Climate Change Adaptation in the News

December 2021

December 2021

Cambodia, UNDP appreciate good environment cooperation

Thursday 16 December 2021

Cambodia and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) have appreciated their fruitful cooperation in socio-economic and environmental development.

The appreciation was made in a meeting between Say Samal, Minister of Environment and Ms. Alissar Chaker, the new UNDP Resident Representative in Cambodia here in Phnom Penh on Monday.

Samal underlined the ministry’s good cooperation with UNDP on environment and natural resources conservation.

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Liberia: West Point’s Rock Revetment Project On Course

Wednesday 15 December 2021

The Environmental Protection Agency of Liberia (EPA) and the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) on Thursday, 9th December 2021 held a one-day inception workshop for the Monrovia Metropolitan Climate Resilience Project (MMCRP).

MMCRP seeks to address one of Monrovia’s most urgent adaptation needs by constructing a rock revetment to protect West Point against coastal erosion and storms.

The inception meeting was intended to inform stakeholders and partners about the commencement of the project and activities to be undertaken, deliverable and outcomes to be met and progress made thus far, Zienu Kanneh, MMCRP Coordinator said.

Kanneh disclosed that it was also intended to highlight the roles and responsibilities of the project management unit and implementing institutions. 

In May 2021, the Green Climate Fund (GCF) approved US$17.2 million in grant funding for the construction of a coastal defense wall to protect the Monrovia Metropolitan area from coastal erosion and storms.

The Government of Liberia is providing US$6.8 million in co-financing while UNDP Country Office is also providing $US1.5 million to buttress the GCF funding for the MMCRP.

The project is expected to benefit approximately 250,000 vulnerable people living in the Monrovia Metropolitan Area.

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Seychelles to receive $10 million from UNDP to improve Blue Economy sector

Wednesday 15 December 2021

Seychelles will receive about $10 million from the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in the coming 18 months to improve its Blue Economy sector, the UNDP resident representative to the island nation said on Tuesday.

Amanda Serumaga paid a visit to President Wavel Ramkalawan at State House in Victoria, the culmination of a two-week mission in Seychelles.

"Over the past four years, we have managed to deliver on programmes worth about $16.5 million. We have also been able to mobilise new resources, so over the next year and a half we expect to have about $10 million and again it will be focused on the Blue Economy. We have just started a programme on coral restoration at Curieuse and in other locations. We are also continuing our work on places like Val Den D'or in terms of ecosystem-based adaptation," Serumaga told journalists.

During the visit to State House, Serumaga briefed Ramkalawan on the different programmes that the UNDP is implementing in Seychelles over the last four years and those for the next couple of years.

"We were very pleased to have a good and wide-ranging discussion especially around the results of COP26, some efforts towards public administration reform and also to talk about the environment and some of the initiatives the UNDP is working on," she said.

Throughout her mission to Seychelles, an archipelago in the western Indian Ocean, which Serumaga described as fruitful, the UNDP resident representative met with government officials, local associations and non-governmental organisations.

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Liberia: Government Launches Country’s National Adaption Plan

Wednesday 8 December 2021

The Government of Liberia through the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in partnership with the National Adaption Plan Global Network, the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) and with funding from the Green Climate Fund, will on Wednesday, 8 December 2021 launch Liberia’s National Adaption Plan (NAP) and Adaptation Communication (AdCom).

Liberia’s National Adaptation Plan is intended to help Liberia tackle the issue of climate change through a sound adaptation program that involves a whole of society approach to achieve the goal, vision and specific objectives.

It was developed through a consultative multi-stakeholder process and informed by sectoral climate vulnerability and risk assessments, and the disaster risk assessment.

The NAP focuses on six sectors that are priorities of the Government of Liberia in its efforts to adapt to the impacts of climate change: agriculture, coastal zones, forestry, energy, waste management and fisheries.

According to a release from the EPA, Wednesday’s launch is intended to increase awareness among sub-national decision makers, civil society organizations, private sector actors, and citizens in vulnerable communities on the adaptation priorities in the NAP document.

It will further showcase Liberia’s first national Adaptation Communication (AdComs) closely, following the 26th Conference of the Parties (COP-26) of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).

At the launch of the NAPs and AdComs government officials, sector representatives and stakeholders involved in the NAP will convene to formulate ideas and discuss concrete actions for implementation and resilience building, as well as the next steps to follow the launch of both documents.

These activities, according to the release will provide the Government of Liberia with opportunity to facilitate and take ownership of national adaptation priorities, to signal accelerated progress in adaptation in Liberia – including the country’s readiness to move from national adaptation planning to implementation – and to provide synergies.

The program is expected to bring together heads of line ministries and agencies as well as local government including the district and municipalities and local organizations.

