Climate Change Adaptation in the News

June 2021

June 2021

In the Race Against Climate Change, Ecosystems are Key: Op-Ed

MENA FN

Tuesday 15 June 2021

Climate change is testing our planet to the limit, with every single ecosystem, from forests to farmland, facing its own unique challenges. Even if countries around the world succeed in the global effort to stop average temperatures rising more than 2°C, massive changes to our lives and environment are unavoidable.

Some of these changes can already be seen. In Afghanistan, for example, where it has warmed 1.8°C since the 1950s, glaciers in the Hindu Kush are melting and floods and droughts are getting worse. The impact of these changes is significant and is being felt most by those who rely on natural resources for their livelihoods — farmers and pastoralists.

In Afghanistan, UNDP has been working closely with the National Environmental Protection Agency (NEPA) and the Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Livestock (MAIL) with support from the Global Environment Facility (GEF) to promote this ecosystem-based approach.

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Protecting the Nile Delta

IPS

Tuesday 15 June 2021

CAIRO, Egypt - With support from the Green Climate Fund and UNDP, Egypt is protecting its people and its economy from the devastating impacts of sea-level rise.

Children run after each other with kites flying along Egypt’s Nile Delta. Families and friends enjoy the scenery as they enjoy an afternoon picnic. Just a few miles away, farmers work in their fields of green. These diverse crops will feed millions of Egyptians. Throughout the region, cities buzz with people coming and going from factories and offices, playing football with their families, and building the economic engine that will support the nations’ goals for low-carbon climate-resilient development.

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UNDP Executive Board Annual Session 2021

UNDP

Wednesday 9 June 2021

Madam President, Members of the Executive Board, Excellencies, colleagues and friends, welcome to the annual session of the Executive Board in 2021. Today is an opportunity to look back at the year in which a tiny virus humbled the human race and ignited a development emergency.
 
Though its impacts were very differently felt, the COVID-19 pandemic was – and continues to be – a uniquely common experience for our generation, with no space for bystanders.
 
For the first time in thirty years, global human development tumbled backwards as people fought to save lives and livelihoods. The climate crisis deepened, despite a temporary dip in carbon emissions as the world hit ‘pause’. Some city streets stood empty while, elsewhere, crowds protested against inequality, racism and discrimination, calling for an end – once and for all – to these weapons of oppression.

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Marine Conservation Society Seychelles offering training to help restore coral reef at Ste Anne Marine Park

Seychells News Agency

Tuesday 8 June 2021

Seychelles - The Marine Conservation Society Seychelles (MCSS) is offering training for people who are interested in volunteering for its coral reef restoration project in Ste Anne Marine Park, after a suggestion made in an online survey.
 
In the six-year project financed under the Adaptation Fund, MCSS is actively restoring 5,000 square metres of coral in Ste Anne Marine Park.
 
The project, which is administered by United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), brings together government departments, non-governmental organisations and local communities in both Mauritius and Seychelles, an archipelago in the western Indian Ocean.

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GEF Council to mark 30 years of collaboration #ForThePlanet

Monday 7 June 2021

On the 30th anniversary of the Global Environment Facility’s founding, representatives of 184 member governments, heads of international environmental conventions, and agency partners will meet to consider new support for climate change adaptation through the Least Developed Countries Fund and GEF financing for programs and projects to help countries through and following the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Global Environment Facility’s governing body will meet June 14-18 to consider $340 million in new funding to enable developing countries to increase their climate resilience and keep advancing environmental protection and renewal, through and after the COVID-19 pandemic.

It will be the 60th meeting of the GEF Council, which has met twice a year since the multilateral fund was created three decades ago in 1991, and the 30th of the Least Developed Countries Fund (LDCF) and the Special Climate Change Fund (SCCF). Like the past two Council meetings, this gathering will occur virtually because of the ongoing coronavirus outbreak that has killed more than 3.7 million people worldwide.

