Climate Change Adaptation in the News

May 2017

May 2017

Productores familiares analizan cómo les afecta y proponen soluciones para adaptación al cambio climático

MGAP Uruguay

Wednesday 17 May 2017

Con amplia participación de productores familiares, se realizó en la Dirección General de Desarrollo Rural del Ministerio de Ganadería, Agricultura y Pesca (DGDR/MGAP), el taller “Diálogo de Adaptación al Cambio Climático para la Agricultura Familiar”. La actividad, que tuvo lugar el jueves 11 de mayo, es el segundo taller de un total de siete que se van a realizar.

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UNDP Presents Preliminary Report on Assessment of Vulnerability of Farming Regions to Climate Change

ReliefWeb

Tuesday 16 May 2017

The United Nations Development Program (UNDP) conducted a series of three workshops with participation of more than 60 representatives of national agencies and local public associations to discuss preliminary results of vulnerability assessment and adaptation to climate change in local communities of Lebap and Dashoguz regions. The assessment was held during six months of 2016-2017 within UNDP project “Supporting climate resilient livelihoods in agricultural communities in drought-prone areas of Turkmenistan” funded by the Special Climate Change Fund (SCCF) of the Global Environment Facility. The goal of the assessment is to determine how climate change hinders socio-economic development.

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Facing Famine

Stories UNDP

Friday 12 May 2017

20 million people are at risk of starvation in worst humanitarian crisis since World War II
Northeast Nigeria, Somalia, South Sudan and Yemen are facing conflict and drought and are now approaching famine, with 20 million people near starvation in the worst preventable humanitarian crisis since World War II. UN Secretary-General António Guterres has called for US$4.4 billion by July to avert “catastrophe” in the four countries.

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Addressing Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries in National Adaptation Plans - Supplementary Guidelines

ReliefWeb

Friday 12 May 2017

Now that the Paris Climate Accord has been agreed, national strategies to achieve pledged carbon mitigation and adaptation plans take center stage.

FAO has developed supplementary guidelines to the UNFCCC NAP Guidelines for "Addressing Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries in National Adaptation Plans (NAP-Ag Guidelines") aiming to support developing countries in making sure agriculture is both included in national adaptation plans and made more adaptive and resilient. They serve to help vulnerable countries access funding - in particular from the Green Climate Fund Readiness Programme - while at the same time promoting broad participation in the decision-making process and building needed technical capacities...

The new guidelines are informed by the FAO-UNDP programme, Integrating Agriculture into National Adaptation Plans, and were developed thanks to funding from the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety (BMUB) and from the Kingdoms of Belgium, the Netherlands and Sweden and from Switzerland.

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Nature to the rescue: Using ecosystem services to reduce flood risks

UNDP Blog

Friday 12 May 2017

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From the mouth of the Mississippi to that of the Nile, communities have been drawn to coastal flood plains throughout the centuries. Where rivers and oceans meet, nature is at its best, and river sedimentation provides rich soils that greatly benefit agricultural productivity as well as fisheries. At present, an estimated 60 percent of our global population lives along estuaries and coastlines – making them among the most heavily populated areas of the world...

In Bangladesh, we successfully supported coastal communities to reduce their vulnerability to floods through afforestation while simultaneously generating income opportunities through sustainable forestry, agriculture, and aquaculture.

In Sierra Leone, where over 3 million people live in increasingly vulnerable coastal areas, we helped the Government take an integrated approach to managing risks in the face of climate change, by protecting coastal habitats and incorporating scientific data in decision-making processes.

In the Kingdom of Tonga, which consists of 169 Pacific islands that are extremely vulnerable to sea level rise and flooding from storm surges, we are working together with research institutions and the Government to protect communities through a combination of infrastructure and nature-based solutions. This includes restoration, rehabilitation and management of coastal ecosystems as part of a Ridge to Reef approach, through coastal habitats and lagoons to fringing coral reefs.

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How climate change changed the way people cook in developing countries

CTV News Canada

Friday 12 May 2017

When we think of climate change, images of natural disasters like wildfires and floods are usually the first ones that come to mind.

But climate change also affects the way millions of people around the world eat and produce their food. Rising global temperatures and increasingly erratic rainfall have made farming around the world more difficult.

In developing countries with limited agricultural and technological resources, climate change has reduced the availability of many staple crops. More recently, severe droughts in parts of Africa have scorched harvests, leaving many people dead or on the brink of starvation.

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Climate Information and Early Warning Systems Communications Toolkit

The Communication Initiative Network

Thursday 11 May 2017

This toolkit provides National HydroMeteorological Services (NHMS), policymakers, and media and communications for development practitioners with the tools, resources, and templates necessary to design and implement an integrated communications strategy around early warnings, and climate and weather information. Although tailored to the specialised needs and political contexts of sub-Saharan Africa, the strategies outlined in the toolkit can easily be applied to other developing nations.

