Knowledge Sharing for Climate Change Adaption

Projects for Theme 'Poverty and vulnerability'

  • ESMAP Assists Tanzania’s Rural Energy Agency in Gender Strategy Development and Rollout

    ESMAP Assists Tanzania’s Rural Energy Agency in Gender Strategy Development and Rollout

    Created by: admin | 2013-11-08 14:54

    Associated Organization: ESMAP

    Summary:

    The Energy Sector Management Assistance Program (ESMAP) of the World Bank has helped Tanzania's Rural Energy Agency (REA) in developing its gender strategy and accompanying indicators, checklists and guidelines for integration of gender into its activities.

    Less than 15 percent of Tanzania has access to modern energy services. The REA was set up in 2007 to assist in bringing energy to Tanzania's rural populations, but has lacked a systematic approach and understanding of the particular energy use and access needs of women and men, and how energy programmes might impact them differently.


  • Solar mosquito trap could reduce malaria in Western Kenya

    Solar mosquito trap could reduce malaria in Western Kenya

    Created by: admin | 2013-11-05 18:12

    Associated Organization: International Center of Insect Physiology and Ecolology

    Summary:

    NAIROBI (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – A solar-powered mosquito trap is showing early signs of helping to lower the incidence of malaria on Rusinga Island, in Western Kenya.

    The device, invented by Kenyan and Dutch researchers, uses a solar roof panel to power an electric fan and mosquito zapper, installed on the outside of traditional tin-roofed mud and daub houses on the island. Nylon strips, impregnated with artificial human scent, help draw mosquitoes to the trap and the fan sucks them into the device, the researchers said. Read more http://bit.ly/1b9bmUV

     


  • Rwanda: Reducing the Vulnerability of Rwanda's Energy Sector to the Impacts of Climate Change

    Rwanda: Reducing the Vulnerability of Rwanda's Energy Sector to the Impacts of Climate Change

    Created by: admin | 2013-10-31 20:36

    Associated Organization: Kigali Institute of Science and Technology

    Summary:

    Project Snapshot

    • Timeframe: June 2005 to June 2010

    • Location: Burera and Musanze districts, Northern Province, Rwanda

    • Summary: The pilot project sought to increase the resilience of Rwanda’s hydroelectric power sector by: demonstrating village-level activities that contribute to restoration of the Ruguzi–Burera–Ruhundo watershed and increase local resilience to climate change; improving the management of two of Rwanda’s hydroelectric power plants; and promoting the integration of climate change considerations into Rwanda’s national energy and sustainable development policies.

    • Local Executing Agency: Kigali Institute of Science and Technology

    • Funders: Global Environment Facility, Government of the Netherlands and the Government of Norway.


  • Mozambique: Establishing Community-based Fire Management in Central Mozambique

    Created by: admin | 2013-10-31 20:34

    Associated Organization: AMBERO-IP Consult

    Summary:

    Project Snapshot

      Timeframe: June 2005 to August 2006; February 2008 to May 2009

      Location: Sofala Province, Mozambique

      Summary: Working in the central Mozambican province of Sofala, the pilot project sought to reduce vulnerability to uncontrolled wildland fires today and to promote the inclusion of climate change consideration in the design and implementation of relevant district- and national-level policies. It aimed to increase capacity at the community level to prevent, manage and fight fires; to improve coordination of fire management at the provincial level; and build the capacity of the National Disaster Management Institute to manage fires.

      Lead Executing Agency: AMBERO-IP Consult

    Funders: Global Environment Facility, Government of the Netherlands and the Government of Norway, with co-financing from Deutsche Gesellschaft für Technische Zusammenarbeit (GIZ). Read more http://bit.ly/1aghtFO

     


  • Kenya: Increasing Community Resilience to Drought in Sakai Sub-location

    Kenya: Increasing Community Resilience to Drought in Sakai Sub-location

    Created by: admin | 2013-10-31 20:29

    Associated Organization: Centre for Science and Technology Innovations

    Summary:

    Project Snapshot

      Time Frame: June 2005 to June 2010

      Location: Sakai, Mbooni East District, Kenya

      Summary: Through implementation of activities in the community of Sakai and with the national government, the pilot project increased resilience to drought by enhancing household food security and reducing poverty through improved livelihoods, and facilitated the integration of adaptation to climate change into policies related to disaster management and the sustainable development of arid and semi-arid lands.

