disaster risk reduction
Implementing Agency and Partnering Organizations:UNDP, Climate Change Coordination Unit and Emergency Management Cook Islands (both in the Central Policy and Planning Unit, Office of the Prime Minister)
The Cook Islands is subject to highly destructive cyclones, intense rainfall events, and devastating droughts. The isolated populations in the Pa Enua sister islands to the capital island of Rarotonga) are especially vulnerable to the anticipated changes in climate, including increased frequency and intensity of rainfall and tropical storms; rising and extreme sea levels and changing wind patterns; and hotter, drier weather.
1. Strengthening and implementing climate change adaptation and disaster risk reduction at national level
2. Strengthening capacities for climate change adaptation and disaster risk reduction in the Pa Enua
3. Implementing climate change adaptation and disaster risk reduction measures in the Pa Enua
4. Climate change adaptation knowledge management
Output 1.1. Risk and vulnerability assessments conducted and updated at national level;
Output 1.2 Targeted population groups covered by adequate risk reduction systems;
Output 1.3 Targeted population groups participating in adaptation and risk reduction awareness activities; and
Output 2.2 Vulnerable physical, natural and social assets strengthened in response to climate change impacts, including variability.
Output 2.4. Targeted individual and community livelihood strategies strengthened in relation to climate change impacts, including variability
Project Contact Person
- Gabor Vereczi (LECRDS)
- Tel.: +685 27482
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Project Status:SOF Approval/Endorsement (as of 2 February 2012)
Tackling exposure: placing disaster risk management at the heart of national economic and fiscal policySubmitted by Robert Watt on Wed, 2012-05-09 19:56
A new CDKN Guide places disaster management in the context of national economic and fiscal policy.
Exposure to disasters is an expensive business: 2011 was the costliest year on record – in economic terms – with estimated global losses of US$380 billion.
Strengthening Farmers Communities Livelihoods Resilience Against Climate Changes in the Guinean Prefectures of Gaoual, Koundara and Mali
Implementing Agency and Partnering Organizations:UNDP, Ministry of Environment, Water and Forestry
Agriculture and livestock are the main economic activities in the prefectures of Gaoual, Koundara and Mali. However, while their importance for the economy and community livelihoods is undeniable, agriculture and livestock farming in Gaoual, Koundara and Mali remain of subsistence, dependent entirely on the natural resource potential and characterized by unsustainable environmental practices.The agriculture and livestock production are currently facing several constraints which limit their productivity and render them highly vulnerable to any external shock including climate effects.
1) Local Authorities are technically strengthened to promote climate resilient local development
2) Climate change information systems are established to guide climate resilient agroforestry practices
3) Climate resilient Agroforestry is promoted in the prefectures of Gaoual, Koundara and Mali to increase community livelihood resilience
As detailed in the 12-7-2011 - Guinea Project Identification Form [attached].
- Output 1.1: 300 GKM CRD councils members, Urban Districts councils members, and decentralized institution staffs are sensitized about climate change risks, trained on how to integrate climate change risks and support the implementation of agroforestry in the implementation of regional PNDA action plans through the PLDs, PAIs and BCAs.
- Output 1.1: Community based land, forest and watershed management plans and regulation tools (custom laws and agreements) are developed and implemented for the enforcement of the agro-hydro-climatic zoning of the Prefectures of GKM developed in the framework of the output 2.1.1 in order to orient agro-sylvo-pastoral activities towards the most appropriate areas and promote the implementation of agroforestry as strategy to adapt to climate changes in the prefectures of Gaoual, Koundara and Mali. These tools will coordinate with the strategic plan of the Guinea-Guinea Bissau trans-boundary Protected Areas developed in the framework of the AGIR project. Indeed, the AGIR project (2000 - 2005) has supported the production of a strategic plan for the management of the Guinea - Guinea Bissau trans-boundary Protected Area (the Guinean section of this trans-boundary PA is located in the prefectures of Gaoual, Koundara and Boke) and which organize the agriculture, livestock and other economic activities in the PA and its surroundings. This outcome will additionally assess and codify the experience and knowledge generated from the application of these custom laws and provided to the decision makers for an improvement of the regulatory framework.
- Output 1.3: Local development plans (PLDs), annual and multi-years investments programmes (PAIs/MIPs) and annual community budgets (BCAs) of the 15 most vulnerable GKM Rural Development Communities (CRD) are updated to integrate climate change risks and dispositions to address the technical, financial, institutional, regulatory, organizational, and other constraints to climate resilient agroforestry scaling-up as adaptation strategies.
- Output 2.1: An agro-meteorological action plan is developed and implemented in the 3 prefectures of Gaoual, Koundara and Mali. The action plan will allow to: i) determine the required agro-meteorological information needed for a climate resilient agroforestry; ii) identify the needs for capacity building to obtain the necessary agro-meteorological information; iii) design and organize capacity building for key institutions; iv) organize production and dissemination of priority agro-meteorological information to the appropriate end-users;
- Output 2.2: Local multidisciplinary group for agro-meteorological assistance (LGMAs) in each of the 15 most vulnerable CRDs are established to coordinate the gathering of climatic information as well as the production and dissemination of agro-meteorological information and advisory support. The LGMAs will be made up of local representatives from the DMN, the agricultural, livestock, environment, water resources, fauna and forestry resources ministries, of the community based organizations, local NGOs and other relevant institutions.
