Climate Change Adaptation in the News

September 2021

September 2021

El fruto que resiste la falta de agua

El Pais

Monday 20 September 2021

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En Llaca Llaca todos los días se comen tunas. En esta comunidad de Huarochirí, a tres horas al sur de Lima, este fruto milenario resiste a la escasez de agua. Aquí a unos 2.000 metros sobre el nivel del mar y bajo un punzante sol, generaciones de agricultores siembran tunas (Opuntia ficus-indica) de colores blanco, rojo y amarillo. “Nuestros abuelos y padres nos dejaron esta enseñanza y acá seguimos”, dice James Bramon entre un sendero rodeado de cactus. “La penca tiene una baba especial que en tiempo de lluvia se moja y se mantiene húmeda. Si le damos mucha agua, ya no produce y se quiebra”, explica el productor.
 
Este valle árido reverdece con las tunas —también llamadas nopales o higos chumbos— que no requieren mucho riego. Al contrario, dada su alta tolerancia a la sequía es uno de los 50 alimentos del futuro que, según la lista de WWF y Knorr, ayudarían a una alimentación más sostenible para el mundo. Al respecto, un estudio de la Organización de las Naciones Unidas para la Alimentación (FAO) asegura que esta fruta originaria de América es capaz de restaurar las tierras degradadas, reservar agua y hasta aliviar la acumulación de CO2 en la atmósfera.

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District level consultation on NAP formulation held at Lalmonirhat

The Business Standard

Sunday 19 September 2021

The Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change, Economic Relations  Division (ERD) and United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) with support from the Green Climate Fund (GCF) organised a district level consultation workshop on the formulation of the National Adaptation Plan (NAP). 

The consultation workshop was held on Sunday at Lalmonirhat in the conference room of the office of the Deputy Commissioner, said a press release. 

Environment Ministry Additional Secretary and NAP Formulation Project National Project Director Md Mizanul Haque Chowdhury was present as the chief guest while Zilla Parishad Chairman Advocate Md Matiar Rahman, Superintendent of Police Abida Sultana and Environment Ministry Additional Secretary Mr Sanjay Kumar Bhowmik were present as special guests. 

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Registration Opens for Africa Climate Week 2021

United Nations News Center

Friday 17 September 2021

UN Climate Change News, 14 September 2021 – Registration has opened for Africa Climate Week 2021 (ACW 2021), designed to bolster regional collaboration ahead of the UN Climate Change Conference COP26 in Glasgow in November.
 
The meeting will be held virtually 26-29 September and will be hosted by the Government of Uganda and co-organized by UN and other multilateral agencies. Registration is now open on the ACW 2021 conference site.
 
Visit ACW 2021 on the web to register and join the discussion.

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ED: A scientifically sound climate strategy for Bangladesh

Dhaka Tribune

Friday 17 September 2021

With the weakening of Bangladesh’s naturally protective mechanisms such as the Sundarbans, the government needs to take adequate steps to reverse the damage

Recently, at a local-level consultation workshop on the strategies needed to adapt due to the changing climate, experts have recommended a mix between a plantation of climate-resilient and fast-growing koroch trees, and the building of community-based protective concrete walls as an effective way to protect people living in haor areas from climate disasters and flash floods.

The short-term predictions in terms of damage to Bangladesh from climate-related disasters are incalculable, and the worst of the long-term predictions would see Bangladesh wiped off the map. Moreover, with the weakening of Bangladesh’s naturally protective mechanisms such as the Sundarbans, the government needs to take adequate steps to reverse the damage.

As such, it is greatly reassuring that the government has been thinking along the same lines: The plan of building up an organic resistance such as this, where the government would mainly rely on nature to protect itself against nature is wonderful, and also sustainable. Adding to that, Dipu Ranjan Das, vice chairman of Shalla upazilla, also suggested that koroch plantation should be done through community ownership, and to reduce financial loss from a bad harvest, the government should seriously consider initiating and mainstreaming agricultural insurance. 

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Liberia’s First Eco Brigade Launched in the City of Robertsport

Front Page Africa

Monday 13 September 2021

Robertsport, Grand Cape Mount – The Government of Liberia, through the Environmental Protection Agency on Saturday, September 11, launched Liberia’s first eco brigade named “Piso Eco-Brigade”.
 
The Piso Ecobrigade was organized by the Society for the Conservation of Nature of Liberia (SCNL), an environmental civil society organization contracted by the Government of Liberia through the Livelihood & Employment Creation project implemented by the Ministry of Commerce & Industry with support from Ministry of Agriculture, Ministry of Youth & Sports, Environmental Protection Agency, Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection, and other government agencies, The programme is being funded by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).
 
The design of this program is inspired by the Government of Liberia national development plan (Pro Poor Agenda for Prosperity and Development), UNDP 5-year Country Programme Development as well as other national plans and strategies that focuses on poverty reduction through sustainable livelihood for vulnerable youth and women that is anchored on the protection of environment and green economy. The Eco-brigade program seeks to promote environmental stewardship and community driven volunteerism while creating sustainable income and livelihood opportunities for vulnerable populations (youth, women and persons with disabilities).

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Development partners will work closely with Bangladesh on climate change adaptation

The Business Standard

Friday 3 September 2021

The Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change (MoEFCC) and UNDP jointly organized a virtual consultation workshop on Tuesday to update the development partners on the Formulation and advancement of the National Adaptation Plan (NAP) in Bangladesh.
 
The participants expressed their views and opinions on the preparation of a comprehensive and inclusive NAP.
 
More than fifty representatives from different government ministries, development partners including the European Union (EU), Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO)-the UK, Asian Development Bank (ADB), World Bank (WB), The United States Agency for International Development (USAID), United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF), United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UNWOMEN), German Corporation for International Cooperation (GIZ) , Embassy of the Kingdom of Netherlands, Embassy of Switzerland, Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) and United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) attended the consultation.

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Private sector urged to invest in climate action

Modern Ghana

Friday 3 September 2021

The Acting Deputy Resident Representative of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Ghana, Jelena Raketic, has called on the private sector to leverage the Green Climate Fund to increase investment in climate change adaptation and mitigation initiatives.
 
She made this call at a Private Sector Climate Change Investment Forum organized by the Private Enterprises Federation (PEF), the Economic Strategy and Research Division (ESRD) of the Ministry of Finance, the Ministry of Environment, Science, Technology and Innovation (MESTI) and UNDP, under the GCF Readiness Programme and the Nationally Determined Contribution Support Programme for Ghana.
 
Ms. Raketic noted that, despite the overwhelming devastating impacts of climate change, it also provides great investment opportunity to transform lives and protect the planet. She called on stakeholders to increase funding to accelerate the implementation of Ghana’s climate change commitments.

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