      Local Executing Agencies: Centre for Science and Technology Innovations with the Arid Lands Resource Management Project

    Funders: Global Environment Facility, Government of the Netherlands and the Government of Norway.

    Read more http://www.iisd.org/climate/vulnerability/adaptation_kenya.asp


  • AfricaAdapt Online Discussion on Climate-induced Loss & Damage_Débat en ligne sur les Pertes et Dommages liés au Changement Climatique

    AfricaAdapt Online Discussion on Climate-induced Loss & Damage_Débat en ligne sur les Pertes et Dommages liés au Changement Climatique

    Created by: admin | 2013-10-14 12:49

    Associated Organization: ENDA/AfricaAdapt

    Summary:

     

    (English version below)

    Le réseau AfricaAdapt (http://www.africa-adapt.net/) a le plaisir de vous inviter à une vibrante discussion en ligne sur la question des “pertes et dommages” lies aux effets néfastes des changements climatiques. Veuillez accepter l’invitation à cette discussion en ligne qui aura lieu du 17 au 25 Octobre 2013. Veuillez joindre la Communauté AfricaAdapt http://next.dgroups.org/fara-net/africa-adapt

    Dear all;

     

    The AfricaAdapt (http://www.africa-adapt.net/) Network is pleased to invite you to participate in a vibrant online debate on the issue of climate-induced loos and damage. This online discussion will take place from the 17th to the 25th October 2013. Kindly confirm your participation by clicking on the link appended to this invitation. http://next.dgroups.org/fara-net/africa-adapt

     


  • Early Warning Systems for Climate Resilience in Africa

    Early Warning Systems for Climate Resilience in Africa

    Created by: admin | 2013-10-07 20:30

    Associated Organization: UNDP, GEF

    Summary:

    The UN Development Programme (UNDP) has reported that the Least Developed Countries Fund (LDCF) of the Global Environment Facility (GEF) approved a US$43.63m grant for a UNDP-led initiative to strengthen climate information and early warning systems in ten African countries.

     

    The US$43.63 million programme will be implemented in Benin, Burkina Faso, Ethiopia, Liberia, Malawi, São Tomé and Principe, Sierra Leone, Tanzania, Uganda and Zambia. The programme is supported through the GEF's Least Developed Countries Fund (LDCF).


  • Le Changement Climatique, les Ressources Pastorales et l'Élevage dans le Sahel: Développement d’un système de prévisions des ressources pastorales en Afrique de l’Ouest

    Le Changement Climatique, les Ressources Pastorales et l'Élevage dans le Sahel: Développement d’un système de prévisions des ressources pastorales en Afrique de l’Ouest

    Created by: peter.shapland | 2013-09-18 14:45

    Associated Organization: South Dakota State University

    Summary:

    En Bref:

    Le Projet « Climate Change, Pastoral Resources and Livestock» (CCPRL) est un programme de « recherche pour le développement » qui met à profit nos recherches écologiques à long terme sur des systèmes pastoraux en Afrique de l'Ouest pour développer des produits de valeur directe et appliqués aux communautés pastorales. Travaillant avec une équipe interdisciplinaire et internationale (maliens, sénégalais et américains) de chercheurs, éducateurs, étudiants et avec les ONG, nous développons un modèle de systèmes pastoraux (intégrant la dynamique de la végétation, le bétail, l’écohydrologie et les tendances d'utilisation des terres). Ce modèle peut être utilisé pour explorer de quelle façon le changement climatique et l'utilisation des terres auront un impact sur les futures ressources pastorales en Afrique de l'Ouest. Nous allons également traduire la recherche scientifique fondamentale pour aider les communautés pauvres à se préparer et à s'adapter aux changements d’avenir, pour améliorer l'état nutritionnel et réduire la vulnérabilité des communautés pastorales locales.

    Chercheur Principal: Niall Hanan (South Dakota State University)

    Collaborateurs:

    Université de Bamako, Institute Polytechnique Rural, Agronomes et Vétérinaires Sans Frontières, Association pour le Développement Intégré dans la Savane et au Sahel, Centre d’Etudes et de Promotion Agropastorale, L'Association Nationale pour la Promotion de l'Elevage au Sénégal


  • Pacific Adaptation Climate Change Project Focuses on Replication and Up-Scaling

    Pacific Adaptation Climate Change Project Focuses on Replication and Up-Scaling

    Created by: admin | 2013-09-13 12:27

    Associated Organization: SPREP, GEF, UNDP, AusAid

    Summary:

    The Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) convened the annual review meeting of the Pacific Adaptation to Climate Change (PACC) project, which provided participants the opportunity to showcase country activities as the project moves into its fourth year, focusing on replication and scaling-up of activities.

