Many environmental and human systems are at risk due to the impacts of anthropogenic climate change and these dangers are becoming more evident in our daily lives, including via an increasing number of calamities that already exhibit signs of climate change. Climate risk is currently posing and will continue to pose a serious threat to the existence and wellbeing of the planet, leading to mounting concerns about how these threats may affect our planet’s future – especially its ecosystems, community well-being, and future advancements.
Climate and disaster risk transfer in national policies and climate commitments can strengthen the resilience of vulnerable communities and sectors against the impacts of climate and disaster risks. With the objective of enhancing the understanding of risk transfer mechanisms as a key instrument to address climate change impacts, build capacities, and to share lessons learned in Sri Lanka and across the world, SLYCAN Trust, in its workshop series on Climate Risk and Risk Transfer, included a session on ‘Integrating Climate and Disaster Risk Transfer into National Policies and Climate Commitments’. This dialogue, held as a virtual event on 20 January 2021, focused on challenges, opportunities, and synergies of integrating risk transfer into national policies and commitments.
The agriculture sector of Sri Lanka plays an important role in the country’s economy and is one of the sectors that is most vulnerable to climate change. Changing weather patterns, pest and animal attacks, and soil degradation, among other factors, have decreased the productivity of the sector, resulting in implications to livelihoods, food security, and the economy. Climate and disaster risk management in Sri Lanka’s agriculture sector can go a long way in ensuring that farmers and other stakeholders are able to cope with and adapt to risks brought about by climate change and disasters.
Climate or disaster risk can be understood as the interaction of hazards, exposure, and vulnerability. A comprehensive risk management framework – through measures connected to risk awareness, risk prevention, risk reduction, risk transfer, and risk retention – has the potential to address climate and disaster risks in a holistic way.
The Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction conducted a side event at the 2022 UNDRR Global Platform for DRR meeting on 25 May2022 titled ‘Towards Greater Financial Resilience: Enhancing the Global Disaster Risk Finance Architecture’.
The Second Technical Dialogue on Accessing and Scaling Up Climate and Disaster Risk Finance in Sri Lanka was hosted by SLYCAN Trust on September 1st, 2022. The event brought together over 35 entities with the aim to engage and identify interventions, including key stakeholders from Sri Lanka’s finance, agriculture, tourism, and trade sectors as well as other key economic sectors.
SLYCAN Trust has launched a capacity-building exercise on integrating heat stress management into climate policies and developing guidelines for gender-sensitive heat adaptation planning in Sri Lanka.
On May 5th, 2022, SLYCAN Trust hosted an initial technical dialogue on accessing and scaling up climate and disaster risk finance for Sri Lanka and engage key stakeholders from the public and private finance sector.
The fifth IPCC assessment report published in 2014 highlighted the fact that humans are the main cause of global warming and provided an overview of the current and projected global impacts of climate change. The IPCC AR6 WGII report updates these findings and additionally puts a special focus on the regional and sectoral impacts of climate change, making it a very valuable resource for regional and national adaptation planning.
නිවර්තන කලාපීය රටවල ගොඩබිම සහ මුහුද අතර භූමියේ අති විශේෂ පරිසර පද්ධතියක් තිබේ. ඒ වෙන කිසිවක් නොව කඩොලාන වනාන්තරයි. ලවණ මිශ්ර ජලයට අනුවර්තනය වෙමින් තෙත්බිම්වල හොදින් වැඩෙන කඩොලාන ශාක ශ්රි ලංකාව ඇතුළු ලෝකයේ රටවල් 118ක සමුද්ර තීරයන් සොබාමත් කරයි
On the border between land and sea, a unique ecosystem covers tropical and subtropical regions around the world: Mangrove forests. Mangroves are well adapted to saline water and the tides, and they thrive along the coastlines of over 118 countries, including Sri Lanka. They offer a wide variety of ecosystem services, provide a sheltered habitat for many species of animals, and are vital allies in the fight against climate change.
