Climate Change Adaptation in the News

February 2017

February 2017

The Magic of Cassava: Adapting to climate change in the Democratic Republic of the Congo

ReliefWeb

Wednesday 22 February 2017

FOR MAMAN GENEVIÈVE and thousands of smallholder producers in the Democratic Republic of Congo's Kwilu Province, the magic of cassava means new opportunities. By adopting improved planting, cultivation and processing techniques for her cassava crops, Maman Geneviève is making more money, creating better opportunities for her family, and finding a sustainable path to adapt to the wide-scale impacts of climate change. In short, the magic of cassava means Maman Geneviève can build a brighter future. Not just for her family or her village, but for generations to come.

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UNDP to support Azerbaijan to fulfill its obligation under the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change

Azer Tag Azerbaijan

Monday 20 February 2017

The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Azerbaijan and the Ministry of Ecology and Natural Resources of the Republic of Azerbaijan signed a Project on the Fourth National Communication and the Second Biennial Reporting under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).

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Northern Regions urged to embrace climate Adaptation Fund Project

Vibe Ghana

Friday 17 February 2017

The Chiefs and people of the Northern, Upper East and Upper West Regions have been urged to embrace the Adaptation Fund Project to help increase climate resilience and enhance sustainable land and water management in the areas. The Adaptation Fund was established under the Kyoto Protocol of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change in 2001 to finance concrete adaptation projects and programmes in developing countries that are particularly vulnerable to the adverse effects of climate change. The Ministry of Environment, Science, Technology and Innovation (MEST) with support from the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) is implementing the project in some selected communities in the north. Mr Asher Nkegbe, the Upper East Regional Director of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), made the call when the technical team of the Project undertook separates community visits to the beneficiary communities in the Upper East Region to engage them on the project implementation and to solicit for their support in the process.

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South Sudan launches UNEP-supported national action plan to tackle climate change

ReliefWeb

Thursday 16 February 2017

The National Adaption Programme of Action (NAPA) for climate change was launched in Juba today, as part of the government’s global obligation to taking action to lessen effects of climate change.

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Plans for new climate change adaptation project for Tonga

Matangi Tonga Online

Wednesday 15 February 2017

A new climate change adaptation project for Tonga, likely to cost more than $40m in grant financing, is expected to be submitted to the Green Climate Fund (GCF) board for approval in June. The new project is a combination of two ongoing Green Climate Fund design projects at the request of the Deputy Prime Minister of Tonga, Hon Siaosi Sovaleni, and will involve a coalition of government leaders, technical experts and cooperation entities working together. They include the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP), technical experts at research institutions such as Deltares and MWH Global, the New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade (MFAT) and UNDP technical experts.Our Climate Change vision is to have [a] more resilient Tonga and a key part of that vision is to strengthen the resilience of our coastal communities,” said Hon Sovaleni...

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Technical Assessments Underpin the Success of Ecosystem-Based Adaptation

ReliefWeb

Monday 13 February 2017

UNDP and Deltares Sign Cooperative Agreement to Improve Implementation of Climate Change Adaptation Initiatives. Adaptation to climate change doesn’t always require infrastructure-centric solutions. Solutions need to be context specific and fit for purpose, and inclusion of the physical and ecological system as part of the solution will increase sustainability and adaptive capacity of interventions under a changing climate. For instance, the future of many Small Island Developing States (SIDS) partly depends on the status of their ecosystems and their ability to work with and manage these ecosystems. Take Tonga for instance. This SID faces a constant onslaught of climate hazards and natural disasters. Earthquakes, tsunamis, volcanic eruptions, cyclones, sea level rise, eroding coasts – you name it, and Tonga probably has it. In fact, most experts consider the Kingdom of Tonga to be one of the most at-risk countries in the world to the effects of climate change.

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UNDP Mobilizes Coalition to Support Next-Generation Climate Projects in Tonga

ReliefWeb

Thursday 9 February 2017

Working in close collaboration, the Government of Tonga, the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP), technical experts at research institutions such as Deltares and MWH Global, the New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade (MFAT) and UNDP technical experts are supporting the creation of a new climate change adaptation project for Tonga that is expected to be brought before the Green Climate Fund for board approval this June. At the request of Hon. Siaosi Sovaleni, Deputy Prime Minister of Tonga, the new coalition of government leaders, technical experts and cooperation entities will combine two ongoing GCF project formulations into a single integrated project proposal. “Our Climate Change vision is to have more resilient Tonga and a key part of that vision is to strengthen the resilience of our coastal communities,” said Sovaleni. “With the support of this broad coalition, the Government of Tonga is pursuing integrated solutions and building a strategy that will support lasting resilience to dramatic changes in climate that are affecting people’s livelihoods, destroying homes and taking lives.”

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Could restoring ancient water tanks help build peace in Sri Lanka?

The Guardian

Tuesday 7 February 2017

After almost three decades of civil war, Sri Lanka has the daunting task of nurturing cohesion in its multi-faith and multi-ethnic community while also addressing the increasing impacts of climate change. The small island country is already facing environmental challenges that could dwarf the damage inflicted by fractures in its society. Drought and erratic weather patterns deplete soils, leaving Sri Lanka increasingly vulnerable to climate change and new resource-driven conflicts. Its ancient and complex network of canals, connecting more than 15,000 small tanks and large reservoirs to feed a fertile and resilient ecosystem, is long gone. Sri Lanka now struggles for water.

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Strengthening the adaptation and resilience of rural communities facing climate change in Madagascar

ReliefWeb

Tuesday 7 February 2017

Launch of the project “Improving Adaptation and Resilience to Address Climate Change in the Rural Communities of Analamanga, Atsinanana, Androy, Anosy and Atsimo Andrefana" In order to reduce the vulnerability of populations in Madagascar facing the adverse effects of climate change and severe weather events, the UNDP launched a new project on January 27 in Antsirabe titled "Improving Adaptation and Resilience to Address Climate Change in the Rural Communities of Analamanga, Atsinanana, Androy, Anosy and Atsimo Andrefana.”

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PNUD: Réduire la vulnérabilité des populations face au changement climatique

Ekomada

Thursday 2 February 2017

Le projet « amélioration des capacités d’adaptation et de résilience face au changement climatique dans les communautés rurales à Analamanga, Atsinanana, Androy, Anosy et Atsimo Andrefana » par le Programme des Nations Unies pour le Développement (PNUD) a été lancé officiellement ce jour à Antsirabe. Ce projet vise à réduire la vulnérabilité des populations face aux effets néfastes et pervers du changement climatique et des phénomènes météorologiques.

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