by Laurie Goering | @lauriegoering | Thomson Reuters Foundation
Thursday, 13 December 2018 13:19 GMT
"There are limits" to how much people can adapt if drought continues to worsen in the semi-arid Sahel, researchers warn
KATOWICE, Poland, Dec 13 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Climate change is driving much drier conditions in Africa's Sahel belt, which has experienced a 50-percent hike in record dry months in recent decades, scientists said.
World Humanitarian Data and Trends presents global- and country-level data-and-trend analysis about humanitarian crises and assistance. Its purpose is to consolidate this information and present it in an accessible way, providing policymakers, researchers and humanitarian practitioners with an evidence base to support humanitarian policy decisions and provide context for operational decisions.
Energy is essential to humanitarian action. Most refugee and internal displacement camps are in remote locations, so humanitarian agencies consume large amounts of fuel on the long-distance transport of staff, equipment, and goods such as food and water. Operations tend to rely on on-site electricity generation to power reception centres, clinics, schools, food storage, water pumping and street lighting. Peacekeeping operations face a similar situation.
The UN Special Adviser on the Sahel, Ibrahim Thiaw, Monday described Africa’s Sahel region as “arguably one of the most vulnerable to climate change [with most likely] the largest number of people disproportionately affected by global warming”.
He was speaking at the start of the annual session of the Peacebuilding Commission at UN Headquarters in New York, where Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed said the root causes of problems in the Sahel lay in “discrimination, human rights violations, weak governance, conflict, and the impact of climate change”.
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ECONOMIC AND SOCIAL COUNCIL-PEACEBUILDING COMMISSION JOINT MEETING (AM)
One of the world’s most environmentally degraded areas, the Sahel is suffering from a rise in intercommunal conflict over resources depleted by desertification, drought and other climatic extremes, speakers told a joint meeting of the Economic and Social Council and the Peacebuilding Commission today.
The 32nd Meeting of the Adaptation Fund Board, which was held in Bonn, Germany on 9-12 October 2018, has endorsed a USD 7.92 million regional
proposal submitted by the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) entitled “Integrating Flood and Drought management and early warning for climate change adaptation in the Volta Basin.” The targeted project countries include Benin, Burkina Faso, Cote d’Ivoire, Ghana, Mali and Togo.
Etude d’UNOWAS sur le pastoralisme et la sécurité en Afrique de l’Ouest et au Sahel
Les conflits impliquant des éleveurs1 sont en augmentation en Afrique de l’Ouest, mais pas de manière uniforme
Assemblée générale Deuxième Commission
Soixante-treizième session, 10e et 11e séances – matin & après-midi
GENERAL ASSEMBLY SECOND COMMITTEE
SEVENTY-THIRD SESSION, 10TH & 11TH MEETINGS (AM & PM)
Destructive impacts of climate change like droughts, floods and increasingly severe storms are the primary culprits behind decreased farming output and rising hunger worldwide, speakers told the Second Committee (Economic and Financial), as it took up agriculture, food security and nutrition today.
by Amy Kirbyshire and Emily Wilkinson
This series of BRACED papers explore the underlying assumptions made in the design of resilience-building approaches and whether these do or do not hold true in differing contexts.
Our analysis shows that millions of ‘people caught in crisis’ - people living in conflict, and/or who are displaced within their own countries or across borders – are in fact being left behind. Failure to take action now means that the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) will not be met, undermining the credibility of the international community and leaving millions to die unnecessarily.
Objectif: Partager des connaissances, expériences, bonnes pratiques et recommandations sur la résilience climatique et l’adaptation au changement climatique entre les bureaux de la FAO et des partenaires actifs à travers la sous-région, et, définir les priorités stratégiques, programmatiques, techniques et partenariales pour l’Afrique de l’Ouest et le Sahel dans le cadre de l’Initiative régionale «Accroître la résilience dans les zones arides de l’Afrique» en 2018-2021.
En dépit de cycles électoraux couronnés de succès dans plusieurs pays de la région, l’Afrique de l’Ouest et le Sahel continuent de vivre sous la triple menace du terrorisme, des changements climatiques et d’une gouvernance défaillante, a déclaré, cet après-midi, devant le Conseil de sécurité, le Représentant spécial du Secrétaire général et Chef du Bureau des Nations Unies pour l’Afrique de l’Ouest (UNOWA), M. Mohamed Ibn Chambas.
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Recent developments in West Africa and the Sahel have been characterized by both volatility and democratic gains, the top United Nations official in the region told the Security Council today, warning that the latter “are not immune from reversal” and could be negatively impacted by the former.
For farmers everywhere, and especially in the Sahel, innovation is a way of life, as they adapt and change farm practices to increase yields and decrease work inputs. With climate change posing increased risks, community and farm innovations that build climate resilience will help support and enhance the lives of many marginalised people. This paper examines five innovations from the BRACED programme working with vulnerable Sahelian populations, drawing lessons for other resilience-building efforts.
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By Miriam Gathigah
NAIROBI, Jul 6 2018 (IPS) - Joshua Kiragu reminisces of years gone by when just one of his two hectares of land produced at least 40 bags of maize. But that was 10 years ago. Today, Kiragu can barely scrape up 20 bags from the little piece of land that he has left – it measures just under a hectare.
Kiragu, who is from Kenya’s Rift Valley region, tells IPS that years of extreme and drastic weather patterns continue to take their toll on his once-thriving maize business. His business, he says, has all but collapsed.
Les forêts et les arbres sont essentiels pour parvenir à un avenir durable
6 juillet 2018, Rome - Selon un nouveau rapport de la FAO appelant les gouvernements à adopter une approche globale qui profitera aux arbres et à ceux qui en dépendent, le temps presse pour les forêts mondiales dont la superficie totale diminue jour après jour.