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Climate Change: A Development Challenge

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Earlier this year I visited Nepal and Malawi, two of the poorest countries in the world. Both are already feeling the effects of climate change, with erratic weather patterns causing flooding and drought, making it harder to grow crops and access clean, safe water. The effects of climate change risk undoing the work that we have been doing for many years to try to improve the lives of the poorest people. Copenhagen is not a window of opportunity, it is a window of necessity to act on climate change. We must not waste it.

The urgency of mitigation

The most effective form of adaptation is mitigation - this is the only way to stop the most dangerous and threatening climate impacts from becoming a reality. The actions of developed countries alone will not reduce emissions to the level required to limit global temperature increases to 2ºC. As part of an ambitious climate deal, developing countries also need to agree to reduce their emissions - and we need to support these countries to move to a low carbon development path.

Understanding the costs of adaptation

 However successful we are at reducing emissions, we have already changed the climate, and we will be feeling the effects for many years. The poorest and most vulnerable countries will suffer the most. We must work with developing countries to help put climate change and adaptation at the heart of national planning. Developing countries face huge costs in adapting to climate change – but there is still much we do not know. However, we urgently need to start putting numbers on the table if we are to see ambitious adaptation support as part of a post-2012 climate change deal.

Stretching budgets too far: the importance of additionality


We have widespread agreement that developing countries need funding to help them to tackle climate change. Now we need to agree on whether this funding is in addition to existing international aid commitments. The cost of climate change were not factored into aid commitments made to help developing countries meet the MDGs, and we must not divert money from pledges already made to the poorest, such as for education, health, and water. The UK government has made a promise that no more than 10% of the money already committed to international aid can be used to tackle climate change. We will meet the rest of our fair share of the costs through new and additional finance, and we think others should do the same.



# Roland de la Cruz 2011-02-10 00:21
Not only Nepal or Malawi or any other poor country can be affected by climate change. Even the Philippines is gravely suffering from its effect. Erratic weather conditions has been prevalent in the country these past years but the question is, are the different mitigation and adaptation measures being done are delivering significant benefits to our society?

I think what we need to address importantly is how we can mitigate the effects of climate change and not on how we adopt to it. For me, adaptation and mitigation measures are different from each other. Mitigation is how to counter the effects of climate change while adaptation is adapting to the effects as if we cannot do anything about it.
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# Arnold Echevarria Jr 2011-02-11 15:44
I agree with you.,. what we are doing now is we partner the Department of Education here in Region XII to re-reinforce the Biodiversity in school...we piloted 8 schools here in the region. We conduct trainings and seminars in relevant with the biodiversity Reserve and Development the project involves the students/pupils, teacher, PTCA and LGU's and base on my evaluation the project is doing well...they surpass the expected result and i think that this mechanism is ideal to be replicated not only in a region but for the whole country....
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# Arnold Echevarria Jr 2011-02-11 15:53
the point is how we can do something about it. we have millions of youth out there and i think we can influence more and do the real job to work on this issue... and it will start now... :)
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# Roland de la Cruz 2011-02-13 13:59
Your effort in Region12 should be an inspiration throughout the country and congratulations for a job well done. These kind of endeavor should be an inspiration to other localities.

Talking about the issues on youth employment, studies shows that majority of the unemployed in the country falls within the range of the youth sector (18-40yrs old based on Philippine standards) not to mention those who are included in the "underemployed" sector. Efforts and other studies should be focused on how to address this unfortunate phenomenon prevalent in our country today.

Actually not only in the Philippines but particularly in other asian-pacific countries like Japan where the threat of youth unemployment and underemployment is something to be wary about.

youth entrepreneurshi p i think is one way to address the issue on youth employment.
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# Rafael Luna 2011-09-28 14:39
Mitigation and adaptation measures are different from each other. Mitigation is how to counter the effects of climate change while adaptation is adapting to the effects. I have written something similar in my
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# Don Eleazar O. Balbo 2011-12-06 13:30
One of the greatest environmental issues of our time. Take action. Responding to climate change also means renewing efforts to tackle wider development challenges.
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# Kenrelou 2012-05-26 18:24
You're all right. Climate change is now inevitable. What we can possibly do is to prevent the worsening situation. Basically, what we do is promote ecological awareness in our community so that people may see the real situation of the world. Haply, this simple act would greatly contribute to the responses of the call of Mother Earth.
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