Disaster Risk Management
The short documentary tells the story of the vulnerable community living under risk of GLOF in Northern Pakistan.
A UNDP managed and Adaptation Fund financed project, Reducing Risks and Vulnerabilities from Glacier Lake Outburst Floods (GLOFs) in Northern Pakistan, will work to reduce risks and vulnerabilities from GLOFs and snow-melt flash floods.
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)
Enhancing adaptive capacity of communities to climate change-related floods in the North Coast and Islands Region of Papua New Guinea
Implementing Agency and Partnering Organizations:UNDP, Office of Climate Change and Development
The proposed programme is planned to be implemented in two regions within Papua New Guinea. The North Coast area comprises 6 provinces with a population of around 1.8 million people. The Islands Region comprises 5 provinces with a population of around 750,000 inhabitants. Coastal flooding is the most important climate change related hazard in this region not only threatening the people in the coastal communities but also important economic centers, as most provincial capitals and economic centers are situated along the coast, particular provincial capitals.
Component 1: Adaptation to coastal flooding-related risks and hazards for North Coast and Islands Region communities
The combination of the outputs under this component will enhance the targeted coastal communities’ capacity to adapt to the risks and hazards posed by climate-related coastal flooding. This will be achieved by increasing local capacity for adaptation by implementing a comprehensive coastal warning system, which, in combination with the establishment of disaster preparedness and response plan will reduce the targeted communities’ exposure to coastal flooding events.
Component 2: Adaptation to inland flooding-related risks and hazards for river communities in Morobe, East Sepik and West Sepik
Analog to the combination of outputs under the first component, the increased climate resilience of the targeted inland communities will be achieved by implementing a comprehensive early warning system that supports an established disaster preparedness and response framework while the impact of occurring floods will be further reduced by riverbank protection measures.
Component 3: Institutional strengthening to support climate- and disaster-resilient policy frameworks
The activities under this outcome focus on the development of the relevant institutions’ capacity to integrate aspects of climate change-related risks and respective adaptation strategies into policy making. A two-pronged approach is pursued under the proposed programme:
- (i) Integration of climate change risk and resilience into development policies that encompass legal and planning frameworks.
- (ii) Further capacity building through the systematic training of policy makers at the national, provincial and district level, which goes hand-in-hand with the above development and implementation of climate-resilient policies.
Component 4: Awareness raising and knowledge management
Under this component, a systematic and multi-facetted awareness raising strategy is proposed, to ensure the long-term sustainability and broad outreach of the programme outcomes, as well as the development of local capacity to replicate the measures and policies put in place under the programme.
As detailed in the Adaptation Fund Proposal - PNG - June 2011.
- 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
- Output 2.2 Vulnerable physical, natural and social assets strengthened in response to climate change impacts, including variability
UNDP Regional Technical Advisor
- Mr. Jose Padilla
- Email: jose.padilla @undp.org
Project Status:SOF Pipeline Entry (as of 2 February 2012)
Primary Beneficiaries:Communities in the North Coast and Islands Region of Papua New Guinea
Long known as the breadbasket of Africa, Zimbabwe has for the last 30 years experienced dramatic losses in agricultural production resulting in critical food and fuel shortages. Coupled with the economic and political constraints, drought and climate change are testing the limits of agricultural production in Zimbabwe. In rural Zimbabwe, and specifically in the pilot project area Chiredzi district, drought is becoming an increasingly common occurrence. With approximately 70% of Zimbabwe’s population deriving their livelihoods from subsistence agriculture and other rural activities, the most noticeable effects of these droughts are the devastating impacts on household food security and the livelihoods of the poor. In response, and as part of a set of three other regional Coping with Drought and Climate Change (CwDCC) projects in Ethiopia, Kenya, and Mozambique, this project is supporting effective adaptation among subsistence farmers in six locations in Chiredze District.
The project, Coping with Drought and Climate Change in Zimbabwe, is working to enhance the capacity of agricultural and pastoral communities in Zimbabwe to adapt to climate variability and change. The primary project objective is to demonstrate and promote adoption of a range of gender-sensitive approaches for adaptation to climate change among rural communities currently engaged in agriculture in vulnerable areas of the Chiredzi.
Results and Learning:
Refer to the attached UNDP-ALM Case Study for detailed information.
This project has established implementation partnerships with government departments. Sustainability of the project, and the buy in and acceptability of the project outcomes has been evidenced by their incorporation in other programmes/projects. Outcomes on improving livelihoods are largely taken up by a number of NGOs. Climate risk management is being embraced by government and NGOs. Of those NGOs that have embraced climate risk management, the focus has been on livelihoods diversification, small scale irrigation development and conservation agriculture.
The optimized crop pilots through this initiative have the potential to benefit about 6,600 households in Chiredzi district, and many thousands more households at the national level. Replication of livestock interventions has potential to benefit more than 60% of the 12,400 households in Chiredzi District whose vulnerability to drought and climate change is exacerbated by their current lack of access to animal drawn draught power. Indirect benefits through improvement in wildlife management have the potential to benefit an additional 1000 households in the Chiredzi district.The project is encouraging replication of optimized crop production through Farmer Field schools (FFS). FFS is a group-based learning process that has been used by a number of governments, NGOs and international agencies to promote Integrated Pest Management. FFS are being used in the project as a learning platform for farmers to increase learning and improve production strategies on the ground. Exchange visits for neighboring farmers, public awareness campaigns and tours by policy makers are some of the tools planned to encourage replication of best practices.Barriers to replication of the adaptation measures include credit and input bottlenecks which results in farmers resorting to their own traditional varieties of grains despite poor performance, and the lack of supportive policies and institutions.
