Climate Change Adaptation in the News

October 2021

October 2021

COP26: Zim needs more climate adaptation financing

The Herald Zimbabwe

Thursday 28 October 2021

Tafadzwa Dhlakama, a climate change project coordinator with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) told participants at a pre – COP26 stakeholders’ workshop that industrialised countries and other multilateral agencies should increase the share of climate finance allocated to adaptation and resilience to Zimbabwe.

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PNUD apoya soluciones basadas en la naturaleza para fortalecer la seguridad hídrica en el Río Alto Atoyac

Naciones Unidas Mexico

Tuesday 26 October 2021

Ciudad de México, 26 de octubre de 2021 (PNUD) — En el marco del proyecto Resiliencia Hídrica, el cual es implementado por el Programa de las Naciones Unidas para el Desarrollo (PNUD) en México y con la colaboración de la Fundación Coca–Cola, la organización Pronatura México A.C. fue seleccionada para realizar una intervención con enfoque de Soluciones basadas en la Naturaleza (SbN) que permitirá fortalecer la seguridad hídrica en la cuenca del Río Alto Atoyac, ubicada en los estados de Tlaxcala, Puebla y México.

La seguridad hídrica se refiere a la capacidad de las sociedades para acceder al agua en cantidad y en calidad suficiente tanto para sobrevivir y llevar a cabo actividades productivas, como para garantizar el bienestar de los propios ecosistemas, aún en un contexto de riesgos climáticos (acrecentados por el calentamiento global).

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Peoples’ Climate Vote Results – Press Conference (25 October 2021)

The Global Hearald

Tuesday 26 October 2021

With 1.2 million respondents, the Peoples’ Climate Vote is the largest survey of public opinion on climate change ever conducted. Using a new and unconventional approach to polling, results span 50 countries covering 56% of the world’s population.

The Peoples’ Climate Vote is a pillar of the Mission 1.5 campaign launched in 2020 by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and partners, including the University of Oxford, and a number of non-governmental organisations (NGOs), to educate people about climate change solutions and ask them about the actions that they think governments should take. The aim of the Peoples’ Climate Vote is to connect the public to policymakers – and to provide the latter with reliable information on whether people considered climate change an emergency, and how they would like their countries to respond.

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Le Bénin se dote d'un plan national d'adaptation aux changements climatiques

Tuesday 26 October 2021

Le gouvernement béninois en collaboration avec ses partenaires techniques et financiers, notamment le Programme des Nations unies pour le développement (PNUD) et le Fonds Vert pour le Climat, vient d'élaborer son plan national d'adaptation aux changements climatiques (PNA), annonce un communiqué parvenu lundi à Xinhua à Cotonou.

Selon cette même source, le plan national d'adaptation aux changements climatiques, élaboré par le gouvernement béninois, vise non seulement à réduire les impacts des changements climatiques, en développant la résilience et la capacité d'adaptation, mais aussi à faciliter l'intégration de l'adaptation aux changements climatiques dans tous les documents de planification.

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Climate-Smart Maps and Adaptation Plans (CS-MAP) launched

Vietnam Plus

Monday 25 October 2021

Hanoi (VNS/VNA) - To help farmers manage climate-related risks such as flooding, drought and saline intrusion, the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development has launched the Climate-Smart Maps and Adaption Plans (CS-MAP).

CS-MAP integrates local knowledge and science-based research to provide location-specific risk maps and adaptation plans for rice production. The project currently covers five ecological regions of Vietnam and was developed by the Ministry’s Crops Production Department and CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security in Southeast Asia (CCAFS SEA).

A conference for the launch of CS-MAPS was held in Hanoi on October 19, organised by the Department of Crop Production (DCP) of CCAFS SEA. The socio-economic impact of the project at both a national and international level were discussed, as well as ways policy can be developed in support.

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Integrating water into the National Adaptation Plan process


Thursday 21 October 2021

The National Adaptation Plan Global Support Programme (NAP-GSP), implemented by UNEP and UNDP with funding from the Global Environment Facility and together with the Global Water Partnership (GWP) hosted a webinar exchange with over 60 participants about “*Integrating Climate Risks in the Water Sector*” with a focus on NAP formulation. Many countries address water as a distinct sector, but water is a cross-cutting issue. Water is a vulnerable sector that impacts other sectors, such as agriculture, livestock, health, and food security. Climate change is amplifying the existing stressors on water availability in all regions of the world from Zambia to Togo and Bolivia.

A review of the revised nationally determined contributions (NDCs) submitted by December 2020 to the UNFCCC shows that 39 countries included an adaptation component and 79 percent of these NDCs prioritized freshwater adaptation and identified water as a strong feature in other priority areas. Water was identified by Africa countries as both a key climate hazard and a main adaptation priority in their climate commitments.

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Experts: NAP needs to focus on climate adaptation priorities, identify investment strategies

Dhaka Tribune

Sunday 10 October 2021

Resource mobilization key challenge for NAP implementation, says Department of Environment chief

Experts at a workshop have suggested that the National Adaptation Plan (NAP), which is now being formulated to fight climate change, should focus on adaptation priorities, identify investment strategies and establish monitoring mechanisms.

The Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change, the Economic Relations Division (ERD) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), with support from the Green Climate Fund (GCF), organized the strategic planning workshop on Saturday at Brac CDM in Gazipur to discuss the progress of Bangladesh’s NAP, said a UNDP release on Sunday.

The workshop focused on key strategic papers drafted by the NAP formulation team. Other issues including its proposed structure and contents; monitoring, evaluation and financing framework; possible investment plan and capacity building and knowledge management on climate change adaptation were also discussed.

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Seven million people vulnerable to glacial floods: Many in KP living in disaster-prone regions

The International News

Saturday 9 October 2021

MINGORA: The Federal Ministry of Climate Change Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government on Friday observed “National Resilience Day” at the University of Swat (Charbagh) to remember the martyrs of the October 8, 2005 Earthquake.

The Provincial Disaster Management Authority (PDMA) KP in collaboration with the GLOF-II Project sponsored by the green climate fund and implemented by UNDP arranged the event.

The objective was to express solidarity with the bereaved families who had lost near and dear ones in the devastating quake. Judat Ayaz. Additional Secretary, Ministry of Climate Change, Project Director GLOF-II, was the chief guest.

Director, Disaster Risk Management, PDMA, Zuhra Nigar, UNDP GLOF-II Provincial Coordinator Fahad Bangash, vice-chancellor, of the University of Swat, representative United Nations humanitarian organisations, academia, students along with representatives from INGOs participated in the event.

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GCF Board accelerates climate finance ahead of COP26 meeting, approving USD 1.2 billion for new adaptation and mitigation action


Friday 8 October 2021

The Green Climate Fund (GCF) Board has approved 13 new projects for mitigation and adaptation action, allocating USD 1.2 billion in GCF resources for climate action – a record amount for a single Board meeting. The new projects bring the total size of the GCF portfolio to USD 10 billion, representing USD 37.2 billion in assets, including co-financing.

Recognising the importance of increasing support for developing countries to adapt to the impacts of climate change, the majority of new funds, 59% in grant equivalent terms, are allocated for adaptation. Just over half of the new funding will go to Small Island Developing States, Least Developed Countries, and African States, which are particularly vulnerable to climate change, and 35% of the new funds will be channeled via direct access entities working at regional or national level. The newly approved funding proposals also include innovative programmes to catalyse private sector climate finance, particularly in adaptation. The new projects and programmes are listed in full below and more details of each are available on the GCF website.

The four-day virtual Board meeting made a number of important decisions relating to the Fund’s policies and operations. These include a decision to strengthen the capacity of the Secretariat in order to deliver the updated strategic plan. The Board then adopted the Secretariat and Independent Units’ work programmes and budgets for 2022 and approved three entities for re-accreditation. The Board also noted the assessment of GCF's Simplified Approval Process (SAP) by the Independent Evaluation Unit, and discussed improvements to the SAP.

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La Semaine africaine du climat 2021 prépare le terrain pour une ambition régionale avant la COP 26

Viv Afrik

Monday 4 October 2021

ONU Climat Infos – Les sessions thématiques virtuelles de la Semaine africaine du climat 2021 (ACW 2021) se sont achevées, contribuant à planter le décor d’une action régionale plus ambitieuse pour lutter contre les changements climatiques avant la COP 26 prochaine Conférence des Nations Unies sur le changement climatique qui se tiendra à Glasgow en novembre.

Plus de 1 600 participants ont activement participé à cette réunion virtuelle, le gouvernement hôte d’Ouganda ayant convoqué les gouvernements de tous les niveaux de la région, ainsi que des dirigeants du secteur privé, des experts universitaires et d’autres parties prenantes clés.

Les deux prochains mois seront déterminants pour le succès de nos efforts collectifs en matière de changement climatique, ici en Afrique et dans le monde entier, a déclaré Patricia Espinosa, secrétaire d’ONU Climat, en s’adressant aux participants. Votre contribution est vitale pour ce succès… Nous avons besoin de vos idées transformatrices pour conduire ce qui, en fin de compte, doit être une décennie et un siècle transformateurs.

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UNDP to launch $4.5 mln program in Georgia to protect 4 municipalities from floods


Monday 4 October 2021

Georgia - Four Georgian municipalities will benefit from a flood protection initiative that the European Union and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) are implementing in partnership with the Georgian Ministry of Regional Development and Infrastructure.

The $4.5 million agreement was signed by the Head of UNDP Nick Beresford and Chairperson of the Georgian Ministry of Regional Development Giorgi Tsereteli to implement flood protection measures in the Abasha, Kobuleti, Lagodekhi and Senaki municipalities for the Tskhenistkali, Achkva, Lagodekhiskhevi and Tsivi rivers.

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Liberia: Cop26 - Humanity's Last Chance to Avoid Climate Catastrophe?

