Posts Tagged Adaptation

New LDC Group submission on NAPs

Nepal on behalf of the Least Developed Countries Group has made a submission to the UNFCCC on National Adaptation Plans.

It is also available on this website’s submissions page.

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Meeting of LDC representatives held on the sidelines of NAP Expo 2014

On the sidelines of NAP Expo 2014 held in Bonn, Germany from 8 to 9 August 2014, Mr. Prakash Mathema, Chair of the LDC Group, convened a meeting of LDC representatives to discuss the upcoming UN Climate Summit (23 September 2014, New York) and how LDCs should proactively engage at the Summit. More than forty participants were in attendance.

During the opening session of the NAP Expo, Mr. Mathema also gave a keynote address on Evolution of Adaptation: Needs and Gaps for the LDCs. He spoke about the evolution of adaptation in the UN Climate Change regime and highlighted the needs and gaps from the perspective of the LDCs. Summarizing his presentation, he said that much had been done in the area of adaptation but more needs to be achieved in the days to come. Mr. Mathema also gave a special interview to Climate Action Network South Asia for their online news reporting.

Details on NAP Expo can be found at the following link: http://napexpo.org/2014/

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New LDC Group submission on Second Review of Adaptation Fund

Nepal on behalf of the Least Developed Countries Group has made a submission under the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change on the Second Review of the Adaptation Fund.

It is also available on this website’s submissions page.

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LDC COP18 Side event: National Adaptation Planning Processes in Least Developed Countries

Date: Friday 30 November 2012

Time: 8.15 pm – 9.45 pm followed by refreshments

Location: Side Event: Room No. 4, Qatar National Convention Centre, Doha

How are Least Developed Countries (LDCs) mainstreaming climate adaptation in their development planning while factoring in climate change mitigation and climate change adaptation? This joint Gambia/IIED side event will focus on answering that question drawing on research by IIED and LDC countries.

There are many challenges countries encounter in mainstreaming climate change, which range from securing financing for funding climate adaptation work and developing the appropriate technology and skills. IIED will share its findings from a study-in-progress of a Pilot programme for climate resilience (under the Climate Investment Funds) and cross-country workshop (held in Tanzania) on mainstreaming climate change in development planning.

The panel discussion will give LDC representatives an opportunity to present their current experience in national adaptation planning processes with a view to assess their effectiveness and further needs for better national adaptation planning processes in the future.

Pa Ousman Jarju (the LDC chair) will be chairing the event.  Refreshments will be provided.  No registration needed.

Contact person: Neha Rai, neha.rai@iied.org

Agenda

8.15-8.30 INTRODUCTION Presenter
8.15-8.20 Overview of side event Pa Ousman Jarju, LDC chair
8.20-8.30 National Adaptation Planning Processes Thinley Namgyel
8.30-8.50 CASE STUDIES  
8.30-8.40 Government experience with mainstreaming CC into development planning Mousumi Pervin, General Economics Division, Planning Commission, Dhaka, Bangladesh
8.40-8.50 Pilot Programme for Climate Resilience (PPCRs) role in supporting mainstreaming of Climate Change Neha Rai, Climate Change Researcher, IIED, London, UK
8.50-9.00 QUESTION ROUND  
9.00-9.20 PANEL DISCUSSION  
Presentation by LDC country representatives on Mainstreaming Bangladesh
Nepal
Ethiopia
9.20-9.45 QUESTION ROUND  
Close By LDC chair Pa Ousman Jarju  

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Bangladesh wins 2012 Earth Care Award for adaptation project

The Ministry of Environment and Forests of Bangladesh has won the 2012 Earth Care Award 2012 (sponsored by the Times of India) for spearheading the  Least Developed Countries Fund (LDCF) project “Community Based Adaptation to Climate Change through Coastal Afforestation in Bangladesh”.  The theme of this year’s Earth Care Awards was “Community-based adaptation and mitigation”.

The LDCF- funded project has a strong community-based adaptation component and has benefited 18,269 households by involving them in afforestation, agriculture, livestock, and fishery-based livelihood adaptation.

According to a statement from the Global Environment Facility, one of the project’s significant adaptation response measures was the development of the Forest-Fish-Fruit (FFF) model. This is a mound-ditch model that comprises short and long term resource and income generation, as well as livelihood diversification. This model is used in barren lands, located behind coastal mangrove forests. By using a combination of protective and productive vegetation, and mound and ditch land structures, the FFF model has prevented land encroachment and ensured water security through rain water harvesting in ditches.

It offers multiple livelihood opportunities such as fish cultivation, irrigation for crops, and  conversion of barren land into productive land. This model accommodates families in the community with at least US $1,000 additional income/beneficiary/year.

Naoko Ishii, CEO and Chairperson of the GEF said: “Through on-ground projects in over 42 least developed countries, the LDCF has been fulfilling its mandate to address the urgent climate change adaptation needs of the most vulnerable. However, it is only through engaged governments and community ownership, such as in the case of Bangladesh, that the expected adaptation benefits of these projects can be realized. This award honors Bangladesh’s commitment and substantiates LDCF’s decade-long efforts towards fulfilling adaptation needs.”

This innovative project, implemented by UNDP,  was also the recipient of an award at the Fifth International Conference on Community Based Adaptation (CBA5), held at Dhaka on March 26-31, 2011. This is a remarkable example of the achievements of LDCF in concrete adaptation actions finance.

For more information:
GEF project documents
Project Highlight on the Adaptation Learning Mechanism
Official letter sent to the Ministry confirming the achievement

Contact:

Mr. John Diamond
Senior Communication Officer | Spokesperson
Phone +1 202 458 7953
E-mail: jdiamond@thegef.org

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LDC chair interviewed for Reuters AlertNet on adaptation funding

It’s really quite simple.  For the Least Developed Countries (LDCs), “funding is paramount,” to use the succinct summary provided by Pa Ousman Jarju, the Gambian chair of the LDC Group.

The Least Developed Countries have already written their National Adaptation Programmes of Action (NAPAs), comprehensive reports on their projects focused on adaptation to and mitigation of climate change.

They have already prioritized the projects in order to address first those that require urgent and immediate attention.  There even already exists a funding mechanism – the UN-created and Global Environment Facility-managed LDC Fund (LDCF) – to provide them with the financial resources they need to implement the projects.

As Jarju pointed out this week at the UN climate talks in Durban, South Africa, all they need now is cash.

Seems straightforward, right? Read the rest of this entry »

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