Ever wondered how we can beat the climate crisis? 'Resilience' brings you inspiring stories from people all over the world who are adapting to climate change in practical, creative and innovative ways. Each episode explores a different theme in building climate resilience - from cities to coasts and small islands, nature-based solutions, recovering from the Covid pandemic, and the race for climate-proof food.
The views expressed in this podcast do not necessarily reflect the views of the UN Environment Programme.
Lis and Marcus are joined by Musonda Mumba, a wetlands ecologist and the director of the Rome Centre for Sustainable Development, to discuss the vital role that nature and ecosystems play in helping us adapt to climate change. And in the Seychelles, biologist Victorin Laboudallon explains why mangroves are a ‘super-solution’, protecting both the land and the sea, and keeping us safe from the effects of climate change.
Find out more about:
- The UN's Global Adaptation Network: unep.org/gan- Climate adaptation resources and multimedia: bit.ly/2Y8SavL- The Rome Centre for Sustainable Development: @UNDP_RomeCentre (Twitter)
- TRASS Seychelles: @TerrestrialRestorationActionSocietyofSeychelles (Facebook)
- The Global Environment Facility: thegef.org
- Ecosystem-based Adaptation: Nature-based Solutions for Resilience: bit.ly/3FmY911
- Six ways nature can protect us from climate change: bit.ly/3ixV7gG
- The Global Value of Mangroves for Risk Reduction: bit.ly/3B8M4Kt
- Ecosystem-based Adaptation Briefing Note Series: bit.ly/2ZYOVrL
- Video: What is Ecosystem-based Adaptation?: shorturl.at/uvGHW
- In Pictures: How Africa is using nature to adapt to climate change: shorturl.at/amoJT
- Factsheet: Ecosystem-based Adaptation in Lao PDR: shorturl.at/orQX9
The Race for Climate-proof Food
Lis and Marcus consider one of the most critical issues in adaptation: how to build more climate-resilient food supplies. Eduardo Mansur, the FAO’s Director of the Office of Climate Change, Biodiversity and Environment, talks about drought-resilient food production, biotechnology, and insect farming. And Louise Mabulo talks about how she founded the Cacao Project in the Philippines to help farmers carve out sustainable, shockproof livelihoods.
Find out more about:
- The UN's Global Adaptation Network: unep.org/gan- Climate adaptation resources and multimedia: bit.ly/2Y8SavL- The Cacao Project: louisemabulo.com/the-cacao-project
- The Food and Agriculture Organization: fao.org
References:- Half the world to face severe water stress by 2030 unless water use is "decoupled", says International Resource Panel: bit.ly/3uJSflZ- Climate-smart agriculture: bit.ly/3mokx1n
- Climate-resilient farming practices: Typology and guiding material for climate risk screening: bit.ly/2WHX1Ui
When Cities Adapt
Lis and Marcus discuss what their ideal climate-resilient cities would look and feel like - and Kobie Brand, the Africa regional director of the global cities network ICLEI, is back to talk about the exciting innovations happening in African cities, including the use of the Minecraft video game to map out climate adaptation strategies in the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa. And coffee farmer Hector Velasquez explains his crucial role in supporting San Salvador’s ambitions to become a ‘sponge’ city.
Find out more about:- The UN's Global Adaptation Network: unep.org/gan- Climate adaptation resources and multimedia: bit.ly/2Y8SavL- CityAdapt: cityadapt.com/en- The ICLEI - Local Governments for Sustainability: africa.iclei.org- The Global Environment Facility: thegef.org
References:- 68% of the world population projected to live in urban areas by 2050, says UN: bit.ly/3Be7YvX- A Practical Guide to Climate-resilient Buildings & Communities: bit.ly/3DgWlFg- “Sponge City”: San Salvador uses nature to fight floods: bit.ly/3izMwKu
Crisis & the Green Recovery
Lis and Marcus are joined by Koko Warner, from the UN Climate Change Secretariat, to discuss the parallels between tackling the Covid pandemic and building resilience to climate change. But also, what can we expect at the upcoming COP26 climate summit in Glasgow? Kobie Brand, the Africa regional director of the global cities network ICLEI, shares her lessons on the speed and power of collective action from living through ‘Day Zero’ - the time when Cape Town nearly ran out of water.
Find out more about:- The UN's Global Adaptation Network: unep.org/gan- Climate adaptation resources and multimedia: bit.ly/2Y8SavL- The United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change: unfccc.int- The ICLEI - Local Governments for Sustainability: africa.iclei.orgReferences:- Call to Action for a Climate-resilient Recovery from Covid-19: bit.ly/3AdDAjR- Adaptation Gap Report 2020: bit.ly/3Bhby8o- National Adaptation Plans: bit.ly/3abjBaW
Protecting Coasts and Small Islands
Lis and Marcus find out about some really creative and practical solutions to the climate threats faced by coastal communities and people living on low-lying small islands.
Eritai Kateibwi, from the Te Maeu Project, talks about introducing hydroponics to Kiribati so his community can grow food without monthly ‘king’ tides washing away their crops. And world-renowned Danish architect Bjarke Ingels, who specialises in climate-resilient architecture, talks about floating cities and building flood barriers that double as parks, skateboard ramps, and bike storage - drawing on a concept known as ‘hedonistic sustainability.’
Find out more about:- The UN's Global Adaptation Network: unep.org/gan- Climate adaptation resources and multimedia: bit.ly/2Y8SavL- Big, Bjarke Ingels Group: big.dk- Te Maeu: temaeuprojects.org
References:- Factsheet: People & Oceans: bit.ly/3mnUeZn- A Practical Guide to Climate-resilient Buildings & Communities: bit.ly/3oDPeCu- Options for Ecosystem-based Adaptation in Coastal Environments: bit.ly/3DjsJah
Lis and Marcus explore how investing in adaptation makes both economic sense and helps save the lives of millions of people faced with climate catastrophes. Professor Patrick Verkooijen joins from the Rotterdam-based Global Center on Adaptation which, as the largest floating office in the world, is a potent example of adaptation. And Rohey Ceesay, a forestry officer in the Gambia, talks about how she uses drama and music to spread crucial messages and early warnings about deadly storms.
Find out more about:- The UN's Global Adaptation Network: unep.org/gan- Climate adaptation resources and multimedia: bit.ly/2Y8SavL- The Global Center on Adaptation: gca.org- The Global Environment Facility: thegef.org
References:- António Guterres: 50% of All Climate Finance Needed for Adaptation: bit.ly/2Yh8JWo- Reduced death rates from cyclones in Bangladesh: what more needs to be done?: bit.ly/3oEhyEP- Adaptation Gap Report 2020: bit.ly/2YkgRWI- Project Factsheet: Early Warning Climate Services in Gambia: bit.ly/3ldcDIV