 

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Nature-based solutions to disasters in the Indian Ocean region

The Daily Star

Monday 7 June 2021

In March last year, Cyclone Amphan, said to be the first super cyclone to form in the Bay of Bengal since 1999, devastated the state of West Bengal, killing more than a hundred people. At least 140,000 people died and two million people were displaced when Cyclone Nargis struck the Irrawaddy Delta in Burma (Myanmar) in May 2008. It seemed as if a bucket of water had been sloshed across an ink drawing; the carefully marked lines of the delta's waterways had been erased and the paper beneath was buckled and distorted.
 
Only on May 25, 2021, I discussed these issue in a workshop organised by Australia, Bangladesh and IORA about how can we use nature-based solutions for reducing the impacts of disasters and climate impacts. These so-called "nature- based solutions" are important pieces in the puzzle in building the resilience of coastal areas, mangroves, seagrasses, tidal marshes, and communities to an ever-increasing number of disaster events around the world, especially in the Indian Ocean region. Nature-based solutions are relevant to everyone, and we can all benefit from seeing them applied.

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La Unión Europea y el PNUD impulsan alianza para preparación ante desastres en América Latina y el Caribe

Europa Press

Monday 7 June 2021

Panamá/Nueva York 7 de junio de 2021 - El Programa de las Naciones Unidas para el Desarrollo (PNUD) y la Dirección General de Protección Civil y Operaciones de Ayuda Humanitaria Europeas (DG- ECHO) han firmado acuerdos para trabajar en conjunto en Colombia, Ecuador, Bolivia y Trinidad y Tobago con el objetivo de ayudar a estos países a mejorar su preparación para responder y recuperarse ante desastres.
 
América Latina y el Caribe (ALC) es una de las regiones más vulnerables a los fenómenos meteorológicos extremos. Entre 1997 y 2017, uno de cada cuatro peligros naturales registrados en el mundo ocurrió en ALC(link is external).
 
La reducción de las muertes causadas por peligros ha ido disminuyendo constantemente en la región, en parte debido a una mayor preparación para las intervenciones humanitarias. Este importante logro casi ha sido anulado por la pandemia de COVID-19 que golpea duramente a la región.

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Reimagine, Recreate & Restore Nature -World Environment Day 2021

Exposure

Saturday 5 June 2021

As Sri Lanka’s climate vulnerability and extreme weather events increase, apart from providing essential services, these ecosystems are also the solution to the climate crisis. Specifically, our ecosystems are capable of providing nature-based solutions to reduce climate vulnerability and impacts on communities. Forested watersheds sustain water supplies to people experiencing water stress, while feeding economic development and biodiversity. Mangroves, other coastal vegetation, sand dunes, wetlands, and offshore coral reefs protect our coastline from the impacts of wave surges and extreme storms, while our forests are essential for flood, erosion control and headwater protection. Beyond this natural buffer, our ecosystems are the ‘natural climate solution’ providing us with cleaner air, reduced CO2 in our atmosphere, climate resilient livelihoods, sustainable economic benefits and green growth, all through nature-based solutions to development.

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In the Race Against Climate Change, Ecosystems are Key: Op-Ed

The Khaama Press

Saturday 5 June 2021

Climate change is testing our planet to the limit, with every single ecosystem, from forests to farmland, facing its own unique challenges. Even if countries around the world succeed in the global effort to stop average temperatures rising more than 2°C, massive changes to our lives and environment are unavoidable.
 
Some of these changes can already be seen. In Afghanistan, for example, where it has warmed 1.8°C since the 1950s, glaciers in the Hindu Kush are melting and floods and droughts are getting worse. The impact of these changes is significant and is being felt most by those who rely on natural resources for their livelihoods — farmers and pastoralists.
 
So, while countries around the world must continue to reduce carbon emissions as quickly as possible, we also need to find ways to adapt to what is already becoming the “new normal”.

