Climate Change Adaptation in the News

November 2018

November 2018

Climate change adaptation, resource management key areas for Nagaland

The Morung Express

Thursday 15 November 2018

Kohima : Climate change adaptation and resources management are key priority areas to address with regard to attainment of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) for Nagaland.

This was stated by John Borgoyary, Regional Head of the North East Region (NER), United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), who along with a UNDP team are in Nagaland for a two day workshop to building capacities towards achieving Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in Nagaland.

The workshop is being conducted at Hotel Vivor, organized by the state’s Planning and Coordination Department in collaboration with United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).

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UNDP, Private Sector Collaborate on “Climate Intelligence” for More Informed Investment Decisions

SDG Knowledge Hub

Thursday 15 November 2018

5 November 2018: The UN Development Programme (UNDP) has initiated a compact with eight private sector partners in Asia to collaborate on the production, analysis, dissemination and use of “climate intelligence.” The initiative aims to scale up climate action by supporting more informed investment decisions, increasing returns on investment and enhancing sustainable development.

According to UNDP, a shortage of reliable data and knowledge on the projected climate impacts on key sectors and on the likely rate of return on investment in climate resilience can hinder climate investment decisions within the private sector. In particular, micro, small and medium-sized enterprises (MSMEs) tend to lack such information. Chami Akmeemana, CEO of Blockscale Solutions, one of the partners in the compact, explained that data and general research do “not incentivize the private sector to make the significant investments needed for various resiliency initiatives.” He said the new initiative with UNDP will enable partners to “curate and package insights that are more meaningful and actionable,” providing a “clearer platform for the private sector to make informed and impactful decisions.”

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Liberia: “We’ve come to Teach Others” – Team Leader of NAP Trainees Says

Front Page Africa

Tuesday 13 November 2018

Monrovia – Charlene Freeman, Head of the Department of Natural Resource Management at Cuttington University led a team of 12 Liberians (5 females and 7 males) selected from government and academic institutions to participate in a two-week intensive training at the University of Galilee International Management Institute, Centre for Agriculture, Environment and Water in Israel.

The 12 Liberians were selected from the Ministry of Agriculture, Ministry of Mines & Energy, Center for Agriculture Research Institute (CARI), University of Liberia, Cuttington University, Forestry Development Authority and Environmental Protection Agency to pursue short term courses in climate resilient agriculture, climate change adaptation, coastal and flood engineering among others.

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Cacao, fuente de vida

United Nations

Friday 9 November 2018

El municipio de San Antonio Suchitepéquez fue uno de los mayores productores de cacao en Guatemala durante la primera mitad del siglo XX. En los últimos años, los monocultivos industriales han reemplazado las extensiones de pequeñas plantaciones de cacao -que cultivan esta especie vegetal autóctona de Centroamérica-, por cultivos introducidos como caña de azúcar y caucho, rodeados de grandes extensiones de pastizales de ganado. Estos cambios tienen graves consecuencias para los ecosistemas naturales de la región. Proteger el ecosistema A medida que el cambio climático afecta a Guatemala, las principales amenazas son las inundaciones y los deslizamientos de tierra. Esto hace que el uso de la tierra sea una preocupación aún más urgente. Afortunadamente, la reintroducción de la producción de cacao puede abordar simultáneamente dos problemas: los económicos y ambientales. "Mi negocio es la producción y venta de chocolate. ... porque ese es el negocio que aprendí de mi madre desde que era niña y ahora lo estoy enseñando a mis hijas. Tenemos que trabajar duro para ayudar a nuestros hijos a avanzar en la vida ", María Luisa Chacá, Pueblo de Suchitepéquez. En 2012, María organizó un grupo de mujeres que colectivamente recibieron entrenamiento para mejorar su producción y comercialización de chocolate. Productoras de cacao Más del 90 por ciento de la producción de cacao procede de pequeñas granjas cuyas familias dependen de este ingreso para subsistir. Estos agricultores están en transición hacia métodos más sostenibles del uso de sus tierras, lo que para María y su comunidad significa encontrar maneras de cultivar en pendientes empinadas muy vulnerables a la erosión y deslizamientos de tierra. El grupo de mujeres al que pertenece María a menudo se enfrenta a numerosos desafíos en la adopción de mejores prácticas de producción: bajo rendimiento de los árboles más viejos, plagas y enfermedades de las plantas de cacao, dificultad para obtener suministros agrícolas y acceso limitado a financiamiento para realizar mejoras. Para enfrentar este escenario, el proyecto "Panorama Productivo Resistente al Cambio Climático y Redes Socioeconómicas Fortalecidas en Guatemala" apoya a grupos de mujeres productoras de cacao para mejorar la calidad y rentabilidad del chocolate artesanal, promoviendo la recuperación de las plantaciones de cacao. Con el apoyo financiero del Fondo de Adaptación, el PNUD y el Ministerio de Medio Ambiente y Recursos Naturales de Guatemala se están abordando los riesgos ambientales a través de la adaptación basada en la comunidad.

