Global News on Adaptation

Latest global news on climate change adaptation

1 Feb 2021[UNFCCC] Regional Climate Weeks to Drive Forward Climate Action in 2021 and 2022
  • The UN Climate Change Secretariat today announced Regional Climate Weeks in 2021 and 2022, key meetings that will help build regional momentum for the annual UN Climate Change Conferences and drive forward regional implementation of the Paris Climate Change Agreement. In light of COVID-19, the Regional Climate Weeks in 2021 are planned in different segments and will mainly take place virtually. The Climate Weeks in 2021 are (in alphabetical order): Africa Climate Week 2021 (ACW2021), hosted by the Government of Uganda; Asia-Pacific Climate Week 2021 (APCW2021), hosted by the Government of Japan; Latin America and the Caribbean Climate Week 2021 (LACCW2021), hosted by the Government of the Dominican Republic. These events are to take stock of discussions held during the Climate Weeks and prepare key inputs for the Regional Climate Weeks wrap-up event at COP26 in Glasgow in November.
Original article UNFCCC press release
Region World
Country/Institution UNFCCC secretariat
Category Others
keyword Regional Climate Weeks, building regional momentum for the annual UN Climate Change Conferences, regional implementation of the Paris Agreement
Posted on: 18/02/2021
26 Jan 2021[UNEP] Surge in court cases over climate change shows increasing role of litigation in addressing the climate crisis
  • UN Environment Programme (UNEP) released a report which finds that climate litigation cases have spiked in recent years and are increasingly compelling governments and corporate actors to implement their climate commitments, as well as pursue more ambitious climate change mitigation and adaptation goals. The report says that, in 2017, 884 cases were brought in 24 countries; as of 2020, cases had nearly doubled, with at least 1,550 climate change cases filed in 38 countries (39 including the European Union courts). Some of the recent trends in climate litigation identified by the report include: 1) Violations of “climate rights”, i.e. cases are increasingly relying on fundamental human rights including the right to life, health, food, and water; 2) Failures of governments to enforce their commitments on climate change mitigation and adaptation; 3) “Greenwashing” and non-disclosures, when corporate messaging contains false or misleading information about climate change impacts. While climate litigation continues to be concentrated in high-income countries, the report’s authors expect the trend to further grow in the global south.
Original article UN Environment (UNEP) press release
Region World
Country/Institution UN Environment (UNEP)
Category Publication
keyword climate litigation cases, climate rights, mitigation and adaptation commitments, greenwashing
Posted on: 18/02/2021
25 Jan 2021[UK] New Global Coalition launched to address impacts of Climate Change
  • In a virtual address to the Netherlands-hosted Climate Adaptation Summit (held on 25-26 January), the first ever global summit focused solely on adaptation and resilience, the UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced the launch of the Adaptation Action Coalition, a new international coalition to tackle the impacts of climate change. Developed by the UK in partnership with Egypt, Bangladesh, Malawi, the Netherlands, Saint Lucia and the United Nations, this new Coalition will work to turn international political commitments made through the United Nations Call for Action on Adaptation and Resilience into on-the-ground support for vulnerable communities. The Coalition will draw on the expertise of scientists, businesses, civil society and more, and will act as a forum for developed and developing countries to share knowledge and best practice on local, regional and global solutions to deal with climate change.
Original article UK government website
Region World
Country/Institution UK government
Category Policy
keyword Adaptation Action Coalition, UK
Posted on: 18/02/2021
24 Jan 2021[FAO] Coastal fishing communities to benefits from a GEF’s project to improve livelihood and marine ecosystem
  • On 22 January 2021, the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (MAFF) and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) along with the Ministry of Environment, which is the Global Environmental Facility (GEF)’s Focal Point Ministry, co-singed a five-year project agreement on "Climate Adaptation and Resilience in Cambodia’s Coastal Fishery Dependent Communities”, known in short as “CamAdapt”. Funded by the GEF’s Least Developed Country Fund (LDCF), the project will help coastal fishing communities and protected areas in the Cambodia’s main four coastal provinces – Kampot, Kep, Koh Kong and Preah Sihanouk to improve their livelihoods by increasing their adaptive capacity to climate change, while improving the marine ecosystem and biodiversity.
Original article Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) in Cambodia, News
Region Asia
Country/Institution FAO
Category Project
keyword coastal fishing communities, increasing adaptive capacity, improving marine ecosystem
Posted on: 18/02/2021
14 Jan 2021[UNEP] Adaptation Gap Report 2020
  • As temperatures rise and climate change impacts intensify, nations must urgently step up action to adapt to the new climate reality or face serious costs, damages and losses, a new UN Environment Programme (UNEP) Adaptation Gap Report 2020 finds. The report says that while nations have advanced in planning, huge gaps remain in finance for developing countries and bringing adaptation projects to the stage where they bring real protection against climate impacts such as droughts, floods and sea-level rise. The most encouraging finding of the report is that 72 per cent of countries have adopted at least one national-level adaptation planning instrument. However, the report points out that the finance needed to implement these plans is not growing fast enough.
Original article UN Environment (UNEP) press release
Region World
Country/Institution UN Environment (UNEP)
Category Publication
keyword adaptation plan, finance, nature-based solutions
Posted on: 02/02/2021
13 Jan 2021[ADB] ADB, Thailand Unveil $2 Million Technical Assistance Grant Supporting Climate-Smart Agriculture in Highlands
  • The Asian Development Bank (ADB) and the Government of Thailand today announced a $2 million technical assistance grant to help promote the adoption of climate-smart agriculture in the highlands of northern Thailand. The technical assistance, funded by the Japan Fund for Poverty Reduction, will help local governments demonstrate to highland farmers climate-resilient practices and technologies for improving agricultural productivity, value addition, and food traceability, while tapping into local knowledge to enhance food security in a changing climate. The grant will help the government promote climate-friendly agribusiness, identify opportunities for value-added agri-foods, and improve market connectivity, which can promote private sector investments and support post-pandemic economic recovery.
Original article The Asian Development Bank (ADB)
Region Asia
Country/Institution ADB, Thailand
Category Project
keyword technical assistance grant, climate-smart agriculture
Posted on: 02/02/2021
8 Jan 2021[OECD] Strengthening adaptation-mitigation linkages for a low-carbon, climate-resilient future
  • OECD released a new policy paper which sets out the strengthening linkages between climate change adaptation and mitigation policies can improve the efficiency and effectiveness of actions in support of a low-carbon, climate-resilient economic development. The paper provides an overview and a discussion of linkages, shedding light on the synergies that can be achieved as well as the trade-offs that could arise between the two policy agendas, but also across other environmental or social policy objectives. It aims at inspiring reflections of fostering linkages, especially as part of countries’ ongoing discussions on designing green recovery measures in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. This Policy Paper was prepared as a background document for the G20 Climate Stewardship Working Group discussions under the G20 Presidency of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
Original article Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) website
Region World
Country/Institution Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)
Category PPublication
keyword Strengthening linkages between climate change adaptation and mitigation policies, low-carbon, climate-resilient economic development, COVID-19, green recovery
Posted on: 02/02/2021
4 Jan 2021[Philippines] CCC on Financing the Earth’s Assets: Support Sustainable Finance Based on Natural Wealth
  • Earth Security issued a report titled “Financing the Earth’s Assets: The Case for Mangroves as a Nature-based Climate Solution” in December 2020. Long valued as a natural defense on the coastline, mangroves help communities reduce the impacts of climate change, specifically in slowing down global heating, shielding communities against extreme weather conditions, halting the extinction of biodiversity, and supporting local economies. The report identifies 40 locations across the world to form the “Mangroves 40 Cities Network”, This network will support the regeneration of mangrove forests through different projects within the locations chosen for their proximity to existing mangroves. Earth Security also proposes the development of a Municipal Mangrove Bond Fund to finance nature-based adaptation and provide the opportunity to pool different levels of investment risks across developed and emerging markets, creating a product that is viable in global fixed income markets. The Climate Change Commission (CCC) welcomed the findings of the report, supports the call for collaboration among cities and towns worldwide that are home to mangrove forests.
Original article Climate Change Commission (CCC)
Region Asia
Country/Institution Philippines
Category Publication
keyword nvestment, mangroves, nature-based adaptation
Posted on: 02/02/2021
19 Dec 2020[ASEAN] Experts encourage nature-based solutions to build climate resilience
  • The ASEAN Centre for Biodiversity (ACB) and the Philippines’ Climate Change Commission held the Biodiversity and Building Resilience to the Impacts of Climate Change in the ASEAN webinar on 15 December, coinciding with the 5th anniversary of the Paris Agreement. The event sought to highlight the need to incorporate nature-based solutions as part of the approach in addressing climate change. The webinar, supported by Swedbio, a programme from the Stockholm Resilience Centre, gathered a diverse panel of experts who shared their perspectives and insights on biodiversity and nature’s role in building resilience against the climate crisis.
Original article Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN)
Region Asia
Country/Institution ASEAN
Category Others
keyword nature-based solution, building resilience
Posted on: 02/02/2021
17 Dec 2020[Japan] Ministry of the Environment released the Climate Change Impact Assessment Report
  • On 17 December, the Ministry of the Environment Japan released the "Climate Change Impact Assessment Report". The Climate Change Adaptation Act of Japan stipulates that the Minister of the Environment shall make and publicize a report on the comprehensive assessment of climate change impacts approximately every five years, based on the most recent scientific knowledge in climate change and various other fields in the observation, monitoring, prediction and assessment of climate change and climate change impacts. This report is the first comprehensive assessment of climate change impacts based on the Climate Change Adaptation Act and includes observations and future projections of temperature and precipitation, future issues related to impact assessment, and current government efforts. Based on the contents of this report, the Climate Change Adaptation Plan, which has been formulated based on the Climate Change Adaptation Act, is scheduled to be reviewed in 2021.
Original article Press release of the Ministry of the Environment, Japan (In Japanese only)
Region Asia
Country/Institution Ministry of the Environment, Japan
Category Policy,Publication
keyword impact assessment, Climate Change Adaptation Act
Posted on: 02/02/2021
17 Dec 2020[European Parliament] Climate change adaptation: MEPs want the EU to be better prepared
  • The European Parliament approved a resolution on adaptation to climate change with 550 votes to 80 and 59 abstentions. In order to minimise the adverse impact of climate change, the resolution calls for a renewed focus on adaptation. The new strategy must include binding and quantifiable goals both at EU and member state level to ensure that EU countries are on track to meet the adaptation goals in the Paris Agreement. The resolution urges member states to develop prevention and rapid response plans for climate disasters such as heatwaves, and also call for increased funding at global, EU, national, and regional levels, and for public and private investments in adaptation.
Original article Press room of the European Parliament website
Region Europe
Country/Institution European Parliament
Category Policy
keyword EU adaptation strategy, Paris Agreement, binding and qualifiable goals
Posted on: 02/02/2021
17 Dec 2020[European Parliament] Deal reached to invest €5.4 billion in climate and environmental projects
  • European Parliament agreed on a provisional deal on LIFE, the only programme at EU-level solely dedicated to the environment and climate. The total budget is EUR 5.4 billion (current prices) and the programme will contribute to mainstreaming climate actions and to achieving the overall target of at least 30% of the EU budget expenditure supporting climate objectives. When granting funds, the Commission should prioritise projects that have a clear cross border European interest and the highest potential of being successfully replicated and taken up by the public or private sector or of mobilising the largest investments. LIFE will support many biodiversity projects and contribute to spending 7.5% of the annual EU budget on biodiversity objectives from 2024 and 10% in 2026 and 2027.
Original article Press room of the European Parliament website
Region Europe
Country/Institution European Parliament
Category Policy
keyword mainstreaming climate actions, biodiversity, trans-boundary project
Posted on: 02/02/2021
16 Dec 2020[Adaptation Fund] Several governments pledged nearly US$ 116 million new contributions
  • Coinciding with the 5th Anniversary of the Paris Agreement and Climate Ambition Summit 2020, several contributor governments such as Germany, Italy, Sweden and several regional governments came forward with new pledges to the Fund totaling nearly US$ 116 million for adaptation action in most vulnerable countries. The total represents a remarkable effort during a challenging economic year ravaged by the COVID-19 pandemic, although it fell just shy of the Fund’s US$ 120 million resource mobilization target for 2020. The Fund’s Board recently raised its resource mobilization target by 30 percent to account for the continuing urgency of adaptation action, record demand for projects it continues to receive, its expanding actions under its strategic pillars of Action, Innovation and Learning and Sharing, and an approximate US$ 280 million active project pipeline.
Original article Adaptation Fund, press release
Region World
Country/Institution Adaptation Fund
Category Policy
keyword adaptation finance, vulnerable countries
Posted on: 02/02/2021
15 Dec 2020[SPREP] Evidence-Based Decision Making For Our Pacific Via “Next Generation”
  • Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) held an online workshop to update on the Next Generation of Climate Projections for the Western Tropical Pacific projec. The project, funded by the Australian Government through the Australia-Pacific Climate Partnership (APCP) and the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) and implemented by the CSIRO Climate Science Centre in partnership with the Climate Change Resilience (CCR) programme of SPREP, provides Pacific Island countries with climate change science to inform decision making at policy and sectoral level. The workshop sought feedback from participants on project outputs to date and raised awareness of the role of National Meteorological and Hydrological Services (NMHSs), and key sectors, in sharing climate change projection to guide policy, planning and implementation for resilience.