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Presentarán en Costa Rica Agenda Nacional Urbano-Ambiente

Prensa Latina

Thursday 3 June 2021

San José, 3 jun (Prensa Latina) Costa Rica iniciará hoy la celebración del Día Mundial del Ambiente con la presentación de una iniciativa que persigue el ordenamiento de las ciudades a través de un enfoque de desarrollo sostenible.
 
Esa propuesta, titulada Agenda Nacional Urbano-Ambiente, está orientada a la mejora de la calidad de vida de los habitantes y a la defensa de las ciudades como sistemas productivos determinantes para la competitividad nacional.
 
En la convocatoria a la actividad de inició de la celebración de la efeméride, el Ministerio de Ambiente y Energía (Minae) señaló que también realizará un diálogo intersectorial sobre restauración ecológica en paisajes marino-costeros, rurales y urbanos.

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Green Climate Fund offers over US$30 million to strengthen Vietnam’s climate change resilience

Nhan Dan Viet Nam

Wednesday 2 June 2021

Hanoi – The Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) held a signing ceremony in Hanoi on May 28 for a project to enhance Vietnam’s climate change resilience, with non-refundable aid worth US$30.2 million from the Green Climate Fund (GCF).
 
The project, titled “Strengthening the resilience of smallholder agriculture to climate change-induced water insecurity in the Central Highlands and South-Central Coast regions of Vietnam” (SACCR), will be implemented by the MARD with the support of the UNDP in the six years from Q4 2020 to Q1 2026.

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Kenya's Road to a More Strategic Climate Change Literacy and Action

All Africa

Wednesday 2 June 2021

Since 2018, the One UN Climate Change Learning Partnership (UN CC:Learn) has been working with the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO), the Government of Kenya, and other stakeholders, to develop a more strategic approach to climate change learning.
 
What is climate change?
 
Climate change is the long-term alteration of temperature and typical weather patterns in a place. It can be in a particular location or the planet as a whole.
 
Climate change threatens the ability of humanity to ensure global food security, to eradicate poverty and to achieve sustainable development. Greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from human activity and livestock are a significant driver of climate change, trapping heat in the earth's atmosphere and triggering global warming.
 

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Recherche de bonnes solutions des jeunes en réponse au changement climatique

Le Courrier Vietnam

Wednesday 2 June 2021

L'Union de la jeunesse communiste Hô Chi Minh en collaboration avec le Programme des Nations unies pour le développement (PNUD) au Vietnam a lancé le 28 mai, à Hanoï, le concours sur l'innovation des jeunes pour le climat (Youth For Climate Innovation Contest).
 
Ce concours tenu du 28 mai au mois d’août vise à trouver des solutions et des idées de percée des jeunes et adolescents dans la résilience au changement climatique.
 
Les citoyens vietnamiens âgés de 16 à 35 ans vivant sur le territoire vietnamien peuvent participer à ce concours en présentant leurs idées et solutions sur quatre sujet : solutions de communication innovantes pour améliorer leurs connaissances sur le changement climatique; des solutions pour atténuer le changement climatique ou réduire les émissions de gaz à effet de serre; des start-ups avec des solutions commerciales responsables face au changement climatique; des solutions d'adaptation basées sur la nature pour la réponse au changement climatique et aux catastrophes naturelles.

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Report on youth action for climate change in Vietnam debuts

Vietnam Plus

Wednesday 2 June 2021

Hanoi (VNA) – The Special Report “Youth for Climate Action in Vietnam” was launched during an online ceremony in Hanoi on May 29.

The event was co-organised by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Vietnam, the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment (MoNRE) and the Central Committee of the Ho Chi Minh Communist Youth Union.

On the occasion, a dialogue with President for the 26th United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP26) Alok Sharma was also held.

The activity was within the framework of the Youth4Climate Initiative launched by the UNDP in Vietnam last year in order to raise youths’ capacity and awareness of implementing the 2015 nationally determined contributions (NDCs) and updating the 2020 NDCs of the Vietnamese Government in line with the Paris Agreement for Climate Change.

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