- Output 2.3: An agro-hydro-climatic zoning of the prefectures of GKM (vulnerable lands, forests and watercourses, areas for types of crops, for grazing, watercourses for irrigations etc) is elaborated and submitted to local authorities and decentralized institutions to support the elaboration of climate resilient PLDs and PAIs and the promotion of resilient agroforestry strategies.
- Output 3.1: Training package on climate resilient agroforestry is designed and implemented for 1,500 farmers from the 15 most vulnerable CRDs in GKM prefectures. This training programme will firstly start by a training of trainers who will replicate the training to other farmers. This output will also, with the support of the Agriculture research center of Bareng (in Guinea) and other relevant international research center, develop training modules and methodologies that other projects and programmes could use beyond the project life and scope.
- Output 3.2: An advisory support group, made up of the trainers trained as a result of output 3.1, and selected members of the AAGs have established to provide climate resilient agroforestry advice to farmers. This output will also put at the disposal of the local authorities of a strategic document for the maintaining of this advisory group beyond the project life to ensure the sustainability of this service. This strategy will assess the feasibility of the privatization of this service through its inclusion in package of support service provided by the farmers associations to their members and the assessment of their willingness to pay such service.
- Output 3.3: 200 community farms are supported (farmers organization, farm lay-out, acquisition of resilient seeds and tree species, farm running) to implement climate resilient agroforestry technologies in the prefectures of GKM. Additionally, this output, with the support of the research sector in Guinea, will support the assessment and the codification of the experiences and knowledge generated from these community agroforestry farms and their dissemination in Gaoual, Koundara and Mali and beyond the project areas and life.
- Output 3.4: An operational supply chain for the production and diffusion of drought resistant agroforestry inputs (trees, crop seeds and livestock species) is established in Gaoual, Koundara and Mali. This output will support the development of nurseries of climate resilient trees and livestock species, facilitate the acquisition of resilient main staple crop seeds, and the dissemination of these inputs to the farmers of Gaoual, Koundara and Mali.
- Output 3.5: A strategy to support the commercialization of products derived from agroforestry is implemented in the prefectures of Gaoual, Koundara and Mali. This strategy will consist in supporting the organization of agroforestry farmers, the establishment of small units for the conservation and transformation of agroforestry products related to the multifunctional platform project, the implementation of marketing actions and infrastructures, the establishment of a label proper to these agroforestry products, the development of a channel of agroforestry products linking producers to consumers.
As detailed in the 12-7-2011 - Guinea Project Identification Form [attached].
UNDP/GEF Regional Technical Advisor (Green-LECRDS)
- Henry Rene Diouf
- +27 83 442 9989
Project Status:SOF Pipeline Entry (as of 6 February 2012)
Primary Beneficiaries:Rural communities of Guinea Prefectures of Gaoual, Kaundara and Mali
Oxfam Disaster Risk Reduction and Climate Change Adaptation Resources: This companion is the fifth in a series that covers key topics for programme staff. It includes a set of articles, which provide accessible and practical guidance to Oxfam staff wishing to integrate disaster risk reduction (DRR) and climate change adaptation (CCA) approaches into programming. The companion aims:
Implementing Agency and Partnering Organizations:German Aerospace Centre (Deutsches Luft- und Raumfahrtzentrum, DLR), GeoForschungsZentrum Potsdam (GFZ), Helmholtz Association
The overall objective of DISFLOOD is the development of a Disaster Information System (DIS) providing a multi-disciplinary flood risk assessment for Germany. In different work packages techniques and methods are identified that (1) facilitate the assessment of vulnerability, (2) create large-scale flood event sets and (3) derive flood hazard maps from remote sensing data. Maps and information will be provided in a Geographical Information System (GIS) and are supposed to contribute to disaster risk reduction.
The objective of DISFLOOD is to provide a Disaster Information System which offers valuable information on flood risk, vulnerability and damage depending on different flood hazard scenarios. The information system is realized in an interactive WebGIS format which is implemented on the Helmholtz-EOS NaDiNe platform.
PD Dr.-Ing. Jörn Birkmann
Head of Section
Tel.: + 49-228-815-0208
Project Status:Completed (2005-2008)
The third UNU-EHS Policy Brief is the continuation of "Vulnerable Countries and People" where people explained what they need in terms of Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR). Now, the focus lies on how to implement DRR measures and insurance for adaptation.
United Nations University - Policy Brief Series: Vulnerable Countries and People. How Disaster Risk Reduction & Insurance Can Help Manage the Risks of Climate ChangeSubmitted by ayesha on Sat, 2011-04-09 07:46
"Vulnerable Countries and People. How Disaster Risk Reduction & Insurance Can Help Manage the Risks of Climate Change" focuses on linking disaster risk reduction and insurance approaches. A central concern is how to make such measures accessible and affordable to vulnerable people in developing countries. This Policy Brief helps delegates and policy-makers understand more clearly the links between climate risk insurance and "real people" by sharing interviews with people around the world affected by weather-related natural hazards.
Adaptive Social Protection: Mapping the Evidence and Policy Context in the Agriculture Sector in South AsiaSubmitted by andrea on Thu, 2011-03-31 09:41
Source No. 14/2010, edited by Neysa Setiadi, Jörn Birkmann and Philip Buckle, provides a compilation of joint papers focusing on Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) and Climate Change Adaptation (CCA). Case Studies and conceptual discussion papers intend to trigger new approaches, scientific discussions and increased attention on exisiting DRR and CCA issues in South and Southeast Asia.