Earlier in 2018, the Green Climate Fund announced funding worth $1 billion for climate adaptation projects. The interagency partnerships led by the United Nations Development Programme will support programmes in Bangladesh, Georgia and Zambia. In total, the projects will catalyse over $239 million towards climate resilience.
Pradeep Kurukulasuriya, the Head of Climate Change Adaptation, UNDP noted: “The approved projects touch on issues related to food security, access to water, and resilient infrastructure,”
“This is a clear demonstration that climate action is critical to advancing and securing development gains.”
In Zambia, the GFC project will support 1 million farmers to build their resilience. In Zambia, climate change will significantly threaten efforts to reduce hunger. In Bangladesh, the project will assist 25,000 women and girls in building more resilient lives.
The project will also ensure safe and reliable drinking water for 130,000 people through community managed rainwater solutions.
The Green Climate Fund previously approved a US$25 million grant to support Bangladesh’s efforts to build the adaptive capacities of vulnerable communities along the cost.
In Georgia, the project will involve the scaling up of early warning systems and climate information services to protect lives from flooding and economic shocks brought on by climate change.
The projects will also receive support from the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), World Food Programme (WFP) and the World Meteorological Organization (WMO).
Adriana Dinu, Director, Global Environmental Finance, UNDP commented: “By supporting countries to mobilize partnerships between the Green Climate Fund, important sectors of civil society, and the broader UN System, UNDP is serving as a broker to connect vulnerable nations with the resources, capacity and tools they need to build low-carbon climate-resilient development”
“This will facilitate efforts to achieve climate commitments under the Paris Agreement, as well as make progress against the Sendai Framework on Disaster Risk Reduction and the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda”
Our sister organisation, Aid & International Development Forum, is hosting its inaugural Africa Climate Smart Agriculture Summit on 15-16th May 2018 in Nairobi, Kenya. The summit will discuss innovations and challenges in CSA practices, increasing cross industry collaboration for CSA, financial investment for CSA and much more.