Climate Change Adaptation in the News

December 2017

December 2017

FAO y PNUD ejecutan en Guatemala proyecto de adaptación al cambio climático

EFE Verde

Wednesday 20 December 2017

La Organización de las Naciones Unidas para la Alimentación y la Agricultura (FAO) y el Programa de Naciones Unidas para el Desarrollo (PNUD), con el apoyo financiero de Gobierno de Alemania, ejecutarán en Guatemala un proyecto de adaptación al cambio climático, informó hoy una fuente de la ONU. Según la FAO, se trata del Plan Nacional de Adaptación (NAP-Agricultura) que también se ha desarrollado en Colombia, Gambia, Kenia, Nepal, Filipinas, Tailandia, Uganda, Uruguay, Vietnam y Zambia. El programa, que tendrá una duración de dos años, se ejecutará en regiones del denominado Corredor Seco, en el oriente de Guatemala, en apoyo al gobierno, dijo el organismo de las Naciones Unidas en un comunicado.

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Agriculture takes a leap forward at Bonn Climate Talks

Farming UK

Monday 18 December 2017

The signature decision on agriculture coming out of this year's climate talks in Bonn, called the Koronivia Joint Work on Agriculture, provides a new opportunity to address how climate change impacts on agricultural production have put millions of lives and livelihoods at risk worldwide."This bold landmark decision brings agriculture to the forefront of the international climate change agenda, and looks directly at important issues such as assessing adaptation and mitigation benefits of agriculture, improving soil health, nutrient management and livestock systems, and addressing the socio-economic and food security issues associated with climate change in the agriculture sectors," said Julia Wolf, Natural Resource Officer and Coordinator from the Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations (FAO) for the joint UNDP-FAO Integrating Agriculture in National Adaptation Plans Programme (NAP-Ag).

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The United Nations Development Programme and GEF support Benin in strengthening resilience to climate risks

ReliefWeb

Monday 18 December 2017

The United Nations Development Program (UNDP) signed today with the Government of Benin, through the Ministry of Planning and Development, a project document for the total sum of U$ 34.95 million (including a contribution of US$4.45 million from the Global Environment Facility Least Developed Countries Fund and UNDP) to help the country strengthen rural populations’ resilience to climate risks. This new project, entitled Strengthening the Resilience of Rural Livelihoods and Sub-national Government System to Climate Risks and Variability in Benin will help reduce rural populations’ vulnerability to the negative impacts of climate change through productive agricultural infrastructures. The project will reach more than 10,000 farmers, including 3,281 women in the communes of Bopa, Bohicon, Avrankou, Ouaké and Savalou. Upon signing the project document, Mr. Abdoulaye Bio Tchané, Minister of State for Planning and Development, acknowledged the presence of Mrs. Jeanne Acacha Akoha, Chief of Staff of the Ministry of Living Conditions, for the efforts of her ministerial department in the fight against climate change. He emphasized the cross-cutting nature of climate change, underscoring that neglecting climate impacts would increasingly undermine the effective implementation of poverty reduction and development programmes in general. The Minister also stressed the importance of improving living conditions for the people of Benin for the Government. "Beyond eradicating poverty, achieving inclusive and resilient economic growth has become a major challenge for the country," said Tchané. "Climate change is making life more difficult for people who are already struggling to meet their basic needs."

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GEF, UNDP, FMoE Support Fostering Sustainability, Resilience for Food Security

This Day Live

Monday 18 December 2017

The Global Environment Facility (GEF) through the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the Federal Ministry of Environment is supporting implementation of the Fostering Sustainability and Resilience for Food Security in the Savanna Zones of Northern Nigeria. The overall goal of this project is to enhance long-term sustainability and resilience of food production systems in Nigeria, by building greater community resilience to climate risks and other shocks that drive food insecurity. To this effect, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the Federal Ministry of Environment and the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (FMARD), which is hosting the Project Management Unit (PMU), held an Inception Workshop at the Women Farmers Advancement Network (WOFAN) Conference Hall in Kano, Kano State, recently to kick-start the implementation of the project. Setting the tone for discussion and welcoming participants, the Focal Person on Environment, UNDP, Mr. Muyiwa Odele explained the importance of the project, stating that it was seen as a national priority by the Federal Government.

