Climate Change Adaptation in the News

December 2018

December 2018

Leaving no-one behind: Including a billion people to adapt to climate change

Saturday 8 December 2018

UNDP and partners under the UN Climate Resilience Initiative A2R are developing a multi-country project focused on the needs of persons with disabilities to cope with climate change in Asia &the Pacific.

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Financing the response to climate change - we all need to play our part.

UNDP

Friday 7 December 2018

“Climate change is the defining issue of our time – and we are at a defining moment…this is the absolute priority.” UN Secretary General
 
Developing countries are not waiting for international finance to enable their climate response. They have already begun to prioritise billions of dollars of their own scarce domestic resources for climate action. It is difficult to articulate how much is being spent on climate through national budgets as climate change impacts so many different ministries’ spending across central and local government. But ministries of finance are rising to this challenge by establishing Climate Budget Tagging systems to monitor and track climate-related expenditures in their public budget systems. Whilst the proportion of budgets classified as ‘aligned with climate objectives’ varies, it averages in the range of five to ten percent of a country’s budget – often amounting to billions of dollars. State bureaus in charge of managing budget formulation and execution are increasingly vexed by climate change as a systemic issue impacting the effectiveness and efficiency of their spending.

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CLIMATE CHANGE FOCUS: Tunisia coastline in need of climate cash boost

UNDP

Friday 7 December 2018

Tunisia’s extensive coastal areas are a crucial part of its economy providing tourist dollars and opportunities for income-generating activities like fishing.
 
However, a rise in the sea level, coastal erosion and an increase in the temperature of fishing waters caused by climate change are threatening habitats vital for both human activity and marine biodiversity.
 
The government is now working with UNDP to secure the investment for coastal defence and other climate adaptation interventions, while regulating development in delicate and exposed coastal regions.

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Uganda Launches Framework to Address Climate Change in Agriculture Sector

Thursday 6 December 2018

The Government of Uganda has launched its first ever National Adaptation Plan for the Agriculture Sector (NAP-Ag), which aims to help mainstream climate change in the agriculture sector’s policies, plans and budgets.
 
The Uganda NAP-Ag framework, a partnership among UN agencies, government institutions, non-State actors, academia and research agencies, presents adaptation actions for different agro-ecological zones, and aims to guide farmers, technical officers and decision makers on investments aimed at increasing the resilience of communities, systems and institutions. It provides 21 priority adaptation options in the areas of: crop production; livestock production; fisheries management; climate information, early warning and disaster preparedness; forestry, land and natural resources management; and research and knowledge management. It also links to government commitments under the Paris Agreement on climate change and the SDGs.

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Integrate Climate Change into Economic Planning

Liberian Observer

Wednesday 5 December 2018

An international consultant working on the National Adaptation Plans (NAPs) Project being implemented by Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the United Nations Development Program (UNDP), Kalame Fobissie, has challenged the government to integrate climate change into its economic planning.
 
Prof. Fobissie said the integration of climate change into national economic planning, if prioritized, especially by authorities of the Ministry of Finance, will attract huge funding from donors, including the European Union, United States Government and Germany, which have money allotted for climate change.
 
Fobissie spoke at a one-day intensive training workshop on climate change vulnerability and adaptation assessment in Gbarnga, Bong County, organized by EPA and the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) through the National Adaptation Plans (NAPs), attracted sector experts and stakeholders on climate change vulnerability and risk assessment.

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New Photo Album: Adaptation Fund Project Site Visit to Colombia

Tuesday 4 December 2018

The US$ 8.5 million project funded by the Adaptation Fund 'Reducing Risk and Vulnerability to Climate Change in the Region of La Depresión Momposina in Colombia', implemented by the UNDP and the Colombia government aims to help vulnerable communities adapt to severe flooding and weather events by developing and strengthening hydro-climate information and early warning systems, rehabilitating wetlands and streams to improve water flow, diversifying food sources, fostering climate-resilient farming practices and climate-proofing buildings.

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The Cook Islands is embracing technology for climate action

ReliefWeb

Monday 3 December 2018

Cook Islands farmers, fishers, and practitioners of traditional livelihoods have witnessed changes to their environment over the past decades. While these trends are being observed first-hand by communities, scientific data is key to fully understanding the changes. The Government of the Cook Islands is focused on filling the gaps and now, with the installation of automatic weather stations and a new online app, the Cook Islands Meteorological Service (Met Service) is modernising the capture, analysis, and distribution of climate information – a key piece of the puzzle in building a more climate-smart future.

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UNFCCC Updates on Progress in NAP Formulation and Implementation, Nepal Launches NAP

Sunday 2 December 2018

In preparation for the Katowice Climate Change Conference in December, the UNFCCC Secretariat published a note on counties’ progress in formulating and implementing national adaptation plans (NAPs). The Government of Nepal, with the UN Environment Programme (UNEP, or UN Environment), launched the country’s NAP. The NAP Global Network published reports highlighting lessons from sectoral adaptation planning in Senegal and communications for climate change adaptation in Peru.

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