Author Note: This is the second in a series of three fact files that is part of a special project exploring the impact of climate change on the food security and livelihoods of small-scale farmers in Kenya, Nigeria, Senegal and Zimbabwe
PARIS, 22 May 2017 More frequent and severe droughts, floods, and storms associated with climate change mean the livelihoods of the world’s roughly half a billion smallholder farmers are growing ever more precarious.
This report presents the case for improving the condition of the wetlands of the Sahel as part of a strategy to address human migration and its links to the degradation of land and water resources, poverty, conflict and climate change. We offer an analysis of the key trends and issues and their relevance to existing policy goals.
Wetlands and livelihoods in the Sahel
By Tharanga Yakupitiyage
UNITED NATIONS, May 18 2017 (IPS) - As the world focuses on conflict-related migration and displacement, with an unprecedented 60 million fleeing from war and persecution, others are pointing to a less discussed trigger of population movements: climate change.
As part of a panel series, UN University (UNU) brought together academics and researchers to discuss the importance of the links between climate change, migration, and displacement.
The Council adopts a new European consensus on development
EU agreed on a new consensus for development - another step towards EU development cooperation.
On 19 May, the Council adopted a new European consensus on development. This joint statement by the three institutions (Parliament, Council and Commission) sets out a new framework for development cooperation for the EU and its member states.
Climate change advocates welcome regenerative development approach
Small islands facing the threat of imminent extinction woke up this morning to a ray of hope following the launch of a “revolutionary” Commonwealth approach to climate change. It’s called “Regenerative Development” and it has the potential to reverse climate change through measures that take carbon out of the air and put it back in the soil. Yesterday, at a conference at Commonwealth Headquarters in London, activists and climate thinkers came together to chart the way ahead.
Sudan – That conflict occurs over scarce natural resources, such as water, is an accepted fact. But in a region in North Darfur, after more than a decade of strife that has eroded trust and traditional institutions responsible for negotiating the rights of access to water and grazing land, the reverse is unfolding: it’s these very scarce resources that is bringing conflict-weary people together and slowly mending trust.
Pacific island countries unanimously expressed a strong interest in the continuation of work progressed under technical assistance provided by the Asian Development Bank (ADB) and the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) in a meeting that ended in Apia yesterday.
By Ganug Nugroho Adi
An extended drought that hit the southern part of Wonogiri, Central Java, in March has triggered a clean water crisis, forcing the regency administration to allocate Rp 13.3 billion (US$997,226.02) of its annual budget to assist in drought response efforts.
The funds will be allocated toward the rehabilitation and maintenance of artificial lakes (embung), the procurement of clean water infrastructure facilities and improving sanitation.
As two weeks of UN climate negotiations end in Bonn, international faith-based humanitarian and development network ACT Alliance sees signs of progress towards the implementation of the Paris agreement. However, progress is slow, and a number of difficult issues still remain to be resolved.
Despite threats of US withdrawal from the Paris agreement, the alliance is happy to see that many other governments engaged in the process to make climate transformation happen.
Jakarta (Indonesia) 18 May 2017 – Communities from peatland regions around Indonesia today joined a global forum in Jakarta on solving the problems they are facing, and to share experiences for those facing similar problems around the world.
UNDP’s disaster risk reduction (DRR) efforts help countries achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by both delivering and protecting development gains from the impacts of disasters and climate change. By working with governments and partners towards ‘risk-informing’ national, local and sectoral development planning processes, UNDP helps build the resilience of communities and nations in line with the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction and the Paris Climate Agreement.
Author: Jan Helsen, Director, Land Resources Division (Suva)
In a world of plenty, climate-smart seed is conspicuously scarce
Se encuentra en Cuba una misión de expertos PNUD, que apoyan temas altamente prioritarios para Cuba como el Plan de Estado para el enfrentamiento al cambio climático, aprobado recientemente.
El equipo de expertos junto a sus colegas cubanos se encuentran en estos momentos trabajando específicamente en la elaboración de un Proyecto de Adaptación al Cambio Climático en Zonas Costeras de Cuba, para recuperar el manglar, los bosques costeros, los arrecifes y los pastos marinos.
by Sophie Hares
The conference in Cancun is the first opportunity to review progress on a global plan to reduce the threat of disasters, agreed in Japan in 2015
TEPIC, Mexico, May 16 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Hard on the heels of a drought-linked hunger crisis in Somalia, floods in Peru and Colombia, and Cyclone Debbie in Australia, governments will be tasked with formalising efforts to protect citizens from disasters, and working out how to cover the cost at a major U.N. conference in Cancun, Mexico, this month.
Abuja, 15 May 2017. ECOWAS and the West African Science Service Centre on Climate Change and Adapted Land Use (WASCAL) have renewed their commitment to combat climate change and mitigate its effects in the region by implementing the Memorandum of Understanding between both organizations.
Ashgabat, 16 May 2017: The United Nations Development Program (UNDP) conducted a series of three workshops with participation of more than 60 representatives of national agencies and local public associations to discuss preliminary results of vulnerability assessment and adaptation to climate change in local communities of Lebap and Dashoguz regions.
La politique belge en matière de développement international subit de profondes transformations.
Dans l’élan des Objectifs de développement durable, nous définissons dans de nombreux domaines une nouvelle approche et endossons un leadership international, avec pour mot d’ordre l’innovation.
La Belgique joue un rôle de premier plan dans le domaine de la numérisation et du développement. Sous son impulsion, l’Union européenne a décidé d’accorder désormais une place de choix aux technologies numériques dans le cadre de sa politique de développement.
The Belgian international development policy is undergoing a complete transformation. Under the impulse of the Sustainable Development Goals we opt in many different fields for a new approach and for international leadership. Innovation is the key word in this context.