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Early warning systems move onto the climate finance radar

Green Climate Fund

Sunday 17 December 2017

GCF is supporting countries to provide better hydro-meteorological climate services. To date, GCF has approved over USD 492 million in projects that support climate services and early warning systems. Examples of GCF projects with a significant focus on this issue include Scaling up of modernized Climate Information and Early Warning Systems in Malawi (FP002) and Africa Hydromet Program - Strengthening Climate Resilience in Sub-Saharan Africa: Mali Country Project (FP012).

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Agriculture takes a leap forward at Bonn Climate Talks

ReliefWeb

Friday 15 December 2017

The signature decision on agriculture coming out of this year's climate talks in Bonn, called the Koronivia Joint Work on Agriculture, provides a new opportunity to address how climate change impacts on agricultural production have put millions of lives and livelihoods at risk worldwide.

"This bold landmark decision brings agriculture to the forefront of the international climate change agenda, and looks directly at important issues such as assessing adaptation and mitigation benefits of agriculture, improving soil health, nutrient management and livestock systems, and addressing the socio-economic and food security issues associated with climate change in the agriculture sectors," said Julia Wolf, Natural Resource Officer and Coordinator from the Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations (FAO) for the joint UNDP-FAO Integrating Agriculture in National Adaptation Plans Programme (NAP-Ag).

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Hit by wild weather, Africa moves to modernize its forecasting

Reuters

Thursday 14 December 2017

After five years of poor rains, Mcharo Mwanyumba, a farmer in southeast Kenya, was looking forward to a bumper harvest of maize and millet from his 6-acre (2.4-hectare) plot this August. But then heavy rains pounded the area four days in a row for hours on end. His crop was submerged and destroyed, and his family of six displaced. “What should have been a blessing has turned into a nightmare,” the Taita Taveta County farmer lamented. His harvest this year, he said, was less than during recent drought years when he harvested no more than two bags of maize. Like thousands of other residents of the area – and millions of people around the world - Mwanyumba is struggling to cope with increasingly wild weather, including unexpected swings between drought and floods. The 52-year-old farmers said flooding is so rare in his area that he can’t remember a similar disaster in his lifetime. But better weather forecasts – including seasonal predictions of expected weather patterns and quick warnings of extreme weather in easy-to-understand language that farmers can use – could help cut losses, say experts trying to improve Africa’s meteorological services.

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Résilience au changement climatique au Bénin, $4,450 millions du PNUD et du FEM

Commod Africa

Thursday 14 December 2017

Renforcer la résilience des populations rurales face aux risques climatiques au Bénin est l’objectif du document de projet signé entre le PNUD et le ministère du Plan et du développement d’un montant global de $34,950 millions, dont $4,450 du Fonds mondial pour l’environnement (FEM) et du PNUD. Le projet "Renforcement de la résilience des moyens de subsistance ruraux et du système de gouvernance locale face aux risques climatiques et à la variabilité du climat au Bénin" contribuera à réduire la vulnérabilité aux impacts négatifs du changement climatique de plus de 10 000 agriculteurs dont 3 281 femmes dans les communes de Bopa, Bohicon, Avrankou, Ouaké et Savalou à travers des infrastructures agricoles productives, indique un communiqué du PNUD. Le projet sera mis en œuvre sur une période de cinq ans, de 2017 à 2022, sous la direction technique du Centre de Partenariat et d’Expertise pour le Développement (CePED).

