Climate Change Adaptation in the News

November 2020

November 2020

Traditional knowledge as a powerful lever for climate resilience

Exposure

Thursday 19 November 2020

In December 2019, the UN Development Programme (UNDP) Pacific Office in Fiji through the Accelerator Lab Pacific embarked on an experiment to understand the interplay between traditional knowledge, cultural identity and climate resilience. Our research indicated that resilient communities used traditional indigenous knowledge as a foundation for decision making and in some communities the lack of codification and diffusion of this knowledge was hampering their resilience. The Accelerator Lab Pacific hypothesized that if communities revived their age-old traditional practices, it would help towards strengthening cultural identity and then in turn improve climate resilience (through better relationship with their biodiversity and natural resources).

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US$10 Million To Support Adaptation Innovation In Vulnerable Countries

Jamaica Gleaner

Thursday 19 November 2020

THE ADAPTATION Fund (AF), together with the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)/the Climate Technology Centre and Network (CTCN) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), has launched a new US$10 million small grants programme funded by the Adaptation Fund.
 
The Adaptation Fund Climate Innovation Accelerator, or AFCIA, aims to foster innovation in climate change adaptation in developing countries. The programme targets a broad range of potential finance recipients, including governments, non-governmental organisations, community groups, entrepreneurs, young innovators and other groups.

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GCF Board Approves USD 1 Billion for Low-emission, Climate-resilient Development

IISD

Thursday 19 November 2020

The Green Climate Fund (GCF) Board approved USD 1.01 billion in climate finance for 16 projects that seek to promote low-emission, climate-resilient development. This brings the value of the GCF’s total portfolio to USD 7.2 billion.

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Adaptation au changement climatique: 10 millions de dollars à prendre

Le Matin

Thursday 19 November 2020

Le Programme des Nations Unies pour le développement (PNUD) et le Programme des Nations Unies pour l’environnement (PNUE), par l’intermédiaire du Centre et du Réseau pour les technologies climatiques, administrent ce nouveau programme de financement.
 
Pour l’heure, l’adaptation au changement climatique est le parent pauvre de la finance climat. La Banque mondiale a calculé que seulement 5% de cette finance est accordée à l’adaptation qui constitue, avec la réduction des émissions de gaz à effet de serre (95% des financements), le 2e volet de la lutte contre le changement climatique.

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Re-envisioning climate action to sustain peace and human security

UNDP

Thursday 19 November 2020

A combination of crisis, conflict, climate change and COVID-19 means that we live in truly unprecedented times. In complex contexts, the message of environmental protection and climate action can often get lost, particularly, as climate change is still most frequently understood of in terms of socio-economic, development, environmental and disaster risks. However, through these very mechanisms, climate change has manifold implications for peace, stability and security. Insecurity and conflict are likewise, an obstacle to climate action. Yet according to OECD/INCAF, in 37 of the 58 fragile contexts, less than 10 percent of Overseas Development Assistance was allocated to climate change adaptation in 2016 and 2017. Moreover, the Zurich Flood Resilience Alliance finds that the majority of countries most vulnerable to climate change, only received less than US$20 per person per year in climate change adaptation financing over the period 2010-2018.

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Building resilience in Dashoguz and Lebap through local adaptation to climate change

UNDP

Wednesday 18 November 2020

The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) together with the Ministry of Agriculture and Environment Protection of Turkmenistan implement a joint project funded by the Special Climate Change Fund of the Global Environment Facility (GEF), which supports local farmers in Dashoguz and Lebap regions to adapt to the climate change conditions and find alternative sources of income. As a long-term impact, the implemented actions ensure resilience and sustainable growth on the level of the farmers’ unions in the two regions and economic support to the rural households.

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Self-grown community leaders champion alternative financing

UNDP

Wednesday 18 November 2020

UNDP/GEF started working with the local farmers in 2017. After careful assessment of the needs of the local population, the project focused on providing consultation services to ensure adaptation to the climate change and finding alternative financing sources for the family livelihoods. People like Karyahan apa are the champions in piloting new methods of farming and offering solutions to the local population.