Industrial farming and related supply chains have been successful in producing mass quantities of food for the global population in a cost effective and efficient manner, and these practices have been adopted by most countries, including Sri Lanka. However, these farming and food systems create a number of significant issues such as complex value and supply chains that are extremely fragile, increased contribution of greenhouse gas emissions, issues with market allocation of food, increased waste production, and the destruction of agricultural lands and ecosystems.
The Ethical Pitch Accelerator (EthicalX), an initiative of SLYCAN Trust implemented in partnership with the Ministry of Trade, the Sri Lanka Accreditation Board, the Sri Lanka Tourism Development Authority, and other strategic partners, was officially launched on January 12th, 2022, at Cinnamon Grand Colombo under the auspices of the Hon. Minister of Trade, Dr. Bandula Gunawardena. The initiative aims to support ethical, sustainable, and climate-friendly entrepreneurship through capacity-building and provision of technical support to new and existing start ups as well as setting up capacity-building hubs at local level to engage communities in supporting entrepreneurship.
සමුද්රිය පරිසරයට දේශගුණික විපර්යාස ඔස්සේ සිදුවන බලපෑම සුළුපටු නොවේ. අද වනවිට සමුද්රිය පරිසරයේ ජීවය බදු කොරල්පර දක්වාම මෙම බලපෑම විහිදී හමාරය. දුපතක් ලෙස හැඩවන ශ්රි ලංකාවට කොරල්පර මුතු මාලයකි.
A stakeholder consultation on the urban, city planning, and human settlement sector of Sri Lanka was held at the Ministry of Mahaweli Development and Environment on 26th July 2019. Initiated by the Climate Change Secretariat and organised with the technical support of SLYCAN Trust, it focused on the review and update of Sri Lanka’s Nationally Determined Contributions and National Adaptation Plan relating to the urban, city planning and human settlement sector. Experts from government institutes and international organizations contributed to the discussion.
Human civilizations havegrown and thrived in river valleys and coastal plains with abundant wetlandsfor thousands of years. These wetland systems, with their rich naturalresources, have been critical to the development and survival of humanity andare part of our natural wealth.[
Petrol’ has been the talk of the town since early November. The daily lives of the public have been disrupted with the rising traffic congestions and transportation issues. Vehicles have been queuing up at petrol stations fearing a petrol shortage since last Friday, creating traffic jams on the streets of Colombo, amidst the heavy showers.
The 2nd workshop for the preparation of Provincial Adaptation Plan (PAP) for Northern Province, and for the establishing of provincial climate change institutional set up was organized on 7th May 2019, at U.S. Hotel in Jaffna.
Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) are a key component underthe Paris Agreement. Bangladesh has submitted its first NDCs in 2015 andoutlined its intended actions across ten different sectors: Food security, livelihoods,and health protection, disaster management, coastal zone management, floodcontrol and erosion protection, climate resilient infrastructure, ruralelectrification, urban resilience, ecosystem-based adaptation, community-basedwetland and coastal conservation, and capacity building. As Bangladesh is oneof the most vulnerable countries to the impacts of climate change, implementingthe adaptation and loss and damage components of its NDCs is of greatimportance. Accordingly, Bangladesh has included not only mitigation actionsbut also adaptation components into its NDCs.
A national workshop on Policy Gaps and Needs Analysis for the Implementation of Nationally Determined Contributions on Adaptation and Loss and Damage in Nepal was conducted on 12th July, 2019 in Kathmandu, Nepal. The event was organised as part of the regional research led by SLYCAN Trust on identifying and addressing policy gaps and needs for the implementation of NDCs on adaptation and loss and damage in Bangladesh, Nepal and Sri Lanka.
සමතුලිත පරිසරයක් තුළින් ජීවින්ට බොහෝ වාසි අත්වෙයි. අප අවට ඇති පරිසරයේ බොහෝ ශාඛ සම්බන්ධයෙන් නොයෙකුත් අවධානයන් යොමු වුවද සුශේෂී ශාක වර්ග ඔස්සේ පරිසරයට ලැබෙන දායකත්වය සම්බන්ධයෙන් ඇතමෙක්ට ඇත්තේ අල්ප දැනුමකි.
