Climate Change Adaptation in the News

August 2019

August 2019

All set for eighth conference on climate change & development in Africa

Modern Ghana

Friday 16 August 2019

All is set for the Eighth Conference on Climate Change and Development in Africa to be held in Addis Ababa from 28-30 August, ‘Stepping Up Climate Action for Resilient Economies in Africa’. The conference, which will bring together the continent’s climate stakeholders, will examine the Africa’s Nationally Determined Contributions and define additional actionable climate interventions to alleviate the impacts of climate change on ordinary people. The conference will feed into the UN Secretaury General's Climate Action Summit next month, including the key theme of resilience and adaptation, supported by United Nations Development Programme.

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UNDP seeks more roles for Nigeria women in natural resources decisions Read more at: https://www.vanguardngr.com/2019/08/undp-seeks-more-roles-for-nigeria-women-in-natural-resources-decisions/

Vanguard

Thursday 15 August 2019

The United Nations Development Programme have advocated increased role for Nigerian women especially in the areas of decision making, planning and allocation of land and other critical natural resources in the country. National Coordinator of the Global Environment Facility Small Grants Programme of UNDP, Mrs Ibironke Olubamise also emphasized more involvement of women in business. She also called for a national plan for women and youth entrepreneurship, with emphasis on environmental management, as this would ensure that all the resources needed are available. 

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The climate crisis is not just for governments; let's talk business

UNDP

Thursday 15 August 2019

Blog by Claudia Ortiz, Technical Advisor on Climate Change Adaptation for UNDP, on working together with the private sector to implement the Paris Agreement and climate change adaptation. "Create a robust business case--whether it is by showing return on investments or economic losses due to inaction—for businesses to financially back a Paris Agreement Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC) or National Adaptation Plan (NAP) and you will activate most of the domestic heavy-lifting need to make these plans a reality..."

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Benin scales up preparations for climate change, advancing its National Adaptation Plan

ReliefWeb

Thursday 15 August 2019

With funding from the global Green Climate Fund and support from the United Nations Development Programme, Benin has embarked on an 18-month US$1.5 million initiative to further plan for climate change adaptation. The project will support the formulation of a National Adaptation Plan, in coordination with the German International Cooperation Agency (GIZ), and build longer-term capacities to integrate climate change adaptation into development planning and budgeting. Expected to be completed early 2020, the plan will address the impacts of climate change on the country’s most vulnerable sectors: agriculture, water resources, energy, forestry, infrastructure, tourism and health. 

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Guinea and UNDP launch new adaptation project to prepare for climate change impacts

PreventionWeb

Wednesday 14 August 2019

As preparations for the United Nations Secretary-General’s global Climate Action Summit heat up, Guinea has launched a vital adaptation project aimed at scaling up the country’s capacity for reliable climate information and early warning. More than 80 percent of the population – around 9,600,000 Guineans – are set to benefit from improved monitoring and response capacities, as well as capacity to respond to climate shocks and plan climate change adaptation.

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From the Field - 'Eco-Warriors' fight climate change in South Africa

All Africa

Monday 12 August 2019

Schools in South Africa have been designating students as "eco-warriors" as part of an initiative supported by the UN Development Programme to drive environmental and climate change awareness amongst the young and old in their communities.

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Malawi: UNDP in a drive to fight climate change

Malawi Broadcasting Corporation (MBC)

Monday 12 August 2019

The United Nations Development Programme says it will continue working with government to ensure food security to livelihoods affected by disasters in the country. “Climate change is the chief cause of many negative impacts. As UNDP we have observed that sometimes it rains too much and sometimes it doesn’t rain when we expect it. We want to closely work with the government so that we can always be prepared and help secure livelihoods of the people of Malawi,” said UNDP’s resident coordinator Shigeki Komatsubara. Vice-President Everton Chimulirenji said the government is committed to working with various stakeholders in implementing disaster mitigation and resilience building programmes.

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Productive groundnut farming for women farmers in Ghana

Modern Ghana

Friday 9 August 2019

Groundnut farms in Brong-Ahafo region are being affected by delayed rainfall or heavy rains due to changes in climatic conditions. With support from the Global Environment Facility Small Grant Programme of the United Nations Development Programme, farmers are adopting improved soil and water conservation, preparation and use of organic manure and cultivation of short-term drought resistant seeds. The project has also provided almost 200 households with improved cookstoves, reducing local deforestation and improving health.


Creating a market for sustainable cashmere in Mongolia

UNDP

Friday 9 August 2019

Blog by SDGs and Private Sector Programme Officer at  UNDP Mongolia, Satoko Okamoto, on working towards sustainable cashmere UNDP’s Green Commodities Programme. “Producing sustainable cashmere is not that difficult as it has been embedded into our centuries-long nomadic lifestyle. For us Mongolians, our livestock is not just a commodity or an economic asset. Instead, any Mongolian herder would establish a special bond with the livestock,” said one herder from Tsagaan-Ovoo province. The programme also aims to support producers to develop global markets and to receive a fair price for their products. 

