement et le Programme des Nations unies pour le développement (qui engagent respectivement 2,2 et 1,8 millions de dollars) pour étendre ce système d’alerte précoce à 75 % des districts et bénéficier ainsi à 2 millions...

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