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$8 million to enhance Yemen's ability to cope with climate change

$8 million has been launched for projects in #Yemen with the aim of reducing the effects of #climatechange and natural disasters.
الجفاف من اثار تغير المناخ في اليمن
The crisis of access to water and transportation in Yemen

On April 6, 2023, the Yemen Humanitarian Fund (YHF) received its first reserve allocation to mitigate the effects of climate change and natural disasters on those affected before the rainy season.

These funds will be used to improve emergency preparedness and flood response efforts and mitigate their impact ($5 million). Work will also be done to pilot the Yemeni Humanitarian Fund's predictive action approach to floods, which will be the first of its kind (3 million dollars).

This $8 million grant was given to seven Yemeni partners working on eight projects. More than 0.3 million people in 22 districts across five governorates will benefit from the funding.

The early warning had previously predicted that 22,000 people in Yemen would be affected by flooding in April 2023. During the rainy season, dozens of people have already died due to rain and torrential rains, with many more missing and injured. Climate change has caused damage to many communities' livelihoods as well as infrastructure damage.

Extreme weather events such as torrential rains and floods, as well as long periods of drought, are expected to continue in Yemen as a result of climate change. It is worth noting that the climate change crisis in Yemen affects many different segments of society and business sectors. For example, three out of every four Yemenis rely on agriculture for a living, and the climate crisis is causing them to fail.

Natural capital, such as clean air and water, fertile soil, biodiversity, and climate, is critical to supporting economic activity and sustaining life. Human societies would not be able to thrive without it. Understanding the value and significance of natural capital is therefore critical for making informed decisions about how natural resources are managed and used. Climate change is a major contributor to Yemen's humanitarian crisis.

Although Yemen's ability to cope with the effects of climate change and to conserve and manage natural resources efficiently is weak due to the conflict, this does not mean that there are no strategies and means that can be taken to reduce the effects of climate change, which include encouraging international cooperation, implementing sustainable development initiatives, Supporting local communities and enabling them to become stewards of their natural resources and to promote a sense of ownership and responsibility.


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