     

    According to SPREP, tools showcased by participating PACC countries illustrated the diversity of activities executed under the PACC project. Such tools included: the Cook Islands Coastal Calculator that is assisting in ensuring that the Mangaia Island harbor can withstand cyclones and storm surges; the 3-D mapping tool used in Vanuatu to decide on possible relocations of roads and villages further inland; and the engagement of community facilitators as a link between the project team and communities in Fiji, which has proven to enhance community ownership as well as project sustainability.


  • Programme of Research on Climate Change Vulnerability, Impacts and Adaptation (PROVIA)

    Programme of Research on Climate Change Vulnerability, Impacts and Adaptation (PROVIA)

    Created by: admin | 2013-09-10 19:06

    Associated Organization: UNEP, WMO, UNESCO

    Summary:

    The Programme of Research on Climate Change Vulnerability, Impacts and Adaptation (PROVIA) has released a report titled 'Research Priorities on Vulnerability, Impacts and Adaptation: Responding to the Climate Change Challenge,' which presents global research priorities that were identified through a consultation process with experts and policymakers, and are intended to serve as guidance to researchers, donor groups and other stakeholders.


  • Save Lives of Children from Lightning-Thunder Strike Deaths and Attacks!

    Save Lives of Children from Lightning-Thunder Strike Deaths and Attacks!

    Created by: buvad | 2013-09-03 15:41

    Associated Organization: Butakoola Village Association for Development

    Summary:

    http://www.globalgiving.org/projects/save-26000-ugandan-children-from-lightning-hits/

    Lightning-Thunder strikes in Kayunga District and Uganda as a whole, are a horrible threat, hitting school children with their teachers and killing them in numbers. A survey by BUVAD shows that 90% of the schools in Kayunga District lack lightning-thunder arrestor gadgets and parents cannot fund raise for them. BUVAD will sensitize children on thunder avoidance measures and install thunder arrestor gadgets at 40 community primary schools in Kayunga. BUVAD will also donate rubber sandals.

    Lightning-Thunder Strikes have been noted to be one of the side effects of climate change issues which disaster is claiming lives in numbers in minute seconds! Hence BUVAD is coming in to substantiate on the government efforts to combat the challenge.


  • UN-HABITAT, UNISDR Launch DRR, CCA Technical Centre for Southern Africa

    UN-HABITAT, UNISDR Launch DRR, CCA Technical Centre for Southern Africa

    Created by: admin | 2013-07-04 20:50

    Associated Organization: UN-HABITAT, UNISDR

    Summary:

    The UN Human Settlements Programme (UN-HABITAT) and the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR) launched a Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) and Climate Change Adaptation (CCA) Technical Centre for Southern Africa, known as 'DIMSUR.' Madagascar, Malawi, Mozambique and the Comoros requested UN-HABITAT and UNISDR to facilitate the process to establish the Centre, which aims to reduce vulnerability and build community resilience in the four countries.

     

    DIMSUR will focus on increasing urban resilience by: creating synergies between the CCA and DDR agendas; developing capacities to build resilience; strengthening inter-country and regional partnerships; promoting good experiences, knowledge, practices and innovative programmes; and maximizing existing regional expertise, particularly within academia. DIMSUR will provide technical assistance and support knowledge exchange on CCA and DDR in Southern Africa.

     

    UN-HABITAT and UNISDR established DIMSUR following a three-year participatory process that included sub-regional consultations and a feasibility study. The EU and the World Bank's Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery will provide US$900,000 to support the Centre, which will be based at the National Institute of Meteorology (INAM) in Maputo, Mozambique. [UN-HABITAT Press Release]

    read more: http://africasd.iisd.org/news/un-habitat-unisdr-launch-drr-cca-technical-centre-for-southern-africa/


  • Adapting to Climate Change in China (ACCC)

    Adapting to Climate Change in China (ACCC)

    Created by: CharlotteKing | 2013-07-04 15:14

    Associated Organization: Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (Switzerland); National Development and Reform Council (China); the INTASAVE-CARIBSAVE Group (Global)

    Summary:

    The overarching aim of Phase 1 of the China and South-South Scoping Assessment for Learning and Development initiative is to identify key opportunities and avenues for South-South learning and climate compatible development and how to best channel resources to share China's and developing countries' experiences of integrating climate adaptation into the development process. This project is being implemented in ten (10) countries across three regions including Africa (Angola, Ethiopia, Kenya, South Africa, Rwanda); Asia (Bangladesh, Nepal, Indonesia) and the Caribbean (Grenada, Jamaica). Final outputs from Phase 1, including the Full Report and Country Reports follow details on the project below.

