Hari Krishnaa has worked in the field of climate change resilience and disaster risk reduction for over 15 years. He has helped various organizations such as the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), Oxfam, International Center for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD) and many others to both plan and implement climate and disaster resilience programs in South Asia, Southeast Asia and Africa. What has motivated him to work on this field? And what are his biggest takeaways so far? Read our interview with him.
Four South Asian countries (India, Pakistan, Nepal and Afghanistan) have successfully applied a new governance framework called “Mainstreaming Adaptation to Climate Change within Governance Systems in South Asia” that allows governments to integrate climate change adaptation into governance systems, policies and plans. This framework identifies barriers and opportunities for climate adaptation mainstreaming.
For Bhutan, a tiny carbon-neutral country nestled in the Himalayas between India and China, climate change is not just an environmental problem but a serious challenge to sustainable development. See how Bhutan facing these challenges through an interview with Secretary Chencho Norbu, head of the National Environment Commission Secretariat.
By 2050, South Asia will need around US$ 500 billion to finance climate change adaptation, and public finances will form a crucial part of that picture. To ensure this, a new framework that helps governments mainstream spending on climate adaptation into domestic budgets, has been successfully implemented in Bangladesh, Nepal, Pakistan, Philippines and Thailand.
According to BNPB (Indonesian National Board for Disaster Management), more than 93% of disasters in Indonesia are hydrometeorological disasters. Out of 2,341 disaster events, 787 were caused by flooding. Some of the affected areas share the same watershed, which has proved to share trans-boundary waters that are facing increasing demands for basin development collaboration.