Climate Change Adaptation in the News

July 2017

July 2017

Adaptation and Loss and Damage Update: UNFCCC, UNDP Enhance NAPs Support

IISD

Wednesday 19 July 2017

The UNFCCC Least Developed Countries (LDCs) Expert Group (LEG) and the UN Development Programme (UNDP) have ramped up their support for developing countries’ national adaptation plans (NAPs). The LEG conducted a Regional NAP Expo in Kampala, Uganda, on 28 June 2017, that sought to enhance collaboration between government representatives and various partners and stakeholders. The Expo promoted the exchange of experiences and aimed to foster partnerships on how to advance NAPs. [UNFCCC Regional NAP Expo Webpage] [Regional NAP Expo Programme]... UNDP stepped up its support for countries engaged in the preparation of their NAPs by working with governments, civil society and stakeholders, as well as through programmes, including the joint UNDP-UN Environment National Adaptation Plan Global Support Programme (NAP-GSP), funded through the Global Environment Facility (GEF); and the Integrating Agriculture in National Adaptation Plans (NAP-Ag) collaborative programme between UNDP and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO). UNDP is currently supporting 41 countries in accessing dedicated GCF NAPs funding. [UNDP Press Release] [NAP-GSP Website] [NAP-Ag Webpage]

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In search of water: Addressing drought and preventing famine in Somalia

ReliefWeb

Tuesday 18 July 2017

Mohamed Ismail Yasin, originally from Mayle village in northeast Somalia, fled the region’s prolonged and severe drought with his six-member family and most of his livestock. They had to travel 600 km to the nearest dependable water source: a sand dam near Bandarbeyla in neighbouring Bari region. Like Mohamed, 615,000 people are currently displaced by the drought in Somalia.

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La provincia realizará en Concordia el primer taller sobre adaptación al cambio climático

Concordia Directo

Monday 17 July 2017

La Secretaría de Ambiente de la provincia realizará este martes el primer taller sobre adaptación al cambio climático destinado a municipios afectados por las inundaciones, donde se les brindará información vinculada al proyecto regional que implementa Entre Ríos junto al gobierno uruguayo y la Corporación Andina de Fomento (CAF). Será a partir de las 8.30 en el Centro de Convenciones de Concordia. En el marco de la estrategia provincial frente al cambio climático, la Secretaría de Ambiente de Entre Ríos integra el equipo binacional que llevará adelante un proyecto regional de adaptación a dicho fenómeno en ciudades y ecosistemas costeros al río Uruguay. La iniciativa, de la que también participa el país uruguayo y que será financiada por la Corporación Andina de Fomento (CAF), busca atender los efectos del cambio climático mediante el alerta temprana, la planificación territorial y economía rural climática inteligente, en ciudades que han padecido inundaciones.

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Liberia receives first installment of US$2.2 million GCF grant for climate adaptation

ReliefWeb

Tuesday 11 July 2017

The Government of Liberia has recently received US$805,000 as part of a US$2.2 million Green Climate Fund grant to support its national climate adaptation planning process. The release of funds to the West African country represents GCF’s first transfer of adaptation resources to a least developed country (LDC). Supported through the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the GCF-funded project "to advance the National Adaptation Plans (NAP) process for medium-term investment planning in climate-sensitive sectors (i.e. agriculture, energy, waste management, forestry and health) and coastal areas in Liberia" will work to strengthen institutional frameworks and coordination for the implementation of the NAP process, expand the knowledge base for scaling up adaptation, build capacity for mainstreaming climate change adaptation into planning, and budgeting processes and systems, and formulate financing mechanisms for scaling-up adaptation, including public, private, national and international.

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Local TV in Viet Nam covers story of GCF Executive Director's visit in June

Tuesday 11 July 2017

In late June, Mr Bamsey paid a visit to a site of Viet Nam's GCF-funded adaptation project, 'Improving resilience of vulnerable coastal communities to climate change in Vietnam'. Meeting with representatives of local governments, including the Vice Chairman of the Provincial People’s Committee, the Department of Agriculture and Rural Development, Department of Construction, Department of Foreign Affairs, he heard about the difficulties of the province in coping with climate change. In addition, Mr Bamsey visited three households of Hai Loc commune, Hau Loc district. 

