Strengthening climate information and early warning systems in Africa for climate resilient development and adaptation to climate change
What is the project about
Through the Strengthening climate information and early warning systems in Africa for climate resilient development and adaptation to climate change UNDP seeks to support strengthened national capacities, including the participation of women to prevent, reduce, mitigate and cope with the impact of the systemic shocks form natural hazards.
The project also aims to to strengthen the capacity of developing countries to mainstream climate change adaptation policies into national development plans.
The impact on disaster risk management
Ethiopia has a history of experiencing severe weather that translates into flooding, landslides or droughts affecting large parts of the population both in the urban and rural areas. The unfolding of climate change will increase the variability and intensity of extreme weather events such as heavy rain or drought thereby further compounding the challenges of mitigating and managing these natural disasters.
The increase in intensity and unpredictability of natural disasters due to extreme weather has a substantial impact on the economy, on human assets and human lives. One such disaster can cancel years of slow and hard earned development and asset accumulation by the poorest communities.
Given Ethiopia’s reliance on climate sensitive agriculture, natural resources management and energy, the country has already witnessed negative impacts of warming on its productive sectors and existing urban infrastructure.
This project will help strengthen the capacity of the Government of Ethiopia to observe, analyse and forecast climate information to enhance their early warning systems and for climate resilient development and adaptation to climate change.
Who Finances it?
The project has been funded by the Global Environment Facility Trust Fund (GEF)/ Least Developed Countries Trust Fund (LDCF).
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