Making disaster risk reduction a policy priority, institutional
strengthening (HFA 1)
View 2011 UNFCCC DRR profile
A number of the NAPAs prioritize issues related to building resilience and/or DRR. The NAPA priorities database is a good source of information on this. New projects submitted to the GEF in 2012 that are related to the HFA priority areas include:
1. Benin, Burkino Faso, Sao Tome and Principe, and Sierra Leone: Strengthening climate information and early warning systems in Western and Central Africa for climate resilient development and adaptation to climate change.
2. Bhutan: Reducing climate change-induced risks and vulnerabilities from glacial lake outbursts in the Punhakha-Wangdi and Chamkhar Valleys; and addressing the risk of climate-induced disasters through enhanced national and local capacity for effective actions.
3. Burundi: Community disaster risk management.
4. The Gambia: Strengthening climate services and early warning systems in the Gambia for climate resilient development and adaptation to climate change.
5. Uganda and Zambia: Strengthening climate information and early warning systems in Eastern and Southern Africa for climate resilient development and adaptation to climate change.
The following projects were endorsed by the GEF CEO in 2012:
1. Haiti: Strengthening climate resilience and reducing disaster risk in agriculture to improve food security in Haiti post-earthquake.
2. Vanuatu: Increasing resilience to climate change and natural hazards.
The National Adaptation Plans (NAP) process under the Cancun Adaptation Framework, aims to reduce vulnerability to the impacts of climate change, by building adaptive capacity and resilience, in particular in least developed countries.
The work programme on loss and damage associated with climate change impacts assists climate change adaptation practitioners in developing countries to advance their understanding on and expertise in managing climate-related risks including extreme weather events, and promotes comprehensive risk management approaches, including ways to address residual risks from climate change impacts.
The Nairobi Work Programme has been a catalyst for Parties and other stakeholders to generate and share knowledge and information on the following areas of work on adaptation: methods and tools, data and observations, socio-economic information, climate-related risks and extreme events, climate modelling, scenarios and downscaling, and adaptation planning and practices. Under the Nairobi work programme, a range of work has been undertaken since 2005 to assist countries to improve their understanding and assessment of impacts, vulnerability and adaptation to climate change; and to make informed decisions on practical adaptation actions and measures to respond to climate change on a sound scientific, technical and socio-economic basis, taking into account current and future climate change and variability.
HFA Priority for Action 1
The Partners and Action Pledge Database and the Adaptation Practices Interface provide central access to resources on partner organizations including their actions on DRR, climate-resilient development planning and early warning systems;