Climate Change Adaptation in the News

June 2017

June 2017

Le Vietnam renforce sa capacité d’adaptation au changement climatique

Le Courrier Vietnam

Tuesday 27 June 2017

Le ministère du Plan et de l’Investissement, en collaboration avec le Programme des Nations unies pour le développement (PNUD) et le Fonds vert pour le climat (GCF), a annoncé lundi 26 juin à Hanoï un projet financé par le GCF pour accroître la résilience au changement climatique des résidents côtiers au Vietnam.

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Climate change insurance raised at Pacific Dialogue in Samoa

Samoa Observer

Tuesday 27 June 2017

 A regional dialogue on the financial management of climate change risks, including discussing the need for a Pacific climate change insurance facility, is on the agenda in Apia this week. The aim of the event is to discuss the "critical need for financial management of climate change, including insurance” and come to a set of conclusions as to how best to achieve this goal. Director-General of Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme, Leota Kosi Latu, spoke about the economic burden of the impact of natural disasters...
 

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Uganda needs 400bn for conservation – UN

The Independent Uganda

Monday 26 June 2017

The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) has tasked Uganda to raise an annual fee of Shs418billion to finance management and conservation of its endangered animal and plant species. Almaz Gebru, the country director of UNDP says the current infrastructure binge and agricultural schemes are threatening the habitats of the various animal and plant species.

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More efforts needed to cope with climate change in Vietnam

Veitnam.net

Monday 26 June 2017

Vietnam should calculate in advance damage caused by climate change as its effects have become more obvious and devastating in recent years, with changes in temperature and rainfall, sea level rises and extreme weather. According to the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Vietnam, the drought triggered by El-Nino in 2015-2016 affected millions of Vietnamese farmers and the national economy. Pham Van Tan, Deputy Director of the Department of Meteorology, Hydrology and Climate Change under the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment, said Vietnam is one of the most vulnerable countries due to climate change. However, many organisations, businesses and locals have not been fully aware of climate change and green growth, he said, noting that coordination between ministries, departments and localities is lacking. To date, all ten relevant ministries and 63 localities have promulgated action plans to cope with climate change and sea level rises. Nevertheless, only a few ministries and departments study the impacts of climate change on socio-economic development plans.


GCF announces project to boost Vietnam’s climate resilience

Nhan Dan Viet Nam

Monday 26 June 2017

The Ministry of Planning and Investment (MPI), the UN Development Programme (UNDP) and the Green Climate Fund (GCF) on June 26 announced a GCF-funded project to increase the resilience to climate change for coastal residents in Vietnam. The US$ 29.5 million project, approved by the GCF in 2016, has been developed as a partnership between the UNDP, the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, the Ministry of Construction, the MPI and coastal provinces. The project will focus on supporting communities vulnerable to natural disasters to protect themselves from the impacts of frequent typhoons and flooding, therefore improving their livelihoods.

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PNUD y Vietnam impulsan iniciativas para ayudar a residentes en áreas costeras

Vietnam Plus

Monday 26 June 2017

Vietnam y el Programa de las Naciones Unidas para el Desarrollo (PNUD) está cooperando para impulsar las iniciativas destinadas al aumento de la capacidad de resistencia frente a los desastres naturales de las zonas rurales, incluido las costeras.

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Juba to host UNDP conference on climate change

News Ghana

Friday 23 June 2017

The United Nations Development Programme and South Sudanese Ministry of Environment and Forestry have announced that a conference on Climate Change, Food Insecurity, and Resilient Livelihoods will be held at Juba Grand Hotel from 28 – 29 June 2017. The conference launch will take place at 9 a.m. on Wednesday, 28 June. The First Vice President H.E. Taban Deng Gai is the Guest of Honour and will preside over the opening ceremony, which will also feature welcome remarks from the Acting Minister of Environment, Honourable Onyoti Adigo Nyikwec, the Undersecretary of the Ministry of Environment Mr. Joseph Bartel and UNDP’s Country Director a.i. Mr. Jean Luc Stalon. The overall objective of the conference is to engage high level stakeholders, senior leadership, and external experts to deliberate on the interlinkages between climate change, food insecurity and resilient livelihoods towards domestic preparedness on climate change adaptation. The conference will identify concrete policy and programmatic options and come up with a comprehensive Action Plan for adaptive resilience building and enhanced community preparedness.

