Piloting Climate Change Adaptation to Protect Human Health . A joint WHO/UNDP project funded by the Global Environmental Facility (GEF). Project Overview.
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A joint WHO/UNDP project
funded by the Global Environmental Facility (GEF)
Goal: "Increase adaptive capacity of national health system institutions, including field practioners, to respond to climate sensitive health risks"
This project works directly with seven developing countries to design and implement practical measures to protect health under a rapidly changing climate.
China – Uzbekistan- Fiji- Barbados - Kenya- Jordan-Bhutan
Source: NASA, GISS, 2009
Source: Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC)
Climate Change and Health Linkages
Some expected impacts will be beneficial but most will be adverse. Expectations are mainly for changes in frequency or severity of familiar health risks
Based on Patz et al, 2000
Seven countries in different ecosystem zones, representing different health risks from climate change
Main health risks in highland regions
Changing precipitation patterns are likely to affect the quality and quantity of water supply, and bring new risks through changing agricultural practices.
This may exacerbate two of the largest causes of global ill health:
High priority risks in low-lying countries include:
GEF funding US$ 4.5 million
In cash and in-kind co-financing US$ 16.6 million
Total ProjectUS$ 21, 159, 000
IMPLEMENTATION PHASE OF FULL PROJECT
Increase adaptive capacity to respond to climate sensitive health risks in seven countries.
Four Specific Outcomes related to:
Measurable increases in "adaptive capacity" to
climate sensitive health risks
Pilot country Government Representatives
Senior Technical Advisor
Senior Technical Advisor
Barbados Steering group
Global Knowledge Management Component (WHO)
Global Environmental Facility (GEF)
United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)
World Health Organization (WHO)
Climate change adaptation is a new field.
The long term aims of the project are to:
For more information on Climate and Health Actions
Early warning and response system with timely information on likely incidence of climate-sensitive health risks established
Capacity of health sector institutions to respond to climate-sensitive health risks based on early warning information improved
Cooperation among participating countries promotes innovation in adaptation to climate change including variability