- Newsletter July 2016 - n°23
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Editor’s note
Milestone in communication of the CC&E Network
All of us know that communication is key for almost everyone and everything nowadays. But how and what to communicate often remains a challenge in order to reach the desired impact. During the last months we have made progress with regard to better sharing and disseminating relevant information from and for our network members. We have created a dedicated network site on the weADAPT platform with the help of the Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI). I highly recommend you to have a look at it and to join! This platform will provide a great opportunity both to learn within a wider international setting and to share our experiences with a much larger audience. Please send us your interesting lessons learnt, obstacles encountered and solutions found to address climate change. We can help you in making it an attractive case study or article with a great editorial support provided by the SEI. Let’s move together to new spheres of mutual learning and exchange!
Daniel Maselli, Focal Point CC&E Network
Thematic focus: Climate Change and Migration 
Why cities matter when dealing with the nexus of migration and climate and environmental change
It is commonly known that the world is undergoing the largest wave of urban growth in history. Half of the world’s population currently lives in urban areas, a proportion that is expected to increase to two thirds by 2050.  It is further known that increasing mobility on a global scale, especially rural-urban migration, is a significant factor driving the rapid expansion of cities around the globe.
Besides being a driving force that accelerates rural-urban migration, this article argues that environmental issues are as much a factor in the life of urban migrants as well as their host environment namely the cities in which they settle.
Curbing migration to cities will not have the often envisioned effect of reducing a city’s fragility to natural disasters and climate change but will rather have the reverse effect of increasing a city’s vulnerability to shocks due to the dependence of a large share of their population on assistance. A city is only as resilient and prosperous as its most vulnerable citizens.

Read more about some of the key aspects to consider regarding the nexus of migration and the environment in urban contexts
Floods in Guelmim, Morocco in March 2013 (Credit: jbdodane;
6 July 2016
Resilient Cities 2016
Bonn, Germany
8-9 December 2016
International Conference: Migration & Environmental Change
Berlin, Germany
Bettina Etter and Yvonne Diallo-Sahli
on Thematic Focus
Manish Mohandas
on updates from GPCC India
Erdenesaikhan Nyamjav
on updates from Mongolia (FRM)
Jocelyn Ostolaza Beytia
on CARE and WMO activities & 

Reto Thönen  
on Private Sector Involvement
News related to thematic focus
  • Nexus Brief Climate Change & Migration: SDC has started a dialogue to address interlinkages between climate Change, Environment and disaster risks on the one hand and migration and economic development on the other hand. The Nexus Brief focuses on the Climate Change/Environment and Migration nexus and synthesises the main findings from this process so far including relevant literature.  Read the Nexus Brief here.
  • Atlas of Environmental Migration - a publication which, for the first time, brings together existing knowledge, research and country-level case studies exploring the links between migration, environment and climate Change. Read more here
  • Check out two thematic input papers on the climate and environment nexus on the new CC&E Network site on weADAPT. Read more here.
Policy updates
  • Deep in the Himalayas lies the Kingdom of Bhutan, which has pledged to remain carbon neutral for all time. In this illuminating talk, Bhutan's Prime Minister Tshering Tobgay shares his country's mission to put happiness before economic growth and set a world standard for environmental preservation. Watch the TED Talk here.
SDC funded projects and programs
  • Peru is renewing it's climate commitment. The Ministry of Environment (Minam) presented an initiative called "Gestión Clima".
  • The Capacity Building on Low Carbon and Climate Resilient City Development (CapaCITIES) project in India was recently approved under the Global Programme Climate Change (GPCC).
  • SDC’s “Indian Himalayas Climate Adaptation Programme” (IHCAP) under GPCC launched its second phase.
  • The kick-off Meeting of the project “Strengthening State Strategies for Climate Actions“ (3SCA) took place in New Delhi.
  • SDC supported Engaging Stakeholders in Environmental Conservation project launched the Frugal Rehabilitation Methodology (FRM).
  • SDC Shares lessons learnt on private sector Iivolvement in development cooperation in the context of the Energising Development Partnership (EnDev).
  • The three SDC projects Integrated Flood Risk Management (IFRM), Glacier Lake Outburst Floods (GLOF), and Dam Safety Enhancement Project (DaSEP) were presented at the INTERPRAEVENT 2016 conference.
  • The platform for promotion of renewable energy and energy efficiency in international cooperation (REPIC) released its annual report 2015.
Further news
  • A new synthesis report on integrated land and water management was published and promoted by SDC.
  • A new advisory document about embedding resilience, adaptation and transformation into sustainable development projects by the Scientific and Technical Advisory Panel of the Global Environment Facility (STAP/GEF) is available.
  • 17th Swiss Global Change Day 2016: The meeting report, the winning posters as well as the presentations can be found here.
  • Adaptation to Climate Change in practice: Over 200 practitioners and representatives from Administration and science from Switzerland and neighbouring countries participated at the conference on June 7 and 8 in Berne.  Find the media release here (in German, French or Italian).
  • A roundtable on “Enabling Adoption of Biomass Based Clean Energy Technologies in the African Region through Knowledge Transfer Route” was organized.
  • SDC organized a workshop on “make-your-own solar lamp” at the Swiss Embassy, New Delhi.
  • A regional consultation to explore the scope and opportunities for energy efficiency in the aluminium sector took place on 26th February 2016 in Chennai.
  • GPCC Forestry in Action - regional training workshop of the African Forest Forum (AFF) on 'Assessment of Forest Carbon Stocks' in West Africa. A TV report is available here.
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