Representatives of non-governmental organizations, civil society organizations, and private sector actors operating in Liberia, as well as development partners, donors and media are expected to attend the gathering slated to take place at a local hotel in Monrovia.


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From the Field: ‘climate-smart’ development in an uncertain world

Monday 6 December 2021

Today, when the UN plans initiatives to help vulnerable communities become more resilient, the climate crisis has to be part of the equation. The UN Development Programme (UNDP) is connecting the dots between people and the impacts that climate change is having on their lives.

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El fondo verde para el clima cede 23,9 millones de dólares para el proyecto del Gobierno cubano 'Mi Costa'

Monday 6 December 2021

El CITMA y el PNUD acuerdan 'incrementar la resiliencia climática de 24 municipios de la costa sur de Cuba' durante los próximos ocho años.

Autoridades de los ministerios de Comercio Exterior y la Inversión Extranjera, y Ciencia, Tecnología y Medio Ambiente de Cuba y el Programa de Naciones Unidas para el Desarrollo (PNUD) firmaron el jueves un acuerdo para desarrollar el proyecto "Mi Costa" que, según publicó el portal oficial Cubadebate, durante ocho años "pretende incrementar la resiliencia climática de 24 municipios de la costa sur de Cuba, especialmente vulnerables a los impactos del cambio climático".

Con 23,9 millones de dólares aportados por el fondo verde para el clima y 20,3 millones comprometidos por organismos estatales, el programa se suma a otras iniciativas del sistema de las Naciones Unidas en la Isla que, en alianza con instituciones nacionales, apoyan el plan del Estado "Tarea Vida", y "potencian la lucha contra el cambio climático como una de las prioridades de la cooperación internacional en el país".

Los promotores pretenden que "Mi Costa" contribuya a la restauración de 11.000 hectáreas de mangle, 3.000 hectáreas de bosques de ciénaga, 9.000 hectáreas de pastos marinos y 134 km de arrecifes coralinos, lo que repercutirá en la generación de barreras protectoras ante eventos de fuertes oleajes, y en la protección de por lo menos 1,3 millones de personas, según el PNUD.

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GEF Council to build upon three decades of environmental action

Friday 3 December 2021

Marking 30 years of support for environmental action worldwide, the Global Environment Facility’s member governments will meet next week to consider their next steps to build a nature-positive, carbon-neutral, and pollution-free future.

The GEF Council and Least Developed Countries Fund Council meetings will be held virtually as a result of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

Representatives of 184 countries will review a $191 million work program that would fund initiatives enabling developing countries to address biodiversity loss, climate change, and land degradation, and to improve the management of international waters, chemicals, and waste. It will be the second-to-last financing tranche to be released under GEF-7, the four-year funding period which ends in June 2022.

If approved, the latest GEF-7 work program will provide grants and blended finance for 43 countries, expected to benefit 25 million people in the project areas while generating global environmental gains.

The new work program reflects the GEF’s commitment to tackling environmental challenges in an integrated way – for instance, through support for nature-based solutions that will help Cabo Verde improve food security, livelihoods, and resilience in communities hard-hit by the pandemic.

GEF CEO and Chairperson Carlos Manuel Rodriguez said this “seascapes and landscapes” approach will also color the support provided under GEF-8, which will run from July 2022 to June 2026. Discussions over the size and scope of the multilateral fund’s eighth replenishment are ongoing.

“In this moment of high ambition and significant momentum for environmental action, we are looking forward to a successful conclusion of the GEF-7 funding cycle and a bold approach going forward,” he said. “When the GEF was launched 30 years ago, it forged a new path to make collaboration on the global environment possible. We now have an impressive track record of results, learning, and strong relationships to build upon, and our ambition for GEF-8 is significantly higher. What  needs to be accomplished in the next decade is of a different size and scale entirely.”

During the Council meetings, delegates will consider highlights from the GEF’s 30-year history, including results from its Impact Programs supporting sustainable forest management, cities, and food systems, and its landmark projects to protect biodiversity, combat illicit wildlife trafficking, reduce toxic exposure to mercury and other chemicals, engage Indigenous and local communities in conservation, and more.

They will also hear from representatives of the international conventions that the GEF financially supports, from the Scientific and Technical Advisory Panel, and from the GEF Independent Evaluation Office, which will present the findings of its seventh comprehensive evaluation of the GEF. Young environmental leaders from around the world will share their priorities and ideas for improvement in a dedicated Civil Society Consultation, preceded by a knowledge management session focused on finding ways to increase training and learning opportunities across the partnership.

In the LDCF Council meetings, to be held immediately after the GEF Council meetings, member countries will also consider $20 million for three climate adaptation projects supported by the Least Developed Countries Fund. Those initiatives would help Malawi, Sao Tome and Principe, and Solomon Islands. To date, 44 Least Developed Countries have accessed funding from the LDCF during the GEF-7 cycle.



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