All Africa

Monday 4 October 2021

Liberia - With less than one month to go until the 2021 United Nations climate change conference, COP26, the British Ambassador to Liberia, and the Resident Representative for UNDP Liberia jointly set out their hopes for the Summit, and how it will impact Liberia.

Between 1-12 November, the UK will welcome the world to Glasgow for the 26th UN Climate Change Conference, COP26. This will be a key moment to address the enormous threat of climate change and build a cleaner, brighter future for us all.

In Liberia, we are already seeing the impact of climate change. For example, an increase in average annual temperatures, a decrease in average annual rainfall, and a greater number of flooding events during the rainy season. Unless the world can limit any further increases in temperatures to 1.5 degrees, Liberia, along with many other countries, will face rising sea levels, more extreme weather events, destruction of wetlands, deteriorating water quality, decreasing crop yields, and greater food insecurity.

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"Dear World Leaders" live now


Friday 1 October 2021

Dear World Leaders is an initiative by the UN Development Programme to raise awareness of the global climate crisis ahead of COP26 in Glasgow - and beyond.

Climate change has the potential to irreversibly change our futures. We have a short window of time to collectively take the urgent action necessary to limit average global temperature rise to a safer 1.5 °C.

With your help, we created this initiative to remind world leaders of what’s at stake.

Join us. Send a message to world leaders now.

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Governments meet to consider high-ambition GEF replenishment


Friday 1 October 2021

Representatives of the GEF’s member governments gathered virtually Sept. 29 - Oct. 1, 2021, to review proposed plans for the multilateral trust fund in its eighth funding cycle. Donor support for the GEF helps developing countries meet international environmental obligations and advance progress toward global goals on biodiversity, climate change, harmful chemicals, and more.

The Global Environment Facility is ready to “meet the moment” and scale up international action on biodiversity loss, climate change, toxic waste, and related threats, the head of the multilateral trust fund told its donor and recipient countries as they held their second formal discussions in preparation for the GEF-8 funding cycle.

Addressing representatives of the GEF’s 184 member governments, CEO and Chairperson Carlos Manuel Rodriguez made the case for an ambitious eighth replenishment that would match the goals of upcoming international environmental negotiations, and dial back imminent risks to the world’s forests, landscapes, oceans, rivers, and remaining wild spaces.

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Honduras restaurará 295.000 hectáreas de áreas protegidas con apoyo de la ONU


Friday 1 October 2021

Tegucigalpa - Honduras restaurará 295.000 hectáreas de áreas protegidas con un proyecto de casi 10 millones de dólares financiado por el Fondo para el Medio Ambiente Mundial y apoyado por la Organización de Naciones Unidas (ONU).
La ayuda de la ONU fue plasmada en un acuerdo firmado este jueves en Tegucigalpa por la titular de la Secretaría de Recursos Naturales y Ambiente (MiAmbiente), Liliam Rivera, y el representante residente del Programa de Naciones Unidas para el Desarrollo (PNUD), Richard Barathe.
El documento también fue rubricado por la vicecanciller hondureña de Cooperación y Promoción Internacional, Karen Najarro, y el representante de la Organización de las Naciones Unidas para la Agricultura y la Alimentación (FAO), Dennis Latimer.
El programa Recover cuenta con una financiación de más de 9,8 millones de dólares del Fondo para el Medio Ambiente Mundial y será gestionado por el PNUD y la FAO.

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MinAmbiente y PNUD presentan acuerdo de financiación para impulsar negocios verdes en Colombia


Friday 1 October 2021

La cartera de Ambiente y el Programa de las Naciones Unidas para el Desarrollo (PNUD) entregarán $4.800 para fortalecer los emprendimientos verdes en el país

El Ministerio de Ambiente de Colombia y el Programa de las Naciones Unidas para el Desarrollo (PNUD) lanzaron este jueves un acuerdo de financiación internacional con el que buscan fortalecer los 721 negocios verdes certificados en el país.


El lanzamiento de esta iniciativa, que se realizó en el marco de la Feria Internacional del Medio Ambiente que se lleva cabo en Corferias, entre el ministro de Ambiente, Carlos Eduardo Correa, y la representante residente del PNUD, Sara Ferrer, contempla una inversión de $4.800 millones de pesos para aunar esfuerzos administrativos y financieros en el impulso de los negocios verdes en el territorio nacional.

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Sharia Funding Potential for Climate Change Reaches US$50 Billion

Daily Insight

Friday 1 October 2021

The latest report from the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) and The Islamic Finance Council UK (UKIFC) mentioned potentials for new funding totaling US$50 billion or Rp 71.5 trillion from green Sukuk to fulfill commitments to sustainable development goals (SDGs) and climate change. Green Sukuk is the main instrument of Islamic funding.

The report was launched less than six weeks before COP26 takes place in Scotland. The summit will bring together world leaders to finalize an agreement to reduce greenhouse gases and adapt to the impacts of climate change. The report entitled 'Innovation in Islamic Finance: Green Sukuk for SDGs' shows how green Sukuk can contribute significantly to the total US$100 billion in climate funding needed by developing countries.

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