Original article Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP)
Region Oceania
Country/Institution Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP)
Category Project
keyword Next Generation of Climate Projections for the Western Tropical Pacific project, climate change science
Posted on: 02/02/2021
11 Dec 2020[UNFCCC Adaptation Committee] Call for submissions: Methodologies for assessing adaptation needs
  • Conference of the Parties serving as the Meeting of the Parties to the Paris Agreement (CMA) invited Parties and observer organizations to submit via the UNFCCC submission portal by February 2021 their views and information on the development and application of methodologies for assessing adaptation needs, including needs related to action, finance, capacity-building and technological support. This work is conducted as one of the defined steps based on the CMA's decision 11/CMA.1 which requested the Adaptation Committee (AC) to prepare a technical paper on methodologies for assessing adaptation needs.
Original article Webpage of UNFCCC Adaptation Committee
Region World
Country/Institution UNFCCC Adaptation Committee
Category Policy
keyword assessing adaptation needs, methodologies
Posted on: 02/02/2021
10 Dec 2020[UNIDO] Adaptation Fund accredits UNIDO as implementing entity
  • The United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) has been accredited by the Adaptation Fund as its 52nd implementing entity. UNIDO is only the second entity (after the UN Food and Agriculture Organization) to successfully go through the Fund’s ‘Fast-Track Accreditation’ process. The Adaptation Fund was established under the Kyoto Protocol of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, and since 2010 it has committed about US$778m for climate change adaptation and resilience projects and programmes, including 114 concrete localized adaptation projects in the most vulnerable communities of developing countries around the world with nine million direct beneficiaries.
Original article Website of the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO)
Region World
Country/Institution United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO)
Category Others
keyword Adaptation Fund, Implementation Entity, fast track process
Posted on: 02/02/2021
8 Dec 2020[ADB] Grant to Support Urban Service Delivery, Climate and Disaster Resilience in Vanuatu
  • The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has approved a $9.6 million grant for Vanuatu to boost urban resilience in the Greater Port Vila area. The grant comes from ADB’s Asian Development Fund and will support capacity building, institutional strengthening, and the construction of two multipurpose emergency shelters that will help protect Vanuatu against the impacts of climate change and natural disasters.
Original article The Asian Development Bank (ADB) News
Region Oceania
Country/Institution The Asian Development Bank (ADB)
Category Project
keyword climate resilience, disaster resilience
Posted on: 02/02/2021
8 Dec 2020[ADB] Climate Change Risk and Adaptation Assessment for Irrigation in Southern Viet Nam
  • ADB published a report “Climate Change Risk and Adaptation Assessment for Irrigation in Southern Viet Nam” as part of ADB’s Water Efficiency Improvement in Drought-Affected Provinces (WEIDAP) project. It highlights new developments and key lessons on climate risk assessment that may be applied to the project design and monitoring as well as the implementation of climate adaptation measures. The WEIDAP project was developed in response to the drought that affected southern Viet Nam in 2015-2016. It focused on irrigation modernization and the integration of climate-resilient agricultural and efficient on-farm water management practices.
Original article The Asian Development Bank (ADB) Publications
Region Asia
Country/Institution The Asian Development Bank (ADB)
Category Publication
keyword climate-resilient agriculture, efficient water management
Posted on: 02/02/2021
1 Dec 2020[UNFCCC] More Countries Formulating National Adaptation Plans, Support to LDCs Strengthened
  • A new report by the UNFCCC secretariat "Progress in the process to formulate and implement national adaptation plans" finds that an increasing number of countries are prioritizing the formulation and implementation of National Adaptation Plans (NAPs) to boost their efforts to adapt to the effects of climate change. It shows that 125 out of 154 developing countries under the UNFCCC are undertaking measures in the process to formulate and implement NAPs, and the number of NAPs is expected to further increase towards the beginning of 2021, bringing it to 50 NAPs shared in the dedicated site NAP Central by the UN Climate Change Conference (COP 26) in Glasgow next year. The report also shows that financial support for the formulation of NAPs through the Green Climate Fund (GCF) Readiness Programme is steadily increasing to all regions and groups. Out of the 125 countries that are undertaking measures for NAPs, 85 countries have submitted a total of 88 proposals to the GCF Readiness Programme for NAP formulation.
Original article UNFCCC news
Region World
Country/Institution UNFCCC
Category Policy
keyword National Adaptation Plans (NAPs), NAP Central, COP26, Green Climate Fund (GCF) Readiness Programme
Posted on: 02/02/2021
30 Nov 2020[Caribbean Development Bank (CDB)] Climate and Disaster Vulnerability Scoring Works
  • Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) released the Climate and Disaster Vulnerability Score, a simplified indicator-based scoring framework to assess and compare current household-level vulnerability to climate change and disaster risks. It includes a criteria and indicator framework; information sources; and a scoring system and allows for comparison and aggregation to identify areas of higher vulnerability and further leverages existing hazard susceptibility and vulnerability maps, where they exist.
Original article Caribbean Development Bank (CDB), Resouce Library
Region South & Central America
Country/Institution Caribbean Development Bank (CDB)
Category Publication
keyword climate and disaster vulnerability, scoring, household
Posted on: 02/02/2021
29 Nov 2020[UK] UK-Bangladesh Climate Partnership Forum launches virtual series
  • On 24 and 25 November, the UK and Bangladesh launched the first of a virtual series of events designed to build on the countries’ growing collaboration in advancing the climate agenda on the journey towards next year’s UN climate change conference (COP26). The UK-Bangladesh Climate Partnership Forum virtual series brings together experts and leaders from Bangladesh and the UK to identify innovative ideas, partnerships and initiatives to catalyse climate action. These first two events focus on adaptation and resilience with future events structured around the COP26 themes of nature, clean energy and finance. The UK will host the 26th UN Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP26) in Glasgow in November 2021. In its role as president of the Climate Vulnerable Forum, Bangladesh will be representing more 1.2 billion people living in 48 of the world’s most climate vulnerable countries at COP26.
Original article UK government website
Region Europe
Country/Institution UK government
Category Policy,Others
keyword COP26, innovative ideas, partnerships, initiatives
Posted on: 02/02/2021
27 Nov 2020[European Central Bank (ECB)] Final guide on climate-related and environmental risks for banks
  • The European Central Bank (ECB) published its final and amended guide on management and disclosure of climate-related and environmental risks following a public consultation. In early 2021 the ECB will ask banks to conduct a self-assessment in light of the supervisory expectations outlined in the guide and to draw up action plans on that basis. In 2022 it will conduct a full supervisory review of banks’ practices and its next supervisory stress test on climate-related risks. The ECB also published a report which finds that banks are lagging behind on their climate-related and environmental risk disclosures.
Original article European Central Bank (ECB), press release
Region Europe
Country/Institution European Central Bank (ECB)
Category Policy
keyword banks, climate-related and environmental risks
Posted on: 02/02/2021
27 Nov 2020[Rwanda] Rwanda launches economy-wide project to advance climate adaptation planning
  • The Ministry of Environment and the Rwanda Environment Management Authority (REMA) are launching a groundbreaking project to build the country’s capacity to plan and implement climate change adaptation initiatives. The four-year National Adaptation Planning Process Project, funded by the Global Environment Facility (GEF), aims to increase the capacity of the government, private sector and communities to plan, fund, implement and monitor climate change adaptation across the country. The three major components of the project include technical and institutional capacity building, advancing climate-resilient technologies and practices as well as monitoring, reviewing and knowledge sharing.
Original article Website of Rwanda Environment Management Authority (REMA)
Region Africa
Country/Institution Rwanda Environment Management Authority (REMA)
Category Policy,Project
keyword national adaptation plan, capacity building
Posted on: 02/02/2021
25 Nov 2020[ADB] ADB to Provide $94 Million to Boost Disaster Resilience in Pacific
  • The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has approved $94 million in contingent disaster financing (CDF) for the third phase of the Pacific Disaster Resilience Program to help boost disaster resilience in the region. Phase 3 of the program provides another round of financing for the Pacific members who drew down on their CDF Programs for the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic—the Cook Islands, the Federated States of Micronesia (FSM), the Marshall Islands, Palau, Samoa, Solomon Islands, and Tonga—plus Tuvalu after it drew down the funds in February 2020 in response to Cyclone Tino. It will also provide CDF for the first time to Kiribati and Vanuatu.
Original article The Asian Development Bank (ADB)
Region Oceania
Country/Institution ADB, Pacific
Category Project
keyword disaster resilience, contingent disaster financing
Posted on: 02/02/2021
23 Nov 2020[FAO] Addressing forestry and agroforestry in National Adaptation Plans: Supplementary guidelines
  • The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the Research Program on Forests, Trees and Agroforestry of the Consultative Group for International Agricultural Research (CGIAR) released a new report 'Addressing forestry and agroforestry in National Adaptation Plans: Supplementary guidelines' which provides specific guidance for national adaptation planning in the forestry sector. They are intended to be used by national planners and decision–makers working on climate change issues in developing countries and authorities and experts who are contributing to climate change adaptation and NAP formulation and implementation.
Original article Website of Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)
Region World
Country/Institution Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)
Category Publication
keyword agro-ecology, climate change, forests, multi-stakeholder partnerships, natural resources, policy analysis, sustainable forest management
Posted on: 01/12/2020
19 Nov 2020[Kiribati] ADB and Kiribati Sign Grant for Project for Safer Water
  • The Asian Development Bank (ADB) and the Government of Kiribati have signed grant agreements amounting to near $42 million to help deliver an improved water supply to the people of South Tarawa. The grants were provided by ADB and the Green Climate Fund (GCF). The building of a seawater desalination plant, whose energy consumption will be offset by a new solar photovoltaic system, will be central to making South Tarawa’s water supply more resilient to climate change. The grants will also help fund capacity building for staff from the Ministry of Infrastructure and Sustainable Energy and Public Utilities Board.
Original article The Asian Development Bank (ADB)
Region Oceania
Country/Institution Kiribati
Category Project
keyword grant, water supply, seawater desalination, capacity building
Posted on: 01/12/2020
17 Nov 2020[Kazakhstan] ADB Issues Green Bonds in Kazakhstan Tenge
  • The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has raised almost 14 billion Kazakhstan tenge (KZT) ($32 million) in the first green bonds auctioned and listed on the Kazakhstan Stock Exchange. Proceeds of the bond issued under ADB’s Green Bond Framework will finance ADB’s portfolio of climate change adaptation and mitigation projects in Kazakhstan. Climate change finance is a core development area for ADB, with $42.5 billion of clean energy investments initiated from 2009 to 2019, and ADB has issued more than $8.2 billion of green bonds in 11 currencies.
Original article The Asian Development Bank (ADB)
Region Asia
Country/Institution Kazakhstan
Category Project
keyword green bond
Posted on: 01/12/2020
17 Nov 2020[World Bank] New report on designing strategies for climate change adaptation and resilience
  • The World Bank released a guide for designing strategies for climate change adaptation and resilience. Noting that the risk of climate change cannot be reduced to zero and that action is needed to help the highest levels of government, individual households and businesses manage climate risks, the report lays out six universal "Principles of Adaptation and Resilience" such as ensuring resilient foundation through rapid and inclusive development and facilitating adaptation of firms and people, as well as 26 concrete actions that governments can use to develop effective strategies. To guide this process, it also offers concrete and practical tools: screening questions to identify the most urgent and effective actions, toolboxes illustrating common datasets and methodologies to support decisions, indicators to monitor and evaluate progress.
Original article World Bank website
Region World
Country/Institution World Bank
Category Publication
keyword adaptation strategies, resilience, decision making, monitoring and evaluation
Posted on: 01/12/2020
14 Nov 2020[Pacific Islands] Green Climate Fund Projects Now Approved For All Pacific Islands
  • Fourteen Pacific islands have now been able to access funding for Green Climate Fund projects to address climate change, following the most recent GCF board meeting held from 9 – 13 November 2020. This has resulted in full Pacific coverage of GCF projects across the Pacific islands – a positive step for the Pacific islands region, which on the frontlines of climate change. The newly approved project – “Enhancing Climate Information and Knowledge Services for resilience in the small islands” for Cook Islands, Niue, Palau, Republic of Marshall Islands and Tuvalu is also the first GCF project for both Niue and Palau. It is executed in partnership with the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP).
Original article Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP)
Region Oceania
Country/Institution GCF
Category Project
keyword Green Climate Fund, pacific islands
Posted on: 20/11/2020
9 Nov 2020[UK] Chancellor sets out ambition for future of UK financial services
  • The UK's Chancellor of the Exchequer, Rishi Snack, has announced that companies will be required to disclose information about the impact of climate change on their finances and operations by 2025. This mandate will be in line with the recommendations of the Task Force on Climate-Related Financial Disclosure (TCFD) so that investors and businesses can better understand the material financial impacts of their exposure to climate change, price climate-related risks more accurately, and support the greening of the UK economy. The UK, if achieved, will become the first country in the world to make it fully mandatory across the economy.
Original article UK government website
Region Europe
Country/Institution UK government
Category Policy
keyword climate risk, economy, TCFD
Posted on: 20/11/2020
9 Nov 2020[Pakistan] National Consultation on Finalizing Sectoral Priorities for Climate-Smart Financing, Policy, Planning, Agriculture and Water Resources Management in Pakistan
  • Ministry of Planning, Development and Special Initiatives (MoPD&SI) organized two days Seminar on “National Consultation on Finalizing Sectoral Priorities for Climate-Smart Financing, Policy, Planning, Agriculture and Water Resources Management in Pakistan” with the financial support of the World Bank here in Islamabad on. The action plan which is the topic of the consultation is part of a regional project ‘Climate Adaptation and Resilience (CARE) for South Asia, which will provide technical support to the Government of Pakistan on climate-smart agriculture and integrated water resources management sectors by improving the availability of data and knowledge, developing guidelines, tools and capacities, promoting climate-resilient decisions, policies and investments.
