Climate resilience to be integrated into local planning

Oct 22, 2013

Photo by: UNDP Lao PDR/Vichit Sayavongkhamdy

Vientiane 23 October 2013 – Climate resilient planning will be integrated into local decision making with a new US$4.98 million project aiming to encourage climate change adaptation in water resources and small scale rural infrastructure.

Government officials and development partners working in the field of climate change and disaster risk reduction gathered today at the National Convention Center to review plans for the new United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) -supported project, entitled “Effective Governance for Small Scale Rural Infrastructure and Disaster Preparedness in a Changing Climate”.

The project will build capacity among provincial, district and local authorities in Sekong and Saravane districts to integrate climate risks into their existing development planning and budgeting, and to support their ability to execute priority infrastructure and ecosystem management projects that increase local resilience. 

The consultation was chaired by H.E Mr. Sisavath Vithaxay, Vice Minister of the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment (MoNRE) and Ms. Kyoko Yokosuka, Deputy Resident Representative of UNDP.

Speaking at the workshop, Vice Minister Sisavath Vithaxay said that this project will be implemented by MONRE’s Department of Disaster Management and Climate Change in partnership with MOHA’s Department of Planning, with support from UNDP and UNCDF. The aim is to improve local administrative systems affecting the provision and maintenance of small scale rural infrastructure through participatory decision making that reflects the genuine needs of communities and natural systems vulnerable to climate risk targeted in 12 districts of Saravane and Sekong provinces.

Ms. Yokosuka from UNDP explained that the new project seeks to “ensure that the needs of communities vulnerable to climate variability and change are fully reflected in local planning”.

As part of the project 48 small-scale infrastructure projects that will strengthen community resilience to changing weather patterns will be set up. These include plans to increase natural water retention and storage as well as ground water infiltration and recharge. Local communities will be encouraged to invest in this type of infrastructure via funding from the District Development Fund (DDF). The project also aims to involve local residents in the local administration responsible for the provision and maintenance of small scale rural infrastructure through a participatory decision making process. 

The project is financed by the United Nations Least Developed Countries Fund (LDCF) and UNDP. With a total budget of US$4.98 million, it will run until the end of 2016 and it will be managed by the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment, Department of Disaster Management and Climate Change. It is the second climate change adaption project set up specifically to reflect the recommendations from the National Adaptation Program of Action (NAPA) published in 2009.

Contact information

Vichit Sayavongkhamdy, UNDP Program Specialist – Tel: 021 267 719

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