State of Knowledge Report — Market Development for Weather Index Insurance Key Considerations for Sustainability and Scale Up
Abstract: People living in mountain ecosystems in the developing world are particularly vulnerable to climate change as a result of their high dependence on natural resources for their livelihoods, comparatively higher exposure to extreme events, and widespread poverty and marginalisation. However, little is known about the impacts of climate change on these communities, people's perceptions of change, or their capacity to adapt. In order to identify the key determinants for future adaptation, we need to have a much better understanding of these issues.
The UN Development Programme (UNDP) has released the fifth issue of its Climate Change Adaptation Bulletin, a quarterly publication that provides an overview of the technical assistance to countries at the national, sub-national and community-levels.
Foreword - Young people today are aware of the need to protect the environment. When they are asked to list the issues that most concern them, one issue that features highly on their agenda is climate change. They are right to be concerned. While we still have a lot to learn about the consequences of climate change, economic and social development cannot be sustainable unless we deal decisively with this issue. It has the potential to add to the insecurity faced by some of the most vulnerable people in some of the most vulnerable countries.
The UNDP Community Water Initiative has funded successful projects in some of the most vulnerable communities in Africa, South Asia, and Central America. Using a broad range of innovative approaches, these projects have helped increase the capacities of local people to participate in developing their own solutions to local water resource problems. By providing modest funds, CWI has helped generate large rewards for the communities in terms of water security, natural resources management, and social well being.
The National Climate Change Forum brought together around 200 key decision makers in early 2010 to discuss the latest science on climate risks for coastal communities and to inform development of a national strategy to prepare for these risks.
Local, state and federal decision makers discussed the latest science on climate risks for coastal communities and the key issues in developing a national coastal adaptation agenda, such as planning frameworks and building standards.
Extreme El Niño flooding events occur on a regular basis in northern Peru, particularly in Piura. Even with advanced warning, poor households struggle to manage a risk as large as that posed by El Niño flooding; they lose their productive assets that defined their livelihoods, and as a result endure unrecoverable economic hardship. In partnership with GlobalAgRisk, UNDP is currently supporting a project to enhance the risk coping and adaptive capacity of the working poor as they face the consequences of El Niño-driven flooding.
“Effectiveness of Community-based Adaptation to Climate
Change” was the theme of the third bi-monthly Knowledge Sharing &
Learning Seminar of the Adaptation Knowledge Platform, organized
in collaboration with the Asia Pacific Adaptation Network, CARE
International, Plan International, Climate Change Knowledge
Management Center, Thailand, and USAID, Thailand.
This report focuses on rural development in the context of climate risk management and adaptation, particularly on issues of seasonal climate forecasting, water management in rain-fed and irrigated production systems, sustainable land management, crop and livestock breeding, crop genetic diversity, seed systems, pests and IPM, and, urban and peri-urban agriculture.
Workshop Highlights: Asia-Paciﬁc Gender Community of Practice Annual Learning Workshop, Negombo, Sri Lanka, 24 - 26 September 2008
(excerpted from report Forward)
This report is a product of the 2008 Gender Community of Practice learning Event, organized by the UNDP Regional Gender Team, focusing on 'Gender and Climate Change: Impact and Adapatation'.