Somalia, UNDP to begin climate resilience programme
24 Nov 2014
The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) said Friday (November 21st) it is set to begin an $8-million initiative to enhance the climate resilience of vulnerable communities and ecosystems in partnership with the Somali government.
The funds will go towards institutionalising climate risk management at the national and local levels, with community based organisations leading the implementation.
Participating organisations are expected to include responses to climate change risks in their natural resource management and disaster preparedness strategies.
"To date, most support to Somalia has been relief and reconstruction, but we are now moving beyond this and will start addressing some of the real drivers of conflict to enhance resilience, especially within the most vulnerable communities," said Tom Twining-Ward, global technical advisor to UNDP and the Global Environment Facility.
About 70% of Somalia's population is dependent on climate-sensitive agriculture and pastoralism, making sustainable climate resilience essential to the country's long-term stability.