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UNDP, WFP assisted Green Community Market empowers rural farmer communities in Sri Lanka affected by climate change

Colombo Page

Thursday 8 August 2019

Climate change has endangered the livelihoods of the Sri Lankan farmer communities, further exacerbating poverty. The consequential changes in production patterns, increased disaster exposure, lack of availability of water and irrigation, and other socio-economic factors directly correlate to the prevalent poverty and food insecurity across the island. To address these issues, the "Addressing Climate Change Impacts on Marginalized Agricultural Communities Living in the Mahaweli River Basin in Sri Lanka" project [also known as the Climate Change Adaptation Project] is being implemented by the World Food Programme in collaboration with the Ministry of Mahaweli Development and Environment and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), through the financial assistance of the Adaptation Fund.

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Changing how we treat land “vital” in fight against climate change – UN development chief reacts to new climate report

UNDP

Thursday 8 August 2019

The UN Development Programme (UNDP) Administrator Achim Steiner today joined international climate experts in calling for action following the release of a UN report on the devastating impacts of current land use practices on the climate. “Unless we make bold changes in the way we produce our food and manage our land, we will not be able to cut emissions sufficiently and keep global warming below 1.5 degrees Celsius,” says Achim Steiner, UNDP Administrator. “The IPCC (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change) report clearly demonstrates how critical sustainable land management is for climate action and for human well-being.”

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Government of Papua New Guinea scales up its effort to fight climate change

UNDP

Thursday 8 August 2019

Recognising the social, economic and environmental challenges of climate change, Papua New Guinea has embarked on developing an 'SDG 13 Road Map' with the support of the United Nations Development Programme. Once completed, the road map will present priorities, actions and opportunities to enhance Papua New Guinea’s efforts to address the impacts of climate change. In opening a forum to discuss the roadmap, Papua New Guinea’s Minister for Environment, Conservation and Climate Change, the Hon. Geoffery Kama said, “Government recognises the acute challenge that climate change presents to the people of Papua New Guinea. There is no aspect of our lives it will not impact. The science is clear, we are at a critical tipping point and it is now time for all countries to act.”

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India: ‘Why is the climate changing like this?’

UNDP

Tuesday 6 August 2019

Coffee and pepper farmers in Wayanad, Kerala, are reeling under losses caused by a rise in temperatures and erratic rainfall in a district whose residents once boasted of its ‘air-conditioned climate’. “By 4 p.m. we had to light a fire to stay warm here,” says Augustine Vadakil on his struggling farm in Kerala’s hilly Wayanad district. “But that was 30 years ago. Wayanad is no longer the cold, misty place it once was...Today the Wayanad area can expect 59 days at or above 32 degrees per year, on average.” The changing weather patterns, Vadakil says, hurt heat-sensitive and vulnerable crops like pepper and orange trees that were once abundant in this district in the Western Ghats at the southern tip of the Deccan Plateau. *PARI’s nationwide reporting project on climate change is part of a UNDP-supported initiative to capture that phenomenon through the voices and lived experience of ordinary people.

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Harvesting water, cultivating hope in Jamaica

Jamaica Observer

Sunday 4 August 2019

Rainwater harvesting — a simple, time-proven method of climate change adaptation — is now being tested and observed by students and teachers of 70 training institutions across the nation, as a result of a gift of water storage tanks, conveyance systems and drip irrigation hoses from the Japan Caribbean Climate Change Partnership.  Dr Ronald Blake, executive director of the Government-run Jamaica 4H Clubs, which co-implemented the project with the United Nations Development Programme said: “This system is not a new concept, but what is great about it is that it's the first time we are allowing young Jamaicans, especially those likely to become future farmers and agriculturalists, [to use this technology]; they are playing with it, and working it and seeing it creating a difference. The project's work with young Jamaicans is setting up the future of the Jamaican agricultural sector in a great way.”

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Ministry of Climate Change, UNDP to combat desertification in Pakistan

Graana

Friday 2 August 2019

At a seminar by the Pir Mehr Ali Shah Arid Agriculture University Rawalpindi (PMAS-AAUR) on ‘Combating Desertification in Pakistan’, Adviser to the Prime Minister on Climate Change Mr Malik Amin Aslam said the country is facing global warming and desertification, a major challenge to sustainable development. Of a total of 79.6 million hectares, 62 million hectares of Pakistan’s land are vulnerable to desertification. The Sustainable Land Management Programme (SLMP) is a joint programme being carried out by the United Nations Development Programme and the Ministry of Climate Change. 

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