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Zero Hunger: Building adaptive farms and resilient tables across six countries

ReliefWeb

Thursday 22 June 2017

As the spectre of famine currently looms in multiple countries, climate change is exacerbating many of the existing environmental pressures. The ways we produce and consume food will need to adapt to keep pace. In September 2015, 193 UN member states adopted the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and its 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDG). Universal, inclusive, and indivisible, the Agenda calls for action by all countries to improve the lives of people globally. These 17 goals are designed to transform our world. “The mandate of the new Sustainable Development Goals is clear: creating prosperity means securing a food chain that is environmentally sustainable, socially just and economically inclusive.” Josep Roca, UNDP Goodwill Ambassador, El Celler de Can Roca

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Include value of lakes, forests in GDP figures, UN tells Uganda

Daily Monitor Uganda

Thursday 22 June 2017

Government should include the economic value of vital resources such as Lake Victoria in the calculation of the country’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) to provide a stimulus for renewed conservation, a senior United Nations official has said. Ms Adriana Dinu, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Global Environment Facility executive coordinator, said overlooking the monetary contribution of the assets such as; lakes, animals and plant cover leads to less value being attached to them and hence their degradations. “Look at Lake Victoria which is the largest lake in Africa. What is its value? Studies show Lake Victoria is providing some of the most productive fresh water fisheries worldwide, with 500,000 tonnes of fish and $400m dollars in revenue,” Ms Dinu said.

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Forging partnerships to catalyze synergies between adaptation, mitigation, and SDG plans

LEDS Global Partnership

Wednesday 21 June 2017

Building resilience to the effects of climate change and transforming economies toward low-carbon development requires integrated, cross-cutting solutions. In this way, a new paradigm is emerging toward addressing multiple risks and delivering co-benefits across climate and non-climate drivers. This will entail connecting climate action to long-term sustainable development planning, financing and budgeting.

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Inter-ministerial workshop discusses climate change-related losses

Vietnam Plus

Thursday 8 June 2017

An inter-ministerial consultation workshop on evaluating losses due to impacts of climate change is taking place in Hanoi with both local and foreign experts in attendance. The two-day event, opened on June 6, was co-held by the United Nations Development Programme and the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development.

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Fashion Forward: Women in Niger break through with unique sewing cooperatives and improved farm marketing to support climate resilient lives

ReliefWeb

Thursday 8 June 2017

Halima Ousseïni is just 16 years old. The world should be hers. Yet, living in the village of Tanout, Niger, where climate change impacts, political instability, gender inequality and poverty are commonplace, life is not easy for Halima.

Halima had to drop out of school after two years of secondary school. By the time she turned 16, her future was caving in. In a country where three out of four girls is married before the age of 18 - many girls in Halima’s village were already pregnant, and like many people affected by climate change and the brute force of poverty and inequality, Halima was out of options.

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Viet Nam among countries most affected by climate change

Tuoitrenews

Wednesday 7 June 2017

Viet Nam is among the top ten countries most affected by weather-related loss events, Akiko Fujii, the UNDP deputy country director in Viet Nam, told a climate change workshop in Hanoi on Tuesday. Citing statistics from the Global Risk Index 2017, she added that since the 1970s more than 500 deaths occur annually in Viet Nam as a direct result of natural disasters, costing the country over 1.5 percent of its GDP in economic loss.


Valuation of Climate Change Impacts for Better Responses in Viet Nam

Viet Nam News

Wednesday 7 June 2017

Việt Nam needs tools to calculate damage relating to climate change impacts to improve natural disaster response and mitigation work, deputy minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Hoàng Văn Thắng said yesterday. Speaking at a workshop on climate change impacts in Việt Nam organised by the ministry and United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), Thắng said loss and damage valuation included identifying climate change’s negative impacts on socio-economic development, economic and non-economic losses, resettlement, permanent loss, restoration, insurance, social welfare and compensation. According to the Global Risk Index 2017, Việt Nam ranks among the top 10 countries affected by the impacts of weather-related events. Since the 1970s, disasters have caused more than 500 deaths annually in Việt Nam, and cost more than 1.5 per centy of GDP in economic losses. These costs could well rise to 3-5 per cent of GDP by 2030.

 

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Focus to be placed on Community Resilience in fight against climate change -Caribbean National Adaptation Plans Training Workshop concludes

Minstry of the Presidency Guyana

Monday 5 June 2017

Head of the Office of Climate Change, Mrs. Janelle Christian said that Guyana will be focusing on community resilience as the country embarks on the process of developing a National Adaptation Plan (NAP), which is an essential component in the fight against climate change. She was speaking at the closing ceremony of the three-day Caribbean National Adaptation Plans Training Workshop held at the Ramada Princess Hotel at Providence.