Original article Ministry of Planning Development & Special Initiatives
Region Asia
Country/Institution Pakistan
Category Others
keyword climate-smart, Climate Adaptation and Resilience
Posted on: 20/11/2020
4 Nov 2020[UNFCCC] Countries Showcase their National Adaptation Plans via Special Platform
  • Five countries - Grenada, Guatemala, Paraguay, Suriname and Uruguay - have presented their National Adaptation Plans (NAPs) at the at the annual NAP Country Platform at the end of October, demonstrating their commitment to build resilience to the inevitable impacts of climate change, which include more severe and more frequent droughts, storms and floods. The NAP Country Platform provides space for developing countries to present their NAP to highlight adaptation priorities and showcase how they will design implementation. This is also an opportunity to share good practices and lessons learned and promote collaboration with other countries. The five countries have submitted NAPs to the UNFCCC from April 2019 when the first NAP Country Platform was held. At present, twenty developing countries have shared their NAPs on NAP Central (https://www4.unfccc.int/sites/NAPC/Pages/Home.aspx).
Original article UNFCCC website
Region World
Country/Institution UNFCCC
Category Policy,Project,Others
keyword national adaptation plan, NAP, NAP Country Platform
Posted on: 01/12/2020
4 Nov 2020[Adaptation Fund] Board approves additional funding windows to provide new adaptation opportunities for vulnerable countries
  • The 35th Adaptation Fund Board meeting was held virtually Oct 26-28. The Board raised its annual resource mobilization target to US$ 120 million for both 2020 and 2021, up from the previous US$ 90 million target of the last two years. When approving the elevated target, the Board emphasized addressing increased adaptation funding needs among developing countries impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic and also fostering and increasing adaptation actions through the Fund’s strategic pillars of Action, Innovation, and Learning and Sharing to help meet the urgency and enormity of climate change. The Board also approved the new funding windows that will offer countries additional opportunities above and beyond their regular country project funding allocations to help meet the dual challenges of climate change and COVID-19, and build broader resilience against climate change, environmental, health and economic risks.
Original article Adaptation Fund press release
Region World
Country/Institution Adaptation Fund
Category Project,Others
keyword covid-19, resilience, adaptation actions, funding
Posted on: 17/11/2020
2 Nov 2020[UNDP] Issues Brief on Urban Climate Resilience
  • UNDP released an issue brief on urban climate resilience. It says "Cities globally are highly exposed to disaster and climate-related risks. With accelerating urban growth, increasing exposure to climate change risks and multi-dimensional vulnerability, it is critical for cities to employ an integrated, climate risk-informed development approach to advance resilient lives and livelihoods and achieve progress towards the SDGs."
Original article UNDP website
Region World
Country/Institution UNDP
Category Publication
keyword urban climate resilience
Posted on: 17/11/2020
29 Oct 2020[Finland] Ministry of the Environment and Sámi Parliament negotiate on the Climate Change Act
  • The negotiations on the Climate Change Act between the Ministry of the Environment and the Sámi Parliament, the supreme political body of the Sámi in Finland, were held on Tuesday 27 October. “Climate change is a very serious threat especially to the Sámi culture and its traditional nature-based livelihoods,” says Minister of the Environment and Climate Change Krista Mikkonen, who also took part in the negotiations. The topics raised included the importance of climate change adaptation and support for this, and the need to create a knowledge base, expert assessments and monitoring related to the impacts of climate change from the perspective of the Sámi people. “For developing a climate policy of and for the Sámi people, it is important to include a climate panel and climate change adaptation programme of the Sámi people in the Climate Change Act,” says Tuomas Aslak Juuso, President of the Sámi Parliament. The Government proposal for the reformed Climate Change Act should be ready in spring 2021.
Original article Press release, Ministry of the Environment, Finland
Region Europe
Country/Institution Ministry of the Environment, Finland
Category Policy
keyword Climate Change Act, adaptation support, indigenous people
Posted on: 17/11/2020
27 Oct 2020[Spain] Council of Ministers approves local allocation of EUR 20 million to tackle environmental issues including climate adaptation
  • The Council of Ministers approved the regional allocation of the €19.8 million budget agreed last September by the Sectoral Council for the Environment, the cooperation body between the government and the autonomous communities on environmental issues, to support waste management, biodiversity protection and adaptation to climate change in cities. 9 million euros will be allocated to support adaptation, including projects that promote climate change adaptation in urban and peri-urban areas, where 80% of the Spanish population lives, by means of innovative pilot actions and projects that promote synergies between mitigation and adaptation measures. The budget is to be allocated to local governments and organisations with population of less than 100,000. (*This summary is a provisional translation of the original Spanish article.)
Original article Ministry for the Ecological Transition and the Demographic challenge, Spain
Region Europe
Country/Institution Ministry for the Ecological Transition and the Demographic challenge, Spain
Category Policy
keyword adaptation in urban and peri-urban areas, innovative actions, finance
Posted on: 17/11/2020
26 Oct 2020[WMO] Multi-agency report highlights the current and future state of the climate in Africa
  • The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) released the State of the Climate in Africa 2019 report, a multi-agency publication which provides a snapshot of current and future climate trends and associated impacts on the economy and sensitive sectors like agriculture. In the drought-prone sub-Saharan African countries, the number of undernourished people has increased by 45.6% since 2012 according to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO). The report says, by the middle of this century, major cereal crops grown across Africa will be adversely impacted, albeit with regional variability and differences between crops, and rice and wheat are expected to be the most affected crops with a yield loss by 2050 of 12% and 21%, respectively.
Original article World Meteorological Organization (WMO) Press Release
Region Africa
Country/Institution World Meteorological Organization (WMO)
Category Publication
keyword Africa, climate change impact, food and water security
Posted on: 17/11/2020
21 Oct 2020[Germany] Federal Government adopts action plan for a climate resilient Germany
  • The Federal Government adopted the progress report that takes stock of the measures taken by the government in the past five years under the German Adaptation Strategy adopted in 2008. After the first progress report published in 2015, the German government once takes stock five years later to determine the substantive and strategic guidelines and political priorities for the future. The "Action Plan Adaptation III" contained in the latest report outlines more than 180 ongoing and new measures of all federal ministries.
Original article Press release of the German Environment Agency (UBA)
Region Europe
Country/Institution German Environment Agency (UBA)
Category Policy,Publication
keyword adaptation strategy, progress report
Posted on: 17/11/2020
16 Oct 2020[Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP)] Reaching Pacific Audiences During The Cyclone Season: an online workshop for media
  • An online workshop for Pacific media – “Reaching Pacific audiences during the cyclone season” were held, being aligned with the virtual Pacific Islands Climate Outlook Forum (PICOF) 2020. PICOF brought meteorological experts from across the region to discuss the upcoming tropical cyclone season and what Pacific audiences need to know about preparing for weather and climate events. The online workshop is the culmination of a strong partnership between the ABC International Development and the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP). The media program is supported by the Australia Pacific Climate Partnership, an initiative of Australian Aid.
Original article Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP)
Region Oceania
Country/Institution SPREP, ABC International Development
Category Others
keyword online workshop, media, cyclone
Posted on: 30/10/2020
13 Oct 2020[Samoa] Youth Farmers Learn Of The Impacts Of Weather And Climate On Cocoa Crops
  • A two-week training workshop of the Youth Koko Initiative informed over 40 farmers how weather and climate can influence and impact their koko (cocoa) plants and farms. The Initiative is a program organised by the Samoa Chamber of Commerce, with the cooperation of Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) and Samoa Meteorological Services (SMS), and funded by the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) with the vision to support to youth koko farmers to excel in their farming capacities to support livelihoods. The inclusion of SMS in the Youth Koko Initiative programme is a significant move towards turning climate science to services that can be tailored to meet the needs of individuals and sectors.
Original article Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP)
Region Oceania
Country/Institution Samoa
Category Project
keyword training workshop, youth koko farmers, climate impacts
Posted on: 30/10/2020
12 Oct 2020[EU] Two European Environment Agency (EEA) reports stress urgent need for action to improve adaptation and resilience
  • Addressing climate change adaptation in cities is increasingly urgent as nearly 75 % of Europeans live in urban areas. Moreover, the way we plan and construct our cities remains unsustainable, the EEA report ‘Urban adaptation in Europe: how cities and towns respond to climate change,’ says. The report gives the latest state of play on European climate change adaptation planning and action efforts at local level. Another EEA report, ‘Monitoring and evaluation of national adaptation policies throughout the policy cycle,’ also published today, stresses the importance of monitoring, reporting and evaluation and brings together the lessons learned on how to improve national adaptation strategies and plans in the future.
Original article Website of European Environment Agency
Region Europe
Country/Institution European Environment Agency
Category Policy,Publication
keyword urban areas, adaptation planning, monitoring, reporting, evaluation, national adaptation strategies
Posted on: 30/10/2020
7 Oct 2020[GCA] Commentary: Building Climate-Resilient and Equitable Cities During COVID-19
  • The Global Center on Adaptation (GCA) posted a commentary developed by the World Resources Institute (WRI) on building climate-resilient and equitable cities during COVID-19. It gives the following six priority solutions that can help cities simultaneously recover from COVID-19 and build a more resilient, inclusive future by delivering immediate benefits to the most vulnerable people, while also building cities’ long-term capacity to adapt to climate change; 1. Strengthening climate resilience and basic services of urban poor settlements; 2. Building water-resilient cities; 3. Advancing nature-based solutions to address climate risks; 4. Building knowledge networks for urban adaptation; 5. Enhancing devolved mandates and funding for cities; 6. Supporting peer-to-peer city collaboration for deep, long-term and systemic change.
Original article Website of Global Center on Adaptation
Region World
Country/Institution Global Center on Adaptation (GCA)
Category Others
keyword COVID-19, cities, climate risks, health threats, resilience
Posted on: 30/10/2020
7 Oct 2020[UK] Climate Change Committee (CCC) submitted Progress Report to Scotish Parliament
  • The Climate Change Committee (CCC), an independent expert body established under the UK Climate Change Act (2008), is required to submit an annual progress report to the UK Parliament on the UK's progress of tackling climate change and reducing greenhouse gases. The CCC has submitted its ninth progress report to the Scottish Parliament on Scotland's progress under the Scottish Climate Change Act (2009). The research for the report found that one of the priorities for the Scottish Government, in terms of emission reduction, is to accelerate investment in low-carbon and adaptation infrastructure to stimulate the Scottish economy, build long-term productive capacity and improve resilience to climate change.
Original article Website of the Climate Change Committee (CCC)
Region Europe
Country/Institution The Climate Change Committee (CCC), UK
Category Policy,Publication
keyword UK Climate Change Act, Scotland, adaptation infrastructure
Posted on: 30/10/2020
7 Oct 2020[Ireland] Draft text of the Climate Action and Low Carbon Development (Amendment) Bill 2020
  • The Irish Government has published the draft text of the Climate Action and Low Carbon Development (Amendment) Bill 2020. The bill puts into law a commitment for net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050 and establishes a system of successive carbon budgets starting in 2021. As for adaptation actions, key elements of this new law include; provisions to streamline the preparation of future Sectoral Adaptation Plans; a requirement for all Local Authorities to prepare individual Climate Action Plans which will include both mitigation and adaptation measures not less than once in every five year period going forward.
Original article Website of Government of Ireland
Region Europe
Country/Institution Government of Ireland, UK
Category Policy
keyword Ireland, Climate Action and Low Carbon Development Bill
Posted on: 30/10/2020
7 Oct 2020[ADB] Green Finance Recovery Mechanisms Needed to Meet Infrastructure Financing Gap in Southeast Asia — ADB
  • Asian Development Bank (ADB) launched a new book “Green Finance Strategies for Post-COVID-19 Economic Recovery in Southeast Asia” which explores innovative, environmentally sustainable, and climate-resilient financing instruments. It also urges policy makers in Southeast Asia to use green and innovative financing approaches to help catalyze the estimated $3.1 trillion investments required for climate-adjusted infrastructure in the region by 2030. These investments from both public and private sources would be critical to the region’s economic recovery from the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic.
Original article The Asian Development Bank (ADB)
Region ADB
Country/Institution Philippines
Category Publication
keyword green finance, economic recovery, climate-adjusted infrastructure
Posted on: 30/10/2020
6 Oct 2020[Philippines] CCC Launches ACT Local Online Conference
  • The Climate Change Commission (CCC) has slated several sessions this October for the Accelerated Climate Action and Transformation (ACT) Local Online Conference, a four-part virtual discussion of the ACT Local Program to provide technical assistance to Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) on climate science, issues, vulnerabilities, and risks, as part of the agency’s Communities for Resilience (CORE). Through ACT Local, relevant stakeholders will be capacitated to assist and contribute to efforts that will generate information, boost capacity development, promote cooperation and convergence, facilitate vertical and horizontal alignment for development planning, and access to climate financing windows toward climate resiliency.
Original article Climate Change Commission (CCC)
Region Asia
Country/Institution Philippines
Category Project
keyword Climate Action and Transformation, online conference
Posted on: 30/10/2020
6 Oct 2020[Climate and Oceans Support Programme in the Pacific (COSPPac)] New Paper On Enhancing Climate Resilience Using Traditional Knowledge Published Online
  • The Climate and Oceans Support Programme in the Pacific (COSPPac) recently had its Overall Traditional Knowledge Project paper published online as a chapter in the Palgrave Handbook of Climate Resilient Societies, a series which provides readers with an understanding of the term resilience and what climate resilient societies mean. The paper, titled “Enhancing Climate Resilience in the Pacific: Assessment of a Participatory Approach to Improve Climate Communication”, demonstrates how a participatory approach can be used to preserve and promote the continued use of traditional knowledge and incorporating this knowledge into National Meteorological Services’ products and services, using five countries, namely Niue, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga, and Vanuatu, as examples.
