Knowledge Sharing for Climate Change Adaption

Project Overview

  • Mangrove conservation pays off for Kenya's coastal communities

    Mangrove conservation pays off for Kenya's coastal communities

    Created by: admin | 2013-06-04 14:10

    Associated Organization: Thomson Reuters Foundation

    Summary:

    DABASO, Kenya (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – When Kahindi Charo gathered 30 of his friends to replant mangroves in the 32 square km (12 square mile) Mida Creek area, people in his village of Dabaso in Kilifi County dismissed them as crazy idlers.

    Charo recalls that back then, in 2000, the creek had suffered badly from unregulated harvesting that had left the area bare, with rotting stumps and patches of old mangrove trees. 

    Today, Mida Creek, about 60 km (38 miles) north of Mombasa, flourishes with dense mangrove plantations that provide a habitat for birds, fish and crabs. There is also a boardwalk leading to a 12-seat eco-restaurant perched beside the Indian Ocean.

    Read more http://cc.cc/GVUt


  • IFAD Irrigation Project Improves Livelihoods, Increases Climate Resilience in Swaziland

    IFAD Irrigation Project Improves Livelihoods, Increases Climate Resilience in Swaziland

    Created by: admin | 2013-05-30 20:14

    Associated Organization: IFAD

    Summary:

    A long-standing irrigation project implemented by the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) in Swaziland has reported results in increasing adaptation to climate change, conserving biodiversity and reducing land degradation through sustainable land management (SLM) practices.

    The Lower Usuthu Smallholder Irrigation Project, which has run from 2004-2013, is reducing the impact of issues surrounding water scarcity through collaboration on constructing water harvesting tanks with the Women in Development department in the Ministry of Tinkhundla Administration and Development. The tanks divert overflow water to backyard gardens, building resilience of local populations and benefiting the livelihoods of the rural poor.

    The project creates conditions for commercialization of sustainable, high-value crops through large-scale irrigation. The network of irrigation that will be expanded through the next phase of the project will help meet the water needs of farmers in a cost-efficient way. Additional activities being promoted by the project include low tillage, conservation agriculture, forestation and biomass energy production. [IFAD Press Release] [Overview of the Lower Usuthu Smallholder Irrigation Project]


    read more: http://climate-l.iisd.org/news/ifad-irrigation-project-improves-livelihoods-increases-climate-resilience-in-swaziland/


  • AfriCAN Climate, AfricaAdapt Hold Workshop on Agriculture, Climate Change and CSR (25-27 April 013), Dakar

    AfriCAN Climate, AfricaAdapt Hold Workshop on Agriculture, Climate Change and CSR (25-27 April 013), Dakar

    Created by: admin | 2013-05-11 23:44

    Associated Organization: ENDA

    Summary:

    The debate on Climate Change and Agriculture is crucial with regards to Africa's development and to the prosperity of its people. In fact, the continent is particularly vulnerable to Climate Change given the levels of poverty that characterize it.

    Climate Change in Africa materializes itself particularly through prolonged periods of drought, which seriously affect the agricultural sector. Consequently, this results in the degradation of soil quality, higher temperatures, desert encroachment, frequent sandstorms, declining water resources, falling yields in agricultural productivity, proliferation of insects, threats to food security and increased poverty on the continent.


  • Avian Diversity on the Neck of Nairobi(Nairobi National Prk, NAirobi Arboretum and the City park)

    Created by: mich.murunga | 2013-05-09 15:44

    Associated Organization: Chiromo bird club

    Summary:

    Information inconclusive


  • Scenario planning to assess the implications of climate change on land and water use within the agricultural sector

    Scenario planning to assess the implications of climate change on land and water use within the agricultural sector

    Created by: adaptingccc | 2013-05-08 20:31

    Associated Organization: Eden district municipality, Wildlife & Environment Society of South Africa

    Summary:

    The overarching aim of the project is to identify and promote logical, financially feasible alternatives that will encourage wise, and sustainable use of land and water resources within the agricultural sector of the Garden Route. A significant portion of the agricultural sector within the Garden Route is currently financially unstable and environmentally unsustainable. In these areas inappropriate cultivation and irrigation, overstocking, and illegal activities are causing significant damage to natural resources.