Three landmark global agendas were produced in 2015: the Paris Agreement, the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) within the framework of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, and the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015–2030.
SLYCAN Trust has been working on the ground with rural farmers in Sri Lanka to understand climate vulnerabilities in the food production cycle and along the agricultural supply and value chain. Based on our interviews with farmers in several DS divisions in the Anuradhapura and Trincomalee Districts, we have compiled a series of videos that capture some of their experiences and struggles in the face of the changing climate.
Human food choices and food systems are inextricably linked with climate change. From crop cultivation to fisheries and from forestry to lab-grown meat, there are strong bonds between food production, sustainable development, adaptation, and mitigation. Food systems have economic, social, and environmental components that encompass production methods, input supplies, land and water use, energy, processing, pollution, waste management, labor conditions, financing, marketing, distribution, governance, and many more. Right now, livestock is one of the largest and most complex food systems in the world, and it is connected to climate change in three major ways.
A workshop organised by Southern Voices on Adaptation, SLYCAN Trust, Janathakshan (GTE) Ltd, and CANSA Sri Lanka, was held on the 18th of August at Hotel Renuka, for the purpose of discussing on how to facilitate transparent and inclusive implementation of Sri Lanka’s National Adaptation Plan.
The adverse impacts of climate change that result from extreme weather events and slow onset events are experienced around the world and across all sectors of society, driving states to integrate mitigation and adaptation actions into their policies and planning. To cope with residual impacts that cannot be mitigated, adaptation becomes pivotal in addressing climate change.
The agriculture sector is seen as particularly vulnerable to the adverse effects of climate change. Farmers are often known to bear the economic cost of climate-induced losses and damages to their cultivation and disruption to agriculture-related activities. Understanding the existing mechanisms of risk transfer and risk financing is important for a country to design a comprehensive disaster risk management strategy that supports risk reduction and climate change adaptation processes, and in building resilience of communities to face the impacts of climate change.
மகாவலி அபிவிருத்தி மற்றும் சூழல் அமைச்சின் காலநிலை மாற்ற செயலகம்,யூ.என்.டி.பி. மூன்றாவது தேசியதொடர்பாடல் அமையம் ஆகியவை இணைந்து பங்குதாரர் செயலமர்வொன்று நடத்தப்பட்டது.
A stakeholder workshop was organised today at Ministry of Mahaweli Development and Environment led by the Climate Change Secretariat of Sri Lanka, the UNDP and the Third National Communication Consortium.
දේශගුණික විපර්යාසයන්ට අනුහුරුවීමේ පළාත් මට්ටමේ අනුහුරුවීමේ සැලැස්මට (PAP) අදාල උතුරු පළාත් දෙවැනි වැඩමුළුව යාපනය යු.එස් හෝටලයේදී පසුගිය 7 වැනිදා පැවැත්විණි. මහවැලි සංවර්ධන හා පරිසර අමාත්යංශයේ දේශගුණික විපර්යාස ලේකම් කාර්යාලය, උතුරු පළාත් සභාව, එක්සත් ජාතීන්ගේ සංවර්ධන ව්යාපෘතිය(UNDP), තුන්වැනි ජාතික සන්නිවේදනය (TNC) වෙනුවෙන් ස්ලයිකැන් භාරය (SLYCAN Trust) සහ ලෝක පරිසර අරමුදල (GEF) එක්ව මෙම වැඩමුළුව සංවිධානය කර තිබිණි.
දේශගුණ විපර්යාස සන්නිවේදනය කිරීම සදහා ජාතික සන්නිවේදන ක්රමෝපායක් සකස් කිරීමේ වැඩපිළිවෙල යටතේ රාජ්ය ආයතනවල පවතින සන්නිවේදන කියාව ශක්තිමත් කිරීමේ විශේෂ වැඩමුළුවක් පරිසර අමාත්යංශ ශ්රවණාගාරයේදී අද (30)දින පැවැත්විණි.
The city of Colombo is the capital of Sri Lanka and its economic, political, and cultural focal point. Since October 2018, it is also South Asia's only Wetland City under the Ramsar Convention. With concerted efforts from government, communities, and all affected stakeholders, this opens the way for Colombo to become a model for urban wetland conservation and benefit from the many ecosystem services they offer.