Original article Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP)
Region Oceania
Country/Institution COSPPac
Category Publication
keyword traditional knowledge, participatory approach
Posted on: 30/10/2020
6 Oct 2020[Vanuatu] Helping To Understand Climate Change In Vanuatu
  • The Government of Vanuatu and the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) through the Regional Pacific NDC Hub, in partnership with the Pacific Community, implemented a one-day training for national media and communications officers in Port Vila. Topics covered in the training include the range of actions across Vanuatu to address climate change, the science behind climate change, an overview of climate change at the international and regional levels and how this impacts Vanuatu, as well as challenges faced by Vanuatu media when reporting on climate change and ways forward to address these.
Original article Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP)
Region Oceania
Country/Institution Vanuatu
Category Others
keyword media, one-day training,
Posted on: 30/10/2020
6 Oct 2020[Adaptation Fund] New Study Showcases Effective Locally-Led Actions On the Ground
  • A new study produced by the Adaptation Fund showcases common successful threads in several projects that highlight the importance of locally-led action in adaptation in building resilience to climate change among vulnerable communities. The study examined locally-led actions of six AF-funded projects in Cambodia, Costa Rica, Federated States of Micronesia, South Africa, Uganda, and Colombia-Ecuador (regional project). It found that local capacity, local government involvement, sensitive and respectful adaptation approaches that build trust within vulnerable groups, and having local leaders well-placed to empower them for effective decision-making were among several key factors to success.
Original article Website of Adaptation Fund
Region World
Country/Institution Adaptation Fund
Category Project,Publication
keyword locally-led adaptation actions, vulnerable communities
Posted on: 12/10/2020
2 Oct 2020[UK] Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) climate risk plans welcomed by Pensions Minister
  • Pensions Minister Guy Opperman has today welcomed Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) plans to usher in landmark climate risk reporting measures in 2022. In a letter to the minister, the FCA has outlined a timeframe to align its climate risk reporting requirements with those flowing from the Pension Schemes Bill, currently making its way through the House of Commons. The move will ensure asset managers and FCA-regulated pension schemes are required to report on their assets’ climate risks in line with recommendations from the internationally recognised Taskforce on Climate-related Financial Disclosures (TCFD).
Original article Website of UK government
Region Europe
Country/Institution UK government
Category Policy
keyword climate risk, pension schemes, TCFD
Posted on: 12/10/2020
1 Oct 2020[US] North Carolina State launches Resilient Communities Program to address climate change impacts and future disasters
  • North Carolina State officials announced the N.C. Resilient Communities Program, a new initiative to help North Carolina prepare for the impacts of climate change while reducing damages from future disasters such as hurricanes, flooding and wildfires. Established by the N.C. Office of Recovery and Resiliency (NCORR) in the Department of Public Safety, N.C. Division of Coastal Management (DCM) in the Department of Environmental Quality and the N.C. Rural Center, this program will help local governments by building local capacity for resiliency, providing technical assistance, and funding planning and implementation of strategic resilience projects. The program is a priority in the state’s Climate Risk Assessment and Resilience Plan and will be implemented through partnerships across state agencies and community organizations.
Original article Website of North Carolina State Department of Environmental Quality
Region North America
Country/Institution North Carolina State Department of Environmental Quality, US
Category Policy, Project
keyword community resilience, disasters
Posted on: 05/10/2020
29 Sep 2020[ADB] The Asian Development Bank (ADB) Approves $50 Million Assistance to Address Flooding in Nepal’s River Basins
  • The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has approved a $40 million concessional loan and a $10 million project grant to help manage and mitigate flooding in Nepal’s Terai region. The focus will be on flood risk management in six priority river basins which are the locations of major floods in the past two decades.
    The project will construct flood control infrastructures such as embankments, spurs, and outlet structures. It will improve flood forecasting and response systems through the installation of rain gauges and hydrometeorological stations and the development of flood forecasting early warning systems.
Original article The Asian Development Bank (ADB)
Region Asia
Country/Institution ADB
Category Project
keyword flood risk management, flood forecasting, response system
Posted on: 12/10/2020
25 Sep 2020[Russia] Report on the scientific and methodological basis for developing adaptation strategies
  • The Climate Center of the Federal Service for Hydrometeorology and Environmental Monitoring (Rosgidromet) released a report on the scientific and methodological basis for developing adaptation strategies to climate change in the Russian Federation.The report aims to be a basis for forming a regulatory and methodological framework for adaptation and developing scenarios for anticipated future adaptation. It explains, for example, domestic climate scenarios and economic and social impacts in Russia, as well as rationale and assessment of effects of adaptation actions. (*This summary is a provisional translation of the original Russian article.)
Original article Website of Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment, Russia
Region Europe
Country/Institution Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment, Russia
Category Project,Publication
keyword adaptation strategies, scientific basis, regulatory framework, methodology
Posted on: 30/10/2020
25 Sep 2020[Indonesia] The Climate Village Program Continues to Be Strengthened in the New Normal Era
  • Director General of Climate Change Control (PPI) of the Ministry of Environment and Forestry (KLHK) explained that, according to the policy of the KLHK, the implementation of the Climate Village Program (ProKlim) , which continues to be carried out in an effort to prepare climate-resilient communities and adopt a low-emission greenhouse gas (GHG) lifestyle, will continue to be strengthened by target of 20,000 climate villages by the end of the 2020-2024, the Medium-Term National Development Plan period. To achieve this target, the synergy between KLHK's priority programs will continue to be improved.
Original article Ministry of Environment and Forestry
Region Asia
Country/Institution Ministry of Environment and Forestry, Indonesia
Category Policy
keyword Climate Village Program, climate-resilient communities
Posted on: 12/10/2020
25 Sep 2020[ASEAN] ASEAN, the Republic of Korea and AHA Centre Launch the ASCEND Project to Strengthen Regions Capability in Managing Natural Disasters
  • The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Secretariat, the Mission of the Republic of Korea to ASEAN, and the ASEAN Coordinating Centre for Humanitarian Assistance on Disaster Management (AHA Centre) launched the ASEAN Standards and Certification for Experts in Disaster Management (ASCEND) project to strengthen the region’s capability in managing natural disasters and to become a global leader in this field by 2025. The three-year project will enhance the capacity of disaster management professionals from the ASEAN Member States by setting higher standards and quality of training in disaster management, as well as certifications for professionals based on agreed ASEAN standards. In addition to other capacity-building programs, the project will generate a pool of professionals to mobilize assistance and resources during disasters.
Original article ASEAN
Region Asia
Country/Institution ASEAN
Category Project
keyword disaster management, standards and certification, capacity-building
Posted on: 12/10/2020
21 Sep 2020[Liberia] Private Sector Working Group On Climate Change Adaptation Formed
  • Environmental Protection Agency of Liberia (EPA) and the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) organised a two-day training workshop for businesses operating in Liberia to educate them and as well learn from the private sector on how to identify and manage risks of climate change. Also, the private sector representatives established a network called ‘Private Sector Working Group on Climate Change Adaptation’ to engage with the EPA, the National Investment Commission (NIC), the Ministry of Finance and other actors and to foster access to private sector financing and public private partnership to fund climate change adaptation initiatives in Liberia.
Original article Website of Environmental Protection Agency of Liberia (EPA)
Region Africa
Country/Institution Environmental Protection Agency of Liberia (EPA)
Category Policy
keyword private sector, business, climate risk management, financing
Posted on: 12/10/2020
21 Sep 2020[ADB] ADB Approves $1 Million Grant to Build Disease Resilient and Energy Efficient Centralized Air-Conditioning Systems
  • The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has approved a $1 million knowledge and support technical assistance project to deploy smart, energy efficient, and disease resilient centralized air-conditioning (CAC) systems in its developing member countries (DMCs). This will help to improve energy efficiency and mitigate the risks of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic and other airborne viruses in public buildings. This project will help address both health- and climate-related concerns associated with air-conditioning systems in public buildings and help to make cities more livable.
Original article The Asian Development Bank (ADB)
Region Asia
Country/Institution ADB
Category Project
keyword centralized air-conditioning (CAC) systems, disease resilience
Posted on: 05/10/2020
21 Sep 2020[UNEP] Iraq launches National Adaptation Plan process for climate change resilience
  • The Government of Iraq, in partnership with the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), has launched a process to develop a National Adaptation Plan (NAP) to build the country’s resilience to climate change. The three-year project, funded by the Green Climate Fund (GCF) with over USD$2.5m, will support Iraq to formulate and implement its NAP, with a particular focus on strengthening institutional, technical and financial capacities to ensure that medium- to long-term adaptation needs are integrated into national development planning.
Original article UNEP press release
Region Middle East
Country/Institution UNEP
Category Policy, Project
keyword national adaptation plan, NAP
Posted on: 28/09/2020
20 Sep 2020[Philippines] Gov’t seeks P152-B for climate, disaster risk reduction in 2021
  • The government is seeking a budget of P152.35 billion for the implementation of its convergence program on climate change adaptation and disaster risk reduction next year. The amount is roughly 30 percent higher than the P117 billion allocated for the program this year. This Risk Resiliency Program (RRP) will prioritize 14 climate-vulnerable provinces, which vary in risk factors of rise in sea levels, extreme rainfall and heating events, increased ocean temperature and disturbed natural resources supply.
Original article Department of Environment and Natural Resources
Region Asia
Country/Institution Philippines
Category Policy
keyword climate change adaptation, disaster risk reduction
Posted on: 05/10/2020
18 Sep 2020[US] Massachusetts Baker-Polito Administration Awards $4 Million to Improve Coastal Resilience
  • The Baker-Polito Administration announced $4 million in grant funding to support local and regional efforts to proactively plan for and reduce coastal storm and climate change impacts, including storm surge, flooding, erosion, and sea level rise. The grants, funded by the Office of Coastal Zone Management’s (CZM) Coastal Resilience Grant program, were awarded to municipalities and nonprofits pursuing 29 projects across the Commonwealth. “Massachusetts’ coastal communities are making climate adaptation a local priority and reality,” said Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito. Including the grants announced today, the Baker-Polito Administration has now invested $18.9 million in 107 coastal resilience improvement projects through the Coastal Resilience Grant Program since 2015.
Original article Website of Massachusetts state government
Region North America
Country/Institution Massachusetts state government, US
Category Policy, Project
keyword grant funding, coastal zone management
Posted on: 28/09/2020
17 Sep 2020[SPREP] The Climate Change Matters Newsletter Is Back!
  • The Climate Change Matters (CCM) newsletter, which highlights in detail the achievements and work of the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme’s (SPREP) Climate Change Resilience (CCR) programme, is revived. After a brief hiatus, the latest issue of the bi-monthly newsletter has been released and is available to all on the SPREP website. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, which has brought about border closures around the Pacific and the world, much of the activities planned for 2020 have had to be either cancelled, postponed, or held virtually. The activities that were able to be held virtually are highlighted in the latest issue of the CCM, as well as other ongoing work that were able to go ahead at the national level.
Original article Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP)
Region Oceania
Country/Institution SPREP
Category Publication
keyword newsletter, Climate Change Resilience programme, revival
Posted on: 28/09/2020
16 Sep 2020[ADB] Project Readiness Improvement Trust Fund: Promoting Readiness of Climate Resilient Investments in Southeast Asia
  • The Asian Development Bank (ADB) released a video showing past achievements of the Project Readiness Improvement Trust Fund (PRI Fund), established in 2016. ADB, in partnership with the Nordic Development Fund, are helping Development Member Countries (DMCs) build a pipeline of well-prepared, technically sound and climate change responsive projects through the PRI Fund. To date, the Multi-Donor PRI Fund has reached 5 countries: Indonesia, Philippines, Viet Nam, Cambodia and Lao PDR across sectors such as agriculture and natural resources, transport, water and urban services, regional tourism and education.
Original article The Asian Development Bank (ADB)
Region Asia
Country/Institution ADB
Category Others
keyword Project Readiness Improvement Trust Fund, video, climate change resposive projects
Posted on: 28/09/2020
16 Sep 2020[US] Michigan government initiate an online Climate Academy training for local officials
  • The Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy (EGLE) and Governor Whitmer announced the Catalyst Communities program, a comprehensive initiative to provide education, training, planning and technical resources to local public officials as they prepare for climate impacts on emergency response and public health. The online Climate Academy training program is a multi-tier instruction curriculum on adapting locally to the impacts of climate change on communities, mitigating harms and implementing clean energy solutions. After successfully completing the sessions, attendees will be better equipped to prepare their communities for potential climate impacts.
Original article Website of Michigan government
Region North America
Country/Institution Michigan government, US
Category Policy, Project
keyword online training program, local officials, local adaptation
Posted on: 28/09/2020
14 Sep 2020[US] New directive to prepare Army installations against extreme weather, climate change
  • The US Army published a new directive that requires preparation against natural disasters resulting from climate change. Army posts have faced a variety of natural disasters in recent years and the Army has identified the phenomenon as a national security threat. Congress has required military posts to account for climate threats in infrastructure planning and design. Under the Army directive, installation commanders must develop emergency plans for extreme weather events as well as include climate change projection analysis tool results in infrastructure plans, policies and procedures. The Army Climate Resistance Handbook, published in August, will provide installation managers with a quick reference on climate and extreme weather resilience measures.
Original article US Army website
Region North America
Country/Institution US Army
Category Policy, Publication
keyword army posts, natural disasters, national security, ingrastructure plans, resilience
Posted on: 05/10/2020
14 Sep 2020[IGCC] New Australian guidelines launched to ensure consistent climate change risks assessments and disclosure
  • The Climate Measurement Standards Initiative (CMSI) has developed a set of open-source voluntary guidelines that will, for the first time, provide Australian banks, financial institutions and insurers with consistent scientific and technical guidance on how to assess the risk of climate-related damage to their buildings and critical infrastructure from extreme weather events. The CMSI has been designed specifically to support the G20 Financial Stability Board’s Task Force on Climate-Related Financial Disclosures (TCFD). The guidelines will help the Investor Group on Climate Change (IGCC) members to better assess their portfolio for physical risk, invest in resilience and report on their response through the TCFD.
