Hari Krishnaa has worked in the field of climate change resilience and disaster risk reduction for over 15 years. He has helped various organizations such as the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), Oxfam, International Center for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD) and many others to both plan and implement climate and disaster resilience programs in South Asia, Southeast Asia and Africa. What has motivated him to work on this field? And what are his biggest takeaways so far? Read our interview with him.
South Asia has 23.7% of the global population but only 4.6% of the world’s renewable water sources. Countries in the region already face considerable water management challenges due to high population density, poverty, and a high dependence on agriculture as a source of livelihood. Water resources in South Asia are overexploited and depleting fast, and climate change will only exacerbate existing problems through irregular rainfall patterns and increased incidence of floods and droughts.
On March 28, 2018, stakeholders in Dong Ha City, Quang Tri Province gather at the Meeting Hall of the City Fatherland’s Front to kick start a project to replicate the climate change resilient housing model previously implemented in Da Nang City to Dong Ha City. The workshop was intended to be a replication of ACCCRN which aims to enhance the resilience of vulnerable wards through the establishment of a revolving loan system for constructing new flood and storm resistant homes.
Vietnamese activist Khanh Nguy Thi knew early on that depending on coal to meet the country's growing demand for energy would be a disaster for its people and the environment. "Energy is important for economic development, and it also has a huge impact on the environment and the people. But there was very little involvement of the civil society in the government's energy plans," said Khanh.
According to Article 6 of the the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), countries are supposed to ensure awareness, education and capacity building to tackle climate change with the developed countries while also support these efforts in the developing countries. It challenges the prevailing paradigm under which nearly a billion dollars had been invested in supporting capacity building.