Climate Change Adaptation in the News

June 2022

June 2022

UNDP and ICIMOD to partner in building resilience in Hindu Kush

The Kathmandu Post

Friday 10 June 2022

The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD) have agreed to collaborate to establish a joint framework for regional cooperation to develop and share knowledge, promote capacity development, develop policies and practices, and enhance collaboration in the Hindu Kush Himalayan countries.

 

UN Assistant Secretary General, UNDP Assistant Administrator and Regional Director for Asia and the Pacific, Kanni Wignaraja and ICIMOD Director General Pema Gyamtsho signed a Memorandum of Understanding for the collaboration on Thursday. In a statement, UNDP Nepal said the partnership will also focus on transboundary climate risk reduction and adaptation to climate change through data sharing and a joint strategy to enhance resilience, socio-economic security, and food security.

 

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EGYPT: $6.2m from UNDP to transform Sharm el-Sheikh into a green city

Afrik21

Thursday 9 June 2022

The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) is granting $6.2 million to the Egyptian government to finance the transformation of Sharm el-Sheikh into a green city by 2028. This support will allow for the development of green infrastructure in the seaside city, which will host the 27th United Nations Conference of the Parties on Climate Change (COP 27) in November 2022.

The project aims at rationalising resource consumption while focusing on water desalination, increasing the frequency of recycling and energy recovery from waste, as well as installing solar panels, charging stations for electric vehicles and a mechanism on green hotel standards to promote sustainable tourism in the North African country.

According to the UNDP Resident Representative in Egypt, the project, which relies on nature-based solutions, will shape one of the first green cities in the Arab world. “UNDP is supporting a plastic-free campaign to ban the use of single-use plastics.  We are also supporting 19 protected areas in Egypt to turn them into ecotourism destinations,” says Alessandro Fracassetti.

 

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New Initiative to Boost Capacity for Nature-Based Climate Solutions

IISD

Tuesday 7 June 2022

JUNE 7, WINNIPEG—The converging crises of biodiversity loss and climate change are rapidly intensifying the vulnerabilities of communities and ecosystems around the world. Launching today, the Nature for Climate Adaptation Initiative (NCAI) has one crucial goal: to help enable nature-based climate action that protects both livelihoods and biodiversity in the most vulnerable parts of the world.

Offering a wide range of resources, expert guidance, and accessible learning opportunities, this new project by the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD), with support from Global Affairs Canada, provides civil society organizations with the tools they need to enhance the implementation of nature-based climate solutions (NBCS) for adaptation that protect people of all genders and social groups. The NCAI will also feature an e-learning course on Ecosystem-based Adaptation—developed in partnership with Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) and the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN)—which will be launching in the coming months.  

“With careful implementation tailored to local contexts, nature-based climate solutions are highly effective and contribute to addressing societal challenges while enhancing biodiversity and ecosystem resilience,” says Veronica Lo, Senior Policy Advisor with IISD’s Resilience Program and lead for the NCAI. 

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UNDP, EU, Sweden stand by Cambodia Climate Change Alliance

ScandAsia

Tuesday 7 June 2022

The UNDP, the EU, and the government of Sweden have been working through the Cambodia Climate Change Alliance to support the country in developing multi-sectoral plans with concrete and ambitious commitments to the global climate agenda. What is key now is to accelerate the implementation of these plans. While the government is expected to lead the process, success will depend on concerted efforts by all stakeholders, including the private sector.

Secondly, there is a growing realisation that nature and climate action are opportunities for economic growth and social development. Let’s take the potential for green jobs as an example, the implementation of the National Long-Term Strategy for Carbon Neutrality is expected to generate 449,000 jobs by 2050. In contrast, it is estimated that climate change will reduce the country’s annual average GDP growth by 10 per cent by 2050, if no additional adaptation action is taken. As Cambodia continues its path towards higher middle-income status, the role of the private sector will be increasingly important for investment in nature-based solutions and climate action.

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Hand-in-hand to support development

Ahram Online

Tuesday 7 June 2022

In his first interview since taking office, UNDP Resident Representative in Egypt Alessandro Fracassetti explains the organisation’s efforts to support Egypt in its development projects, including on adapting to climate change and improving environmental protection, to Doaa El-Bey.

Since he assumed office in November last year, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Resident Representative in Egypt Alessandro Fracassetti has been busy with plans to help Egypt face up to climate change and the shift to a green economy.

Last weekend, and in collaboration with the Ministry of Environment, he took part in launching the Scaling Up Climate Ambition on Land Use and Agriculture (SCALA) programme in Egypt, which over the next three years aims to support transformative climate action in land use and strengthen resilience and adaptive capacity to climate change in 12 countries in Africa, Asia, and Latin America. 

 

 

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Liberia: West Point Gets US$25M Coastal Defense

Liberian Observer

Friday 3 June 2022

“We can safely announce to you that we now have a total of US$40 million to address climate change issues in communities in Monrovia. And US$25 million of that money is for West Point,” Jeremiah  Sokan, of the National Climate Change Secretariat

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has disclosed that about US$40 million is currently at hand to address climate change-related issues in the country as a way of bringing relief to thousands of Liberians who are currently experiencing the excruciating impacts of the global menace.

