The proposed project will significantly strengthen the capability of key provinces in the context of Sri Lanka’s emergence from the 30-year conflict to develop and implement local climate strategies and climate-smart investment plans which are aligned with the National Climate Change Adaptation Strategy and preserve development progress achieved under the Mahinda Chintana. Through a combination of policy, institutional and investment measures, the project serves to promote climate resilient planning and investment beyond its immediate lifetime.
At the local level, institutions such as municipal councils, urban councils and Pradeshiya Sabhas will be enabled to apply visual planning tools and instruments (such as hazard, vulnerability and natural resources maps) to recognize climate-related risks that may negatively affect a particular planning endeavor in a specific location. Local authorities will learn to recognize the difference between a building that has been conceptualized on the basis of traditional knowledge, and one that can effectively withstand the impact of a more variable climate with greater temperature differences and increasing intensity of storms, floods and landslides. Communities in all coastal districts of vulnerable provinces will benefit from concrete investments in climate-resilient communal water supply, and recognize the value of intact ecosystems in protecting their investments. In its promotion of community-based adaptation at the local level, the project recognizes that risks associated with climate change threaten to reinforce gender inequalities and erode progress that has been made towards gender equality and women’s empowerment. Poor women’s limited access to resources, restricted rights, limited mobility and voice in community and household decision-making can make them much more vulnerable than men to the effects of climate change. This is unfair and can lead to unfortunate consequences for all, as women play a unique role in the stewardship of natural resources and support to households and communities. With their knowledge, they can shape adaptive mechanisms in vulnerable areas. When promoting climate resilient planning in the context of village development plans, training local authorities and stakeholders on the application of climate change adaptation strategies, and planning community-based adaptation activities in coastal areas, this SCCF project will take gender equality considerations, as well as men’s and women’s different needs, perspectives and knowledge, into account.
At the sub-national level, members of Provincial Councils, Provincial Planning Secretariats, officials in provincial sector ministries and provincial departments, and members of the District Administration will learn to ask informed questions about climate and disaster risk in the context of annual investment planning. Engineers, urban and rural development planners, NGOs supporting community development efforts, and private sector entities engaged in reconstruction tasks will learn how to practically apply climate resilient building codes and land-use plans, and how to harness the services and functionalities of natural ecosystems in the context of flood protection and integrated water resources management.
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