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Early warning systems move onto the climate finance radar

Green Climate Fund

Thursday 14 December 2017

Developing countries urgently need hydro-meteorological climate services and early warning systems to help their populations prepare and respond to extreme weather events. Such events, which are becoming more intense and frequent as a result of climate change, can cause devastation in the poorer regions of the world, whether through flooding, droughts, heatwaves, cyclones, hurricanes or extreme seasonal variations. In developing countries, and particularly Least Developed Countries (LDCs) and Small Island Developing States (SIDS), climate and weather information is often unreliable or unavailable. Not enough countries have comprehensive systems, and they are often not sufficiently robust or based on international standards. This greatly increases the vulnerability of local populations. It also negatively impacts upon the ability of developing countries to design climate mitigation and adaptation interventions - including through GCF funding proposals. The need for better climate and weather information, including early warning systems, is recognised in the Paris Agreement (Article 7), and has risen up the agenda at the One Planet Summit, marking the second anniversary of the Paris Agreement. Climate financing is needed to fund these systems in developing countries. At the same time, better climate and weather information will in turn create stronger climate projects in the future, and greatly increase the resilience of populations in countries that are particularly at risk. Neil McFarlane, GCF Adaptation Coordinator, highlighted some of GCF's engagement in this area during the Agora session of the One Planet Summit. GCF is working with partners like the Climate Risk Early Warning System (CREWS) initiative, and organisations like the World Meteorological Organization and the World Bank to develop projects and programmes that can deliver a more integrated approach, to unlock the full potential of climate information systems. GCF is supporting countries to provide better hydro-meteorological climate services. To date, GCF has approved over USD 492 million in projects that support climate services and early warning systems. Examples of GCF projects with a significant focus on this issue include Scaling up of modernized Climate Information and Early Warning Systems in Malawi (FP002) and Africa Hydromet Program - Strengthening Climate Resilience in Sub-Saharan Africa: Mali Country Project (FP012).

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UN launches initiative to improve climate resilience of women in the Sahel

UNDP

Thursday 14 December 2017

A new United Nations initiative, aimed at building the resilience of a million women and youth in the Sahel to climate impacts through smart agriculture, was launched today at the One Planet Summit. The launch coincides with a gathering of world leaders in the French capital to mark the anniversary of the landmark Paris Climate Change Agreement. The climate smart agriculture programme will leverage information and communication technologies (ICTs) to provide access to agriculture assets. Using a digital platform, known as “Buy-From-Farmers” or AgriFed, small-scale women and youth farmers will be connected to customers, suppliers, information, markets and finance to help build their economic identity and make them valued entrepreneurs, able to end food insecurity in the Sahel. The initiative is a programme of the United Nations Integrated Strategy for the Sahel (UNISS) and the G5 Secretariat. The participating UN agencies are the UN’s Food and Agricultural Organization, the International Fund for Agricultural Development, the UN’s children’s organization UNICEF, UN Women, the World Food Programme, the International Organization for Migration, the UN Population Fund, the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, and the UN Development Programme, under the umbrella of the United Nations Office for West Africa (UNOWAS).

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Project to restore over 700kms of degraded wetlands starts

New Vision Uganda

Thursday 14 December 2017

Two years after Uganda’s independence, the total area of our wetlands was estimated at 32,000km2 but by 1999, this had decreased to 30,000km2. The major causes of this decline are the unquenchable thirst from both the rich and the poor alike to derive livelihoods from these wetlands. For example, in South Western Uganda, wetlands have been reclaimed to grow vegetables and start cattle farms, while in Eastern Uganda rice growing has caused the reclamation of a big chunk of the wetlands. ‘Over harvesting of water for domestic and commercial use; over harvesting of materials mainly for construction and handicraft and over fishing. Poor use of wetland catchments leading to siltation of wetlands and rivers and also people are forced to cultivate the now fertile wetlands‘says a report by the former Executive Director of National Environment Management Authority, Dr. Aryamanya-Mugisha Henry. However, the Government of Uganda and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) have kick-started a $44.26 million (about 1.6bn shillings) project on building community resilience, wetlands ecosystems and associated catchments in Uganda. The project which is being implemented in 20 districts from South Western and Eastern Uganda, is Uganda’s first Green Climate Fund-financed initiative and is a response to the Presidential Initiative on Wetlands.