     


  • World Bank Supports Water Resources Management Improvements in Zambia

    World Bank Supports Water Resources Management Improvements in Zambia

    Created by: admin | 2013-05-07 18:30

    Associated Organization: World Bank, GEF

    Summary:

    The World Bank has approved an International Development Association (IDA) credit of US$50 million to support the Zambia Water Resources Development Project, which aims to improve water resources management, with a focus on rural areas, while supporting Zambia's 2011 Water Resources Management Act.

    According to the World Bank, the project will finance the rehabilitation of existing dams and the construction of new water infrastructure for rural communities suffering from drought, flooding, and seasonal water shortages, which are estimated to cost the country's economy up to US$13.8 billion.

    The World Bank assistance will be used to build small-scale water infrastructure, such as small dams and gabions, establish flood warning systems, and improve hydro-meteorological and groundwater monitoring networks. [World Bank Press Release] [Zambia Water Resources Management Act]

     


  • World Bank, GEF Foster Sustainable Land and Water Management in Burundi

    World Bank, GEF Foster Sustainable Land and Water Management in Burundi

    Created by: admin | 2013-05-07 18:23

    Associated Organization: World Bank, GEF

    Summary:

    Funded by the Global Environment Facility (GEF), the World Bank has approved a US$4.2 million grant to support the Government of Burundi's efforts in promoting sustainable land and water management in coffee farms, within the pilot Sustainable Coffee Landscape Project.

    Focusing on the Bubanza, Bururi, and Muyinga provinces, the grant will increase coffee productivity, while improving water pollution levels and promoting landscape conservation and eco-tourism. The project will pilot shade-grown coffee, that promotes coffee cultivation and a planting approach that mixes coffee with various trees and plants such as beans and maize. Planned activities include new bean-washing stations, water-efficient equipment and certification schemes.

    Moreover, patrolling equipment, law enforcement measures and environmental education will be fostered in order to reinforce protection of the Bururi Natural Forest Reserve (BNFR), in South-western Burundi. [World Bank Press Release] [Sustainable Coffee Landscape Project]


  • Many Strong Voices Develops Ecosystem-Based Adaptation Project

    Many Strong Voices Develops Ecosystem-Based Adaptation Project

    Created by: admin | 2013-05-07 18:12

    Associated Organization: Many Strong Voices

    Summary:

     

    Many Strong Voices (MSV) is developing a project on ecosystem-based adaptation (EbA) to climate change, which is a priority area for MSV in 2013. The aim of this project is to reduce vulnerability to climate change by supporting an EbA methodology that integrates scientific and local/traditional knowledge.

    Case studies will be carried out in communities in Belize and Seychelles. Work carried out to date includes field visits in both countries to meet with potential partners and assess local conditions. This  project seeks to formalize a methodology that combines evidence-based, scientific data with community knowledge and experiences, and empower communities to make informed choices on how to reduce vulnerability to climate change.

     


  • Livelihoods and adaptation of fisher communities to impact of climate variability and change: A case study of Lake Wamala, Uganda.

    Livelihoods and adaptation of fisher communities to impact of climate variability and change: A case study of Lake Wamala, Uganda.

    Created by: Laban | 2013-04-12 14:55

    Associated Organization: Makerere University and NaFIRRI

    Summary:

     

    The changes in fisheries and other natural resources which are sensitive to climate change affect livelihoods of  communities. There is limited knowledge on impact of climate variability and change on the livelihoods  to facilitate and guide development of adaptation and mitigation measures to  sustain livelihoods in the face of changing climate  that is expected to intensify in future.   This project aims at using quantitative data and survey questionnairrres to determine variations in climate parameters, Key demographic characteristics, Major livelihoods, Adaptation and Mitigation measures of fisher communities with an aim of enhancing adaptation and mitigation. It will be conducted on a shallow Lake which has manifested changes in climate parameters over decades.


