Project title: Child Centered Climate Risk Assessment in Sri Lanka (CCCRA)
Location: Sri Lanka
Duration: January -July 2018
In the recent past, the Government of Sri Lanka with contributions of the UN and other national and international agencies have helped the country to scale up disaster risk reduction (DRR) and climate change adaptation (CCA). The disaster risk reduction efforts are primarily designed considering the overall population including the collection of damage and loss statistics.
As highlighted in the UNICEF new Global Strategic Plan, the DRR efforts can be further improved by increasing our attention to climate change impacts and focusing on the vulnerabilities and needs of different age groups. Programmatically, UNICEF support targets child health and nutrition, good water and sanitation, quality basic education for all boys and girls, and the protection of children from violence, exploitation and AIDS. In this context, UNICEF in Sri Lanka needs to better understand the vulnerabilities of children and adolescence in the context of different disasters including climate change impacts, to strengthen its support to Sri Lanka.
As an initial step, UNICEF has partnered with the Climate Change Secretariat (CCS) to carry out a “Child Centred Climate Risk Assessment (CCCRA) in Sri Lanka” which will add value to internal decision-making in UNICEF to strengthen its risk and climate-sensitive programming, especially in the context of the new UNICEF's five-year country program (2018-2022) . The CCCRA inputs will have multiple benefits to Government of Sri Lanka, development partners and I/NGOs in planning, budgeting and project formulation. IUCN will be leading the CCCRA process in collaboration with all the stakeholders.
The CCCRA will be carried out using quantitative, qualitative and spatial information, mostly from secondary sources at national level with several field data collections from stakeholder groups. The field work will be guided by the disaster and climate profiles of the country. The CCCRA will engage children and adolescence at the national and field level while also using children related newspaper and social media to collect more information to strengthen the analysis and recommendations.
The assessment will pay an emphasis on child-sensitive indicators putting children at the centre of the analysis and analyze the current and potential coping strategies and interventions of children, adolescents and their families when affected by climate change and different types of natural disasters. CCCRA will engage key stakeholder institutions throughout the process for inputs and validation of the results.
Objectives of the project
Provide a better understanding of the risks faced by children and adolescence and ensure that the nationally-owned DRR, CCA and other development policies, plans and investments are climate, child and adolescence sensitive
• Child Centred Climate Risk Assessment Report for the country
• CCCRA recommendations and conclusions Several additional products will be developed and available as supplementary material to the CCCRA report to help in the implementation of the recommendations.
Partner/s: Climate Change Secretariat, Ministry of Women and Child Affairs, Ministry of Education