The fund, which the agency said is being channeled through the Monrovia Metropolitan Climate Resilient Project (MMCRP), will see interventions in erosion-prone communities in Monrovia and its environs, especially the nation’s largest slum community, West Point.

A total of US$25 million has been earmarked by the EPA and its partners to construct a sea wall in that township.

 

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Why it pays to go green

Stories UNDP

Thursday 2 June 2022

World Environment Day 2022 marks 50 years since the landmark United Nations Conference on the Human Environment. It’s an occasion to celebrate progress on global environmental action and take stock of what still needs to be done to achieve “a healthy planet for the prosperity of all”.

Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, governments around the world have committed to different kinds of “green recovery”. The world’s leading economies have delivered over US$20 trillion in COVID-19 recovery investments over the past 18 months, designed to re-boot economies and address the root causes of the nature-climate crises.

But to date, these efforts remain insufficient. An analysis of spending by 50 leading economies, led by Oxford’s Economic Recovery Project and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), finds only $368 billion of $14.6 trillion – 18 percent – of announced recovery spending to be “green”.

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La jeunesse comorienne engagée lance un appel au changement

UNDP

Thursday 2 June 2022

Les Comores ont célébré la journée mondiale de l’eau sur le thème « Les eaux souterraines, rendre visible l’invisible ». Le but de la journée était d’informer les jeunes sur les eaux souterraines et d’attirer leur l’attention sur la nécessité d’explorer, protéger et gérer durablement l’utilisation de cette ressource invisible mais fortement menacée par la pollution et le changement climatique.

C’est dans ce contexte que le projet sur la résilience en eau en Union des Comores soutenu par le Fonds vert pour le climat (GCF) et le PNUD a organisé une série d’activités en partenariat avec la Société Nationale d'Exploitation et de Distribution des Eaux (SONEDE) pour marquer cette journée.

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Saint Lucians Living with Disabilities to Benefit from UN Aquaponics Project

The Voice

Wednesday 1 June 2022

Leveraging the symbiotic relationship between fish and plants is at the heart of a new project aimed at increasing food security, building resilience to climate impacts and enhancing the livelihoods of Saint Lucians, particularly those living with disabilities.

With support from the United Nations Development Programme’s (UNDP) Enabling Gender-Responsive Disaster Recovery, Climate and Environmental Resilience in the Caribbean (EnGenDER) Project, and the governments of Canada and the United Kingdom, the Government of Saint Lucia, on May 10, 2022, broke ground on the “Inclusive Aquaponics for a Resilient Saint Lucia” project which will provide employment opportunities for over 40 persons living with disabilities.

Speaking during the project launch, Director of Gender Affairs, Janey Joseph, said gender-based inequalities lead women, the vulnerable and especially persons with disabilities to face more adverse climate change impacts than men and other abled individuals.

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Stockholm+50 : une occasion pour évaluer les efforts mondiaux pour le traitement des crises du climat et de l'environnement

Algeria Press Service

Wednesday 1 June 2022

ALGER- Cinquante ans après la tenue de la 1ère Conférence des Nations Unies sur l'environnement, la capitale suédoise Stockholm abritera à partir de jeudi une Réunion internationale de haut niveau convoquée par l'Assemblée générale de l'ONU pour évaluer les efforts mondiaux en matière de traitement des crises du climat et de l'environnement et cinq décennies de travail dans ce sens.

Le Premier ministre, M. Aïmene Benabderrahmane participera en qualité de représentant du président de la République, M. Abdelmadjid Tebboune, à cette réunion placée sous le thème "Stockholm+50: une planète saine pour la prospérité de toutes et tous -notre responsabilité, notre chance".  

Les représentants de plusieurs pays du monde veilleront lors de cette réunion à mettre en exergue l'importance d'adopter un mode de vie durable et en harmonie avec la nature et l'impératif de poursuivre l'action environnementale internationale pour renforcer la diplomatie environnementale et les normes, voire les pratiques environnementales saines.

 

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UNDP regional director on a three-day official visit to Moldova

UNDP

Wednesday 1 June 2022

Ms. Mirjana Špoljarić Egger, UNDP Assistant Administrator and Director of the UNDP Regional Bureau for Europe and the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS), will conduct a three-day official visit to Moldova from 1 to 3 June 2022.

She will meet with key counterparts to discuss UNDP’s support for local communities impacted by the war in Ukraine, visit refugees hosted in reception & accommodation centers and participate in the launch of a flagship EU-UNDP programme “Addressing the impacts of the energy crisis and initiating solutions toward energy security and addressing energy poverty.”

Ms. Špoljarić Egger will meet with President Maia Sandu, Prime Minister Natalia Gavrilita, chairpersons of parliamentary committees to discuss UNDP’s support to enhance the economic, social and environmental resilience of the country, building support around four pillars.

 

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