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WHO and UNDP: New Project for Health Adaptation to Climate Change

arton2258Through a series of pilot projects in Barbados, Bhutan, China, Fiji, Kenya, Jordan, and Uzbekistan, the project aims to better identify future ways to address the health risks associated with climate change. It will in particular focus on enhancing early warning and action systems; capacity building among national actors; pilot specific health risk reduction interventions; and the documentation of lessons learned in addressing the health risks associated with climate change in the specific areas.

The project aims to address a wide range of health concerns with climate change in small island developing states (SIDS), highland, water-stressed, and urban contexts. “For example, China will focus on strengthening early warning and response systems to extreme heat in urban settings; whereas Barbados and Jordan focus on diarrheal disease control through safety of wastewater reuse as a response to water scarcity; Kenya and Bhutan address vector borne disease risks in the highlands; and Fiji and Bhutan highlight actions for community awareness and preparedness for flooding.”

TheGlobal Environment Facility(GEF) will finance this project through its Special Climate Change Fund (SCCF) with US$4.5 million for activities. In addition, the project is expected to leverage significant co-financing and in-kind support from 2010-2014.

More information is availableonline.

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