Flooding is increasing in frequency and magnitude in coastal cities around the world, causing tremendous human and material losses. In many cities of the Global South, inequalities and informality represent further urban development challenges that compound the impacts of climate change. Transformative adaptation is one possible pathway forward, taking climate change as an opportunity to tackle root causes of poverty, inequality and environmental degradation. Towards this end, policy and decision makers must ask: What does transformative adaptation look like on the ground?
In the face of climate change and environmental degradation, Cordaid, in partnership with the Partners for Resilience (PfR) alliance, is working in Indonesia with the long-term goal of empowering vulnerable people to become more resilient towards disaster risks. They do so at the local, district, provincial, national and international level, combining a top-down and bottom-up approach that promotes inclusive participation.
By: Dr Michael Charles
Today South Africa marks Women’s Day. Much like the women being commemorated for the march to the Union Buildings on 9 August 1956, women in southern Africa today may well hold the same flint that lights a “new movement” – climate change.
WHO WE ARE
The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) is a specialized agency of the United Nations for food, nutrition, agriculture, fisheries and forestry. FAO’s global vision is for a world free from hunger and malnutrition where food and agriculture contribute to improving the living standards of all especially the poorest, in an economically, socially and environmentally sustainable manner.
WHAT WE DO
After the double tragedy and devastation of Cyclone Idai in March 2019 and Cyclone Kenneth six weeks later, the people of Mozambique now face yet another crisis: a food security crisis.
Though the government said global warming may lead to increase in frequency or intensity of weather events, it denied any “direct” linkages between natural disasters and climate change
The National Action Plan on Climate Change (NAPCC), which comprises missions in specific areas of solar energy, energy efficiency, water, agriculture, Himalayan ecosystem, green India, was being implemented to tackle the issue
The Philippines is one of the most disaster-prone countries in the world but it is also one of the most advanced in shifting from reactive emergency response to proactive risk reduction. FAO’s disaster risk reduction and management (DRRM) and climate change adaptation (CCA) work in the country focuses on building the resilience of vulnerable farming and fishing communities to both natural and human-induced disasters, and enhancing the Government’s capacity to address threats and respond to crises.
Natural disasters and their associated damages severely impact people around the world every year. Increases in exposure and vulnerability at a global level, linked to the multiple concurrent trends such as climate change, population growth and globalisation of supply chains are making it imperative to find strategies to manage disasters more holistically.
Integrated Climate Risk Management (ICRM) is an approach to dealing with the risk and manifestation of climate-related disasters.
The Southern African Development Community (SADC) Regional Vulnerability Assessment and Analysis (RVAA) programme's annual dissemination meeting has opened in Windhoek, Namibia with a call to strengthen and prioritize the mainstreaming of climate change into vulnerability assessments and analysis.
The meeting that took place from 01 – 05 July 2019, has brought together over 60 representatives of National Vulnerability Assessment Committees (NVACs) of SADC Member States, the SADC Secretariat and development partners.
Fact-finding mission makes recommendations for future resilience
Geneva/Beira, Mozambique, 29 May 2019 (WMO) - The devastation caused by cyclones Idai and Kenneth which hit Mozambique within the space of a few weeks is a wake-up call about more high-impact tropical cyclones, coastal flooding and intense rainfall linked to climate change, according to the World Meteorological Organization (WMO).
Genève, 17 mai 2019 (OMM) – Les incidences du changement climatique, l’élévation du niveau de la mer qui en résulte et les phénomènes météorologiques extrêmes sont en train de s’amplifier en raison du niveau record des concentrations de gaz à effet de serre. Conjugués à l’urbanisation, à la dégradation de l’environnement et au stress hydrique, ces processus engendrent une série de crises interdépendantes. Il ressort du principal forum mondial consacré à la réduction des risques de catastrophe qu’un changement de cap radical s’impose.
With disasters uprooting 24 million people a year, pressure grows on governments to reduce the risk, and do more to protect the displaced
(Fixes number in para 18 after IDMC correction to 2.8 million from 3.8 million)
By Megan Rowling
GENEVA, May 16 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Warned that Typhoon Haiyan would slam into the coastal part of the Philippine town of Dulag in November 2013, Leah C. Caminong's family rented a room 300 metres back from the shoreline where they planned to ride out the storm.
Geneva 17 May 2019 (WMO) _ The impacts of climate change, associated sea level rise and extreme weather are amplifying as a result of record greenhouse gas levels and combining with urbanization, environmental degradation and water stress to produce interlocking crises. There needs to be a drastic change of course, according to the top global forum on disaster risk reduction.
"We live with the highest concentration of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere for 3 million years,"
• Countries in the Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) region2 experience a range of natural hazards, including droughts, earthquakes, floods, forest fires, hurricanes, landslides, tsunamis, and volcanoes. El Niño and La Niña phenomena occur periodically, exacerbating the impacts of hydrometeorological events in the LAC region. Unplanned urban expansion, environmental and natural resource degradation, and land-use management challenges also increase populations’ vulnerability and exposure to natural hazards.
Oxfam Pan Africa’s acting Director Peter Kamalingin, looks at the consequences of cyclone Idai and calls for a stronger African leadership in the response.
Prior to 1994, Category 5 storm events were entirely unknown in this region, but warming oceans may be changing that.
By Andrew Schroeder
In the days immediately following Cyclone Idai’s landfall outside Beira, Mozambique, news headlines around the world declared it “the worst disaster to hit the southern hemisphere,” and “Africa’s Hurricane Katrina.” They weren’t being overly alarmist.
Cyclone Idai is one of the most devastating storms to ever hit Africa, causing catastrophic damage in Mozambique, Malawi, and Zimbabwe.
Starting off in early March 2019 as a tropical depression, the storm rapidly evolved into a cyclone, affecting over 2 million people and killing close to 1,000 in the three countries affected. The port city of Beira, Mozambique – the hardest hit – is struggling to reemerge from the rubble.
Climate change threatens lives and futures of over 19 million children in Bangladesh
UNICEF report calls for urgent action to keep children safe and mitigate impact on vital services
5 April 2019 – Devastating floods, cyclones and other environmental disasters linked to climate change are threatening the lives and futures of more than 19 million children in Bangladesh, UNICEF said today.