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.
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.
For Bhutan, a tiny carbon-neutral country nestled in the Himalayas between India and China, climate change is not just an environmental problem but a serious challenge to sustainable development. See how Bhutan facing these challenges through an interview with Secretary Chencho Norbu, head of the National Environment Commission Secretariat.
This month, ACCCRN discuss why it is important to integrate climate change and disaster risk reduction into city planning with Jenty Kirsch-Wood, a Senior Technical Advisor Climate Change Adaptation and Resilience of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Vietnam. "The problem is that, whereas most cities have mentioned the terms climate change adaptation and mitigation somewhere, the challenge is to translate it into action." she opened the conversation.
By 2050, the United Nations predicts 64% of Asia’s population will live in urban settings. With growing population and rapid urban growth, most Asian countries are now facing the consequences of the unplanned urbanization, where open green spaces and wetlands are now covered in cityscapes. Therefore, heavy rain has nowhere to go, and floods are continuing become a major challenge for the countries in the region.