United Nations Development Programme & Climate Change Adaptation - A Quarterly Update of Activities - Issue 2

The bulletin provides the latest information on UNDP's support to countries on Climate Change Adaptation at the national, sub-national and community-level. It includes updates on a range of topics including the status of ongoing projects, new project approvals, performance indicators, project impacts and results, policy and mainstreaming work, and noteworthy announcements

Adapting to Climate Change: UNDP-GEF Initiatives Financed by LDCF, SCCF and SPA

The Report showcases the UNDP-GEF adaptation portfolio, focusing on both the principles underlying the UNDP-GEF approach to adaptation programming and the key processes involved in removing barriers to successful adaptation measures. The report highlights emerging achievements of UNDP-GEF initiatives around the world and explores the future of low-emission climate-resilient development.

In search of shelter: Mapping the effects of climate change on human migration and displacement

The report explores how environmental shocks and stresses, especially those related to climate change, can push people to leave their homes in search of “greener pastures” or just to survive. In order to make informed decisions, policymakers and development actors need a better understanding of the linkages between environmental change, displacement and migration.

Monitoring disaster displacement in the context of climate change

The study looks at natural disasters and forced displacement in the context of climate change. It has two aims: firstly, to provide an estimate of forced displacement related to disasters in 2008, specifically climate-related disasters; and secondly, to propose a methodology that could be applied to monitor disaster-related displacement on an ongoing basis.

Making Adaptation Count: Concepts and Options for Monitoring and Evaluation of Climate Change Adaptation

Margaret Spearman and Heather McGray wrote this report to provide adaptation and development practitioners with a practical framework for developing monitoring and evaluation systems that can track the success and failure of adaptation initiatives in the development context.

Decision making in a changing climate: World Resources Report 2010-2011

The United Nations Development Programme, the United Nations Environment Programme, the World Bank and the World Resources Institute have released the World Resources Report 2010–2011: Decision Making in a Changing Climate. The publication explores challenges and offers recommendations for national-level government officials to make informed and effective decisions to respond to the changing climate.

More Rice for People - More Water for the Planet: System of Rice Intensification

The report highlights the experiences of Africare, Oxfam America and the Worldwide Fund for Nature working with the System of Rice Intensification in the African Sahel, Southeast Asia, and India. Although implemented in very different cultures and climates, the pattern is the same: farmers are able to produce more rice using less water, agrochemical inputs, and seeds, and often with less labor. The net effect is to improve household incomes and food security while reducing the negative environmental impacts of rice production, and making food production more resilient.