NAIROBI, 15 December, 2022: Hot on the heels of COP27, the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction has introduced in combination ten of Africa’s maximum disaster-prone international locations who wish to boost up climate motion thru higher management of disaster and climate dangers.
The ten are amongst the ones international locations which give a contribution least to international greenhouse fuel emissions however are disproportionately uncovered to excessive climate occasions pushed by means of international warming.
They come with 8 Least Developed Countries and some Small Island Developing States: Benin, Comoros, Djibouti, Malawi, Mauritania, Mauritius, Niger, Seychelles, Sudan and Uganda.
Focal issues for disaster risk relief and climate exchange adaptation, and finance ministries of those African and Arab States are taking part in a two-day regional workshop centered on UNDRR’s flagship programme on comprehensive disaster and climate risk management.
Including extra entire disaster knowledge assortment, boosting synergies between disaster risk relief and climate exchange adaptation has turn into an ever extra pressing process given the COP27 determination to ascertain a loss and harm fund for climate prone international locations and to step up technical help in the course of the Santiago Network established 3 years in the past at COP25.
While just about all have disaster risk relief plans aligned with the targets and objectives of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction simplest Benin, Niger and Sudan even have nationwide adaptation plans.
Globally, 125 governments file the lifestyles of National Disaster Risk Reduction Plans and 40 governments file having National Adaptation Plans. As extra international locations broaden such plans, and advance their implementation, UNDRR advocates for extra built-in approaches.
Opening the workshop, Mr Amjad Abbashar, Chief of the UNDRR Regional Office for Africa stated: “Disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation have the common objective of reducing vulnerability and enhancing capacity and resilience. A comprehensive disaster and climate risk management approach is key to making the shift towards integrated plans and policies, supported by shared risk understanding and inclusive institutions.”
“Benin already has plans for disaster risk reduction and adaptation. We need coordinated implementation of these complementary plans for better investments in the country. Collaboration on management and application of disaster and climate risk information, and capacity development, between the ministries for climate change and disaster risk reduction, together with the planning and finance department, is a key enabler,” stated Mr Constant Houndenou, Advisor within the Ministry of the Living Environment and Sustainable Development, Benin.
“Mauritania is in the process of developing both a national adaptation plan as well as a disaster risk reduction plan. We will certainly want to ensure that these two planning processes are not developed in isolation from each other,” stated Mr. Sidi Aloueimine, Sendai Framework Focal Point, Ministry of Environment and Sustainable Development.
The workshop will lead to a shared imaginative and prescient for climate-risk knowledgeable, knowledge-pushed nationwide plans and built-in methods for disaster and climate risk management.
Organizations contributing to the workshop periods come with the Green Climate Fund, Global Environmental Facility, UNFCCC Secretariat, UNDP, IFRC, UNEP, WMO, GIZ, UNHABITAT, UNCDF, IOM/CADRI and IIED.