Climate Risk Management Technical Assistance Support Project
Local and national climate information drives sustainable development planning.
IISD's approach to climate risk management emphasizes participation and the combination of top-down and bottom-up assessment methods, whereby community consultations are considered alongside scientific analyses and policy reviews to identify immediate and emerging climate risk management priorities. We applied this approach in the Climate Risk Management Technical Assistance Support Project of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), which was designed to support developing countries in managing the changing nature of climate risk. IISD was commissioned to implement the project in seven countries—four in Latin America and the Caribbean (Dominican Republic, Honduras, Nicaragua and Peru) and three in Africa (Kenya, Niger and Uganda)—in close collaboration with UNDP country offices, governments and other partners.
A methodology for assessing climate risks and prioritizing risk management options was developed and applied in each of the seven countries, guided by IISD's participatory and integrative approach. For each country, the main output was a report identifying and prioritizing climate risks and related risk management options for selected sectors, ecosystems or regions. The focus of these final reports were as follows:
- Dominican Republic: Climate Risk Management for Water and Agriculture in the Yaque del Sur Watershed
- Honduras: Climate Risk Management for Smallholder Agriculture
- Nicaragua: Climate Risk Management in the Health Sector
- Peru: Climate Risk Management for Agriculture in the Regions of Junín and Piura
- Kenya: Climate Risk Management for Malaria Control in Kenya: The case of the western highlands
- Niger: Sustainable Wetland Management in the Face of Climate Risks in Niger: The Case of La Mare de Tabalak
- Uganda: Climate Risk Management for Sustainable Crop Production in Uganda: Rakai and Kapchorwa Districts
Climate Risks, Vulnerability and Governance in Kenya: A review
Climate-related risks adversely affect the lives and livelihoods of the people of Kenya and threaten the country's near- and long-term development prospects.To analyze how Kenya's capacity to prevent, manage and recover from disasters and adapt to the impacts of climate change could be strengthened…
Climate Risk Management for Water and Agriculture in the Dominican Republic: Focus on the Yaque Del Sur Basin
The Yaque del Sur watershed in the southwest of the Dominican Republic is already under severe water stress.The population of the area is much poorer than the national average and depends on cash crops and subsistence agriculture. Cyclones, storms, floods and droughts regularly damage crops and…
Climate Risk Management for Smallholder Agriculture in Honduras
Agriculture is one of the most important economic sectors in Honduras, where rural poverty is high and food security fragile.One-third of Hondurans live on smallholder farms and grow staple crops such as maize and beans, the yields from which are stagnating. Climate hazards such as hurricanes,…
Climate Risk Management for Malaria Control in Kenya: the case of the western highlands
Despite its declining prevalence in most parts of Kenya, malaria infection continues to be the main cause of disease and mortality in the country.It is also currently re-emerging in the western highlands due to a combination of climatic and non-climatic factors. The population of the Kenyan Western…
Climate Risk Management for the Health Sector in Nicaragua
Nicaragua faces enormous development challenges as the poorest country in Central America.While health conditions and services are improving, the sector still suffers from significant shortages. Levels of undernourishment are high and access to clean water and sanitation lags behind regional and…
Sustainable Wetland Management in the Face of Climate Risks in Niger: the Case of La Mare de Tabalak
Niger's wetlands are critical to poverty reduction, food security and biodiversity conservation, especially given the limited the irregular rainfall and the amount of land suitable for agriculture.La Mare de Tabalak, a wetland in the arid zone of Niger, and its inhabitants are already dealing with…
Climate Risk Management for Agriculture in Peru: Focus on the Regions of Junin and Piura
Agriculture employs about a third of the population in the Peruvian regions of Junín and Piura, with the former known as the food basket of the capital, Lima.Yet agricultural productivity is impeded by low technology and investments, as well as fragmented land tenure. Climate events, especially…
Climate Risk Management for Sustainable Crop Production in Uganda: Rakai and Kapchorwa Districts
Agriculture is the backbone of the Ugandan economy. Most of it is rain-fed and relies on limited external inputs, making the country very sensitive to climate variability and change.The impacts of floods and droughts on maize, beans and coffee production already threaten rural livelihoods…
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