Original article Website of the Investor Group on Climate Change (IGCC)
Region Oceania
Country/Institution The Investor Group on Climate Change (IGCC)
Category Publication, Others
keyword finance, climate risk, guideline, Task Force on Climate-Related Financial Disclosures (TCFD)
Posted on: 28/09/2020
10 Sep 2020[China] Authorities to improve flood control and water quality in Taihu basin
  • The action plan regarding coordinated management of water resources in the Taihu basin was presented to officials from Jiangsu, Zhejiang and Anhui provinces as well as the Shanghai municipality during a symposium held by the Taihu Basin Authority of Ministry of Water Resources. According to the draft plan, improvements to flood control and water quality will be two key tasks for provinces in the Yangtze River Delta in the next three to five years. The draft proposes a number of dam enlargement, river linkage projects, and the improvement of flood control capacity of the basin's independent rivers through comprehensive hydraulic engineering.
Original article Ministry of Ecology and Environment
Region Asia
Country/Institution Ministry of Ecology and Environment
Category Policy
keyword action plan, flood control, Taihu basin
Posted on: 28/09/2020
10 Sep 2020[ADB] $500 Million The Asian Development Bank (ADB) Loan to Boost the Philippines’ Disaster Resilience
  • The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has approved a $500 million policy-based loan to allow the Philippines quick access to emergency financing in the event of disasters triggered by natural hazards or public health emergencies that result in a declaration of a state of calamity. The Disaster Resilience Improvement Program will support government policy reforms aimed at ensuring the government can quickly address the needs of vulnerable segments of the population following disasters. The program is supporting pending legislation in Congress to merge the functions of the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council and the Office of Civil Defense under a new Department of Disaster Resilience to speed up the government’s disaster response and substantially reduce coordination and bureaucratic inefficiencies.
Original article The Asian Development Bank (ADB)
Region Asia
Country/Institution ADB
Category Project
keyword policy-based loan, Disaster Resilience Improvement Program, government policy reforms
Posted on: 28/09/2020
4 Sep 2020[CTCN] Highlighted the technology trends in climate change adaptation work
  • The Climate Technology Centre and Network (CTCN) was represented at the Adaptation Fund’s 7th Annual National Implementing Entity (NIE) Seminar and highlighted the technology trends in CTCN climate change adaptation work. “We can see that innovation, ecosystem-based adaptation, urban adaptation/resilience, cross-sectoral approach and bottom-up approach are major trends in adapting to climate change and are emerging in our technical assistance portfolio.”, noted Dr. Ho-Sik Chon, CTCN Adaptation Specialist. Also, this fall UNEP-CTCN, Adaptation Fund and UNDP will be launching a new grant programme to foster innovation of adaptation practices in developing countries.
Original article Website of Climate Technology Centre & Network (CTCN)
Region World
Country/Institution Climate Technology Centre & Network (CTCN)
Category Publication, Others
keyword technical assistance, grant programme, innovation of adaptation practices
Posted on: 11/09/2020
31 Aug 2020[Philippines] The Climate Change Commission (CCC) Urges Leaders to Adopt Green COVID-19 Recovery Plans to Build Back Better
  • The Climate Change Commission (CCC) urged national and local leaders to adopt green COVID-19 recovery plans, emphasizing on the need to integrate climate resilience and sustainability as core strategies and principles, in order to build back better and ensure a safer and more secure future for all Filipinos. The CCC underscored that economic recovery from COVID-19 crisis must be centered on ecological investment and climate resilience-building programs, such as supporting low-carbon technologies, eco-construction, eco-design policies and investments in research and development for ecological purposes, investment in education and training to address immediate unemployment from COVID-19, and natural capital investment for ecosystem resilience and regeneration.
Original article Climate Change Commission (CCC)
Region Asia
Country/Institution CCC, Philippines
Category Policy
keyword green COVID-19 recovery plans, build back better, climate resilience
Posted on: 11/09/2020
28 Aug 2020[India] Request for Proposal Document for Selection of Consultancy Firm for Establishment of National Project Management Unit (NPMU) for the Project “Enhancing Climate Resilience of India’s Coastal Communities” in the Ministry of Environment Forest and Climate Change (MoEFCC)
  • Ministry of Environment Forest and Climate Change (MoEFCC), India, is executing the Project titled “Enhancing Climate Resilience of India’s Coastal Communities” funded by the Green Climate Fund (GCF), at National and state level including Andhra Paradesh, Maharashtra and Odisha. The Ministry intends to establish a National Project Management Unit (NPMU) at New Delhi which will assist MOEFCC in execution of the Project and invites Request for Proposal from suitable consultancy firm/ agency/ entities and other interested parties. The selection will be made through an open, transparent and competitive bidding process.
Original article Ministry of Environment Forest and Climate Change (MoEFCC)
Region Asia
Country/Institution MoEFCCC, India
Category Project
keyword enhancing climate resilience, National Project Management Unit (NPMU), Request for Proposal
Posted on: 11/09/2020
23 Aug 2020[UNDP] Government of Sudan, Green Climate Fund, UNDP sign grant to support 3.7m people with climate-resilient water and food security
  • The Green Climate Fund approved US$25.6 million in new funding for an innovative climate resilience project in Sudan, designed to promote agriculture, health, and food and water security. Led by Sudan’s Higher Council for Environment and Natural Resources with support from the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the five-year project will provide deliver training and equipment, rehabilitate land for sustainable use, introduce new climate-resilient practises, and construct infrastructure such as wells, dams and water storage. Around 1.2 million people from subsistence farming and nomadic pastoralist communities across nine states are set to directly benefit.
Original article UNDP, Climate Change Adaptation website
Region Africa
Country/Institution UNDP
Category Project
keyword resilience, agriculture, water and food security
Posted on: 04/09/2020
19 Aug 2020[Germany] The Federal Government released 2019 Monitoring Report on the German Strategy for Adaptation to Climate Change
  • Within the framework of the German Strategy for Adaptation to Climate Change (DAS), the German Federal Government is now presenting “2019 Monitoring Report on the German Strategy for Adaptation to Climate Change” by the Inter-ministerial Working Group on Adaptation to Climate Change. It informs the public and decision-makers in all areas of social life about the observed consequences of climate change. The report shows that the average air temperature in Germany increased by 1.5 degrees between 1881 and 2018. Among other aspects, this has resulted in more health risks due to heat stress, a rise in the average surface temperature of the North Sea and greater fluctuations in agricultural yields.
Original article The German Environment Agency (UBA) website
Region Europe
Country/Institution The German Environment Agency (UBA)
Category Policy,Publication
keyword German Strategy for Adaptation to Climate Change, monitoring
Posted on: 04/09/2020
19 Aug 2020[FAO] FAO and GCF partner for climate change adaptation and green growth in Armenia
  • The Green Climate Fund (GCF) Board approved a project in Armenia, formulated with FAO support, to enhance climate change adaptation and mitigation, promote rural green growth, and increase the resilience of forests. The eight-year Green Climate Fund project, with a total budget of USD 18.7 million, will be implemented by FAO and the Environmental Project Implementation Unit in close cooperation with the Ministry of Environment of Armenia. Through investments in agroforestry and capacity development, the project will increase national forest cover and carbon removal from forests by reducing fuelwood demand, supporting reforestation and afforestation, and introducing sustainable and climate adaptive forest management.
Original article Website of Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)
Region Europe
Country/Institution Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)
Category Project
keyword resilience of forest, adaptive forest management
Posted on: 04/09/2020
19 Aug 2020[US] State of Louisiana Governor Edwards Signs Executive Orders to Address Climate Change and Enhance Coastal Resilience
  • State of Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards signed Executive Order JBE 2020-19 to enhance coastal resilience. The Order provides steps to improve state government by coordinating adaptation efforts more comprehensively across state agencies under the leadership of the state’s first Chief Resilience Officer. It also outlines the resilience work named the Adaptive Governance Initiative that aims to identify the ways in which government can adjust to significant changes in circumstances and interact more efficiently to address the long-term problem of coastal change and its impacts on Louisiana’s communities. The work has been designed and executed through a partnership between the Governor’s Office of Coastal Activities and the Center for Planning Excellence.
Original article Website of State of Louisiana
Region North America
Country/Institution State of Louisiana, US
Category Policy
keyword coastal resilience, executive order, adaptive governance initiative
Posted on: 28/08/2020
18 Aug 2020[South Africa] National Climate Change Adaptation Strategy approved
  • The South African Cabinet has approved the National Climate Change Adaptation Strategy (NCCAS). It outlines a set of objectives, interventions and outcomes to enable the country to give expression to its commitment to the Paris Agreement and aims to reduce the vulnerability of society, the economy and the environment to the effects of climate change. It also gives effect to the National Development Plan’s vision of creating a low-carbon, climate resilient economy and a just society. The 10-year plan, being coordinated by the Department of Environment, Forestry and Fisheries, will be reviewed every five years.
Original article Website of Ministy of Environment, Forestry and Fisheries
Region Africa
Country/Institution Ministy of Environment, Forestry and Fisheries, Repubpic of South Africa
Category Policy
keyword National Climate Change Adaptation Strategy, Paris Agreement
Posted on: 25/08/2020
17 Aug 2020[Chile] 30% of new public investment to combat climate change
  • Chilean Minister of Environment Ms. Carolina Schmidt announced that 30% of new public investments will be allocated to projects with social impact that will accelerate the transition to sustainable development and contribute to climate change mitigation and adaptation. This initiative is a part of the "Plan Paso a Paso" (Step by Step Chile Recover) announced by President Sebastian Piñera to combat the Covid-19 pandemic. The efforts aim to achieve economic recovery but also tackle other serious global crisis such as climate change and biodiversity loss. The sustainable projects include water management and adaptation efforts with focus on building necessary infrastructures to face the new conditions due to climate change. (*This summary is a provisional translation of the original Spanish article.)
Original article Website of Ministy of the Enironment, Chile
Region South & Central America
Country/Institution Ministerio del Medio Ambiente, Chile
Category Policy
keyword public investment, covid-19, sustainable development, adaptation
Posted on: 25/08/2020
13 Aug 2020[US] New York State Governor Cuomo Announces Over $17 Million in Funding Awarded Through the Lake Ontario Business Resiliency Program
  • New York State Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced over $17 million has been awarded to more than 140 businesses in the eight county area that surrounds Lake Ontario and the St. Lawrence River as part of the Governor's Resiliency and Economic Development Initiative to assist with restoration and resiliency efforts from prior flooding events in 2017 and 2019, and to strengthen businesses against future flooding. "We know that climate change is real and there's no such thing as a 'hundred-year flood' - it's the new normal and we need to be prepared for anything Mother Nature sends our way," Governor Cuomo said.
Original article New York State Website
Region North America
Country/Institution New York State, US
Category Policy
keyword resilience, business, flooding, funding, grant
Posted on: 28/08/2020
7 Aug 2020[ADB] ADB, UNDP Sign Agreement to Boost Disaster Recovery in Asia Pacific
  • The Asian Development Bank (ADB) and United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) signed an agreement to strengthen disaster recovery capacity in selected countries across Asia and the Pacific. The partnership will work with countries to strengthen capacity to ensure disaster-resilient measures are incorporated into post-disaster reconstruction efforts, by supporting post-disaster needs assessment (PDNA) training for government officials, focusing on infrastructure-related sectors, the utilization of contingency and recovery tools and plans, improving financial preparedness planning, and enhancing post-disaster budget execution capabilities. The partnership between ADB and UNDP is for two years and is being financed by the Government of Japan.
Original article ADB News Release
Region Asia
Country/Institution ADB, UNDP
Category Policy
keyword disaster recovery, disaster-resilient measure
Posted on: 25/08/2020
3 Aug 2020[Fiji] PEBACC Hands Over Taveuni Island Mua Native Tree Nursery
  • The Mua Native Tree Nursery was officially handed over to the Government of Fiji by the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) Pacific Ecosystem-based Adaptation to Climate Change Project (PEBACC) at a ceremony held at the Mua Agricultural Research Station in Taveuni on Wednesday 29 July. The Fijian Government was represented by the Ministry of Forestry and Ministry of Agriculture. With the current phase of PEBACC coming to a close at the end of July, the two Ministries are committing to an inter-Ministerial cooperative approach to the management, maintenance and further development of the nursery. The nursery is housed at the Ministry of Agriculture’s Research and Development Centre at Mua on the island of Taveuni.
Original article Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) News
Region Oceania
Country/Institution SPREP
Category Project
keyword Ecosystem-based Adaptation, native tree nursery
Posted on: 25/08/2020
31 July 2020[GEF] GEF supports new initiative to boost investment in nature-based infrastructure for climate adaptation
  • The Global Environment Facility (GEF) has approved a $2 million grant for a new venture in partnership with the MAVA Foundation, the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD), and the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) to increase investment in nature-based infrastructure that can help adapt to the impacts of climate change. The new global initiative, supported by the GEF-managed Special Climate Change Fund, will use financial modelling and climate change projections to establish the business case for investing in nature and make it easier for investors and government officials to assign a value to and consider nature-based solutions when making infrastructure spending decisions.
Original article Global Environment Facility (GEF) Press Release
Region World
Country/Institution Global Environment Facility (GEF)
Category Project
keyword nature-based solutions, infrastructure, investment, Special Climate Change Fund
Posted on: 25/08/2020
30 July 2020[UNEP] A new Working Group established to focus on ecosystem-based adaptation (EbA) in National Adaptation Plans
  • A new Working Group under the Friends of Ecosystem-based Adaptation (FEBA), a global collaborative network of 80+ agencies and organisations involved in EbA, has been established to focus on EbA in National Adaptation Plans, and to contribute to and consult on a set of guidelines on the integration of EbA into NAPs. This working group is a part of the NAP Global Support Programme (NAP-GSP) which aims to advance the preparation and implementation of medium-to long-term NAPs in developing and least developed countries. As a part of the NAP-GSP, these EbA guidelines are expected to help, for example, LDCs programme/design NAPs linked to EbA.
