\'Resilience Is Not Accepting The Caprices Of Mother Nature\'

In a country crowded with a diverse international community driven by a wide variety of projects, Haiti sees the PPCR differently.

“The PPCR really allows us to think through climate change in a transformative manner,” Guignard said. 

“The PPCR planning process forced us to talk to different ministries, seat different people around the table and see which part they have to play, and see how, as a government institution, we can start systematically mainstreaming climate-related priorities, activities, standards into what we do and how we do business. The PPCR process became a catalyst for us to talk to each other and learn how to better cooperate and coordinate. The PPCR has been a tremendous positive learning experience for Haiti,” she explained.

Next steps for Haiti include producing the specific studies, assessments, and climate projections needed to feed into project baselines and guide the detail of each of the investment projects. There is work ahead, but Jacques says Haiti is up for the task.  

“As President Martelly said so well, this generation has a duty. We must transmit to future generations a space where we can live better. This program is going to contribute to future generations of Haiti a land where we can live better,” Jacques said. 

Haiti is part of a regional PPCR effort

Haiti joins five other nations in the Caribbean region—Dominica, Grenada, Jamaica, Saint Lucia, and Saint Vincent and the Grenadines—in implementing national strategic programs for climate resilience, as well as one overarching regional coordination program, totaling over $125 million from the PPCR. The investments are expected to help transform the region’s ability to identify, analyze, and address key climate and weather risks through improved geospatial data and adaptation planning, consolidated regional climate monitoring platforms, downscaling climate projection models and maps, and sharing of adaptation lessons within and among key groups and sectors. 

As Haiti’s program moves forward, all 20 strategic programs under the PPCR are endorsed; many have already launched proposed activities. To date, 26 projects have been approved for $399 million in PPCR funding that is expected to leverage an additional $512 million in co-financing.

The PPCR is one of four funding windows of the CIF. At $7.6 billion, the CIF is the world’s largest financing mechanism for climate finance, helping 49 countries worldwide pilot transformations in clean technology, sustainable management of forests, increased energy access through renewable energy, and climate-resilient development. CIF financing is channeled to countries through the public and private sector arms of the five multilateral development banks – the African Development Bank, the Asian Development Bank, the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, the Inter-American Development Bank and the World Bank Group. A mix of grants, highly concessional and near-zero interest credits, and risk mitigation instruments from the CIF are expected to leverage over $43 billion in co-financing.

Source : http://www.worldbank.org/en/news/feature/2013/05/02/resilience-not-accepting-caprices-mother-nature

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