Community Resilience

Community Resilience

Under this outcome area UNDP is working to promote community resilience through integrated landscape management.

Under this outcome area UNDP is working to promote community resilience through integrated landscape management.

UNDP-GEF empowers communities to implement participatory landscape planning and adaptive management to enhance community and ecosystem resilience and sustainability. In support of this  work, UNDP-GEF promotes combining and sequencing different financial support tools, including small-medium grants, micro-medium finance, micro insurance, local environmental funds, etc. UNDP  recognizes that smallholders and the rural poor are the primary agents of change at community and landscape levels, as well as for broader societal transformation. Worldwide, there are approximately 450 million farms of two hectares or less supporting a population of approximately 2.2 billion. Through their ordinary, everyday activities, these smallholders play a decisive role in the food security of their countries and the livelihoods and incomes of their communities, as well as in shaping the state of the biodiversity and ecosystem services on which they depend.


Integrated Land Use Management to Combat Land Degradation and Deforestation in Madhya Pradesh

Madhya Pradesh encompasses a major part of the highlands of Central India and constitutes parts of the upper catchments of five principal river systems – the Yamuna, Ganga, Mahanadi, Godavari and Narmada. It is endowed with rich and diverse forest resources with forest types ranging from dry thorn, dry and moist deciduous to sub-tropical semi-evergreen and tropical moist evergreen forests.

Increasing Resilience of Coastal Areas and Community Settlements to Climate Change in Tuvalu

Tuvalu is facing adverse effects of sea level rise and frequent tropical cyclones, already evidenced in low-lying atoll islands. With this project, UNDP supported this Small Island Developing State with addressing systematic climate risks, increasing institutional capacity to adapt to cliamte change related damage and disseminating relevant knowledge.

Adaptation to Climate Change through Integrated Water Harvesting Technologies in Yemen

As a Least Developed Country (LDC), Yemen is highly vulnerable to climate change-related impacts such as drought, extreme flooding, and sea level rise. These are serious concerns as Yemen's economy largely depends on its natural resources. In addition to having a predominantly semi-arid to arid climate, more than half the agriculture is rain-fed. Coupled with a rise in both droughts and floods, the Yemenis face an acute challenge in adapting to climate change induced stress on water resources.

Biodiversity Conservation and Watershed Management in Haiti

The project titled “Increasing the Resilience of Ecosystems and Vulnerable Communities through Biodiversity Conservation and Watershed Management in Haiti” has the twin objectives of reducing vulnerability of poor people to the effects of climate change, and conserving threatened coastal and marine biodiversity.

The project will look at spatially configuring watersheds and coastal areas in order to increase the resilience of ecosystems and vulnerable communities to climate change and anthropic threats.

Strengthening Adaptative Capacity and Reducing Vulnerability to Climate Change in Burkina Faso

Due to its socio-economic, climatic and geographical reasons, Burkina Faso is particularly vulnerable to climate change.

Promoting Climate-Resilient Water Management and Agricultural Practices in Rural Cambodia

This project, Promoting Climate-Resilient Water Management and Agricultural Practices in Rural Cambodia, is based on priority interventions focusing on climate change-resilient agricultural water management. The impacts of climate change on Cambodian agriculture, particularly on rice cultivation, are predicted to adversely affect food production and security in rural areas.

Enhancing Resilience to Climate Change in Vulnerable Coastal Communities in Gambia

The project, 'Enhancing Resilience of Vulnerable Coastal Areas and Communities to Climate Change in the Republic of Gambia',  will restore and maintain 2,500 ha of the mangroves forests of Tanbi Wetlands (of which 177,285 Gambian depends directly or indirectly on their economic activities, its buffer zones, sewage sinks and coastal stabilization roles), the North Bank, Western and lower river regions through a co-management approach to act as an additional buffer against climate-induced pressures in coastal a

Combating Adverse Effects of Climate Change on Agricultural Production and Food Security in Benin

For a long time, farming communities in Benin have had to develop weather and climate hazards mitigation techniques or practices so-called "endogenous" including crop diversification, irrigation, risk management disaster, etc. However, human induced climate change that has become a reality (IPCC, 2007), is posing new risks for these communities. Agricultural modernization that does not destroy the social and ecological balances yet ensures food security for the peasant mass has remained the biggest problem in Africa since the 60s.

Integrating Community-Based Adaptation into Afforestation and Reforestation Programs in Bangladesh

The project is working to transform the way greenbelt afforestation and reforestation programs in Bangladesh are designed and developed.

Enhancing “whole of islands” Approach to Strengthen Community Resilience to Climate and Disaster risks in Kiribati

The United Nations Development Programme is working with the Government of Kiribati to develop a project proposal for a new US$9 million grant proposal for the Global Environment Facility Least Developed Countries Fund. The proposed "Enhancing 'whole of islands' Approach to Strengthen Community Resilience to Climate and Disaster Risks in Kiribati" project will include US$45 million in co-financing.

Adapting to Climate Change through the Improvement of Traditional Crops and Livestock Farming Systems in Namibia

Namibia is one of the most arid countries south of the Sahara, characterized by high climatic variability in the form of persistent droughts, unpredictable and variable rainfall patterns, variability in temperatures and scarcity of water. As part of the Country Pilot Partnership for Integrated Sustainable Land Management (CPP), this project is piloting a host of interventions to address the underlying causes of land degradation in Namibia.

Implementation of Climate Change Adaptation measures in Coastal Areas of Uruguay

The project aims to put in place adaptive land planning and coastal management policies and practices to enhance the resilience of Uruguay’s coastal ecosystem to climate change, removing obstacles for adaptation in the process.

Building Climate Resilient Rural Communities in Zimbabwe

Climate change is projected to have profound impacts on Zimbabwe, including heightened water stress, increased incidence of drought, declines in crop and livestock productivity, change in wildlife ranges, an increase in wildfire incidents and the possible expansion of malaria zones. 

Reducing vulnerability to coastal flooding through ecosystem-based adaptation in Cuba

Mangroves cover more than 5% of the total area of Cuba and play a vital protective role against effects of storm surges and sea level rise. This UNDP-supported project, "Reduction of vulnerability to coastal flooding through ecosystem-based adaptation in the south of Artemisa and Mayabeque provinces," seeks to reduce the vulnerability of communities in coastal areas of Artemisa and Mayabeque provinces from climate change related coastal erosion, flooding and saltwater intrusion.

Water and Agriculture Adaptation in Anseba Region, Eritrea

Eritrea currently suffers from Africa’s highest level of food insecurity (and attendant high levels of malnutrition), a situation expected to be exacerbated by climate change via increasing temperature, drought, weather variability, and a decrease in water stores.

Developing Agro-Pastoral Shade Gardens in Djibouti

Djibouti faces multiple adverse effects due to climate change, which threaten large biophysical and socio-economic impacts. A priority area of concern is that of water availability, which is the main limiting factor of agricultural productivity and livelihood security.

Strongem Waka lo Community fo Kaikai (SWoCK): Resilience in Agriculture and Food Security in the Solomon Islands

This project supports Solomon Islands, a Small Island Developing State (SIDS), to better adapt to climate change by increasing food security with community based pilot projects on food production and management. It also takes actions to strengthen institution and adjust policies to govern agriculture in the context of climate change futures.