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Vermicomposting - A Source of Alternative Income for Women in Agriculture

UNDP

Wednesday 18 November 2020

Often, the main burden of earning and finding alternative sources of income for the family falls on women - heads of households, who are the most vulnerable group of the rural population to the effects of climate change. A joint project of UNDP and the Ministry of Agriculture and Environment Protection of Turkmenistan, funded by the Global Environment Facility, provides advisory support to rural women in the pilot regions of the project to maintain financial stability and empower women by enhancing their potential, introducing successful practices and demonstrating ways to generate alternative sources of income.

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Solar-powered water breeds life in the Turkmenistan desert

UNDP Medium

Wednesday 18 November 2020

UNDP Turkmenistan has been working on adapting to climate change in the desert and is the first to pilot other solar solutions, but this GEF project is the first experience working closely with cattle breeders. In a place where there are few options of employment, finding ways to limit the impact of local meat production on the environment is the only way to make this important industry a sustainable one.

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Empowering local action against the climate change

UNDP

Wednesday 18 November 2020

UNDP-GEF project “Supporting climate resilient livelihoods in agricultural communities in drought-prone areas of Turkmenistan” started its activities in 2017 in the Dashoguz region in Yagtylyk farm association and Garagum cattle breeding farm of Gorogly district. Yagtylyk is comprised of eight villages with the total amount of roughly 3000 hectares of land used for sowing wheat and cotton. Garagum is comprised of three villages located in remote desert area with territory of pastureland of more than 880 the ha and arable land of nearly 100 ha.

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La recuperación de los caños en La Mojana son un ejemplo para el país: MinAmbiente

La Razon

Sunday 15 November 2020

San Marcos. Más de 40 kilómetros de caños y cuerpos de agua se recuperaron en la región de Pasifueres, que comprende a los municipios sucreños de San Benito Abad y San Marcos, además de Ayapel en el departamento de Córdoba.
 
Esta zona que históricamente fue afectada por los embates de las inundaciones del río Cauca fue objeto de una intervención integral liderada por el Ministerio de Ambiente junto al Programa de las Naciones Unidas para el Desarrollo (PNUD) y con financiación del Adaptation Fund de protocolo de Kioto, con una inversión superior a los 7.8 millones de dólares.

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Liberia: EPA, Partners Organize Private Sector Dialogue on the Revision of Liberia’s Nationally Determined Contribution

Front Page Africa

Sunday 15 November 2020

Paynesville – The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in partnership with the United Nations Development Program (UNDP), the European Union (EU), Conservation International (CI) and the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida) last Thursday organized and launched a private sector dialogue on the revision process of Liberia’s Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC).
 
The event which took place outside of Monrovia in the city of Paynesville was graced by a conglomeration of private sector actors under the banner Liberia Private Sector Climate Action Alliance (LIFSCAA), students, officials of government and the donor community.

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Zimbabwe: Climate Project to Benefit 2m Farmers

All Africa

Wednesday 11 November 2020

Two million people in Zimbabwe are expected to benefit from a climate resilient project "Building climate resilience to agriculture livelihoods in Southern Zimbabwe" launched by the Ministry of Lands, Agriculture, Water and Rural Resettlement in Harare yesterday.
 
The seven-year project, which will be implemented under the Zimbabwe Resilience Building Fund investments in Manicaland, Masvingo and Matabeleland South will strengthen resilience of agricultural livelihoods of vulnerable communities, particularly women in the face of increasing climate risks and impacts.
 
UNDP deputy resident representative Madalena Monoja said the project was being supported under the US$26 million support from the Green Climate Fund to support the Government to strengthen the resilience of agricultural livelihoods of vulnerable communities.

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Fondo Verde del Clima otorga a Costa Rica 54,1 millones de dólares

Clarin

Tuesday 10 November 2020

San José, 10 nov. (EFE).- El Fondo Verde del Clima otorgó este martes a Costa Rica 54,1 millones de dólares no reembolsables que se destinarán a propietarios de tierras y comunidades indígenas que protegen los bosques, y a reforzar medidas de prevención de incendios forestales en las zonas rurales.
 
El dinero se otorga a Costa Rica bajo la modalidad de "pago por resultados", lo cual es un reconocimiento al país por sus políticas ambientales y la reducción de los gases de efecto invernadero, explicó el Gobierno y el Programa de Naciones Unidas para el Desarrollo (PNUD), en un comunicado conjunto.

