ASSAR Spotlight

We have just published the very first ASSAR Spotlight! In these differently-themed and zippy quarterly publications the ASSAR (Adaptation at Scale in Semi-Arid Regions) project team members recount their experiences, insights and lessons-learned.

This time around, our Spotlight focuses on communicating climate information. In it we grapple with increasingly relevant topics, such as which climate messages are most important, which audiences are key and how we can all talk to each other, rather than past each other.


Promoting Climate Resilient Water Management and Agricultural Practices in Rural Cambodia (NAPA Follow-up)

Crop diversification builds stronger communities to tackle climate change

Preah Vihear– The sun has just emerged in the horizon but Cambodian farmer Tum Heng was already working in full swing in his vegetable garden. After watering the vegetables, he made his rounds fetching cow manure to spread on newly paved rows where yard-long bean and cucumber were going to be on.

United Nations University - Research Brief Series: The Way Forward. Researching the Environment and Migration Nexus

 The 2nd issue of the Research Brief Series entitled "The Way Forward. Researching the Environment and Migration Nexus" deals with possible future migration flows triggered by climate change. The issue based on the outcomes of the second Expert Workshop on Climate Change, Environment, and Migration is written by two UNU-EHS scientists: Marc Stal and Koko Warner.

United Nations University - Research Brief Series: Confronting Environmental Migration; A Framework for Research, Policy and Practice

“Confronting Environmental Migration; A Framework for Research, Policy and Practice” is the first issue of UNU's new Research Brief series. The authors, David Wrathall and Benjamin Morris, are two PhD candidates that participated in the UNU-EHS MRF Summer Academy on Environmental Change, Migration and Social Vulnerability 2008. The research brief summarizes key findings of a series of events dedicated to forced migration organised by UNU-EHS. It aims to identify crucial issues on the subject to put together a research agenda in the field of environmental migration. 

Disaster risk in public education system in Bangladesh: emphasis on tornado


Achieving parading shift from conventional response to comprehensive risk
reduction was targeted by Comprehensive Disaster Management Programme (CDMP).
CDMP is a progarmme of Government of Bangladesh and UNDP supported by UK Aid and
EU. During phase-I (2004-2009) initiatives have been undertaken in the focus area
“professionalizing the disaster management system”. A substantial progress has been made in
incorporating disaster risk reduction (DRR) issues in education system. This paper highlights

JICA and UNDP Reaffirm Collaboration on Climate Change Adaptation in Africa

Scale and complexity of climate challenge demands greater coherence
among development partners, says head of Africa Adaptation Programme

In a meeting in Tokyo in late July, representatives of the Japan International
Cooperation Agency (JICA) and the United Nations Development Programme
(UNDP) reaffirmed their commitment to work together in support of adaptation to
climate change in Africa, and discussed ways of strengthening their collaboration.

Bountiful harvest can lead to ripple effect

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Windhoek, Namibia: As climate change becomes more eminent, it is the vulnerable who are most affected. One of the worst affected areas is Namibia - the driest country in Sub-Saharan Africa.

Climate change projections for Namibia forecast increased aridity and variable rainfall. In a developing country with the world’s highest income disparity, this poses a risk to those most vulnerable: women, the elderly, children and people living with HIV/AIDS.