  • Bangladesh leading the way on Loss and Damage

    Created by: admin | 2013-03-20 17:26

    Associated Organization: ICCCAD, IUB

    Summary:

    Loss and Damage in the UNFCCC process
    The least developed countries (LDCs) are both the least responsible for and the most vulnerable to climate change impacts." A lack of institutional, economic and financial capacity renders these countries less able to cope with climate change impacts# and more likely to suffer loss and damage as a result. The need for an international mechanism to address this inequity has long been acknowledged. In 1992, Principle 13 of the Rio Declaration on Environment and Development
    proclaimed that, “States shall also cooperate in an expeditious and more determined manner to develop further international law regarding liability and compensation for adverse effects of environmental damage caused by activities within their jurisdiction or control to areas beyond their jurisdiction.”


  • GEF SGP Community-Based Adaptation Project in Seychelles

    GEF SGP Community-Based Adaptation Project in Seychelles

    Created by: admin | 2013-03-20 14:32

    Associated Organization: GEF

    Summary:

    The Global Environment Facility (GEF) Small Grants Programme (SGP) has announced the launch of a new small island developing States community based adaption (SIDS-CBA) project in Seychelles. The project will work with coastal communities to address adaptation to coastal erosion and salinity from saltwater intrusion into agricultural lands.

    The Australian Agency for International Development (AusAID) officially launched the project at an event held on 18 January 2013. AusAID is funding the project, which will be implemented by the UN Development Programme (UNDP) and delivered by the GEF SGP. According to the GEF, the work will focus on the island of Praslin, where the most severe effects from climate change in the country are being felt.

    Read more http://bit.ly/10hgLXX


  • MR. LAWRENCE AKPALU

    Created by: Lawrence | 2013-03-05 19:01

    Associated Organization: FORESTRY COMMISSION ,GHANA

    Summary:

    Climate change has affected most of Ghana agriculture crops especially COCOA (THEOBROMA CACAO) . In view of the above I  used spatial analysis  approach to determine this  geographical changes and how these changes affect Cocoa production in Ghana.

     


  • AfDB Commits to Enhance Access to Safe Water and Sanitation in Nigeria

    AfDB Commits to Enhance Access to Safe Water and Sanitation in Nigeria

    Created by: admin | 2013-03-01 13:43

    Associated Organization: AfDB

    Summary:

    The "Innovative Funding of the Water Sector" Summit, hosted by Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan, concluded with the commitment of the African Development Bank (AfDB) Group to enhance access to safe water and sanitation in urban and rural areas. 

    Organized by the Federal Ministry of Water Resources, the Summit was held in Abuja, Nigeria, from 18-19 February 2013. Attended by over 300 participants, the meeting produced a strategic framework that recognizes the key role of water and sanitation for national economic growth and development. Read more http://bit.ly/13tczYj


  • Burundi, Rwanda Collaborate to Increase Climate Resilience and Water Security

    Burundi, Rwanda Collaborate to Increase Climate Resilience and Water Security

    Created by: admin | 2013-03-01 13:34

    Associated Organization: Global Water Forum

    Summary:

    The Governments of Burundi and Rwanda are collaborating on integrated water resources management (IWRM) as part of the Water, Climate and Development Programme (WACDEP), a Global Water Partnership (GWP) project. WACDEP aims to increase climate resilience and water security in the Kagera water basin catchment, which is part of the Rwanda-Burundi Cyohoha transboundary catchment area.

    WACDEP held a series of workshops to raise citizen awareness on: how the catchment area provides protection from natural hazards, including droughts and floods; and how human practices can damage lake resources and deplete fisheries. The workshops, which were held between August and December 2012, also aimed to change local perceptions of Lake Cyohoha as a state-owned resource by promoting local ownership and access to information. Read more http://bit.ly/XeKa4j


  • Adaptation Strategies in Kenya, Niger and Uganda

    Adaptation Strategies in Kenya, Niger and Uganda

    Created by: admin | 2013-03-01 13:26

    Associated Organization: UNDP

    Summary:

    The International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD) has published three reports on climate risk management (CRM) in Kenya, Niger and Uganda, as part of the UN Development Programme’s (UNDP) Climate Risk Management (CRM) Technical Assistance Support Project (TASP). The reports illustrate how different communities in high-risk countries may have to adapt to a changing climate across a range of sectors.