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Academia Joins Hands with Gov't to Fight Climate Disasters

Georgia Today

Tuesday 10 November 2020

As Georgia accelerates its efforts to adapt to climate change and prevent climate-driven disasters, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the Swiss Government are helping the country educate qualified professionals in the field of disaster risk management.
 
Under an agreement signed today between the National Environment Agency (NEA) and Ilia State University, one of Georgia’s leading higher education institutions, undergraduate students majoring in earth science will take part in NEA’s ongoing work to map Georgia’s rivers and model hydrometeorological and geological hazards. This partnership will continue in 2021 and the aim is to expand it to involve other higher education institutions.

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Los arrecifes de coral quedan protegidos por un fondo lanzado por la ONU

GN Diario

Tuesday 10 November 2020

El informe de 2018 proveniente del Panel Intergubernamental sobre el Cambio Climático avisa de que, aunque se consigan estabilizar de forma colectiva las temperaturas superficiales globales a 1,5ºC por encima de los niveles preindustriales, del 70 al 90% de esta especie se perderá a mediados de siglo.
 
Por su parte, desde el PNUD avisan de que las finanzas innovadoras para la conservación son un pilar fundamental en la estrategia de la organización.
 
El Fondo Mundial para los Arrecifes de Coral, se sitúa como el primer fondo fiduciario de múltiples partes interesadas para alcanzar el ODS 14.
 
De esta forma, los Arrecifes de Coral y su importancia, a través del Fondo conseguirán mover el poder financiero del sector privado en pro a la conservación, a la par que ayudará a los países a reconstruir y mejorar la resistencia contra el coronavirus y otros impactos, tal y como describen desde el PNUD.

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Rwanda reviving green cover to combat climate change

AA Turkey

Saturday 7 November 2020

KIGALI, Rwanda - Two decades ago, coinciding civil wars and genocide, the landlocked tiny East African country Rwanda also witnessed large scale destruction of its forest cover and ecosystem.
 
To revive the green cover and prevent land erosions, the country has now launched an ambitious six-year initiative called Green Amayaga Project, worth $32.7 million to promote biodiversity and also help agriculture productivity to benefit 1.3 million Rwandans.
 
Under this restoration drive, authorities are planning to plant 8 million trees.
 
Speaking to Anadolu Agency, Project Coordinator Philbert Nkurunziza said, a drive to plant 1.4 million trees is already underway, expected to complete by next year.
 
“The tree seedlings to be planted are all produced locally within the established tree nurseries in the project intervention zones. Around 700,000 trees are being planted every month,” he said.
 
Supported by the Global Environment Facility and the UN Development Program, the officials said the project will improve the livelihoods of local communities, increase agricultural productivity and food security.
 
The government drive of reforestation has also given a flip to the businesses of local nursery owners like Michel Munyemana, 45, who grows seedlings of different tree species in the Gasabo district in Rwanda’s capital Kigali.

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Cambodia: Climate information and early warning project closes with strong results

PreventionWeb

Friday 6 November 2020

As climate change drives more disruptive and destructive weather around the world, Cambodia has advanced its climate infrastructure with modernised climate information and early warning systems. The conclusion of the five-year CIEWS project implemented by the UN Development Programme alongside the Ministry of Water Resources and Meteorology, the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, and the National Committee for Disaster Management strengthens existing adaptation initiatives in the country towards a more prepared, climate-informed future.

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Cambodia Gender Learning Report: ‘Strengthening Climate Information and Early Warning Systems in Cambodia to Support Climate Resilient Development and Adaptation to Climate Change’ project

ReliefWeb

Wednesday 4 November 2020

This October marked the end of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)-supported ‘Strengthening Climate Information and Early Warning Systems in Cambodia’ project. A number of milestones were achieved by the GEF-LDCF funded project, including installation of 53 automatic weather and hydrology stations, nationwide implementation of the EWS 1294 system, development of several notable national strategies and policies, and training of over 12,000 Cambodians. As the project comes to a close, however, it is important to reflect not only on what has been achieved, but also who was and wasn’t included in these results. To address these issues, a Gender Learning Report has been developed for use both as a reflection and as a guiding piece for the current and future project.