Original article UNEP Global Adaptation Network
Region World
Country/Institution UNEP
Category Project, Others
keyword ecosystem, EbA, national adaptation plans, NAP, guidelines
Posted on: 25/08/2020
29 July 2020[Spain] MITECO presented the 2nd National Adaptation Plan to the National Climate Council and the Environmental Advisory Council
  • Spanish Ministry for the Ecological Transition and the Demographic Challenge (MITECO) presented the new draft of the Second National Plan for Adaptation to Climate Change (PNACC) 2021-2030 to the National Climate Council and the Environmental Advisory Council. The new draft identifies a total of 18 sectoral work areas, including human health, water, biodiversity, agriculture, cities and urban planning, energy or education and defines a total of 81 courses of action that provide a roadmap to guide efforts in the field of adaptation over the next decade. It also delves into the social and geographic elements of vulnerability to climate change and proposes tools to strengthen them in both risk analysis and adaptation measures. With this step, the Government will move forward with the fulfillment of one of the commitments agreed in the Declaration of Climate and Environmental Emergency approved last January. (*This summary is a provisional translation of the original Spanish article.)
Original article Website of Ministry for the Ecological Transition and the Demographic challenge
Region Europe
Country/Institution Ministry for the Ecological Transition and the Demographic challenge
Category Policy
keyword national adaptation plan, risk analysis, roadmap, vulnerability, resilience
Posted on: 28/09/2020
29 July 2020[OECD] New policy paper: “Nature-based solutions for adapting to water related climate risks"
  • Healthy ecosystems, and their associated services, can provide effective natural protection against water-related climate risks. Nature-based solutions (NbS) have recently gained momentum in international policy discussions due to their potential to foster synergies between ecosystem health and human wellbeing, while also offering economic benefits. This paper provides an overview of the use of NbS to date in OECD countries and finds that in most cases ambition for NbS does not match practice. Focusing on the application of NbS for addressing climate-related flood and drought risks, this paper explores why prevailing decision making frameworks may fail to adequately consider NbS.
Original article OECD iLibrary
Region World
Country/Institution OECD (Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development)
Category Publication
keyword ecosystem, Nature-based solutions (NbS), climate-related flood and drought risks
Posted on: 25/08/2020
24 July 2020[Michigan State University] $1M GRANT FROM LUCE FOUNDATION LAUNCHES INTERDISCIPLINARY PROGRAM ON MEKONG SUSTAINABILITY
  • A Michigan State University interdisciplinary team of faculty and staff is working to foster environmental justice in Southeast Asia. The Henry Luce Foundation’s Initiative on Southeast Asia, or LuceSEA, is providing $1 million in funding to help create the Mekong Culture WELL project. The project will integrate satellite and local mapping of the Mekong River to determine how climate change and hydropower damming are reshaping communities in downstream regions. It will seek to convey how those communities can forge unique cultural visions of food and environmental justice.
Original article Michigan State University News
Region Southeast Asia
Country/Institution Michigan State University
Category Project
keyword Mekong, education, local community, culture
Posted on: 25/08/2020
23 July 2020[Lao News Agency] KOICA, FAO Sign Agreement to Support Livelihoods and Climate-Resilient Agriculture in Attapeu
  • Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), signed an agreement on Jul 23 to collaborate in supporting the “Integrated Programme for Climate Resilience and Empowerment in Attapeu Province: Building Climate-Resilient and Eco-friendly Agriculture Systems and Livelihoods (Climate REAL)”. The project aims to address the gaps and weaknesses in the current agriculture system in Attapeu Province by achieving the following outcomes: climate resilient and eco-friendly agriculture production and agriculture business management improved; household and community water management and disaster resilience enhancement; and local government and communities’ capacities for DRM/CCA in the agriculture sector strengthening. KOICA will contribute total value of USD 1.8 million and FAO will provide in- kind contribution amounting to USD 200,000.
Original article Lao News Agency
Region Asia
Country/Institution KOICA, FAO, Laos
Category Project
keyword building resilience, agriculture, livelihoods, agreement
Posted on: 25/08/2020
17 July 2020[Australian Institute of Marine Science] Genome research brings identification of heat-resilient corals a step closer
  • Corals worldwide are under threat from rising sea temperatures and pollution. One response to heat stress is coral bleaching. To identify the genetic markers that underpin bleaching tolerance, the researchers sequenced the genomes of 237 colonies of the coral species Acropora millepora, collected at 12 reefs on Australia’s Great Barrier Reef during the mass bleaching event of 2017. They then tested for associations of genetic variants with the bleaching level observed. This research has taken scientists closer to being able to identify corals that are less likely to bleach. The scientists hope this knowledge will be used to target protection of resilient corals and facilitate research into adaptation measures such as selective breeding.
Original article Australian Institute of Marine Science (AIMS) release
Region Pacific
Country/Institution AIMS
Category Publication
keyword coral breaching, genome research
Posted on: 25/08/2020
13 July 2020[Canada] New plan helps Vancouver Island farmers adapt to climate change
  • Farmers on Vancouver Island and the Southern Gulf Islands will have more support to adapt to climate change following the development of the Vancouver Island Adaptation Strategies plan. The plan identifies 11 strategies for increasing the resilience of producers in the region. The governments of Canada and B.C. will provide $300,000 in funding through the Canadian Agricultural Partnership to support projects that achieve those strategies.
Original article British Columbia Government news room
Region North America
Country/Institution British Columbia government, Canada
Category Policy, Project
keyword agriculture, farmers, resilience, adaptation strategies
Posted on: 25/08/2020
10 July 2020[WMO] Heavy rains and flooding hit large parts of Asia
  • Unusually heavy monsoon rainfall and flooding is affecting India and neighbouring South Asian countries, as well as China and Japan. This has caused major disruption and loss of life. The situation is expected to be aggravated by further rain. “Even though global attention is understandably focussed on the COVID-19 pandemic, this should not distract us from the continuing need for investment in multi-hazard early warning systems to boost resilience”, said WMO Secretary-General Petteri Taalas.
Original article World Meteorological Organization (WMO) news
Region World
Country/Institution World Meteorological Organization (WMO)
Category Publication, Others
keyword disasters, floods, heavy rains
Posted on: 25/08/2020
9 July 2020[Global Commission on Adaptation] Call to Action for a Climate-Resilient Recovery from COVID-19
  • The Global Commission on Adaptation, led by 8th Secretary General of the United Nations, Ban Ki-Moon, managed by the World Resource Institute (WRI), released a statement that calls to action for a climate-resilient recovery from COVID-19 aiming at inspiring political leaders around the globe for a climate-resilient future. In the statement, the Commission calls for accelerated progress in seven areas: Locally Led Adaptation, Urban Resilience, Water Resources Management, Social Safety Nets, Food Security, Nature-Based Solutions, and Disaster Prevention. 
Original article Global Commission on Adaptation, Statement
Region World
Country/Institution Global Commission on Adaptation
Category Publication, Others
keyword climate-resilient recovery, COVID-19, locally led adaptation
Posted on: 25/08/2020
8 July 2020[WMO] New climate predictions assess global temperatures in coming five years
  • The annual mean global temperature is likely to be at least 1° Celsius above pre-industrial levels (1850-1900) in each of the coming five years (2020-2024) and there is a 20% chance that it will exceed 1.5°C in at least one year, according to new climate predictions issued by the World Meteorological Organization (WMO).
Original article World Meteorological Organization (WMO) Press Release
Region World
Country/Institution World Meteorological Organization (WMO)
Category Publication, Others
keyword climate, mean global temperature, forecast
Posted on: 25/08/2020
6 July 2020[US] Department of the Interior provides aid for building climate change resilience to federally-recognized Tribal Nations and Alaska Native villages
  • The Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) Tribal Resilience Program has announced their 2020 funding awards of $14.4M for federally-recognized Tribal Nations and Alaska Native villages. These communities are particularly vulnerable to climate change as they rely on natural resources to sustain their families, communities, cultures, and traditional ways of life. Direct funding from the annual awards program supports tribes, tribal consortia, and tribal organizations through targeted resilience training, adaptation planning, vulnerability assessments, monitoring, capacity building, and youth engagement.
Original article USGS news
Region North America
Country/Institution United States Geological Survey (USGS)
Category Policy, Project
keyword Indian, tribal nations, native villages, resilience, funding awards, training
Posted on: 25/08/2020
6 July 2020[EU] AgriAdapt webtool for adaptation
  • Within the AgriAdapt project, supported by the LIFE program of the European Commission, French, Spanish, German and Estonian partners developed an interactive tool to support climate-resilience in the agriculture sector. The tool integrates the experiences of 120 pilot farms working in livestock, arable and permanent crops in four different climatic areas.
Original article AgriAdapt project webpage
Region Europe
Country/Institution European Union
Category Publication
keyword agriculture, climate-resilience, tool
Posted on: 25/08/2020
3 July 2020Ministry of Business, Innovation & Employment, New Zealand Website
  • On 3 July, the New Zealand government announced its Building for Climate Change Programme, transforming the building and construction sector to reduce emissions and improve climate resilience. In terms of adaptation, the core of the response will be making sure the right buildings are built in the right places. As well as regulatory options, the work will look at what non-regulatory options are likely to help drive more resilience in buildings such as insurance availability, provision of information and incentives.
Original article Ministry of Business, Innovation & Employment, New Zealand
Region Asia
Country/Institution New Zealand, Ministry of Business, Innovation & Employment
Category Project
keyword building, reslilience, emmision reduction
Posted on: 25/08/2020
3 July 2020[UK] Speech: Resilience in light of COVID: Climate Action on the Road to COP26
  • At the ongoing London Climate Action Week, COP26 President Alok Sharma delivered a keynote speech. Touching upon a survey result that the world’s two-thirds of the people believe that climate crisis is as serious as the Covid-19 pandemic, Mr. Sharma underlined the need for making urgent climate actions and said that we must help people, economies and the environment to adapt and prepare for the impacts of climate change. Mr. Sharma also said, ahead of COP26, UK will take a lead to work with donor countries, Multilateral Development Banks and other public and private sources to increase access to finance for adaptation and resilience.
Original article UK government website
Region Europe
Country/Institution UK government
Category Policy, Others
keyword resilience, impacts, COVID, covid-19, COP26, finance
Posted on: 25/08/2020
2 July 2020[UNEP] COVID-19 is a wake-up call’: Ghana to develop national plan for climate adaptation
  • The Government of Ghana has launched the process to develop a National Adaptation Plan (NAP) in efforts to build nationwide resilience to climate change impacts. The project is the first of its kind in Ghana to use future climate projections to plan over large timescales, up to the year 2080. In light of the COVID-19 crisis, Ghana’s government will aim to use this NAP process to ‘build back better’, ensuring that post-COVID-19 recovery investments and stimulus packages are ‘climate-proof’ – i.e., resilient to the extreme weather events projected in the coming decades.
Original article UNEP News and Stories
Region Africa
Country/Institution UNEP
Category Policy, Project
keyword National Adaptation Plan, NAP, resilience, build back better, COVID-19
Posted on: 25/08/2020
2 July 2020[Inter-American Development Bank] Developing solutions for climate adaptation and resilience as  business opportunities
  • To build climate resilience of SMEs (Small and Medium Sized Enterprises) and their supply chains and to foster investment in private resilience solutions, the IDB worked with a private investment firm to conduct a regional adaptation market study. The mapping exercise identified 216 SMEs across 15 LAC countries developing technologies and solutions for climate resilience and adaptation in multiple sectors such as agriculture, water, and energy. The findings were captured in a report which will be published later this summer.
Original article Inter-American Development Bank
Region South & Central America
Country/Institution Inter-American Development Bank
Category Publication
keyword SME, resilience, technology, market study
Posted on: 25/08/2020
1 July 2020[Adaptation Fund] Fund Board Accredits United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization as Fund’s 51st Implementing Entity
  • The Adaptation Fund Board, through a remote intersessional decision, approved the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) as a new implementing partner which is accredited to develop and implement adaptation projects. The Fund also marked the first time it has applied its ‘Fast Track Accreditation’ process for the accreditation of a new implementing entity. This process enables potential national, regional or multilateral implementing entities already accredited by the Green Climate Fund (GCF) to more quickly and efficiently become accredited to the Adaptation Fund. FAO is a specialized agency of the United Nations focused on hunger eradication, poverty elimination, and sustainable management of natural resources. It includes 194 member states.
Original article Adaptation Fund News
Region World
Country/Institution Adaptation Fund
Category Others
keyword Adaptation Fund, Implementation Entity, fast track process
Posted on: 25/08/2020
1 July 2020[UNFCCC] Increasing Resilience Through Natural Solutions
  • The UNFCCC reports in its news that an adaptation strategy rooted in protecting and restoring natural ecosystems, known as ecosystem-based adaptation (EbA), is gaining traction. The UNFCCC says that the EbA approach is particularly important in these times of the coronavirus pandemic, since it is key to reducing the risks of future pandemics, while simultaneously fighting climate change in a sustainable way.
Original article UNFCCC news
Region World
Country/Institution UNFCCC
Category Others
keyword ecosystem, EbA, risk reduction
Posted on: 25/08/2020
29 June 2020[Europen Commission] New scientific opinion on adaptation to climate change-related health effects’ recommends more support for resilience of the health sector
  • The European Commission’s independent Group of Chief Scientific Advisors (SAM) published their opinion ‘Adaptation to climate change-related health effects’ which contains advice and recommendations on how the EU can help to make our societies, and in particular health sector, better prepared and more resilient with respect to impacts from climate change on health. The opinion informs several initiatives of the Green Deal, including the forthcoming proposal for a Climate Observatory and the EU Adaptation Strategy planned for 2021.