    CRM TASP is led by UNDP's Bureau for Crisis Prevention and Recovery (BCPR) with inputs from the UNDP Bureau for Development Policy Energy and Environment Group (BDP/EEG). The objective of the project is to analyze risks to development associated with climate variability and change in order to define and prioritize risk management solution measures in both the short- and long-term. Read more http://bit.ly/13sIPdz


  • Communities in Uganda to adapt to drought through a gravity flow scheme

    Communities in Uganda to adapt to drought through a gravity flow scheme

    Created by: admin | 2013-02-26 13:55

    Associated Organization: IUCN, UNDP, UNEP and Kapchorwa District Local Government

    Summary:

    The construction of a community gravity flow scheme covering three villages of the Kapchorwa district was officially launched on 11th April 2012 by IUCN, in partnership with UNDP, UNEP and Kapchorwa District Local Government. Funded by the German Government (Federal Ministry for Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety) and targeting Sanzara parish, the scheme is one of the nature based solutions being promoted by IUCN under the Ecosystem Based Adaptation (EBA) project to strengthen resilience and adaptive capacity of the communities to the adverse effects of climate change - in this case drought. Read more http://bit.ly/15MCae4


  • CARIAA/IRCAAA: Call for Concept Notes/Appel à notes conceptuelles

    CARIAA/IRCAAA: Call for Concept Notes/Appel à notes conceptuelles

    Created by: admin | 2013-02-20 17:24

    Associated Organization: IDRC, DFID

    Summary:

    (Le français suit.)

     

    CARIAA is a seven-year research program launched in 2012 and jointly funded by the UK’s Department for International Development (DFID) and Canada’s International Development Research Centre (IDRC).

     

    CARIAA supports collaborative, interdisciplinary research in three climate change hot spots in Africa and Asia: deltas, river basins affected by glacial and snowpack melt, and semi-arid regions. Visit our website for more about our approach.


  • Zimbabwe's climate change policies need an urban focus

    Zimbabwe's climate change policies need an urban focus

    Created by: admin | 2013-02-05 11:52

    Associated Organization: IRIN

    Summary:

    In spite of the political and financial turmoil that Zimbabwe faces, the country seems to be on the right track in adopting strategies to address the effects of climate change. But these strategies tend to have a strong rural bias, overlooking the fact that almost half of the country now lives in urban areas, according to a joint review of the country's climate change response by a think tank and leading NGO. 

Zimbabwe, like many other African countries, has begun to develop a national framework to respond to climate change, including efforts to identify authorities to process donor funds for mitigating and adapting to climate change, said one of the authors of the review, Shepard Zvigadza of ZERO Regional Environment Organization. [ http://www.climatenetwork.org/profile/member/zero-regional-environment-organization ] 

However, as in most other African countries, policymakers and researchers "ignore longstanding urbanization trends and continue to overstate the proportion of Zimbabwe's population living in rural areas." 

The ruling ZANU-PF party, which has dominated politics in Zimbabwe for decades, has been accused of appeasing their voters, who are largely rural, by developing policies that cater to them while disregarding urban residents. 

Taking into account UN statistics, the authors suggested that almost 38 percent of Zimbabwe's population lives in urban areas, but the number could be as high as 50 percent if national assessments are considered. 

Climate change adds to woes 

Zimbabwe's urban transition is a lot more advanced than most countries in Southern Africa, and urban problems such as water scarcity - prompted by sparse rains and a dropping water table - are not getting the attention they deserve, Zvigadza told IRIN in an email. 

"Research shows that the water table for boreholes used to be around 30m in the 1990s, but now water can be found around 60m or more below ground. This is true for cities like Bulawayo, whose water sources are various rivers. Such a situation has created long-term water and sanitation challenges, leading to health problems in cities like Chitungwiza and Kadoma," he added. 

Following severe water shortages in Chitungwiza and Kadoma in 2012, outbreaks of typhoid and cholera were recorded. In 2008, the country experienced one of the worst cholera outbreaks recorded anywhere in recent times; the outbreak killed at least 4,000 people and infected 100,000 others. 