    Read more at www.ccadaptation.org.cn

     

     

     

     

     


  • WWF Africa Adaptation Initiative

    Created by: shimwepya1 | 2013-06-17 10:32

    Associated Organization: WWF Eastern and Southern Africa Programme Office (ESARPO)

    Summary:

     

    The WWF Africa Adaptation Initiative (AAI) focuses on building capacity for integrating adaptation within conservation work in countries where WWF oeprates in Africa. At the moment, the Initiative is covers six countries under the Eastern and southern Africa Programme Office (ESARPO), namely; Kenya, Mozambiaque, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe as well as the Madagascar and West Indian Ocean Programme Office (MWIOPO) in Madagascar.

    The approach taken is that oif building capacity amonf staff through training and technical support as well as the promotion of adaptation planning and implementation, within on-going conservation projects.


  • Making Climate Finance Work for Women in South Africa

    Making Climate Finance Work for Women in South Africa

    Created by: admin | 2013-06-14 20:01

    Associated Organization: Oxfam

    Summary:

     

    Women living in poverty across South Africa need support to adapt to climate change and to take an active part in the transition to a low carbon economy. This briefing sets out the context of climate finance in South Africa and provides recommendations to policy makers in South Africa for helping women to access and to benefit from climate finance. Read more http://cc.cc/OSfl

     


  • The Role of Local Institutions in Adaptive Processes to Climate Variability: The cases of southern Ethiopia and southern Mali

    The Role of Local Institutions in Adaptive Processes to Climate Variability: The cases of southern Ethiopia and southern Mali

    Created by: admin | 2013-06-14 19:58

    Associated Organization: Oxfam

    Summary:

     

    Farmers and herders in arid regions of Africa face serious challenges in adapting to climate change and variability. They are highly exposed to climate stresses, especially drought, but adaptation to climate change is far from being a clear-cut biophysical or technical problem: it is also a social challenge. Although communities in semi-arid zones have organized their cultures and livelihoods around uncertainty and the risk of drought, climate predictions indicate that new extremes will be a real challenge to their capacity to adapt. This report looks at local social institutions in Ethiopia and Mali and their role in adaptation. Read more http://cc.cc/OSfP

     


  • The Impact of Climate Change on Coffee in Uganda: Lessons from a case study in the Rwenzori Mountains

    The Impact of Climate Change on Coffee in Uganda: Lessons from a case study in the Rwenzori Mountains

    Created by: admin | 2013-06-14 19:51

    Associated Organization: Oxfam

    Summary:

    Coffee is a major cash crop in Uganda, but research shows that the smallholder farmers who produce 90% of it could have their already vulnerable livelihoods made more vulnerable by climate change.

    Oxfam’s research project interviewed coffee farmers in the Rwenzori Mountains and found that they are aware that the climate is changing and becoming less predictable, and have used various adaptation strategies. But for Arabica coffee, which can only be grown at high altitudes in Uganda, climate change and rising temperatures are likely to further restrict the areas in which it can be grown.

     

    This report makes recommendations for adapting coffee production in Uganda to reduce the impact of climate change on the economy and to reduce the risks that smallholder farmers will fall further into poverty. Read more http://cc.cc/OSkg

     


  • Community dams aim to build water security in arid Kenya

    Community dams aim to build water security in arid Kenya

    Created by: admin | 2013-06-04 14:18

    Associated Organization: Thomson Reuters Foundation

    Summary:

    KATUTHIA, Kenya (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Before arriving at Katuthia village in lower Eastern Kenya, a visitor travels through parched countryside, with stretches of land sprouting newly sown crops that are already withering after three days without rain.

    Lone herders trailed by cattle and goats cast glance at the skies, hoping rain will fall again soon to fill the drinking troughs. Until it does, some will stop at Katuthia village and join groups of women gathered at the Kasomo dam, all drawn there by the same thing: water.

    At the water-harvesting reservoir—built, owned and maintained by the community as an adaptation to worsening drought —both man and livestock share the precious resource until it runs out. Even then, users say they are not worried – when the rainy season comes, the dam will soon be full again.

    Read more http://cc.cc/GVKs


  • 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.


  • 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.