Mrs. Christian said that traditionally, the focus had been on the effects of natural disasters on the agricultural sectors, not realising that it is the people, who are most affected, with the most vulnerable groups facing the greatest challenges in the aftermath. In this regard, she underscored the need for national consultations in the development of a National Adaptation Plan.

She noted that Guyana and Antigua and Barbuda have committed to working with each other, so that Guyana can use the experiences of that country in engaging civil society. The Head of the Climate Change Office said that it is necessary that the participating countries seek to identify ways of matching the capacity support available regionally with those from international donor agencies. She said, “I think the important thing is to advance the process, some little step…We are at different stages and to also try to see how we can network and continue to learn from each other.”

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Communities empowered to call for funding help

Monday 5 June 2017

In Samoa, communities are being encouraged to apply for funding under a Small Grant Scheme, to implement small-scale climate change adaptation initiatives and programs. The Scheme, via the Adaptation Fund, has a competitive nature with each proposal assessed on its relevance to the community priorities. An important objective of the workshops being held is to raise awareness of the Adaptation Fund’s main objectives as well as to provide training in writing a successful proposal. 

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Climate change and the world’s oceans

United Nations News Centre

Monday 5 June 2017

The vital link between oceans and climate change is among the issues at the forefront of discussions at the United Nations Ocean Conference taking place in New York from 5 to 9 June... According to the UN Development Programme (UNDP), the planet’s freshwater and oceans are inextricably linked through the earth’s water cycle. The agency notes that 97 per cent of the world’s water is in the ocean and the ocean supplies almost all the water that falls on land as rain and snow.  Of the small portion that is fresh water; about a third is in in the ground and a mere .3 per cent in accessible surface waters. Climate change scenarios project that discrepancies between water supply and demand will heighten. The frequency and severity of floods and droughts will likely change many river basins worldwide – with droughts causing significant socio-economic and environmental consequences.

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Cuba desafía el cambio climático, asegura representante del PNUD

Prensa Latina

Monday 5 June 2017

Myrta Kaulard, representante del Programa de las Naciones Unidas para el Desarrollo (PNUD) en Cuba, destacó hoy el serio compromiso de este pequeño Estado insular para enfrentar el desafío global contra el cambio climático.
Así lo expresó durante su intervención en el acto central por el Día Mundial del Medio Ambiente, celebrado en esta provincia por tercera ocasión.

La también coordinadora residente del Sistema de Naciones Unidas en Cuba dijo que la 'interrelación entre las personas y la naturaleza está en el corazón de la Agenda de Desarrollo Sostenible 2030'.

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Canada demonstrates international leadership on environment and climate change

NewsWire Canada

Monday 5 June 2017

Canada is thrilled to be this year's host of World Environment Day. We are steadfast in our commitment to work with our global partners to address climate change and promote clean growth. We are working together to leave a cleaner, healthier, and more sustainable planet for our children and grandchildren. Canada will continue to take on leadership on climate change. In September 2017, Canada will co-host a ministerial meeting, in Canada, with China and the European Union to advance the Paris Agreement and clean growth. From September 3 to September 9, 2017, Canada will also host the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, in Montréal, Quebec. In 2018, Canada will prioritize climate-change action and clean economic growth, during Canada's G7 presidency... Canada is also proud to stand alongside many international partners in the Green Climate Fund, where Canada has committed $300 million to support developing countries in their efforts to adapt to a changing climate. The Green Climate Fund has approved US$44 million to help Uganda restore critical wetlands to maximize the natural benefits of ecosystems, such as replenishing ground water and improving flood control. This initiative will enhance the livelihoods of subsistence-farming communities through fishing and agriculture. The Green Climate Fund has also approved US$84 million to reduce emissions from deforestation in Ecuador, including controlling agricultural expansion into forest areas.

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A Treasured Coastline: Addressing climate change vulnerabilities and risks in vulnerable coastal areas of Tunisia

ReliefWeb

Friday 2 June 2017

Tunisia’s coastal zone teems with life. It is a densely populated area, with most of the country’s large cities, and two-thirds of its people. With its varied topography and an irregular 1,445km of continental coastline extended from the North to the East, plus 450km of island coastline, the coastal zone is a vital habitat for both humans and marine biodiversity.

The coastal zone also plays a pivotal role in the country’s development. The diverse coastal environment powers more than 80% of the country’s economic activities, houses 90% of its tourism infrastructure, and is the site of a major share of the nation’s irrigated agriculture.

However, a lack of capacity to deal with the impacts of climate change in coastal zones represents a significant risk. Innovative adaptation strategies are needed to proactively address the risks posed by climate change on populations and key socio-economic sectors in Tunisia’s most vulnerable coastal areas.

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