Bogotá, D.C., 13 de abril de 2018.- Una misión conjunta de ONU Medio Ambiente y la Oficina de las Naciones Unidas para la Coordinación de Asuntos Humanitarios (OCHA) apoyará al Ministerio de Ambiente y Desarrollo Sostenible de Colombia en la evaluación del impacto ambiental y humanitario del derrame petrolero ocurrido en el pozo La Lizama 158, de la compañía Ecopetrol, en el departamento colombiano de Santander.
In Rwanda, the “land of a thousand hills”, frequent landslides and floods caused by erratic rains are literally washing people’s lives away and driving them from their homes.
Alexandre Uhere had been growing vegetables on the hillsides around his village of Kinyanja in western Rwanda for decades before sudden heavy rains kept sweeping his livelihood down into Lake Karago.
“When there was a big downpour, the seeds were going downhill and we weren’t producing anything because it was all going downhill, so people were going hungry,” he said.
Energy, agriculture sectors key to bridging gap between rich and poor in rural communities
Dr. Richard Munang, UN Environment’s Africa regional climate change programme coordinator and Robert Mgendi, UN Environment’s adaptation policy expert
“If you wish to move mountains tomorrow, you must start by lifting stones today”—so goes an African proverb, crystallising the solutions to the continent’s socio-economic inequalities.
Several countries have disaster risk management plans, which need to be taken into consideration in the process to formulate and implement NAPs.
Many Caribbean countries have already mainstreamed adaptation into national development plans and climate change policies
Robust institutional arrangements provide an enabling environment for advancing adaptation planning.
Dan Stothart, Regional Humanitarian Affairs Officer for UN Environment in Latin America and the Caribbean, gives a first-hand account from Brazil’s Roraima State.
“I feel like an animal!” she told me. I could see a tear in her eye. She told me that she previously lived comfortably in Venezuela. I wasn’t sure whether she had been wealthy, or was emphasising her previous level of comfort to try to salvage some dignity. It didn’t really matter. She was sleeping in a tent, on a public roundabout, with 900 other people.
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UN Environment and TH Köln (University of Applied Sciences) in Germany are pleased to announce the relaunch of the much anticipated massive open online course (MOOC) on ‘Disasters and Ecosystems: Resilience in a Changing Climate’. The course is hosted on the Asian Disaster Preparedness Center Platform.