The U.S. Department of Homeland Security has released its 2014 Quadrennial Homeland Security Review, which highlights highlights ongoing areas of priority and renewed areas of emphasis to guide strategic planning for the agency. To this end, the report does acknowledge climate change as a "threat multiplier" and notes that "Natural hazards are becoming more costly to address, with increasingly variable consequences due in part to drivers such as climate change and interdependent and aging infrastructure."
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The European Union's (EU) EUROCLIMA climate change cooperation programme with Latin America has published four publications that aim to provide guidance to Latin American governments as they design mitigation and adaptation strategies and policies.
- The Climate Change and Risk Management: Vulnerability Analysis of Coastal Marine Infrastructures in Latin America guide sets out a methodology for analyzing coastal marine infrastructure vulnerability at national, sub-national and local levels.
- Best Practices for Adaptation to Climate Change in Rural Latin America: Options and Lessons from the Sustainable Livelihoods Approach synthesizes the expected impacts of climate change on agriculture, biodiversity and water resources in rural Latin America and inventories adaptation measures used by 55 projects among 18 countries.
- The Climate Change and Soil Degradation in Latin America: Scenarios, Policies and Responses guide: estimates soil degradation in Latin America; analyzes the region's vulnerability to climate-induced soil degradation; and inventories country policies, plans and instruments to combat soil degradation linked to climate change.
- The Nationally Appropriate Mitigation Actions in Urban Areas: Tools and Successful Experiences in Latin America guide presents tools for developing NAMAs and highlights lessons learned from successful mitigation experiences from across Latin America.
The states of Hawaii and Rhode Island have passed new legislation to coordinate efforts on climate change adaptation. Both acts establish climate councils in the states. The Hawaii legislation also creates a mechanism for ongoing assessment of risks and adaptation options on a five-year cycle and mandates adaptation planning efforts that span both near-term and long-term priorities.
Thursday, June 12, 2014
- Having a quick overview of the type of capacity-building support provided at the global, regional and country level
- Tracking specific project activities and programmes
- Identifying and building on best practices
- Identifying potential gaps in the delivery of capacity-building
- Accessing information on stakeholders involved, funding sources and amounts allocated
- Improving coordination of capacity-building support, including by identifying duplications of efforts
- Identifying possible cooperation partners