Implementing NAPA Priority Interventions to Build Resilience in the Agriculture and Water Sectors to the Adverse Impacts of Climate Change
Implementing Agency and Partnering Organizations:UNDP, Higher Council for Environment and Natural Resources (HCENR)
To implement an urgent set of measures thatn Sudan, increasing at a rate of about 0.2% per year. These changes in temperature and rainfall patterns represent a priority threat to food security in Sudan’s agriculture-based economy.
- 1. Implementation of pilot adaptation measures in demonstration sites;
- 2. Building national and local adaptive capacities;
- 3. Knowledge management, codification of best practices and replication; and
- 4. Project management.
1. Innovative copying mechanisms and practices (rain water harvesting, improved irrigation techniques, climate-resilient cropping and grazing systems, livelihood diversification…) field- tested in 5 high-risks areas;
2. Early warning and climate risk management systems designed and set up at central and local levels; Agriculture-related policies and practices revised and informed by EWS and climate information; Farmers, pastoralists and technical staff fully trained and equipped on CRM tools, strategies and practices;
3. National menu of best practices available; Successful pilot mechanisms and measures institutionalized; and National budget allocated to support country-wide upscaling efforts.
Project Contact person
- Keti Chachibaia
- Regional Technical Advisor
- Climate Change Adaptation and Capacity Development
- Email: email@example.com
Project Status:Under Implementation
Primary Beneficiaries:small-scale farmers
Reducing Vulnerability to Climate Change by Establishing Early Warning and Disaster Preparedness Systems and Support for Integrated Watershed Management in Flood Prone Areas
Implementing Agency and Partnering Organizations:Ministry of Natural Resources, Rwanda Environmental Management Authority (REMA)
The project aims to strengthen national and district capacities to deliver a functional early warning and disaster preparedness system that would allow for early warning of vulnerable populations in the Gishwati ecosystem. The project further aims to build capacities for risk responsive planning at district and local levels and to incorporate climate change risks into district development planning of four districts covering Gishwati forest area.
- 1. Climate Risk Assessment and Forecasting
- 2. Climate change adaptation planning and response strategies
- 3. Demonstrations of adaptation practices in the Nile-Congo crest watersheds and Gishwati ecosystem
- 4. Knowledge Management, Public Awareness and dissemination of lessons learned and best practices
- 5. Mid Term and Final Evaluation
- 6. Project Management
- Enhanced early warning system which allows for climate change predictions. System in place to integrate climate change risk assessment and socio-economic parameters such as impacts on livelihoods and economic activities. Data coordination network is established through inter-agency coordination mechanism for hydro-meteorological information. Data is currently managed across departments without a central coordination mechanism. Disaster response plans are prepared and capacity to implement them is developed.
- Science/Policy exchange forum is established through interchange platform between hydro-climatic network and policy makers Policy briefs and analysis for planners, policy makers and field actors to guide them in making decisions on adaptation strategies. Particularly related to water management and agricultural practices.
- Land use management practices adjusted for anticipated climate change risks Capacity development program for communities formulated based a CC adaptation capacity needs assessment conducted during the PPG. Communities trained according to the capacity development program. Communities and policy makers sensitized with CC adaptation benefits to be attained through enhanced catchment management practices. Results of demonstrations distilled as experience notes for dissemination to policy makers. Adaptation policy adopted for the land use planning at the targeted area.
- Development and dissemination of lessons learned for policy makers and for communities through out the project. Training plan developed and implemented for relevant stakeholders for uptake of lessons learned and engagement in the various project components. Platform for national learning and sustainability established.
UNDP Regional Coordinating Unit, Pretoria
- Jessica Troni
- Climate Change Adaptation, UNDP
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Project Status:Under Implementation (as of February 2012)
Primary Beneficiaries:Rural Rwandans living in the Gishwati ecosystem.
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.
Managing Climate Extremes and Disasters in Latin America and the Caribbean: Lessons from the IPCC SREX ReportSubmitted by Robert Watt on Thu, 2012-04-19 16:35
This report highlights the key findings of the IPCC's Special Report on Managing the Risks of Extreme Events and Disasters to Advance Climate Change (SREX) Adaptation from a Latin American and Caribbean perspective.
It includes an assessment of the science and the implications of this for society and sustainable development. A version of the report is also available in Spanish.
This report highlights the key findings of the IPCC's Special Report on Managing the Risks of Extreme Events and Disasters to Advance Climate Change (SREX) Adaptation from an African perspective.
It includes an assessment of the science and the implications of this for society and sustainable development.
This report highlights the key findings of the IPCC's Special Report on Managing the Risks of Extreme Events and Disasters to Advance Climate Change (SREX) Adaptation from an Asian perspective.
It includes an assessment of the science and the implications of this for society and sustainable development.