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A life-or-death search for water in drought-parched Somalia – in pictures

The Guardian

Wednesday 10 May 2017

As diplomats convene in London to discuss how to tackle east Africa’s drought and stave off famine, 4,000 miles away in Somalia, people leave homes in their thousands each day in search of water. That quest has brought some to Biyagadud dam, an oasis in the dust

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Towards a Climate Resilient Future in the Water Sector: Government of Maldives signs Project Document with UNDP

ReliefWeb

Sunday 7 May 2017

The Government of Maldives, and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), have this week formalized a project to support vulnerable Maldivian communities to manage climate change-induced water shortages. The project is funded by the Green Climate Fund (GCF) with co-financing from the Government of Maldives and contribution from UNDP.


Towards a Climate Resilient Future in the Water Sector: Government of Maldives signs Project Document with UNDP

ReliefWeb

Sunday 7 May 2017

Project will deliver safe and secure freshwater to 105,000 people in the islands of Maldives in the face of climate change-induced water shortages

The Government of Maldives, and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), have this week formalized a project to support vulnerable Maldivian communities to manage climate change-induced water shortages. The project is funded by the Green Climate Fund (GCF) with co-financing from the Government of Maldives and contribution from UNDP.

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На русскомՀայերեն New systems seek to contribute to better disaster risk management

PanArmenian

Friday 5 May 2017

A trilateral memorandum was signed by ACBA-Credit Agricole Bank, UNDP Armenia and the National Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction Fund (ARNAP) on Friday, May 5, with the sides confirming their commitment to mitigating the effects of hail on the Armenian agricultural sector. In the framework of the program, the bank will provide loans with a maturity period of seven years and interest rates starting from 12.5% for farmers to acquire anti-hail nets. UNDP Armenia will, in turn, contribute the 20% of nets as an investment grant. Throughout the project, ARNAP will provide consultations on maintenance, use and care, organize the process of the measurement and installation of anti-hail nets. “Among the key objectives of the program is to create and develop, as well as protect farm households from natural disasters,” ACBA-Credit Agricole Bank CEO Hakob Andreasyan said.

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Caribbean media mobilised for strengthening climate change outreach

Demereawaves

Friday 5 May 2017

Over 25 media and communications practitioners from 9 CARICOM countries, both public and private sector converged at the Ramada Belize Princess Hotel for a capacity building training in Belize on 26-27 April 2017.

The training organised by the Japan-Caribbean Climate Change Partnership (J-CCCP) aimed to encourage climate change outreach through media to address one fundamental challenge of ‘inadequate awareness, information, technology and policy capacity,’ amid limited funding available.

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Integrating climate change adaptation and disaster risk reduction

ReliefWeb

Friday 5 May 2017

As the Global Platform on Disaster Risk Reduction soon gets underway, the world is witnessing the highest levels of famine risk in decades. While war and conflict stand as a major root cause of the crisis in the Middle East and Africa, climate change is a key “enhancer” of the humanitarian crisis unfolding before our eyes.

Supporting UNDP’s climate change actions in the Arab region, I experience first-hand how an integrated approach to climate change adaptation (CCA) and disaster risk reduction (DRR) is needed more than ever. Both share a focus on risk-informed development and preventing the worst impacts of climatic disasters from emerging. They have a common objective to build the resilience of communities so they can withstand and bounce back from crisis.

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Climate Change Lessons For Journalists in Belize

7 News Belize

Thursday 4 May 2017

"The purpose of this training is that the media experts will have a better sense of how to get these messages across, how to engage people, how to communicate which is quite vital because the scientist know all about climate change, they know about it and it's keeping them awake at night. But sometimes your person on the street doesn't really know enough about it or doesn't understand it. So the media play an especially key role in that, so the purpose of this training is to give them the skills and go through some exercise so that everybody can go back to their countries and get people interested in climate change and get people going something to address climate change in their countries."

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A humanitarian crossroads: Why climate resilience is key to avoiding future food crises

Humanitarian News

Thursday 4 May 2017

The world is seeing its worst humanitarian crisis since 1945. Right now, over 20 million people are at risk of starvation. We are at a crossroads. The current food crisis can very easily be linked to changes in climate and a lack of resilient systems that can withstand drought, flood, changing rains and other impacts that are leaving people without crops, without money and without food to feed their families.

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How Food Tells The Story of Climate Change Adaptation

The Culture Collective

Tuesday 2 May 2017

A home cooked meal and breaking bread among friends (both old and new) is one of the most universal ways we can connect with those around us. And a new cookbook, published by the UNDP, sheds light on culinary traditions from around the world, and also ties together projects focused on climate change and resiliency.

In other words, a home cooked meal becomes more than just food on the table; it tells the story of how destinations are adapting to the global phenomenon of climate change.