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27 Jun 2017 description

Wetlands can ease impacts of changing climate by maintaining groundwater levels and protecting areas from the worst impacts of floods

By Jeffrey Moyo

HARARE, June 27 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Unspooling the rope tied to a metal bucket, Shylet Nhari listens to the repeated clangs of the tin striking the walls of the well as her bucket makes its way down.

27 Jun 2017 description
report Chatham House

Executive Summary

27 Jun 2017 description
report Voice of America

By Salem Solomon

WASHINGTON — Ethiopia’s highlands traditionally have a built-in protection for the people who live there. The elevation and the cool temperatures have meant that malaria, the deadly mosquito-borne illness, cannot be transmitted.

But climate change may be putting an end to that safeguard. A new study led by a researcher at the University of Maine found that since 1981, the elevation needed to protect people from malaria has risen by 100 meters.

27 Jun 2017 description


CHAUK TOWNSHIP, Magwe Division — The mercury’s steady ascent and increasingly erratic rainfall have not convinced every farmer in Burma’s Dry Zone that the climate is changing, but they’re unanimous about one thing: A life working the land is more difficult now than it was a generation ago.

27 Jun 2017 description
report Viet Nam News

MEKONG DELTA – The Mekong Delta, home to some 18 million inhabitants, is plagued by severe riverbank erosion, which has been blamed on climate change and human factors.

Unrelenting rain last month washed away riverbanks in Hoà Định Hamlet in Đồng Tháp Province’s Lai Vung District, causing several stretches of rural roads to plunge into the river.

Some of the stretches were 20 metres long and 3 metres wide, according to a report released by Lai Vung authorities.

They have put up warning signs at sites affected by the erosion to safeguard local residents.

27 Jun 2017 description

ACORD (Agency for Cooperation and Research in Development)is a Pan-African non-governmental organisation that has been working for social justice and development in Africa since 1976. Our work is guided by a number of fundamental values and working principles, chief amongst these is our belief that people themselves are the primary actors in their own development.

27 Jun 2017 description

Lebap, Dashoguz, 1-25 June 2017: The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) scales up its programme on climate change and adaptation by expanding it work to the new regions of Turkmenistan to building resilience of the local population to effects of climate change.

27 Jun 2017 description

Les acteurs clés du secteur public, du secteur privé et de la société civile venus d’Afrique et d’ailleurs dans le monde se réuniront du 28 au 30 juin 2017 à Cotonou au Benin, afin de faire avancer l’action climatique collaborative pour le développement durable dans la région.

26 Jun 2017 description
report UN Children's Fund



Seven decades ago, the world was recovering from a devastating world war. For millions of child survivors of that war, peace still encompassed a landscape of significant challenges and damaged futures. UNICEF was created to help those children – no matter who they were, no matter where they were from. The only thing that mattered for the nascent organization was achieving results for children in need.

23 Jun 2017 description

As delivered

Thank you very much to each and every one of you for your active participation this week. In particular, I thank the many panellists, moderators and participants for the intense, rich and productive discussions and their real insights and recommendations.

23 Jun 2017 description

Despite the considerable progress made in the last decade towards building governance systems for climate change adaptation in Africa, implementation still limits positive responses. This study applies an iterative process of field assessments and literature reviews across multiple governance levels and spatial scales to identify constraints to effective formulation and implementation of climate change related policies and strategies in Uganda.

23 Jun 2017 description

Out of 2.7 million hectares of agricultural land in Nepal, only 1.3 Mha have irrigation facilities. The majority of irrigation systems are small and medium-scale. Agriculture is a mainstay of the economy of Nepal, providing about 33% of the gross domestic product (GDP) and supporting the livelihoods of most of the population. Livelihoods based on agriculture are vulnerable due to the monsoon climate and the topography.

23 Jun 2017 description

Excellencies, ladies and gentlemen,

It is indeed my pleasure and privilege to welcome you to this high-level panel discussion. Our task today is to explore how Member States, with the support of the humanitarian community, can better understand, prepare for, and respond to the risks and vulnerabilities of disasters and climate change. We will place special emphasis on identifying effective strategies for ensuring and make sure we offer adequate protection and assistance for those displaced by natural disasters or the effects of climate change.

22 Jun 2017 description


As the spectre of famine currently looms in multiple countries, climate change is exacerbating many of the existing environmental pressures. The ways we produce and consume food will need to adapt to keep pace.

In September 2015, 193 UN member states adopted the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and its 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDG). Universal, inclusive, and indivisible, the Agenda calls for action by all countries to improve the lives of people globally. These 17 goals are designed to transform our world.

22 Jun 2017 description
report World Bank, GFDRR

This paper examines the exposure, vulnerability, and ability of households in Colombo, Sri Lanka, to respond to floods, and brings out significant policy implications. The study used detailed questionnaire-based surveys to obtain data on households, to understand the vulnerability and impacts of the severe floods of November 2010 and recurrent floods since then. Households that were selected for the surveys were located in and around flooding spots in the city.

22 Jun 2017 description

Disaster Resilience – defined by DFID as “the ability of countries, communities and households to manage change, by maintaining or transforming living standards in the face of shocks or stresses – such as earthquakes, drought or violent conflict – without compromising their long-term prospects” – is now a prominent concept in DFID’s strategy.

With several African countries threatened by famine and fears that climate change is increasing the frequency of extreme weather events, this is an opportune time to assess the performance of DFID’s programming on disaster resilience.

22 Jun 2017 description
report Council of Europe

Accord de Paris sur le changement climatique Le Conseil européen réaffirme avec force que l'UE et ses États membres sont déterminés à mettre en œuvre rapidement et pleinement l'accord de Paris, à contribuer à la réalisation des objectifs en matière de financement de l'action climatique et à rester à la pointe de la lutte contre le changement climatique. Cet accord demeure la pierre angulaire des efforts déployés à l'échelle mondiale pour lutter efficacement contre le changement climatique, et ne saurait être renégocié.