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The Climate Centre is involved in a increasing number of climate change programmes and projects around the globe. A complete overview is available at the worldmap where for your convenience we linked country-specific activities to the designated contact persons.

Partners for Resilience

Five Netherlands-based humanitarian, development and environmental organisations have joined forces in the ‘Partners for Resilience’ alliance. This alliance consists of the Netherlands Red Cross, CARE Netherlands, Cordaid, Wetlands International and the Red Cross/Red Crescent Climate Centre and it strongly believes in the central role of community resilience as the basis for development in disaster-prone areas and affected ecosystems. Resilience is defined as people’s ability to withstand shocks in their environment and their capacity to secure their livelihoods. For more information contact Madeleen Helmer.

Preparedness for Climate Change Programme

The Preparedness for Climate Change Programme (PfCC) aims to build capacity within NSs and zones at-large, to assess and address the humanitarian consequences of climate change through 4 guiding steps. In response to continued demand from Red Cross/Red Crescent National Societies (NSs) for capacity building on managing changing climate risks, the Climate Centre rolled out Phase 2 of the Programme in December 2009. Phase 2 is being conducted in close consultation with the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) and with funding support from the Netherlands government. Continuation of the programme is helping 27 more national societies to assess changing climate risks in their respective counties and to prepare action plans to address those risks and the potential implications for their programs. A web-based guidance provides you with some further background on the programme, including the different components that would typically be included. You will find an explanation of the purpose of each component, practical information and templates for documents. This web based guide which will also contain some example templates, links to useful resources and examples from Phase 1. Please find here (pdf, 28 kB)a full list of countries participating in the programme.

Forecast-based humanitarian decisions: Designing tools and processes to link knowledge with action

This CDKN Action Lab Innovation Fund external project aims to manage climate risks and promote development in Africa by embedding science into humanitarian work through forecast-based decisions. Intent is to engage post-graduate students in both thinking and action involving climate change adaptation and disaster risk reduction actions, thus supporting learning processes that will define the best modalities of informing government officials, humanitarian staff and volunteers, and communities at risk.

Health risk management in a changing climate

Climate change means that health risks are changing and have to be addressed in the context of increasing uncertainty. However, there is a lack of practical experience on how these rising risks can be managed, especially at local level. Red Cross Red Crescent staff worldwide show strong concern regarding the health impacts of climate change. Their expressed need for concrete advice and case studies of how to address climate change related health risks lie behind a project entitled "Health risk management in a changing climate".
 

Climate-smart community resilience: Facilitating innovative learning and policy dialogues, building upon delivery at scale in ‘Partners for Resilience’

This new CDKN project seeks to utilise opportunities arising from the Partners for Resilience (PfR). It will derive and utilise evidence-based lessons learnt from PfR experiences to shape policies for scaling up community resilience building in the context of disasters and climate change. This meets an urgent policy demand for practice-based guidance and tools to enable climate-smart disaster risk reduction at the local level, as a contribution to overall climate-compatible development. The intention of this project element is to capture the approaches and lessons learnt from this process so these add-on methods and tools can be utilised by practitioners (NGOs, CBOs, governments) more widely. Such approaches will include innovative games (created under objective 3) and use of film, leading to products that enable training on the ‘how’ to incorporate climate change, including risk perception, into participatory assessments with communities. Most importantly, once information has been gathered, it will also address how to consider the results of the use of the amended tools in the analysis phase, to create informed community risk reduction plans. The materials created will be available for download on the internet, including for training purposes, and shared through various civil society networks and platforms on disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation for adoption into wider policy arenas.

Strengthening the Resilience of People Living in High Risk Urban and Semi-Urban Areas to Weather-Related Disasters

This project has the objective to strengthen the resilience of people living in high-risk urban and semi-urban areas of Beira City (Mozambique) and Salima District (Malawi) for climate change-related disasters, by ensuring that the information produced by the national meteorological services is available and practical for the use of target communities and enhancing preparedness and risk reduction for climate change-related disasters. The project is a joint partnership of the Finnish Red Cross, Malawi Red Cross Society, Mozambique Red Cross Society, the Finnish Meteorological Institute and the RC Climate Centre.

International Consortium on Dengue Risk Assessment, Management and Surveillance (IDAMS)

Dengue is an emerging disease of major global significance and represents an enormous burden for health care systems in endemic countries. Differentiating dengue from other common febrile illnesses before complications develop is difficult †simple and inxpensive strategies are urgently needed to support early and accurate diagnosis, as well as to identify patients at high risk of developing complications, in order both to improve case management and to facilitate appropriate use of limited resources. The overall concept of this research project is to assemble a consortium of international experts working together to develop new and innovative tools to be applied to the control of dengue in a global context.

New joint fellowship programmes

In February 2012, the Climate Centre and the Academy of Sciences for the Developing World (TWAS.org external) signed a cooperation agreement to establish three joint fellowship programmes.

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