Climate Change Adaptation in the News

July 2020

July 2020

GCA - Call to Action for a Climate-Resilient Recovery from COVID-19

Global Commission on Adaptation

Thursday 9 July 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic has tragically exposed the risks humanity faces and how unprepared we are to respond. People’s health, well-being, and livelihoods are all affected. These threats are multiplied by the growing impacts of the climate crisis — more extreme storms, droughts, heat waves, food crises, and diseases — which have not stopped. Vulnerable populations are hit hardest: The pandemic could drive 100 million more people into extreme poverty by the end of this year.As the world responds, it must build back better. We can return to the old way of doing things or we can get on a new path, one that makes human society more resilient, more equitable, healthier, and stronger. These goals are interconnected and investments in the recovery should address multiple challenges. We must seize the opportunity to transform how we understand, plan, finance, and respond to risks. We must integrate climate resilience into decisions at all levels of government and by businesses, communities, and households, with particular focus on resilience in infrastructure and financial decisions. Innovative investment in research and development and finance can help countries deliver new solutions to both the pandemic and climate crises. Since COVID-19 is a zoonotic disease, we must meet it and similar threats by protecting the basic human right to a safe and healthy environment. We have the opportunity to act now, but the window is short. Governments worldwide are investing more than $10 trillion this year alone in crisis relief, after which accumulated debt may reduce the ability of governments to address urgent needs. Yet, to date, most stimulus packages have not sufficiently incorporated climate resilience into their recovery plans. This must change. Investing in climate resilience is smart economics. According to the Global Commission on Adaptation’s flagship Adapt Now report, adaptation investments consistently deliver high returns, with benefit-cost ratios ranging from 2:1 to 10:1. We need to invest in economic activities that will create jobs, protect communities and natural ecosystems, and be durable in the face of our changing world. Adaptation often creates more jobs per dollar spent than more traditional investment, with superior local benefits. We must act now, not wait for the next crisis to hit. Investing in climate resilience is better and less costly than waiting until after a disaster strikes. Early preparedness and prevention saves lives. Over the long run, inclusive, sustainable, and equitable economies are more robust. Now is the time for global solidarity. As UN Secretary-General António Guterres recently said, solidarity is not only a moral imperative, it is in everyone’s interests. Demonstrating global solidarity with the world’s poorest and most vulnerable can prevent more deaths from COVID-19, reduce the longer-term impacts on livelihoods and economies, address underlying human rights issues, and lower risks from the climate crisis and future shocks. Commitments to the UN response appeal have been increasing but are still insufficient. Support has been directed more toward larger economies than to places

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Glacier marriages to help generate water resources

The International News

Wednesday 8 July 2020

Islamabad : The ministry of climate change is facilitating the efforts aiming at ‘marriages’ of glaciers that help generate water resources for the local people to cultivate crops to meet their food requirements. 
Many non-government organizations such as United Nations development project (UNDP), the Green Climate Fund (GCF) and Agha Khan Rural Support Programme have also been providing help to the local people to carry out such kinds of projects.

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Building Back Greener in Africa


Tuesday 7 July 2020

COVID-19 continues to race across the African continent. People are dying, and even more are being pushed into hunger and poverty, in many cases risking to overturn years of development gains.

The numbers are staggering. While the pandemic is only now taking root in Africa, there are at least 400,000 confirmed cases, and according to the World Health Organization (WHO), the outbreak is accelerating across the continent.

Add to this the risks of hunger and poverty. Three out of four people on the continent are food insecure. More than 320 million people are without access to safely managed drinking water, and over half the population lack access to any sanitation.

While this pandemic has already taken hundreds of thousands of lives, there are far greater risks on the horizon for the African people.

Left unchecked, climate change, environmental destruction, rising sea levels, droughts, floods and other environmental risks could trigger mass migration, increase conflict and disrupt, if not reverse, a decade of economic growth.

“It is imperative that post-COVID-19 stimulus packages integrate short and long term climate impacts as well as unlock significant appropriate technological and financial solution packages, for robust economic recovery and enhanced resilience for the wellbeing of people and ecosystems,” said Ambassador Seyni Nafo, Coordinator of the Africa Adaptation Initiative (AAI).

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United Nations, Obama Foundation Speakers To Headline 10th Anniversary Festival For The Future


Monday 6 July 2020

Festival for the Future Live will kick off its 10th annual event on Monday 13 July, in what is touted to be the most international digital summit ever hosted from New Zealand. With speakers from The United Nations Development Programme and The Obama Foundation, registrations have already hit 1,000 with delegates and speakers set to tune in from over 20 countries.
International speakers and workshop leaders include Bernadette Meehan from the Obama Foundation; Louise Mabulo, UN Young Champion of the Earth and Forbes 30 Under 30 honouree; Rohini Kohli, Lead Technical Specialist (climate) at the UN Development Program; and Karime Kuri, public policy expert and member of the World Economic Forum.

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Proyecto de Perú e Italia sobre el clima fortalecerá la reactivación económica


Sunday 5 July 2020

El Ministerio del Ambiente (Minam) indicó hoy que “el proyecto de cooperación entre Perú e Italia para la adaptación y mitigación del cambio climático, contribuirá a la reactivación económica con criterios de sostenibilidad. 
Refirió que este proyecto aportará de manera significativa, a través de productos orientados a la implementación de las Contribuciones Nacionalmente Determinadas, al uso sostenible del bosque y la incorporación de la acción climática en el sistema de inversión pública a nivel nacional.
El proyecto, implementado por el Minam, con la asistencia técnica del Programa de Naciones Unidas para el Desarrollo (PNUD), cuenta con el apoyo del Ministerio de Medio Ambiente, Tierra y Mar de Italia, y el pasado 1 de julio realizó su primer Comité Directivo. 

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A small country’s multi-sector approach to a national adaptation plan


Wednesday 1 July 2020

To learn more about Timor-Leste’s National Adaptation Plan (NAP) experience, the joint UNDP-UN Environment NAP Global Support Programme, funded by the Global Environment Facility (GEF), caught up with Justina Aurea da Costa Belo, a professional staff at the National Directorate of Climate Change in Timor-Leste. The NAP-GSP supported the facilitation of Timor-Leste’s initial NAP document. This support included providing the legal framework of the NAP and the national circumstances for Timor-Leste’s environmental, social, and economic background. The NAP-GSP supported an overview of the vulnerability assessment results, identifying adaptation priorities in existing and drafted documents that were relevant to the regulatory framework for climate change adaptation.
In March 2020, with the support of the UNDP country office in Dili, Timor-Leste held a national consultation workshop with sectoral stakeholders from ministries (Public Works, Agriculture and Fisheries, Health, Finance, Education) and the National Directorate for DRM under the Secretariat of State for Civil Protection, International Agencies, NGOs and private Sectors. Following the two-day workshop, an initial National Adaptation Plan document was formulated.

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National Adaptation Plans in focus: Lessons from Nepal


Wednesday 1 July 2020

Nepal is a mountainous landlocked country in South Asia. The Himalayan mountain range runs across Nepal’s northern and western parts with ten of the world highest mountains including mount Everest laying within its borders. With a population of about 28 million, it has an area of 147,181 square km, making it one of the highest population densities of all developing countries. About one-quarter of its population lives below the poverty line. 

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