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FAO Places Sustainable Agriculture Center Stage in National Climate Change Plans

Food Tank

Monday 10 July 2017

The U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) recently unveiled a new set of guidelines to support developing countries balance the needs of increased food production and climate change adaptation. The guidelines aim to support governments in making sure that the agriculture sector is both included in national climate change adaptation plans and made more resilient and sustainable. As a part of the Integrating Agriculture in National Adaptation Plans program, the guidelines support the mainstreaming of climate change adaptation into agricultural policies, plans, and programs in several countries throughout Africa, Asia, and Latin America. The guidelines aim to help each country’s governments assess climate change impacts on their unique agricultural systems, identify adaptation options, and support farmers—especially women—in adopting best practices in climate change adaptation.

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Government of Tuvalu launches new coastal protection project to bolster resilience to climate change

PreventionWeb

Saturday 8 July 2017

To strengthen the island nation against the threats of climate change, the Government of Tuvalu along with UNDP has signed an agreement for a new climate resilience project that will benefit nearly 30 percent of the population. Financed with a US$36 million grant from the Green Climate Fund and US$2.8 million in co-financing from the Government, the seven-year project marks a transformational change in coastal protection for one of the world’s smallest and most vulnerable countries.  The project will increase protection works from around 570 meters of coverage today to 2,780 meters at the end of the project. “The protection of our country’s vulnerable coastlines is an urgent priority of the Government of Tuvalu,” said the Prime Minister of Tuvalu, Hon. Enele Sosene Sopoaga. “The project will support integrated coastal resilience for people living on the islands of Funafuti, Nanumea and Nanumaga. These islands have a high concentration of houses, schools and hospitals, and are the important cogs in the social and economic machinery of our nation.”


Connecting cities, vertical integration and sustainable finance in National Adaptation Plans

PreventionWeb

Thursday 6 July 2017

Cities are a lynch pin in National Adaptation Plans, sustainable development, vertical integration and contributions to Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs). In the recent session on “Urban Resilience: Critical Ingredient of National Adaptation Planning Process” at the 8th Global Forum on Urban Resilience and Adaptation - Resilient City Series, representatives from the Joint UNDP-UN Environment National Adaptation Plan Global Support Programme (NAP-GSP), connected with municipal leaders, city planners, academics, research institutions and a broad range of essential stakeholders to explore the connection between cities, climate change adaptation planning, nationally determined contributions, vertical integration and more.

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Tuvalu signs financing agreement to access Climate Fund

Wednesday 5 July 2017

Tuvalu has become the first Pacific Island country to sign the Financing Framework Agreement to access funds for coastal protection activities from the Green Climate Fund. Tuvalu Prime Minister Enele Sosene Sopoaga signed the agreement with the UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative Osnat Lubrani in Suva. The elated Prime Minister said the financing agreement, worth almost US$39 million will fund the Tuvalu Coastal Adaptation Project on the three islands of Nanumea, Nanumaga and Funafuti. Prime Minister Enele said, “We‟re very happy that Tuvalu is the first Pacific Island country to access this money from Green Climate Fund which has dominated much negotiation and coordination.”   The process will begin in August with a workshop where Tuvalu Government and UNDP will coordinate logistics to facilitate a swift project implementation. 

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Georgia Continues Efforts to Go Green

Georgia Today

Tuesday 4 July 2017

Climate Action is the focus of a new initiative kicked off by the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources Protection of Georgia, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the Global Environment Facility (GEF). Minister Gigla Agulashvili and Head of UNDP in Georgia, Niels Scott, signed an agreement about the new four-year programme (2017-2021) on July 4. With over USD 850 thousand in GEF funding, UNDP and GEF will help the Government of Georgia to collect accurate data about the status and impact of climate change and prepare an audit of Greenhouse Gas emissions.

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UN body provides new farming techniques for Myanmar to address climate change

Xinhua News

Tuesday 4 July 2017

The United Nations Development Program (UNDP) is providing new farming techniques for Myanmar as part of a project to address climate change risk on water resources and food security in the dry zone, official report said Tuesday. The new farming techniques include crop spacing method, drought resistant crop selection, water conservation and environmentally sensitive livestock husbandry practices.

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UN body provides new farming techniques for Myanmar to address climate change

Xinhua News

Tuesday 4 July 2017

The United Nations Development Program (UNDP) is providing new farming techniques for Myanmar as part of a project to address climate change risk on water resources and food security in the dry zone, official report said Tuesday. The new farming techniques include crop spacing method, drought resistant crop selection, water conservation and environmentally sensitive livestock husbandry practices. The project targets 250,000 people living in Shwebo and Monywa in northwestern Sagaing region, Myingyan and Nyaung Oo in northern Mandalay region and Chauk in central Magway region.

