WWF launches climate change adaptation project in DIANA

Posted on 04 February 2010
The dry horizon in northern Madagascar
© WWF / Mélinda-Ashley Gilhen
Antsiranana - More than 50 regional actors have participated in a workshop to launch a regional project focused on developing a strategy for adaptation to future climate change. The workshop took place on January 29.

This is a pilot project for Madagascar, which is being implemented by WWF in conjunction with the Diana Regional Environmental Steering Committee. The project receives funding from the MacArthur Foundation and will run for a period of 3 years.

The project will design and implement adaptation strategies in two priority areas for conservation and in one area where natural resources are widely used by local communities. The project is a pilot project for Madagascar and lessons learnt from the project implementation will be replicated elsewhere in the country, obviously taking into account specific contexts.

Building of the capacity of regional stakeholders on climate change adaptation will be a key component of the project. The project will convene a meeting of regional and national specialists to undertake a regional vulnerability assessment to identify the areas of DIANA region most likely to be affected by climate change. Based on this assessment a series of priority areas for detailed planning of future climate change adaptation strategies will be carried out.

The project will aim to integrate climate change considerations into the Regional Development Plan to ensure future development in the region is resilient to the effects of future climate change. In addition, other projects on climate change conducted by WWF in Madagascar will benefit from the experience of the Pilot Region DIANA. This is particularly the case for the project on mangroves on the west coast of the country and assessing the resilience of the protected area of Nosy Hara climate change.

"The north-west of Madagascar is particularly vulnerable to climate change. Increased variability in precipitation and the increased intensity of hurricanes will affect human communities and the unique biodiversity found in this area," said Alison Clausen, WWF Climate Change Programme Officer.

"DIANA Region needs to join the battle against climate change – that’s why this project is so important," said Jaonosy Juslin, Director of Regional Development of the Region of Diana.

“We are very excited to be launching this innovative project in Diana region. We look forward to working closely with the Regional Environmental Steering Committee and other regional stakeholders over the next 3 years” said Tiana Ramahaleo, Conservation Science and Species Programme Coordinator at WWF MWIOPO.

The dry horizon in northern Madagascar
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