Climate Change Adaptation in the News

March 2017

March 2017

From Subsistence to Sustenance: Farmers look to cash crops to build long-term resilience to climate change in Ethiopia

ReliefWeb

Tuesday 28 March 2017

Apiyeiw Akwor is the sole bread winner in her household. Her husband died some nine years ago, and now Apiyeiw raises her two children on her own. Apiyeiw’s life is hard. And continued hurdles from climate change – recent droughts caused by El Niño, land degradation, changing rainfall patterns – make it even harder.

Apiyeiw used to plant sorghum and maize along the banks of the Baro River – relying on rains to water the crops. But she never got much more than four quintals (about 400kg) per harvest.

This was hardly enough to support her family, so she would supplement her income by distilling a local alcohol known as areki. The distillation process of this potent potable is quite laborious. More concerning still, the production of areki requires cutting down lots of firewood to keep those stills burning.

Things are now looking up for Apiyeiw and her family. With support from the Promoting Autonomous Adaptation at the Community Level in Ethiopia project – a five-year initiative led by the Government of Ethiopia and benefitting from a US$5.6 million grant from both Global Environment Facility’s Least Developed Countries Fund and UNDP sources – Apiyeiw was able to diversity her holdings and plant new cash crops such as banana, onion, cabbage and tomato.

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Pakistan pursuing strategy to handle challenges of climate change

The International News

Tuesday 28 March 2017

Islamabad: Prime Minister's focal person on climate change Syed Rizwan Mehboob has said that Pakistan is pursuing a two-pronged strategy to ensure availability of required funds to tackle increasing challenge of the climate change comprising generation of own financial resources and grabbing due share from the Green Climate Fund.

"The Green Climate Fund has already approved 36 million dollar for Climate Change Adaptation project responding to glacial outburst in northern areas of Pakistan. As a country particularly vulnerable to the adverse impacts of climate change, Pakistan can no longer afford to ignore the threat it poses to its economy and socio-political stability," he said.

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Capacity Building and Technology Update: Initiatives Enhance National Adaptation Planning, Low-Carbon Maritime Shipping

IISD

Wednesday 22 March 2017

The UN Development Programme (UNDP), with support from the German Corporation for International Cooperation (GIZ), the Netherlands Development Organisation (SNV) and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO), conducted a training workshop aimed at building Viet Nam’s capacity to develop a National Adaptation Plan (NAP). Titled ‘Introduction of Integrating Agriculture into National Adaptation Plans in Viet Nam,’ the workshop convened in Hanoi, from 1-2 December 2016. Its key results include: enhancement of participants’ understanding on various aspects of adaptation planning; increased understanding of monitoring and evaluation of climate adaptation processes; and enhanced integration of concerns of the agriculture sector in the NAP roadmap.

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Before the Famine - Enhancing Climate Resilience of Vulnerable Communities & Ecosystems in Somalia

ReliefWeb

Monday 20 March 2017

Green shoots of peace and development are emerging in Somalia, after a particularly difficult period of instability. Ongoing climate risks have put those delicate shoots in danger. Drought-related malnutrition and disease outbreaks are on the rise, nearly doubling climate-induced displacement from 62,000 Somalis in January 2017 to 106,000 in February 2017.

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UN to propose USD 42M from Green Climate Fund Bhutan

Kuensel Bhutan

Tuesday 14 March 2017

UNDP and the government have collaborated to design Bhutan’s first Green Climate Fund (GCF) project worth USD 42 million (M). This project will be submitted to the GCF by next week. UNDP and the government worked for 18 months to prepare this first GCF  project. The project is aimed at making the agriculture sector resilient to climate change. While there are many irrigation channels and farm roads across the country they are currently not resilient or adaptive to climate change. The government has identified numerous areas that require  attention in such areas, which will now be submitted to the GCF.

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Tonga seeks multi-million dollar funding to help fight against climate change threats

Kaniva Tonga

Saturday 11 March 2017

The Tongan government revisited a proposal to bring millions of dollars to the nation to help its battle to reduce threatening impacts of climate change to the Kingdom.

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Liberia: Climate Change Experts Concludes Workshop On Enhancing Liberia's Development

ReliefWeb

Wednesday 8 March 2017

Climate change experts and stakeholders have concluded a two day workshop on how to enhance Liberia's development through the Green Climate Fund (GCF). Held in Buchanan, Grand Bassa County, the workshop brought together experts from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and presented a unique opportunity for the support of Liberia's development programs... EPA is working with the UNDP to develop a climate change adaptation Project proposal for GCF funding to address issues of coastal erosion at the cost of approximately US$35M Strengthen local institutions and develop human resources to manage climate change induced coastal flooding and sea-level rise risks through institutional alignment, training of key personnel and knowledge generation, Reduce exposure of coastal communities in Monrovia Metropolitan Area (MMA) to risks related Climate Change induced coastal flooding and sea-level rise by implementing critical coastal protection measures, and Enhance livelihood options of climate affected and displaced by supporting on-going social protection housing programs and small medium enterprise development.

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Building a Roadmap for National Adaptation Planning in Guinea-Bissau

ReliefWeb

Wednesday 1 March 2017

The risks of climate change are very real for the people of Guinea-Bissau. Two out of three people live in poverty in this small country on the West Coast of Africa, and climate risks such as diminishing rainfall, temperature rise, and aquifers and rice fields that are flooded with salt water threaten to derail efforts to reduce poverty, protect food security and build a resilient nation. With the goal of supporting the government to build a roadmap for Guinea-Bissau’s National Adaptation Plan (NAP), the joint United Nations Development Programme–UN Environment National Adaptation Plan Global Support Programme (NAP-GSP) is working to connect government, departments, stakeholders from across civil society, the private sector and various branches of government.

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