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Transforming agriculture sector critical for 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development – UNDP chief

United Nations News Center

Monday 3 July 2017

Also today, delivering the McDougall Memorial Lecture, Achim Steiner, the Administrator of the UN Development Programme (UNDP), highlighted that transforming agriculture was crucial to transform the world, as envisioned in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. This, he said, is in many ways a “profound political reforms agenda.” “Doing so cannot be seen as a technical challenge to be addressed within the agricultural sector, but rather as a complex undertaking that calls for integrated approaches considering economic, environmental, and social aspects,” said Mr. Steiner.

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Green Climate Fund finance allocation builds Tuvalu’s resilience

Green Climate Fund

Monday 3 July 2017

The Green Climate Fund is transferring funds to help strengthen the island nation of Tuvalu against the double climate threats of rising sea levels and destructive cyclones. GCF is sending the first USD 2 million tranche of its USD 36 million contribution to UNDP, a GCF Accredited Entity, to reduce the vulnerability of one of the most fragile nations to climate change. The project will build coastal resilience in three of Tuvalu’s nine inhabited islands, which together have an average elevation of only 1.83m. The grant will build on existing infrastructure to protect coastal areas, including sea walls. It will also make coastal management more resilient and catalyze other sources of adaptation finance.

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Numbers don’t lie

My Republica

Monday 3 July 2017

As Bhatta says, since Nepal is responsible for only negligible emission of greenhouse gases responsible for climate change—with big countries like the US, China and India the major culprits—Nepal’s effort should focus on not mitigation (reduction in emissions) but on adaptation. Accordingly, the country now has a National Adaptation Plan (NAP). It identifies eight key adaptation areas like agriculture, food security, water resources and energy, with the goal of minimizing the impact of climate change in these areas. This won’t be easy. Most of our development plans do not factor in the impacts of climate change. Even when they do, climate-related concerns are seen mostly as nuisance that hinder development by delaying vital projects. Recently, US President Donald Trump announced the pullout of his country from the Paris climate accord, potentially depriving the global initiative of billions of dollars. Trump believes that concerns over climate change hamstrings the American economy, and needlessly saddles the US with big debts. It is hard to foresee how his decision will affect Nepal’s own climate adaptation initiatives.

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Ecuador culmina fase de preparación para REDD+

UNDP

Monday 3 July 2017

Ayer en el salón La Rotonda del Jardín Botánico de Quito, el Ministerio del Ambiente presentó los avances de REDD+ (Reducción de Emisiones por Deforestación y Degradación de los bosques y la función de conservación de reservorios de carbono, manejo sostenible de bosques e incremento de contenidos de carbono de los bosques) en el país, con el apoyo del Programas de las Naciones Unidas para el Desarrollo (PNUD), el Programa de las Naciones Unidas para el Medio Ambiente (PNUMA)  y la Organización de las Naciones Unidas para la Alimentación y la Agricultura (FAO).

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Pacific Dialogue towards climate change risk insurance

Pacfic Scoop

Monday 3 July 2017

This week in Apia, Samoa, government officials from across the Pacific joined global experts from the private sector in a regional dialogue to discuss the role of climate risk financing in the region’s resilience to climate change. The forum culminated in an agreement to submit the idea of establishing mechanisms for insurance and risk financing dedicated to addressing climate change impacts, to the Leaders meeting of the Pacific Islands Forum.

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Gobierno de Uruguay presentó Política Nacional de Cambio Climático

Republica.com Uruguay

Monday 3 July 2017

Los ministerios de Vivienda, Ordenamiento Territorial y Medio Ambiente, Eneida de León; de Ganadería Agricultura y Pesca, Tabaré Aguerre; y de Industria, Energía y Minería, Carolina Cosse, presentaron la Política Nacional de Cambio Climático, marco estratégico ante los desafíos que enfrenta Uruguay en el tema. El documento comenzó a elaborarse a fines de 2015 y tiene un horizonte de aplicación al 2050.

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Land, water and climate change

Samoa Observer

Monday 3 July 2017

Two environmentally-based projects under Samoa’s Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment joined forces last week to provide a combined training for 20 villages in Savai’i, on sustainable land and integrated water management and climate-resilient sustainable agricultural practices. A total of 80 community members took part in the intensive three-day community-based training in Savai’i. “It’s a new and useful concept for me to be able to strategically plan the layout of my farm based on the land conditions and landscape and shape,” said one.
 

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