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That’s a wrap

UNDP

Tuesday 12 December 2017

That’s a wrap – An inside look at the successes, challenges and outcomes of the COP23 climate conference, by Cassie Flynn, Global Climate Change Advisor, Bureau for Policy and Programme Support, UNDP. Including progress and event highlights such as the introduction of the “Fiji Momentum for Implementation”, a new Gender Action Plan, recognition of agriculture as a critical sector, establishing that the Adaptation Fund shall serve the Paris Agreement, launching the Fiji Clearing House for Risk Transfer, creation of the Suva Expert Forum on Loss and Damage, advancement of the Local and Indigenous People’s Platform and launch of the Ocean Pathway Partnership, to strengthen action and funding that links climate action with healthy oceans.

 

 

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UNDP Supporting Growth of Agriculture and Tourism

Jamaice Information Service

Tuesday 12 December 2017

The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) has been supporting the growth of agriculture and tourism in Jamaica. Through funding from the Global Environment Facility (GEF), the UNDP has provided for implementation of more than 70 projects across a number of parishes to boost farming. Projects include rainwater harvesting, sustainable agriculture, land management and watershed protection, renewable energy and biodiversity conservation.

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Safe Haven Project Officially launched at Falefa

Samoa Planet

Monday 11 December 2017

In Samoa, a 'safe haven' project in the village of Falefa was officially launched last week. This project is funded through a small grants scheme run under the Civil Society Support Programme (CSSP) with finance from the Adaptation Fund and technical support from UNDP. The project will construct a hall building as a safe haven for not only the village, but for neighbouring communities in times of natural disasters. Previously, the school building was used as an evacuation shelter during cyclones and other natural disasters.

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Climate Adaptation Finance Update: COP 23 Spurs Action on Resilience

IISD

Saturday 9 December 2017

In November, the UN Climate Change Conference in Bonn, Germany, also known as UNFCCC COP 23, served as a launchpad for a number of new funding and project launch announcements, including a UNDP-supported Green Climate Fund projects in Samoa and UNDP-supported GEF LDCF project in Bhutan.

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Sri Lankan civil society poised to support Green Climate Fund project in the Dry Zone

ReliefWeb

Friday 8 December 2017

Galgamuwa, December 8, 2017 – Four leading civil society organizations have been inducted as partners in the newly-launched Green Climate Fund-supported project in the Dry Zone, ensuring communities will play a leading role in building their own resilience to climate change.

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New programme to strengthen Lao PDR’s readiness to cope with impacts of climate change

UNDP

Wednesday 6 December 2017

Lao PDR’s ability to take efficient and timely measures to deal with the impacts of climate change is crucial for building disaster resilience among communities, safeguarding food security and water supply, and ensuring people are healthy and have decent work. In the light of this, the Government, in partnership with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), has launched a project under the Green Climate Fund Readiness and Preparatory Support Programme, aimed at strengthening Lao PDR’s readiness to cope with climate change-related events. The Green Climate Fund Readiness and Preparatory Support Programme is a funding programme that provides Lao PDR with access to financial resources from GCF while simultaneously fostering the country’s ownership and capacity of setting its climate change priorities.

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Timely dissemination of reliable weather Information is key to reducing disasters- Mushimba

Lusaka Times

Tuesday 5 December 2017

Minister of Transport and Communications Brian Mushimba says the timely dissemination of high quality, accurate and reliable weather information to end users is cardinal in reducing the impact of weather induced disasters. Mr. Mushimba said loss of life and property can be mitigated if weather related information is availed to various communities timely. He bemoaned that Sub Saharan Africa has low adaptive capacity which has led to the region being vulnerable to weather and climate stresses. Mr. Mushimba said this when he officiated at the United Nations Development Programme’s Multi-Country support to Strengthen Climate Information and Resilience Development in Africa workshop.

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Q&A: 'The climate challenge is a development problem. A major development problem.'

Devex

Monday 4 December 2017

Devex speaks with Magdy Martinez-Soliman, assistant secretary-general of the U.N. and UNDP assistant administrator, at the 23rd Conference of Parties in Bonn, Germany. Martinez-Soliman describes the UNDP’s focus on pushing for the replenishment of key climate finance pools, and on pushing countries to ramp up the ambitions of their climate action plans, which form the foundation of the Paris Agreement on climate change.

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