|Climate Change and the Most Vulnerable Among Us: Lessons learned from an AVSI project funded by the EU|
A workshop was recently organized by AVSI in collaboration with Fondazione Eni Enrico Mattei on the impact of climate change on the most vulnerable, especially in developing countries. It was based on lessons learned from a project funded by the European Commission in Haiti and the Dominican Republic, in connection with the Agenda for Sustainable Development. It included examples of climate mitigation projects taken from a report recently published by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).
These consequences will not be limited to the poorest countries given the intense integration of the world’s economic systems and the phenomenon of migration phenomena at the global level.
In light of these possible consequences, the European Commission organized a workshop entitled The meeting was attended by nearly one hundred people, ranging from students to environmental and energy experts, institutions, organizations as well as businesses interested in the issues of sustainable development and environment. The panel was chaired by , President of AVSI Foundation and included experts such as , Director of the Climate Change and Sustainable Development program of Fondazione Eni Enrico Mattei, , Deputy Coordinator of the Climate Change and Sustainable Development program of Fondazione Eni Enrico Mattei, , researcher at Columbia University, , Director of the Pic Makaya National Park , , Policy Officer of the European Union Global Climate Change Alliance, and , from Instituto Dominicano de Desarrollo Integral (IDDI).
titled “Studies and pilot initiatives to promote environmental sustainability in Dominican Republic and Haiti” provides concrete recommendations based in experience. The study, funded by the EU and implemented by AVSI, shows that development programs in areas of climate-related disasters must include an environmental dimension along with the social and economic dimension in order to prevent the risks posed by climate change.
and opportunities like education while addressing energy poverty. Strengthening a community’s ability to adapt and to be resilient as well as a turning global attention toward human development is key.
s the international and financial relations among states as much as the environment:
presented data and analysis on the issue of energy poverty. There are 3 billion people in the world that engaged in a negligible amount of energy consumption because of lack of access, including most of Africa and Asia. Roughly 800 million people are responsible for 55% of total energy consumption. Providing universal and efficient energy access to those 3 billion people would only increase global energy by around 10%, but would have a dramatic effect on the lives of the most vulnerable like in Africa. It is important to note that
for poverty reduction and sustainable development found in the 2006 EU Consensus on Development on through the Agenda for Change launched in October 2011. Giappichelli pointed out that the European Union’s financial commitment from now until 2020 has been tripled, demonstrating the EU’s increasing concern about the effects of climate change.
by presenting the practical example of the Haitian National Park. The EU-AVSI Environmental Sustainability program has a strong connection with the Haitian National Park, and reaches out to 50,000 peasant families whose livelihoods depend on the natural resources of the area.