Walk along the dusty paths and through the boggy marshes of Kazungula in Zambia and you get a sense of the reality of climate change. In a district a few hours’ drive from Livingstone, the extreme temperatures, prolonged droughts and increased floods forecast by scientists and academics are increasingly becoming a reality.
You need to know where you’ve been and where you are if you want to know where you are going. That’s one of the fundamental tenets of good monitoring and reporting (M&R) and having been involved in the design and implementation of the Pilot Program for Climate Resilience (PPCR) M&R system over the last three years, I thought I’d share some of the reflections and takeaways from my exciting journey.
I lead the $1.2 billion Pilot Program for Climate Resilience, a funding window of the $8.3 billion Climate Investment Funds - a climate finance trust fund housed at the World Bank. The PPCR assists national governments in integrating climate resilience into development planning. And we provide additional funding to put the plan into action and pilot innovative measures to pressing climate-related risks.
As climate change continues to wreak havoc, the resilience of countries to withstand and recover from its impacts has become even more pressing.
The latest session of the Pilot Program for Climate Resilience (PPCR) Learning Series showcased some of the opportunities for climate change mitigation and adaptation presented by modern earth observation (EO) technologies.
The concept of transformation is one we spend a lot of time thinking about in climate and development. The scale of the challenge demands that we think seriously about both systemic and sustainable changes.
“Water is life's master and matrix, mother and medium,” said Nobel Prize winner for Physiology Albert Szent-Györgyi. The annual World Water Week is currently taken place in Stockholm bringing together experts, practitioners and decision-makers from over 300 organizations. This year's edition focuses on ‘Water for Sustainable Growth’ and aims to tackle the most pressing water-related challenges of today and think through solutions for the future.
The frequency of the news is only matched by its direness. It feels like every day we hear more about how climate change is getting worse. The Arctic is melting faster than ever before, temperatures are breaking new records at a rapid pace and more than 90% of reefs in and around the Great Barrier Reef are being bleached by a warming world.
Finance, technology and innovation are themes threaded throughout the Climate Investment Funds’ (CIF) work and a pioneering new project in Tajikistan is encapsulating all three in one package.
Earlier this month, the CIFs Pilot Program for Climate Resilience (PPCR), the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) and the Tajik government launched CLIMADAPT, a new project specifically dedicated to financing innovative technologies that will help make Tajikistan more resilient to climate change.
Learning about climate resilient development planning does not happen from behind a desk. That's why Cambodia’s Adaptation Working Group, recently formed under the CIF’s Pilot Program for Climate Resilience (PPCR), headed to the country's flood plains to explore best practices and challenges for climate change adaptation. Adaptation – or creating a more resilient society - is crucial here in Cambodia, where climate change means drought and flooding have become more severe and frequent.