Climate Resilient Green Economy

What is the project about

This Joint Programme primarily focuses on strengthening the pastoral communities to adapt to the adverse effects of climate change, threatening their livelihoods. It targets some of the most vulnerable communities in four drought prone Regions of Ethiopia.

This Joint Programme primarily focuses on strengthening the pastoral communities to adapt to the adverse effects of climate change, threatening their livelihoods. It targets some of the most vulnerable communities in four drought prone Regions of Ethiopia.

The Ethiopian Government has committed to address the challenge of climate change, resulting in drought and extreme weather patterns, through policy reform and targeted programmes focusing on improving pastoral livelihoods and management of rangelands and encouraging livelihood diversification. The Spanish funded MDGs Achievement Fund Environment Joint Programme contributes to strengthening capacities to implement these strategies and programmes both at national and community level. In addition to linking policy and strategy level activities and on the ground livelihood dimensions that can improve pastoralists’ capability to adapt to climate change, the programmme enables communities to generate additional income through livelihood diversification thus contributing to the country’s poverty alleviation targets.

 The Joint Programme is implemented in Aysha and Harshin districts of Somali, Ada’ar and Telalak districts of Afar, Teltele district of Oromia and Selamago district of SNNP regional states which amounts to a total of 17 pilot pastoral villages. The total target population is 32,160, comprising 17 502 male and 14 658 female inhabitants.

The Joint Programme is currently in its final stage of implementation and has focused on tackling the issue of climate change from three different angles:  capacity building (UNDP), technical the policy (supported by UNEP) and support through integrated rangeland management activities (FAO).

The programme's two main priority areas were adaptation options to climate change and improving the livelihood of pastoralist, which seeks to:

Build the capacity of pastoral communities adaptation options; enhance adaptation options for pastoralists mainstreamed into programs; raise awareness on pastoral adaptation options; and strengthen rangeland management improved and pastoral communities participation in the programme management and implementation.

What have we accomplished so far

  • More than 35 licensed cooperatives have been established to support the communities in developing income generating activities
  • Over 600 hectares of land have been managed by a natural resource plan
  • Water facilities have been developed in the target communities (cisterns, hand dug wells, ponds, etc.)
  • Climate change adaptation and mitigation strategy and action plans have been developed at federal, regional an district levels
  • Trainings have been provided to community members, school teaches and experts on climate change adaptation and climate information exchange
  • Veterinarian health posts have been rehabilitated and equipped
  • Communications and awareness raising activities have been developed for the public

Who Finances it?



The Joint Programme is financed by the MDG Achievement Fund (MDG Fund).

This fund is an international cooperation mechanism and was established in 2007 through a contribution from the Government of Spain to the United Nations system. The fund supports developing countries in the attainment of the Millennium Development Goals and seeks to replicate successful pilot experiences and impact in shaping public policies and improving peoples’ life in 50 countries by accelerating progress towards the MDGs and other key development targets. 

Amount contributed per year (in USD)
 2009
325,610
2011
899,663.00
2012
303,017.00

Delivery in previous fiscal year

                      Amount disbursed per year (USD)
2009
                                           2818.25
                                            2010
                                           102,359.03
                                            2011
                                          225376.16
2012
553090.36
Project Overview
Status:
active
Project start date:
2009
Estimated end date:
2013
Geographic coverage:
Afar, SNNP, Somali, Oromia Regional States
Focus Area:
Climate Change, Environment and DRM
MDG
7
Project officer:
Claire Balbo, claire.balbo@undp.org
Partners:
UNEP, FAO, MDG Fund