On the 18th of June 2018, The South African National Biodiversity Institute (SANBI), will present certificates of appreciation to its project partners and implementation agents that have been involved in the Adaptation Fund project.

With support of the Department of Environmental Affairs, the South African National Biodiversity Institute was accredited as South Africa’s National Implementing Entity of the Adaptation Fund in 2011. Two projects have since been approved by the Adaptation Fund Board, and today is roughly the half-way point of these projects.

The first project is called “Building resilience in the greater uMngeni catchment, South Africa”, and has a value of US$ 7, 5 million. This project is led by the uMgungundlovu District Municipality in KwaZulu-Natal, with strong support from the University of KwaZulu-Natal who are leading the innovative agricultural work that is taking place. The projects are increasing the resilience of vulnerable communities through interventions such as early warning systems, climate smart agriculture and climate proofing settlements, and showcases the integration of science and local knowledge.

The second approved project called “Taking adaptation to the ground: A small grants facility for enabling local level responses to climate change in South Africa”, is funded to the tune of US$ 2, 5 million. This project is led by SouthSouthNorth, with the support of Conservation South Africa and Choice Trust. It is being implemented in the Namakwa and Mopani Districts in Northern Cape and Limpopo Provinces respectively, with strong support from the District Municipalities. These projects are providing South Africa with opportunities to learn how to develop and implement high impact climate change adaptation projects that make a real difference to the lives of people who are vulnerable to climate change.

The experience that has been gained with these Adaptation Fund projects has paved the way for SANBI to be accredited as a Direct Access Entity for the Green Climate Fund. This accreditation will provide an opportunity to design a scaled up green climate fund programme of work.

SANBI is very proud to be associated with the Adaptation Fund for the incredible opportunity that it has provided to South Africa. This celebratory event provides an opportunity to celebrate this pioneering work that is being undertaken with partners.

To setup an interview with project managers please contact:

Name: Dipolelo Moshe
Designation: Deputy Director: Marketing and Communications
Cell no: +27 (0)72 996 8289
Email address: D.Moshe@sanbi.org.za
Website: www.sanbi.org

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