More resilient lives, stronger institutions, empowered people and empowered nations are essential stepping points toward achieving the goals laid out in Paris. With finance from the Global Environment Facility Least Developed Countries Fund and support from UNDP, the Governments of Benin and Guinea-Bissau are developing new projects that build climate resilience from the baseline with diverse livelihoods, climate resilient economic development, and improved climate information and early warning systems. Benin | Guinea-Bissau | GEF Annual Performance Report
The mobilization of GCF-funded initiatives is gaining momentum with a number of projects signing agreements in recent months. This important milestone signals a new stage for these ongoing partnerships and the start of real action on the ground to build toward the goals of the Paris Agreement. Take a look at the recently signed UNDP-supported climate change adaptation projects from the past six months. Armenia | Malawi | Maldives | Pakistan | Samoa | Sri Lanka | Tuvalu | Uganda | Viet Nam
Tuvalu launches new GCF-funded coastal resilience project“The protection of our country’s vulnerable coastlines is an urgent priority of the Government of Tuvalu,” said the Prime Minister of Tuvalu, Hon. Enele Sosene Sopoaga. “The project will support integrated coastal resilience for people living on the islands of Funafuti, Nanumea and Nanumaga. These islands have a high concentration of houses, schools and hospitals, and are the important cogs in the social and economic machinery of our nation.”
UNDP head welcomes flows of GCF funding for Maldives“We are delighted that the Green Climate Fund’s first disbursement to UNDP will help realise this exciting project, which will see almost a third of the population of the Maldives becoming freshwater self-sufficient over the next five years.” - UNDP Administrator Achim Steiner.
Catalyzing synergies between adaptation, mitigation and SDG Plans
Building resiliency to the effects of climate change and transforming economies toward low-carbon development requires integrated, cross-cutting solutions. In this way, a new paradigm is emerging toward addressing multiple risks and delivering co-benefits across climate and non-climate drivers. This will entail connecting climate action to long-term sustainable development planning, financing and budgeting.
The government of Viet Nam recently announced a new GCF-funded project that will benefit vulnerable communities with improved housing, mangrove restoration and enhanced climate risk information to guide climate resilient and risk-informed planning. Learn More | Mangrove Restoration | Project Page
Building climate resilience from the grassroots up
Global goals for climate resiliency will be achieved on the local level. Be it adapting to flood risks or the switch from fossil fuels to alternative renewable energy sources, it’s local action that will spur and act as the engine of change. Download Session Reports | Overview
Pacific regional dialogue on financial management of climate risks
Pacific islands are often in the headlines for the impacts of climate change on communities, societies and economies. A recent meeting of 12 Pacific countries in Samoa reviewed the options, gaps and challenges to build financial products for climate resilience and risk management, also exploring the potential for a Pacific Island Climate Change Insurance Facility. Learn More
Informing the informers
The Japan-Caribbean Climate Change Partnership provided training to 30 journalists from across the Caribbean, with the aim of increasing climate change knowledge and gaining buy-in. The training included a visit to an affected community in Belize where the human impact of climate change was highlighted for participants. JCCCP | Journalist Training | Photos | Facebook
Ramping up support for National Adaptation Plans in 40 nations
Asia Pacific Economics of Climate Change Adaptation programme relaunches
With the first rollout a great success, the Economics of Climate Change Adaptation (ECCA) regional training programme will relaunch this month, providing continued insights, training, resources and tools for 10 countries in the Asia and Pacific region. Relaunch | New Datasets Available | ECCA Programme
Sign up for the upcoming NAP-Ag webinar on climate information services. Slated presentations include integrating climate information services in adaptation planning, country experiences from Africa and Asia, as well as guided discussions. Registration | Peer-to-Peer Exchange Report
The 2016 Annual Performance Report of the UNDP Global Environmental Finance (UNDP-GEF) Unit highlights how UNDP's partnership with environmental vertical funds has helped to transform markets, empower and strengthen the resilience of vulnerable communities, and build the capacity of countries to safeguard their natural capital as the foundation of sustainable development.
Flooding destroys infrastructure and can put lives at risk in Azerbaijan, where over 1 million people live in flood-prone areas. UNDP-supported projects funded through the Global Environment Facility (GEF) are helping build early warning systems.
This bulletin is produced by the UNDP-GEF Unit of UNDP’s Sustainable Development cluster within the Bureau for Policy and Programme Support. It provides an overview of UNDP-GEF’s support to countries to affect policy and institutional change for climate change adaptation at the national, sub-national and community levels. It includes updates on a range of topics including the status of on-going projects, new project approvals, performance indicators, project impacts and results, and noteworthy announcements.