Bangladesh and Zambia, alongside Georgia, are to receive funding for climate resilience initiatives from the Green Climate Fund (GCF), it was announced on February 27, 2018
Bangladesh and Zambia, alongside Georgia, are to receive funding for climate resilience initiatives from the Green Climate Fund (GCF), it was announced on February 27, 2018.
The Green Climate Fund approved the mobilisation of over US$80 million to fund three new climate change adaptation project proposals, which have been developed through inter-agency partnerships led by the UN Development Programme (UNDP).
The projects will activate more than $239 million towards efforts on climate resilience in the two Commonwealth countries and Georgia, with co-financing agreements leveraging resources from governments, the private sector and the UNDP.
The new project in Bangladesh will assist 25,000 women and girls to adopt resilient livelihoods and will introduce community-managed rainwater harvesting solutions in order to provide safe drinking water to 130,000 people.
In Zambia, a project is being implemented to support nearly 1 million farmers to build more climate resilient lives; the African country faces threats by climate impacts to its efforts to reduce malnutrition and poverty.
Implemented by their respective governments, the projects will be supported by UNDP, the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO), the UN World Food Programme (WFP) and the UN World Meteorological Organisation (WMO).
The Head of Climate Change Adaptation at UNDP, Pradeep Kurukulasuriya, said: “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.”
Adriana Dinu, Director of Global Environmental Finance at UNDP, said: “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.”