The country's socioeconomic problems, combined with the effects of climate change, are likely to aggravate the situation in the coming years.

    It has become obvious that climate change has not been politicized, thus civil society has been working and continues to work with communities without intimidation

    Zvigadza explained that, "obviously, there are some other socioeconomic factors like poor waste management and service delivery that are most likely to be at play, but climate change is going to worsen this situation. For example, in [the] water and sanitation situation, nearby flowing sewer water is more likely to contaminate fresh piped water if there is a broken pipe. Water reticulation infrastructure has now aged and cannot cope with the rising population. This means they can break at any time where there is too much water in the system as a result of flooding." 

Evidence from climate change impact studies shows that Zimbabwe’s capital, Harare, is going to experience heavy, frequent and prolonged rainfall leading to flash floods, said Zvigadza. 

A broken health infrastructure that cannot cope with the rising urban population is yet another driver of a potential crisis. "The health facilities may fail to cope with this demand, and climate change as an added stressor is most likely to increase this urban population’s vulnerability," he added. 

Adapting to climate change 

The government should invest in the health, water and energy sectors to develop infrastructure that can adapt to climate variability, said Zvigadza. 

Zimbabwe's development policies should be related to adaptation, such as promoting water harvesting techniques at the household level. Education on climate change should be initiated at primary schools to create awareness at an early age and help people prepare. 

Zvigadza noted that the country "is obviously struggling financially", but there are "donors who are interested" in supporting the country, which "has advanced in its readiness to receive and use climate funds." 

A number of NGOs and research organizations have begun to emphasize adaptation to climate change in their development projects, particularly in drought-prone rural areas, noted the review. A community-based adaptation project was piloted by the UN Development Programme in Zimbabwe, for example. A growing number of NGOs has also becoming involved in Zimbabwe's Climate Change Working Group, a leading civil society network. 

While civil society has increasingly come under attack in the country for political reasons, Zvigadza said, "it has become obvious that climate change has not been politicized, thus civil society has been working and continues to work with communities without intimidation... Overall, what is only required is the sense of national belonging that is speaking with one non-partisan voice, and this has begun to happen. Read more http://bit.ly/VOPhpy


  • The aWhere Platform - provides daily observed weather for East and West Africa, among other global locations

    The aWhere Platform - provides daily observed weather for East and West Africa, among other global locations

    Created by: admin | 2013-02-01 14:05

    Associated Organization: aWhere Inc.

    Summary:

    The aWhere Platform uses the two most fundamental properties of any event – location and time – to organize, manage, combine and analyze data. This means that disparate data sets can be managed in one comprehensive system. Users gain new insight by being able to analyze side-by-side information at the same spatial and temporal scales. This unique approach is very applicable to Global Health and Agricultural Development due to the inherently spatial and temporal variation of, for example, crop growth, disease and weather.

    Read more
    http://www.awhere.com/en-us/weather-p

     


  • AfDB, Zambian Loan Agreement to Support Sub-Regional Energy Security

    AfDB, Zambian Loan Agreement to Support Sub-Regional Energy Security

    Created by: admin | 2013-01-16 19:43

    Associated Organization: AfDB

    Summary:

    A US$55 million loan agreement has been signed by the African Development Bank (AfDB) and Zambia to finance the Itezhi-Tezhi Hydro Power and Transmission Line Project, which will contribute to ensuring secure energy supply in the country.

    The project will lead to the construction of a 120 megawatt hydropower dam and associated infrastructure, in addition to improved sanitation and housing for local communities, along the Kafue river. The hydropower facility will build on existing dam infrastructure and transmission lines in order to mitigate the current supply constraints experienced in Zambia and underpin its fast-growing economy. As Zambia's first Public-Private Partnership within the energy sector, it will assist in putting the country's economy on a low-carbon growth path. It will also benefit the local population through increased economic activity and improved sanitation supply. [AfDB Press Release][Itezhi-Tezhi Hydro Power and Transmission Line Project Assessment Documents]