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Supporting innovation for transformation: GEF’s new Impact Programs to tackle the drivers of environmental degradation in an integrated way

Global Environment Facility

Thursday 8 November 2018

The Global Environment Facility (GEF) faces a demanding yet seemingly attainable task: to help countries foster a transformation in how individuals, communities, and businesses use and protect the natural word. But nothing less will suffice if we are to meet pressing environmental challenges and safeguard the global commons.

Since its inception the GEF has organized its efforts within several largely independent focal areas, including biodiversity, climate change mitigation, and sustainable land management.  But it has become increasingly clear that not only are those challenges closely intertwined, they are also linked in numerous and complex ways to questions of economics, governance, health, equity, and many others.

While some problems can be best addressed with a relatively narrow focus — for example, improving protected area management and infrastructure to ensure the conservation of biodiversity and other natural assets — many others cannot. We have no realistic hope of improving the lives of people, especially those who are poor and often hence most directly dependent on natural resources, unless we consider how ecological factors shape their health, access to energy, and the availability of productive land.

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107 storm-resilient houses handed over to vulnerable people in Thua Thien Hue

Sai Gon Giai Phong

Tuesday 6 November 2018

The UN Development Program (UNDP), the Vietnam Disaster Management Authority, the Housing and Real Estate Market Management Agency and the central province of Thua Thien -Hue government have handed 107 storm-resilient houses to vulnerable households in the province. Thua Thien - Hue is among seven coastal provinces to implement the national project "Improving the resilience of vulnerable coastal communities to climate change related impacts in Vietnam", with support from the Green Climate Fund.

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Scaling up climate action: Fresh compact between UNDP and private sector partners to accelerate data and information solutions

PreventionWeb

Monday 5 November 2018

In a bid to scale up climate action with the private sector, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) has initiated a compact with eight leading businesses with operations in Asia. Forged at the regional Responsible Business Forum in Singapore, the agreement sees Blockscale Solutions, City Developments Limited, PhilanthropyWorks, SCOR, Singtel, Swiss Re, The Weather Company (IBM) and Yeti Airlines pledge to collaborate around the generation, analysis, dissemination and use of climate intelligence to support climate action.

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Need for Collective Partnership to Avoid Natural Hazards Stressed

Liberian Observer

Monday 5 November 2018

“Liberia is exposed to natural hazards and climate-related risks including floods, windstorms, wildfire, and coastal erosion and, therefore, there is a need for collective partnership and coordination among state and non-state agencies in executing the assessment findings,” EPA Executive Director, Nathaniel T. Blama, said over the weekend. The threats being faced are likely to worsen with climate change, which will have a significant impact on local communities’ livelihoods, he said. In an effort to curtail such natural threats, the National Disaster Management Agency, in partnership with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the United Nations Development Program (UNDP), on October 26, 2018, launched the National Disaster Risks Assessment in Buchanan, Grand Bassa County, through the hosting of an inception workshop under the National Adaptation Plan (NAP) project that is funded by the Green Climate Fund.

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UNDP/GEF teaches Bayelsans how to convert water hyacinths to fertilizer

The Guardian Nigeria

Monday 5 November 2018

As part to efforts to curb the menace of water hyacinths in the Niger Delta, the United Nation Development (UNDP), in collaboration with the Global Environment Facility, has began training workshops on how to convert hyacinth to compost (fertilizers) for farm use. In association with Environment and Climate Change Amelioration Initiative (ECCAI), a Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO), the sensitisation workshop was meant for rural dwellers and farmers, with a view to teaching them to turn their waste to wealth. The training, which had taking the team across the three other states in the Niger Delta, birthed at Zarama-Epie in Yenagoa Council to demonstrate how the people could use water hyacinth to make compost for both farming and commercial purposes.

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UNDP partners with Deltares to bridge knowledge gap to support nations in building bankable climate change funding proposals

ReliefWeb

Thursday 1 November 2018

In a unique partnership, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) is connecting experts on coastal and river management from Deltares, a Dutch knowledge institute, with vulnerable nations in the Pacific and Africa as they develop new proposals for climate finance and build ecosystems-based climate change adaptation plans.

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