Climate Change Adaptation in the News

April 2022

April 2022

UNDP announces $2.2 million in climate action grants for innovators

The Business Standard

Thursday 14 April 2022

The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and partners of the Adaptation Innovation Marketplace (AIM) have announced $2.2 million in climate action grants for 22 local innovators across 19 countries, including India.

The first round of funding through the Adaptation Fund Climate Innovation Accelerator (AFCIA) window will enhance local climate action and accelerate the delivery of targets outlined in the Paris Agreement and Sustainable Development Goals.

The initiative empowers local actors and contributes to the principles for locally led adaptation action, which have been endorsed by UNDP and partners around the world.

The new funding proposals, announced on Monday, will benefit from the technical support and know-how of the Adaptation Innovation Marketplace.

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Countries pledge record support to the Global Environment Facility

Friday 8 April 2022

Twenty-nine countries have jointly pledged more than $5 billion for the Global Environment Facility, providing a major boost to international efforts to protect biodiversity and curb threats from climate change, plastics, and toxic chemicals through collaborative action this decade.

The new support, totaling $5.25 billion, increases the GEF’s funding by nearly 30 percent compared to its most recent four-year operating cycle. It comes at a critical moment for developing countries whose ability to tackle worsening environmental challenges has been strained by fiscal pressures from the COVID-19 pandemic and rising inflation.

“This successful replenishment is not only important for the programs and projects the GEF supports around the world and the global environmental benefits they yield. It is a strong signal that the international community is ready to work together on the tough challenges that require us all to be at the table, as we seek to restore the health of our planet and its people,” said Carlos Manuel Rodriguez, CEO and Chairperson of the GEF.


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Selected as one of three global programmes to present on main stage at the Creative Bureaucracy Festival in June ‘22

Tuesday 5 April 2022

The session will explore Innovation diplomacy. Not a widely known concept, but one that uses new ideas and technology to build relations between governments with a focus on delivering shared policy outcomes and better public services. Our CivTech Alliance COP26 Global Scale-Up Programme is a highly ambitious programme that brought together 8 government innovation teams (including the US, Estonia, Australia and Scotland), and 3 academic institutions from 10 countries to give 18 climate tech companies an unprecedented international market access and opportunity in the run up to, and during COP26.

This session is part of our community voting. Six session will have the chance to win a programme slot at our live festival in Berlin on 2 June 2022. Vote for your favourite session here:

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Profiled in OECD’s Achieving Cross-Border Government Innovation (

Tuesday 5 April 2022

This calls for exploring innovative approaches to cross-border collaboration. However, government innovation efforts are largely confined to national or local borders. Why is collaborating across borders not happening more often? And how can we break this paradigm?

To help answer these questions, OPSI and the MBRCGI have worked in partnership to determine which set of innovative practices can best support collaboration to tackle cross-border issues, including a variety of inputs.

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Presented at the 4th Public Sector Innovation Conference 2022 at The Royal Society for the Arts in March - Innovation Diplomacy

Tuesday 5 April 2022

The pandemic has impacted public sector services massively. Positively, it has accelerated digital transformation across central and local government as well as the NHS and blue light services. This rapid move towards digital first has seen rapid growth in the use of Cloud and APIs as well as highlighting areas where improvements are needed.

At 2022’s 4th Public Sector Innovation Conference at the RSA, we looked at the fundamentals of the next stage of rapid digital adoption in the public sector covering: interoperability; platforms; data; and emerging technologies as four areas that can transform public services.

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110 interventions proposed to address 14 climate hazards in 11 stress areas

United News of Bangladesh

Saturday 2 April 2022

The recently developed draft National Adaptation Plan (NAP) has proposed 110 interventions to turn Bangladesh into a climate-resilient country.

The Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change organised a workshop on Saturday as part of NAP validation process.

The Ministry is implementing the Formulation and Advancement of the National Adaptation Plan (NAP) in Bangladesh project with support from UNDP and funded by the Green Climate Fund.

The draft NAP has been developed based on the opinions and feedback from the stakeholders, including the climate-vulnerable people, communities, individuals, women, youth, public officials and climate change experts, said UNDP.

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Winning Apolitical’s Public Service Team of the Year 2021: Climate Heroes

Friday 1 April 2022

For the fourth year in a row, Apolitical is celebrating innovative, groundbreaking teams that are changing the game through our Public Service Team of the Year Awards. This has been a challenging year, and public servants have been pushed to be more creative, innovative, and thoughtful than ever before — and we want to celebrate their work.

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