Current Date:

Saturday, 17 November 2018

Climate Change and Strengthening Flexibility of Fragile Communities

Sudan Second Environment Assessments Draft Report Tabled
Sudan has been in the recent decades facing many environmental due to the cutting of forests, soil degradation, air pollution and desertification in addition to the negative impacts of climate change.
The Ministry of Environment has been active in addressing these challenges and has lead the ministry to prepare a report in cooperation with the UNDP and UK-Aid analyzing the environmental situation in Sudan. This was accompanied by a serious of workshop attended by experts to formulate programs and plans to implement the report recommendations in additions to fields’ visits that included the Darfur, Eastern and Northern regions to explore their views and needs. The draft of the report is at the present been reviewed by national and international experts. The report will also indicate how Sudan can fulfill the international and regional obligations in this context. Also, the report explore how these proposed projects will contribute in advancing Sudan in the way towards attaining the SDGs by 2030.      
In this context and within the partnerships between the government and the NGOs to overcome the impacts of climate change and strengthening the flexibility of the fragile communities the Ministry of Environment, Natural Resources and Physical Development in collaboration
with the European Union launched yesterday at Al Salam Rotana Hotel a workshop of Strengthening Local Communities Resilience to Climate Change in Northern, River Nile, Kassala and North Darfur states.
The European Union donated EUR 8.5 million and the implementing partners donated EUR 1,875,000.
The implementing partners are Netherlands Red Cross, Sudanese Red Crescent, COOPI, Italian Development
Cooperation, Sudan Environment Conservation Society and Land Mills Ltd. with duration of 36 to 48 months. European Union Head of Delegation, H.E. Jean Michel Dumond addressed the opening session enumerating the importance of preserving the planet environment and the necessity of investing in climate change.
For his part, Minister of Environment, Natural Resources and Physical Development, Dr. Hassan Abdulgadir Hilal appreciated, while addressing the opening session, the European Union for its serious endeavor and commitment to implement several; projects aiming at
confronting the climate change.
The overall objective of the project is to increase local communities resilience to climate change. The action will contribute to increased household incomes in targeted communities, gained from sustainable improved farming and pastoralism practices or alternative income
generating activities.
The selected communities i.e. El Golid (Norhtern State), Shendi (River Nile State), Telkouk (Kassala State), Malha, Mellit, Um Kaddada, Um Baru (North Darfur State) will be less vulnerable to desertification through a combined approach of sustainable natural resource
management and strengthening of livelihoods. Expanded areas in the target locality will be protected from sand dune encroachment and sand movement; agricultural and pastoralist production at household level will have increased and diversified livelihood options.
The project will reverse the trend of environmental degradation and lack of resilience in improving management of key natural resources including communal forests and rangelands. The project also will increase the awareness of the need for protection of natural resources and provide men and women with the knowledge and means of sustainability manage threes resources; besides training and equipping small-scale farmers and pastoralists to adapt their livelihood practices to the current and predicted climatic conditions and natural resources available.
The projects also aim at creating opportunities for value addition and livelihood diversification, with increased opportunities for men, women, and youth to contribute to the household income. It is worth mentioning that the last environmental assessment in Sudan was conducted by the United Nations Environment in 2007.