As part of SLYCAN Trust’s research on climate and disaster risk and risk transfer in Sri Lanka, our team engages with primary food producers and farming communities to understand how climate change impacts their livelihoods and how they manage climate risks. These insights are documented in a series of video interviews with farmers in the Sri Lankan dry zone districts of Anuradhapura and Trincomalee, in an attempt to share their realities with a wider audience and amplify their voices.
දේශගුණික විපර්යාස ආරක්ෂාවට තර්ජනයක් බව එක්සත් ජාතින්ගේ ආරක්ෂක කවුන්සලයේදී පසුගියදා ප්රකාශයට පත්වී ඇත. ජර්මන් විදේශ කටයුතු අමාත්ය හෙයිකො මාස් පසුගියආරක්ෂක කවුන්සලයේදී මේ බව අවධාරණය කර තිබේ.ලෝක සාමය සම්බන්ධ ආරක්ෂක කවුන්සල සැසිවාරයටඑක්වෙමින් අමාත්ය හෙයිකො මාස් මේ බව පෙන්වා දී ඇත.
As a developing tropical island nation, Sri Lanka is severely at risk from the impacts of climate change. This makes effective risk management and risk transfer mechanisms a high priority for the country, particularly regarding the agriculture sector. Effective crop insurance schemes could play a big part in protecting the livelihoods of Sri Lanka’s population as well as its national food security.
With global attention focused on the implementation of adaptation activities to address the impacts of climate change and efforts towards climate-resilient development, economic diversification has been viewed as a means of a country’s drive towards sustainable economic growth and stability. It is defined as the process wherein a growing range of economic outputs is produced.
Dr. Youssef Nassef, the Director of the Adaptation Programme at the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change secretariat, recently launched the Resilience Frontiers Initiative (RFI)to achieve permanent resilience beyond 2030. Harnessing the power of paradigm-shifting frontier technologies and emerging social trends, this Initiative identifies eight transformative pathways that will steer the world towards this future.
Sri Lanka, being a biodiversity hotspot, has taken legislative steps to conserve its various habitats and ecosystems. However, the country’s biodiversity is also threatened by the adverse impacts of climate change.
ශ්රී ලංකාවේ කෘෂි කර්මාන්තය අවුරුදු 3000 ක් තරම් ඈතට දිවෙන අතීතයකට උරුමකම් කියයි. ශ්රී ලංකාවේ ප්රදාන ආහාරය 'බත්' වීම නිසා වී ගොවිතැනට ලැබී ඇත්තේ සුවිශේෂී ස්ථානයකි . ශ්රී ලංකාවේ වී වගා කරන ප්රධාන කන්න දෙකකි.ඒවා යල සහ මහා කන්න ලෙස නම් කරේ. අප්රේල් සිට සැප්තැම්බර් දක්වා කාලය යල කන්නය ලෙසත්, ඔක්තෝබර් සිට මාර්තු දක්වා කාලය මහ කන්නය ලෙසද නම් කරනු ලබයි. ලංකාවේ ප්රධාන වශයෙන් වියලි කලාපය ,අතරමැදි කලාපය , තෙත් කලාපය සහ කදුකර කලාපය යන කලාපයන්හි වී ගොවිතැන සිදු කරනු ලබයි.
ශ්රී ලංකාවේ නාගරික, නගර සැලසුම් සහ මානව ජනාවාස පහිටුවීමේ අංශයවලට අදාල පාර්ශවකරුවන්ගේ උපදේශනය මහවැලි සංවර්ධන හා පරිසර අමාත්යාංශයේ දී 2019 ජුලි 26 වන දින පැවැත්විණි.දේශගුණික විපර්යාස ලේකම් කාර්යාලය විසින් ආරම්භ කරන ලද මෙම උපදේශනය සංවිධානය කිරීම සදහා සදහා ස්ලයිකැන් භාරය (SLYCAN trust) තාක්ෂණික සහය ලබාදුන්නේය.