Written by Kristin Myers
Today, on Earth Day, we examine how climate-smart solutions hold the key to lifting people out of poverty.
We have been sharing the faces of the hunger crisis in East Africa — bringing you the human stories that have sprung from devastating climate disasters in countries like Somalia, Kenya, and Ethiopia.
Mapping of resilience work in Asia
By José Adán Silva
BLUEFIELDS, Nicaragua , Apr 22 2017 (IPS) - The effects of climate change have hit Nicaragua’s Caribbean coastal regions hard in the last decade and have forced the authorities and local residents to take protection and adaptation measures to address the phenomenon that has gradually undermined their safety and changed their way of life.
By SALAI THANT ZIN 20 April 2017
ZALUN, Irrawaddy Division — Nearly 170 houses and a high school have been relocated in two villages in Zalun Township because of erosion to the banks of the Irrawaddy River.
A total of 126 houses and a high school in Gone Nyin Tan village and 43 houses in Atut village have been moved, said the township’s administrator, U Kyaw Naing Tun.
“The banks have been steadily eroded by the river since the last rainy season,” he told The Irrawaddy.
The Earth’s climate is changing already and failure to limit warming to below 2°C could make the changes in the climate system irreversible and characterized by cataclysmic consequences. The adverse impacts of climate change continue to overly burden the poorest and the most vulnerable, especially poor women.
Global climate efforts have been gradually shifting towards a more balanced approach on adaptation and mitigation. Thus the Paris Agreement on Climate Change seeks to limit the global temperature rise to 2˚C (and strives towards a rise of 1.5˚C), but it also puts adaptation on par with mitigation, among other issues, by establishing a global goal on, and cycles for, improvement on adaptation.
Oda Lykke Mortensen
NORCAP work hard to help people most affected by climate changes. Meet five of our climate experts explaining why it is important to understand the need for accurate climate information and what they do about it.
"NORCAP experts cannot mitigate climate change and natural hazards, but they strive to make the consequences of climate change and natural hazards as low as possible," says our Climate and Resilience Project Manager, Astrid Tveteraas.
13 April 2017, Tonga - The government of Tonga, with support from the United Nations Development Programme-UN Environment National Adaptation Plan Global Support Programme (NAP-GSP) is making progress toward finalizing its second Joint National Action Plan for Climate Change Adaptation and Disaster Risk Management (JNAP 2).
Every day, WFP and its partners work to achieve the vision of a zero hunger world. In full alignment with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), achieving this vision by 2030 will require not just WFP but the world to make nutritious food accessible and available all year round, to eliminate stunting; increase rural economic opportunity; prevent food waste; and promote sustainable agricultural development.
Along the beach in Mondouku, Côte d'Ivoire, a group of fishermen have just returned with their catch. Many of them come from neighboring Ghana, and they tell us that they come to the Ivorian part of the coast because there are more fish here. Still, they explain that the fish are smaller in size and number compared to previous years. The beach they are sitting on is lined with small hotels and cabanas destroyed in a storm surges over the past few years.
Recognizing that Africa is particularly vulnerable to the impacts of climate change, the World Meteorological Organization has launched the Training Programme on Climate Change Adaptation and Disaster Risk Reduction in Agriculture to improve the capacity of national technical services in West African countries. The programme seeks to reduce the impacts of natural disasters and climate change on the agricultural sector and to support sustainable development.
Rising temperatures, floods and droughts can cause major epidemics in areas not usually affected by malaria
By Alex Whiting
LONDON, April 7 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Health agencies in Africa need to start consulting seasonal weather forecasts to help prepare for malaria epidemics and ensure outbreaks are spotted early and curbed before they become severe, a malaria expert said.
Module two of a certificate programme on climate change, which is part of Chitwan district’s 2073-2074 (2016-2017) annual programme, took place in Bharatpur, Chitwan, Nepal from 15-16 March 2016. The programme was organized by the Chitwan District Coordination Committee (DCC) with technical support from Practical Action and ICIMOD. The 20 government officials who participated in module one of the certificate programme took part in the event.
Nadi, Fiji - Accessing and utilizing global climate financing from sources such as the Green Climate Fund (GCF) and other multilateral and bilateral funds, provides the opportunity for governments to scale up national climate change adaptation and mitigation activities.
When worsening floods can wipe out a crop, growing more things - from tumeric to pineapple - can build resilience
By Rafiqul Islam
FARUKPARA, Bangladesh, April 4 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - For a long time, slash and burn agriculture was a way of life for Funghkal Bawn.
This brief aims to help decision-makers across sectors in Myanmar incorporate climate change risks into planning and investment decisions by summarising key messages from a detailed technical analysis of climate change in Myanmar that is released alongside this report.
By Kenton X. Chance
KINGSTOWN, St. Vincent, Mar 30 2017 (IPS) - In the 1980s, an institution for troubled Danish youth and a vocational school for Vincentians was built in Richmond Vale, an agricultural district on the northwestern tip of St. Vincent.
It was hoped that spending time at Richmond Vale Academy would help the Danish youth to see the world from a different perspective. However, for a number of reasons, the concept didn’t pan out, the school closed and a farm was developed in its place.