Preparing for Tomorrow's World
World Resources Report Launches Initiative on Decision Making in a Changing Climate
As dilemmas go, this is as tough as it gets. Between now and 2050, predictions suggest that yearly rainfall in Ghana could plummet to 60% less than it is today or increase by as much as 49%. How can the government of a resources-restrained West African nation deal with such overwhelming uncertainty in planning for the future? How decide, for example, where to focus agricultural development, and how to manage future water supplies? And how can public officials throughout Africa and Asia deal with other climate-related impacts such as altered monsoon patterns and long-lasting droughts?
The timely issue of how national governments make decisions for a changing climate is the topic of the latest World Resources Report (WRR), which today launches its interactive website www.worldresourcesreport.org.
Since 1986, the influential World Resources Report has been jointly published every two years by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) the World Bank, and the World Resources Institute. This latest edition boasts an innovative and interactive model that engages audiences and presents a broad range of research involving over 100 government officials, climate experts, international leaders and practitioners in the field from around the world. All the research, which will include case studies, in-country scenario exercises, and targeted issue roundtables-will be available on the website.
This research, and the comments and contributions provided by visitors to the WRR web site, will inform the findings and recommendations of the WRR Report, to be published in April 2011.
The Report will provide guidance on integrating climate change risks into planning and policies across sectors such as agriculture, electricity production, forestry and water management. It will present approaches for dealing with different types of climate risk and long-term change. The findings will be particularly geared to assist national level public officials in Africa, Asia and Latin America whose countries will bear the brunt of climate change impacts.
Some vulnerable developing countries are already experimenting with such approaches. The report will highlight more than a dozen case studies including innovative information dissemination practices in Mali, the inclusion of biodiversity information into development planning in South Africa, and the use of community-based institutions to combat desertification in Namibia.