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Renforcement des compétences d’écriture sur les catastrophes naturelles

Le Courrier Vietnam

Tuesday 3 November 2020

Ving-quatre journalistes des organes de presse venus des provinces du Nord et du Centre ont participé à un atelier sur le renforcement des compétences d’écriture sur les catastrophes naturelles et le changement climatique. Cette formation organisée par le Programme des Nations unies pour le développement au Viet Nam (PNUD) a eu lieu le 31 octobre et le 1er novembre dans la ville de Quang Ngai, province éponyme du Centre.

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Zimbabwe: Zim Moves to Empower Women to Tackle Climate Change

All Africa

Monday 2 November 2020

The Government of Zimbabwe in partnership with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Climate Promise initiative has developed a gender analysis report and Gender Action Plan which seeks to promote women's full participation in climate change solution-building.
 
The ministries of Environment, Climate, Tourism and Hospitality Industry and Women Affairs, Community and Small to Medium Enterprise Development spearheaded efforts to develop the report.
 
The report seeks to ensure that gender aspects are factored into the Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) revision processes by leveraging analysis, strengthening institutional mechanisms and ensuring gender responsive climate actions.

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Muere el actor Sean Connery a los 90 años

La Vanguardia

Sunday 1 November 2020

El actor escocés Sean Connery ha fallecido a los 90 años “durante la noche rodeado por su familia en su casa en Nassau (Bahamas) tras haber estado enfermo un tiempo”, según dijo a la BBC su hijo Jason. El intérprete, dotado de una gran personalidad, fue el primero en encarnar al mítico James Bond en el cine y lo hizo en un total de siete películas entre 1962 y 1983 que le sirvieron en bandeja una gran fama y dinero. Connery llevaba desde 2003 apartado de la gran pantalla tras finalizar su último trabajo en el filme de superhéroes La liga de los hombres extraordinarios. Su prolífica carrera como actor abarcó un total de 72 películas en cerca de seis décadas y sus numerosos premios incluyeron un Oscar como actor de reparto por su magnífico veterano policía de Los intocables de Eliott Ness, de Brian de Palma, dos premios Bafta y tres Globos de Oro.

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Joint Statement, UNDP and UN Habitat on World Cities Day

UNDP

Sunday 1 November 2020

Joint Statement by Mr. Achim Steiner, Administrator of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), and Ms. Maimunah Mohd Sharif, Executive Director of the United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN‐Habitat) on World Cities Day 
 
UNDP and UN-Habitat advocate for attaching ‘green strings’ to development so that cities are better designed and more compact; cities, with high quality public spaces, protected walking and cycling paths, and easy-to-access schools and health facilities. 
 
Our public health and climate crises are going to have to be tackled simultaneously - this may seem impossible, but cities show us how to do it collaboratively.
 
The COVID-19 pandemic has shown us that change is possible overnight - if we want it. Public health affects all of us. Tackling COVID-19 requires solidarity and cooperation.
 
Much of the burden of fighting the multiple impacts of the pandemic falls on local governments. Whether in urban or rural areas, local governments and their essential workers are on the front lines. Consequently, higher levels of government need to empower decision-making at the lowest, most appropriate level.

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Federal Republic of Somalia launches GCF-financed climate change adaptation planning support programme

ReliefWeb

Sunday 1 November 2020

Mogadishu – The Federal Government of Somalia officially launched the US$2.7 million GCF-financed, UNDP-supported programme to ‘Strengthen Climate Change Adaptation Planning’ in August 2020. The new programme will support the Federal Republic of Somalia in advancing the ambition of its Nationally Determined Contributions to the Paris Agreement and reaching the targets outlined in the Sustainable Development Goals.
 
On 22 September 2020 in Mogadishu, 24 stakeholders from the Federal Republic of Somalia convened for their first National Adaptation Plan (NAP) inception workshop to discuss how the programme will be implemented over the next 36 months (2020-2023).

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Liberia: Epa Include Women in Liberia's NDC Revision Process

All Africa

Sunday 1 November 2020

MONROVIA-Climate change has shifted the odds and changed the natural limits with women being extremely vulnerable to its effects in Liberia.
 
Considering that it could exacerbate existing gender disparities in the country, Liberia Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) have embarked on a process to include gender issues in the country's Nationally Determined Contributions (NDC), currently being reviewed.
 
To enable a broad based and inclusive gender participation in the revision of the country's NDCs, the EPA and UNDP on 28 October 2020 concluded a two-day national gender dialogue for the revision of Liberia's NDC to the Paris Agreement in Ganta, Nimba County.

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