Original article European Commission News
Region EU
Country/Institution European Commission
Category Policy, Publication
keyword health sector, resilience, climate change impacts
Posted on: 25/08/2020
29 June 2020[EU] New scientific opinion on adaptation to climate change-related health effects' recommends more support for resilience of the health sector
  • The European Commission's independent Group of Chief Scientific Advisors (SAM) published their opinion ‘Adaptation to climate change-related health effects' which contains advice and recommendations on how the EU can help to make our societies, and in particular health sector, better prepared and more resilient with respect to impacts from climate change on health. The opinion informs several initiatives of the Green Deal, including the forthcoming proposal for a Climate Observatory and the EU Adaptation Strategy planned for 2021.
Original article European Commission News
Region EU
Country/Institution European Commission, EU
Category Policy, Publication
keyword health sector, resilience, climate change impacts
Posted on: 30/07/2020
24 June 2020[Western Australia] Western Crop Genetics Alliance to boost WA grains research capacity
  • The Western Crop Genetics Alliance, which was formed as an expansion of the Western Barley Genetics Alliance, will strengthen the development of new lupin and oat varieties bred specifically for Western Australian conditions. In the past three years, the Western Barley Genetics Alliance has contributed to an international consortium that identified key genes for adaptation to climate change as one of its achievements. It is expected to see the genetic advances the alliance achieves and the far-reaching benefits they will generate for the WA grains industry, as well as improvements in food security under a changing climate.
Original article Government of Western Australia News
Region Oceania
Country/Institution Western Crop Genetics Alliance
Category Project
keyword 新種開発、穀物、食糧安全保障
Posted on: 25/08/2020
24 June 2020[UNEP] New animation to explain the concept of ecosystem-based adaptation (EbA)
  • The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) released a brand-new animation to explain the increasingly popular concept of ecosystem-based adaptation (EbA). The strategy of using nature as a defence against climate impacts is called called ecosystem-based adaptation (EbA) and the animation says there are six ways that nature can defend us from climate change impacts: drought, wildfire, heatwaves, coastal flooding, landslides and erosion, and desertification and sandstorms.
Original article UNEP News and Stories
Region World
Country/Institution UN Environment (UNEP)
Category Publication
keyword EbA
Posted on: 30/07/2020
23 June 2020[Swedish Meteorological and Hydrological Institute] Film: Climate Change Adaptation in Sweden
  • Swedish National Knowledge Centre for Climate Change Adaptation, based at the Swedish Meteorological and Hydrological Institute (SMHI) as a governmental mission, has produced a 8-minute film "Adapt to a future climate – examples from municipalities” that offers an introduction to how society can be adapted to a changing climate and why it is important. Representatives from several Swedish municipalities present how they have dealt with some of their challenges: securing drinking water from bacteria outbreaks, constructing roads differently to avoid flooding and using special routines within elderly care during heatwaves.
Original article Swedish Meteorological and Hydrological Institute
Region Europe
Country/Institution Swedish Meteorological and Hydrological Institute
Category Others
keyword adaptation, municipalities
Posted on: 25/08/2020
17 June 2020[Finland] Annual Climate Change Report 2020
  • The Government submitted its second Annual Climate Change Report to Parliament on Wednesday 17 June. The Annual Climate Change Reports are based on the Climate Change Act that entered into force in 2015 and compiled to follow the trends in the emissions and sinks in all sectors towards achievement of emission reduction target and deal with climate change adaptation. The Report points out that urgent adaptation measures are becoming even more crucial as economic losses caused by the accelerating global warming and extreme weather and water-related events have increased. Work on climate change adaptation takes place under the National Climate Change Adaptation Plan 2022 adopted in 2014. A mid-term evaluation of the plan was conducted in 2019.
Original article Ministry of the Environment of Finland, Press release
Region Europe
Country/Institution Ministry of the Environment of Finland
Category Policy, Publication
keyword Climate Change Act, National Climate Change Adaptation Plan, global warming, extreme weather
Posted on: 30/07/2020
17 June 2020[FAO] Online course on climate change adaptation and mitigation in fisheries and aquaculture
  • Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) elearning Academy released an online course that provides an overview of adaptation and mitigation strategies that can be implemented in response to climate change impacts on the fisheries and aquaculture sector. By taking this course audience can learn about general facts on the fisheries and aquaculture sector and impacts of climate change on the sector, adaptation measures and their practical application through case studies and etc.
Original article FAO elearning Academy
Region World
Country/Institution Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) elearning Academy
Category Others
keyword fisheries, aquaculture, adaptation, online course
Posted on: 30/07/2020
12 June 2020[World Agroforestry] Piloting climate-smart agriculture for climate-change adaptation in Viet Nam
  • A new project financed by the German Ministry for Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety will pilot climate-smart agricultural practices as ecosystem-based adaptation measures for climate-change adaptation and improvement of livelihoods in Ha Tinh Province, North Central Coast of Viet Nam. The project’s specific objectives are to improve the adaptative capacity and livelihoods of female and male farmers in the province through implementation of the new practices as well as gender-aware intensification approaches that have the potential to be increased in scale; develop the capacities of farmers, government officials and others in integrating the practices as adaptation measures in programs and strategies; advise, build capacity and provide technical support for the process of national adaptation planning; assist Viet Nam in providing technical advice to contribute to the international debate on loss and damage under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, including the preparation of case studies from Ha Tinh; and support Vietnamese partners to co-develop an adaptation proposal, backed by financial plans in line with provincial and national targets.
Original article World Agroforestry
Region Asia
Country/Institution World Agroforestry (ICRAF)
Category Project
keyword
Posted on: 25/08/2020
8 June 2020[ADB] President, Executive Director of IEA Discuss Scaling Up Collaboration
  • President of the Asian Development Bank (ADB) and Executive Director of the International Energy Agency (IEA) held a videoconference today to discuss scaling up collaboration and renewing a memorandum of understanding (MOU) between the two organizations. The two leaders discussed areas of potential collaboration, including how to boost the resilience of energy systems in Asia and the Pacific to better cope with extreme weather as a result of climate change or pandemic-induced supply interruptions, and the use of new technologies such as green hydrogen.
Original article ADB website
Region Asia
Country/Institution Asian Development Bank (ADB)
Category Project
keyword collaboration, MOU, energy systems, resilience
Posted on: 30/07/2020
3 June 2020[UNFCCC Secretariat] Provisional Webpage Capturing Information on Adaptation Communications Submitted by Parties
  • In response to requests by Parties, and to facilitate Parties’ efforts to provide their adaptation communications as soon as possible as requested in paragraph 12 of decision 1/CMA.2, the UNFCCC secretariat has set up a provisional webpage to capture information on the adaptation communications submitted to date by Parties. Under the Paris Agreement, Parties should submit and regularly update an adaptation communication. The adaptation communication can be submitted independently or together with other communications and/or documents, and will be recorded in a public registry. Parties are currently working on the design of that public registry, with a view to adopting it at the third session of the CMA.
Original article UNFCCC Secretariat website
Region World
Country/Institution UNFCCC Secretariat
Category Others
keyword adaptation communications, Paris Agreement, public registry
Posted on: 30/07/2020
2 June 2020[Adaptation Fund] Fund Board Greenlights Six New Concrete Adaptation Projects on the Ground, Totaling US$ 31 Million
  • Adaptation Fund Board, through a virtual decision-making process, approved six new adaptation projects reflecting the continued urgency for climate finance and adaptation needs among the most vulnerable countries. These include five single-country projects in Pakistan, United Republic of Tanzania (two projects), Tunisia and Viet Nam totaling about US$ 24.6 million as well as a sixth US$ 6.5 million regional project in the Central Asia region. The two projects in the United Republic of Tanzania will be implemented through the Fund’s pioneering Direct Access modality, which empowers country ownership in adaptation by enabling accredited national implementing entities (NIEs) based in vulnerable countries to directly develop projects and access funding.
Original article Adaptation Fund news
Region World
Country/Institution Adaptation Fund
Category Project
keyword adaptation fund, vulnerability, direct access
Posted on: 30/07/2020
29 May 2020[UK] First annual progress report on the second Scottish Climate Change Adaptation Programme (SCCAP2)
  • In order to prepare Scotland for the changing global climate, the Climate Change (Scotland) Act 2009 places a duty on Ministers to lay a programme for climate change adaptation before the Scottish Parliament in response to each 5-yearly UK Climate Change Risk Assessment (UKCCRA). The Act also requires the laying of an annual report on progress towards the current adaptation programme. This is the first annual progress report on the second Scottish Climate Change Adaptation Programme (SCCAP2), which was published in September 2019 and covers actions for the period to 2024.
Original article Scotish government website
Region Europe
Country/Institution Scotish government, UK
Category Policy, Publication
keyword Climate Change Act, UK Climate Change Risk Assessment (UKCCRA), The second Scottish Climate Change Adaptation Programme (SCCAP2)
Posted on: 30/07/2020
27 May 2020[Denmark] commits additional DKK 150 mill. (approx. Euro 20 mill.) in climate financing targeted developing countries
  • The Danish grant is additional to Denmark's 0.7 percent of GNI in official development assistance and will fund four projects supporting developing countries tackling climate change. One of the selected projects is strengthening collaboration with Indonesia on a green transition. If these projects demonstrate new sustainable pathways, they can be scaled-up and serve as inspiration for innovative ways for transitioning towards climate resilient and low carbon development.
Original article Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Denmark
Region World
Country/Institution Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Denmark
Category Policy
keyword grant, development assistance, developing countries
Posted on: 30/07/2020
21 May 2020[WRI] 3 Steps to Scaling Up Nature-Based Solutions for Climate Adaptation
  • Despite nature's ability to provide vast economic and climate resilience benefits, many countries are not fully utilizing nature-based solutions for adaptation, according to research by the UN Environment Program World Conservation Monitoring Centre (UNEP-WCMC) produced for the Global Commission on Adaptation. Of 167 Nationally Determined Contributions submitted under the Paris Agreement, just 70 include nature-based adaptation actions; the majority of those are in low-income countries. The Global Commission on Adaptation is working with leading organizations and countries to scale these approaches globally through its Nature-Based Solutions Action Track.
Original article WRI blog
Region World
Country/Institution WRI (World Resources Institute)
Category Others
keyword coastal flooding, coastal erosion, mangrove, Paris Agreement
Posted on: 30/07/2020
19 May 2020[WMO] Advancements in risk early warning systems recognized
  • The significance of advanced multi-hazard threat warnings and risk information is highlighted in progress report of UN-World Bank initiative. The 2019 Annual Report of the Climate Risk & Early Warning Systems (CREWS) initiative, a mechanism that funds Least Developed Countries (LDC) and Small Island Developing States (SIDS) for risk informed early warning services, outlines the cooperative actions taken by WMO, the World Bank/GFDRR and UNDRR in the past year to save lives and livelihoods through the advancement of early warning systems with CREWS support.
Original article WMO news
Region World
Country/Institution WMO (World Meteorological Organization)
Category Publication
keyword early warning system, risk information, Climate Risk & Early Warning Systems (CREWS)
Posted on: 30/07/2020
18 May 2020[UNEP] UNEP stresses building resilience for sustainable trade, tourism and development in SIDS
  • UNEP released a new report, "Climate resilient transport infrastructure for sustainable trade, tourism and development in SIDS", which documents the key outcomes of a High Level Panel discussion held during the COP25 in Madrid in December 2019. The report stresses that while SIDS are demonstrating leadership in tackling climate change and building climate resilience, they need urgent assistance to address their financial, technology and capacity gaps.
Original article UNEP website
Region Pacific
Country/Institution UN Environment (UNEP)
Category Publication
keyword Small Island Developing States (SIDS), infrastructure, resilience
Posted on: 30/07/2020
18 May 2020[EU] PLACARD policy brief on adapting to extremes: Key insights for bridging CCA and DRR in the European Green Deal
  • This policy brief presents key insights from the EU PLACARD project for bridging Climate Change Adaptation (CCA) and Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR), highlighting three areas for action to improve cooperation, and provide recommendations for the European Green Deal.
Original article PLACARD website
Region Europe
Country/Institution PLACARD (PLAtform for Climate Adaptation and Risk reDuction)
Category Publication
keyword disaster risk reduction, European Green Deal
Posted on: 30/07/2020
14 May 2020[EU] Launch of Open Public Consultation for the design of the new EU Adaptation Strategy
  • The European Commission announced in the European Green Deal the adoption of a new EU Strategy on Adaptation to Climate Change. An open public consultation for its work on the new Strategy was opened on 14 May and a broad range of stakeholders, including citizens, businesses, NGOs, academia, national, regional and local authorities, are invited to provide inputs until 20 August 2020.
Original article EU news
Region Europe
Country/Institution European Union (EU)
Category Policy
keyword European Green Deal, adaptation strategy
Posted on: 30/07/2020
13 May 2020[EU, France] EU and France support Viet Nam in climate change adaption
  • European Union and the French Development Agency (AFD) have established a 20-million-euro fund to help Viet Nam respond to climate change. EU will provide the money as a non-refundable grant to the AFD to run the fund. The latter will in turn provide loans for strategic projects in Viet Nam to improve the management of water and other resources and respond to challenges like floods and coastal erosion that climate change exacerbates.
