The Olympics gives us a chance to re-affirm our commitment to protect our people and our planet
By Pradeep Kurukulasuriya
The Olympics offers us a time of hope, a time for mutual understanding, a time for goodwill and peace. But as all eyes turn toward PyeongChang for the 23rd Winter Olympic Games, rising temperatures, melting glaciers and rising seas threaten to dash many of these lofty hopes and dreams.
The Hindu Kush Himalayan region has been hit hard by the impact of climate change. To help the local people successfully adapt to this new reality, the SDC is supporting the International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD), based in Kathmandu, Nepal. The organisation provides eight countries in the region with a platform for creating and adopting new approaches to sustainable mountain development.
Bangkok, Thailand, December 14 2017 – This week during Asia Pacific Climate Week, UNDP launched a Guidance Note on how to create and refine Climate Change Financing Frameworks – the flagship product of UNDP's Strengthening the Governance of Climate Change Finance Programme (GCCF).
Fekitamoeloa Katoa ‘Utoikamanu is UN High Representative for Least Developed Countries, Landlocked Developing Countries and Small Island Developing States.
‘Protect landscapes to protect everything’: Bhutan announces national push for climate resiliency and conservation
11th November 2017, Thimphu: As COP23 international climate talks continue in Bonn, Bhutan has launched a ground-breaking US$13.9 million Global Environment Facility (GEF) project aimed at enhancing the resilience of communities and protecting the country’s unique and rich biodiversity in the face of a changing climate.
This paper presents a conceptual framework for the study of the vulnerability of Bhutan, Maldives, and Nepal with a particular focus on the structural vulnerability.
Achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and meeting UNDP's vision to eradicate poverty and reduce inequalities and exclusion, requires new ways of working; identifying co-benefits across targets, encouraging effective cross-sector action, and ensuring policy coherence
Thimphu, March 2, 2017 — The Royal Government of Bhutan and the World Bank signed into effect today the preparation of the Strategic Program for Climate Resilience (SPCR) Grant of US$1.5 million, which will support Bhutan to formulate a long-term plan to improve climate resilience.
With support from the Global Environment Facility (GEF), United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the Least Developed Country Fund (LDCF), the government of Bhutan is now working to reduce climate change vulnerabilities and sustain community livelihoods and forests.
Initially, the project plans to open up access to green resource windows, “To deliver results beyond the climate and environment realm”, said Ms. Niamh Collier-Smith, the UNDP Resident Representative a.i.
If things go as planned, by early 2017, communities in 38 gewogs across 12 dzongkhags in central Bhutan will start their journey towards climate action- climate-resilience livelihoods options and better biodiversity conservation through effective biological corridors governance and management systems.
This will be facilitated by the project on ‘Resilient Communities, Effective Biological Corridors (RCEC) -Climate Action in Bhutan’s Central Belt’ with financing from Global Environment Facility (GEF) and implemented by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).
“If you want to action great ideas, you need to apply the strength of a Himalayan mountain.” - Bhutanese Proverb
A Change in Environment
There is agreement in the scientific community that the global food system will experience unprecedented pressure in the coming decades – demographic changes, urban growth, environmental degradation, increasing disaster risk, food price volatility, and climate change will all affect food security patterns.
Message from the Director
Over half of the people living in the tiny Himalayan nation of Bhutan depend on agriculture to earn a living. But the small farms and the families that run them are coming under extreme pressure from climate change, with reports of crop damage from new pests and diseases, windstorms, untimely rainfalls and hailstones, in addition to the ongoing challenge of human-wildlife conflict.
The traditional practice for farmers in Bhutan is to follow the lunar-based calendar for planting and harvesting their crops.
The WMO South Asia Climate Outlook Forum (SASCOF) has finalized its consensus outlook for the 2016 Southwest Monsoon season. The outlook suggests that during the 2016 southwest monsoon season (June – September), above-normal rainfall is likely over much of South Asia. Above-normal rainfall is likely over broad areas of central and western parts of South Asia.
We know so little about the risks our children face in our cities! This issue addresses this gap to help better make Asian Regional Plan for implementation of SFDRR in Asian cities. This issue is also a first step to inform the upcoming UN Habitat III Conference on ‘Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development’, Quito, Ecuador, in October 17-20, 2016.