Maharashtra Andhra Pradesh and Odisha to Get USD 43 Million to Boost Climate Resilience
The Green Climate Fund of the UN Development Programme will provide USD 43 million, to boost climate resilience in the coastal states of Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh and Odisha
In a move that may positively affect over 10 million people living on the coastline, India, on November 13, 2019, kicked-off a USD 43 million projects to boost climate resilience in three coastal states, in partnership with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). The project is funded by the Green Climate Fund, established within the framework of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) to assist developing countries. The six-year project will build climate-resilient livelihoods for 1.7 million people in Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra and Odisha, offset 3.5 million tons of carbon, protect vulnerable ecosystems and benefit another 10 million people with improved shoreline protection, the UNDP said in a statement.
“India’s coastal areas are quite vulnerable to climate change and in the last five years, we have seen increased floods and cyclones in these regions. This pace-setting new initiative will help enhance resilience and adaptability, lead to emissions reductions and support sustainable livelihoods,” said Ravi Shankar Prasad, additional secretary in the Environment Ministry. The Indian government will finance an additional USD 86.8 million towards the new project to mainstream and accelerate the impacts of the Green Climate Fund grant. “The initiative will also focus on providing tangible benefits for vulnerable communities, including women, female-headed households, young people and the elderly, and members of Scheduled Castes and Tribes,” the UNDP said. To protect life on land and below water, project activities will focus on restoration and conservation of over 15,000 hectares of mangroves, coral reefs, seagrasses and salt marshes. Communities, including the local youth, will be trained to work with scientists in monitoring ecosystem health and coastal ecology.
To strengthen climate risk-informed coastal management and infrastructure planning, the innovative project will create an online decision-support tool available via mobile phone for use by government officers, academic institutions, community members and scientists. The project will also build local knowledge of climate change and the associated risks via training and public education programmes, the UNDP said.
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