Original article Viet Nam - Online Newspaper of the Government
Region Asia
Country/Institution European Union (EU) and French Development Agency (AFD)
Category Policy, Project
keyword grant, resource management, flood, coastal erosion
Posted on: 30/07/2020
13 May 2020[World Bank] Tonga: US$8.4 Million to Strengthen Resilience and Fight COVID-19
  • The World Bank's Board of Executive Directors has approved a US$5.5 million operation for Tonga to strengthen public financial management, enhance Tonga's resilience to the effects of climate change, and improve access to skills training and both domestic and international labor opportunities. Additional support has been made available for Tonga's COVID-19 response to support health-sector preparedness and to purchase critical health equipment, including personal protective equipment (PPEs) for health workers, together with ventilators, monitors and other equipment.
Original article World Bank news
Region Oceania
Country/Institution World Bank
Category Project
keyword finance, public financial management, resilience, training
Posted on: 30/07/2020
12 May 2020[US] Climate resilience bond could create between 75,000-119,000 jobs says US New Bay Area Council Economic Institute report
  • A bond measure to protect California communities from wildfires, droughts, floods, and extreme heat events could create between 75,000 and 119,000 jobs statewide and generate between $9.6 billion and $15 billion in total economic activity according to a new study by the Bay Area Council Economic Institute. The study looked at the economic and job impacts of hypothetical $5 billion and $8 billion bond measures with spending categories that reflect recent bond proposals from California Governor Newsom and the State Senate and Assembly.
Original article Website of Bay Area Council, Califonia, US
Region North America
Country/Institution Bay Area Council, Califonia, US
Category Publication
keyword California, wildfires, droughts, floods, extreme heat events, bond measures, job creation
Posted on: 30/07/2020
12 May 2020[World Bank] New project to bolster climate action in South Asia
  • The World Bank approved a $39.5 million project, the Climate Adaptation and Resilience for South Asia (CARE) Project, to help South Asia build resilience to climate threats and disasters by sharing regional data and knowledge, developing regional standards and guidelines for infrastructure, and promoting climate-resilient policies and investments. It will also assess climate impacts in districts across Bangladesh, Nepal, and Pakistan to support agriculture, livestock, water, and transport.
Original article World Bank news
Region Asia
Country/Institution World Bank
Category Project
keyword South Asia, resilience, investment
Posted on: 30/07/2020
7 May 2020[ADB] Irrigation Systems for Climate Change Adaptation in Viet Nam
  • This publication presents an overview of the Water Efficiency Improvement in Drought-Affected Provinces (WEIDAP) Project that aims to apply cost-effective technology for irrigation modernization and agricultural development in Viet Nam. The WEIDAP project features the use of remote sensing technology for water productivity mapping in five of the country’s drought-prone provinces. Supported by ADB and other international development partners, the project is expected to improve climate resilience, water efficiency, and farming practices, which are crucial in the production and diversification of high-value crops.
Original article ADB website
Region Asia
Country/Institution Asian Development Bank (ADB)
Category Project, Publication
keyword drought, irrigation, agriculture, remote sensing, cost-effective technology
Posted on: 30/07/2020
4 May 2020[Spain] MITECO publishes the draft of the National Plan for Adaptation to Climate Change (PNACC) 2021-2030
  • The Spanish Ministry for the Ecological Transition and the Demographic Challenge (MITECO) released the draft of the National Plan for Adaptation to Climate Change (PNACC) 2021-2030. The main objective of this new plan is to establish a roadmap that responds to the growing needs for adaptation to climate change in Spain, with the ultimate goal of avoiding or reducing economic and social risks of climate change impact. The plan specifically defines 81 cross-sectoral lines of action within 18 areas of work.
Original article Website of the Ministry for Ecological Transition and Demographic Challenge (MITECO), Spain
Region Europe
Country/Institution The Ministry for Ecological Transition and Demographic Challenge (MITECO), Spain
Category Policy
keyword National Adaptation Plan
Posted on: 30/07/2020
28 April 2020[World Bank] Program to Strengthen Integrated Coastal Zone Management in India
  • The World Bank’s Board of Executive Directors today approved a $400 million multi-year financing envelope to help India enhance its coastal resources, protect coastal populations from pollution, erosion, and sea level rise, and improve livelihood opportunities for coastal communities. The first phase of this multi-phase approach (MPA) will provide $180 million for Enhancing Coastal and Ocean Resource Efficiency (ENCORE). This is the first use of an MPA in India; the approach is aimed at providing long-term support for critical development agendas.
Original article World Bank news
Region Asia
Country/Institution World Bank
Category Project
keyword finance, coastal resources, ocean resource efficiency
Posted on: 30/07/2020
23 April 2020[US] Coastal Resilience Grant Program in Massachusetts
  • Massachusetts coastal communities face significant risks and challenges that are exacerbated by climate change. To help address these issues, the Massachusetts Office of Coastal Zone Management (CZM) opened the application, from 78 municipalities located within the Massachusetts coastal zone and certified NPOs, to the FY2021 Coastal Resilience Grant Program to provide financial and technical support to advance local and regional efforts to address coastal flooding, erosion, and sea level rise.
Original article Website of Commonwealth of Massachusetts, US
Region North America
Country/Institution Commonwealth of Massachusetts, US
Category Policy
keyword coastal erosion, sea level rise, strengthing resilience, grant programme
Posted on: 30/07/2020
20 April 2020[OECD] A new report on climate change adaptation and disaster risk reduction
  • OECD published a new report, "Common Ground Between the Paris Agreement and the Sendai Framework - Climate Change Adaptation and Disaster Risk Reduction" which examines the potential for increased coherence in approaches to climate change adaptation and disaster risk reduction across levels of government and sectors.
Original article OECD Library
Region World
Country/Institution Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)
Category Publication
keyword Paris Agreement, Sendai Framework, disaster risk
Posted on: 30/07/2020
16 April 2020[UNDP, GEF] UNDP and GEF support building a new vision for climate services in Africa
  • With finance from the Global Environment Facility, UNDP’s Programme on Climate Information for Resilient Development in Africa (CIRDA) supported 11 African nations in improving the effectiveness and sustainability of climate information and early warning systems. While there have been many efforts to improve observations and forecasting of weather and climate in this region, few have had much success or long-lasting impact. This programme, which came to a close in late 2019, supported national partners in re-imagining the deployment of climate information and early warning systems to foster innovation, sustainability, cost-effectiveness and systematic approaches designed to reach the last mile and improve resilience for vulnerable communities highly impacted by the effects of the climate crisis.
Original article UNDP website
Region Africa
Country/Institution UNDP (United Nations Development Programme)
Category Project
keyword climate information, early warning system, resilience
Posted on: 30/07/2020
15 April 2020[WMO] 2019 Recorded Higher Amount of Rainfall Since 1970 - Tanzania Meteorological Authority
  • Tanzania Meteorological Authority (TMA) has released the statement on the status of Tanzania climate for 2019 that year 2019 recorded higher amount of rainfall since 1970, this is according to the records of weather and climate analysis conducted.
Original article WMO website
Region Africa
Country/Institution WMO (World Meteorological Organization)
Category Others
keyword records of weather, climate analysis
Posted on: 30/07/2020
15 April 2020[Commonwealth] helps Tonga become first Pacific Island to receive adaptation planning grant
  • The Commonwealth Climate Finance Access Hub has helped Tonga secure a grant of over $1.6 million USD from the Green Climate Fund to help the country adapt to climate change. The two year grant will support the Government of Tonga to advance its national adaptation planning through its ‘Joint National Action Plan for Climate Change Adaptation and Disaster Risk Management 2018 -2028’ framework. The grant will enable the government to build on existing capacities and to enhance institutions already in place at national, sectoral, community levels, as well as in the Outer Islands. As the first Pacific Island to receive an Adaptation Planning grant, Tonga will also share best practice and lessons learnt with other countries in the region.
Original article The Commonwealth
Region Oceania
Country/Institution Commonwealth Climate Finance Access Hub
Category Project
keyword grant, adaptation planning,GCF, disaster risk management
Posted on: 30/07/2020
15 April 2020[ADPC] Inspiring climate-resilient agricultural through smart interventions
  • Asian Disaster Preparedness Center (ADPC) publishes its report on "Climate Smart Disaster Risk Reduction Interventions in Agriculture Sector - Flood Hazard". The report explores lessons learned, future priorities for climate-adaptive agricultural practices and local initiatives in Nepal, Sri Lanka and Thailand. Notable findings include the long-term benefits of flood early warning systems in building community resilience, the combination of environmental degradation and socio-economic issues that increase a region’s vulnerability to disaster impacts, and the critical importance of implementing sustainable land-use planning and water resource management. The report also calls on national authorities to enhance and mainstream risk knowledge for public use, ensure data is constantly updated on climate loss and damage, communicate effectively with persons and communities at risk, and improve their response capabilities to minimize future impacts on the agricultural sector.
Original article ADPC'S NEWS
Region Asia
Country/Institution Asian Disaster Preparedness Center (ADPC)
Category Publication
keyword Agriculture, Flood, Disaster risk
Posted on: 30/07/2020
15 April 2020[ADPC] Practitioner’s guidebook to promote climate-smart agriculture
  • Local authorities, while inspired to make a change for the better in their communities, may be discouraged by a lack of capacity, funding or access to knowledge on climate change. With this in mind, ADPC has developed “Climate Smart Disaster Risk Reduction Interventions in Agriculture Sector - Flood Hazard - A Practitioner’s Guidebook” to be used by local government employees engaged in mainstreaming climate smart disaster risk reduction into development planning at local government level in the Asian Region. The Guidebook presents lessons learned and climate-related interventions in Nepal, Sri Lanka and Thailand. Practitioners can mix and match a multitude of initiatives based on similar seasonal weather patterns and climate issues experienced in their own agricultural sectors.
Original article ADPC'S NEWS
Region Asia
Country/Institution Asian Disaster Preparedness Center (ADPC)
Category Publication
keyword agriculture, flood, disaster risk
Posted on: 30/07/2020
13 April 2020[Adaptation Fund] Study provides concrete successes, sessons and potential models for integrating gender considerations in climate change adaptation projects
  • The Adaptation Fund (AF) published a new study, "Assessing Progress: Integrating Gender in AF Projects and Programmes". It showed that integrating gender elements throughout project design, implementation, and monitoring and evaluation has multiple benefits.
Original article Adaptation Fund website
Region World
Country/Institution Adaptation Fund
Category Publication
keyword adaptation fund, adaptation project, gender
Posted on: 30/07/2020
10 April 2020[WMO] Climate Science Basis for Funding
  • World Meteorological Organization (WMO) completed a series of five national pilot workshops aimed at enhancing the climate science basis for projects and activities seeking financing from the Green Climate Fund (GCF). The workshops also look at National Adaptation Plans (NAP) as well to strengthen the quality, effectiveness, and value of climate action on the basis of objective, scientific, and climate data-driven conclusions and analysis.
Original article WMO website
Region World
Country/Institution WMO (World Meteorological Organization)
Category Project
keyword enhancing the climate science basis, National Adaptation Plan (NAP)
Posted on: 30/07/2020
2 April 2020[CIF] New Study: When Climate Funds Work Together, They Can Achieve Better Results
  • The new report finds that blending finance from diverse climate funds?including the Climate Investment Funds (CIF), Green Climate Fund (GCF), Global Environment Facility (GEF), and Adaptation Fund (AF)?can lead to better development outcomes, efficiency, and scale of financing in developing countries.
Original article Climate investment Fund (CIF) news
Region World
Country/Institution Climate Investment Fund(CIF)
Category Publication
keyword climate funds, CIF, GCF
Posted on: 30/07/2020
2 April 2020[IPCC] IPCC develops strategic response to impact of COVID-19 on work programme
  • The IPCC is consulting with authors, member governments and other stakeholders to review the timing and related activities in the coming months and the schedule for delivery of the Sixth Assessment Report in response to impact of current COVID-19 pandemic.
Original article IPCC website
Region World
Country/Institution Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC)
Category Others
keyword IPCC, the Sixth Assessment Report
Posted on: 30/07/2020
1 April 2020[UK] COP26 Postponed
  • The COP26 UN climate change conference set to take place in Glasgow in November has been postponed due to COVID-19. Dates for a rescheduled conference in 2021, hosted in Glasgow by the UK in partnership with Italy, will be set out in due course following further discussion with parties.
Original article UK government website
Region World
Country/Institution UK government
Category Others
keyword COP26
Posted on: 30/07/2020
31 March 2020[Germany] Nomination of climate change adaptation projects: Online voting for audience award has started
  • The German Environment Agency (UBA) has nominated 15 climate change adaptation projects to compete in the Blauer Kompass contest for selection by a jury of experts and online voting by the audience to rewards local and regional measures which make a significant contribution to addressing the expected impact of climate change. The final winners will be awarded support in promoting the project through media and public relations activities by the Federal Environment Ministry in June 2020.
Original article German Environment Agency (UBA) Press Release
Region Europe
Country/Institution German Environment Agency (UBA), Germany
Category Policy
keyword adaptation project, public participation
Posted on: 30/07/2020
30 March 2020[EU] Consultation of local authorities on climate adaptation challenges
  • The European Committee of the Regions (CoR) sees how human health, economy and climate change are strictly related and conduct an online survey on the topic of adaptation to climate change, in preparation for the contribution of the CoR to the future EU Adaptation Strategy.
Original article The European Climate Adaptation Platform Climate-ADAPT
Region Europe
Country/Institution European Union (EU), European Committee of the Regions (CoR)
Category Policy
keyword local authority, adaptation strategy
Posted on: 30/07/2020
30 March 2020[UNDRR] Cities Aim to Adopt Holistic Strategies for Disaster Risk Reduction Following Resilience Assessment
  • Cities from Armenia, Bulgaria, Georgia, North Macedonia, Romania and Serbia have initiated efforts to adopt holistic strategies for disaster risk reduction at local level, following resilience assessments carried out with UNDRR support.
Original article UNDRR website
Region World
Country/Institution United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNDRR)
Category Policy
keyword city, disaster risk reduction, resilience assesment
Posted on: 30/07/2020
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