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'Poorest of the poor countries need $1.4 bn to adapt to climate change'
Nivedita Khandekar , Hindustan Times
New Delhi, November 14, 2013
First Published: 22:47 IST(14/11/2013)
Last Updated: 22:52 IST(14/11/2013)

Poorest of the poor countries - 10 of which are in Asia - are trying their level best to fight climate change.

For instance, Angola is seeking to adapt its fisheries to survive climate change. On the other hand, Cambodia is looking to make its water supplies and agriculture more resilient.

Deep in the Pacific, the small island nation of Samoa is seeking to strengthen the infrastructure for communities that are dependent on tourism. But the key question is, how do they obtain the finances for it?

The United Nations Framework Convention for Climate Change (UNFCCC) on Thursday announced at least $1.4 billion additional funding will be required to support the successful implementation of comprehensive plans to deal such inevitable impacts of climate change as part of the National Adaptation Programme of Action (NAPA).

As governments meet for the UN climate change conference at the Polish capital, the poorest countries – the least developed countries (LDCs) – of the world finalised their comprehensive set of plans, through which they have identified both immediate adaptation needs and formulated concrete projects to meet those needs.

In all 48 LDCs have submitted their adaption plans to the UNFCCC secretariat, which said, these plans will help poor countries better assess the immediate impacts of change, for example drought and floods, and what they need in the way of support to become more resilient to climate change impacts.

"Science clearly shows that a significant degree of climate change is unavoidable, as has been confirmed by the latest findings of the UN's Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. Typhoon Haiyan has been the latest in a string of worsening extreme weather events around the world, and we know there are more to come," said UNFCCC executive secretary Christiana Figueres.

The UN identifies 49 countries as belonging to the group of LDCs based on three criteria: low income, weak human assets and high economic vulnerability. Of these, 33 are in Africa, 10 in Asia, one in the Caribbean and five in the Pacific.


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