SKEPPIES–CitiGroup Building Resilience to Climate Change Programme
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CitiGroup has provided funding for a Building Resilience to Climate Change Programme, as part of ongoing environmental enterprise development work supported by CSA. The participating SKEPPIES projects generally have a minimal impact on the environment in terms of their carbon footprint and GHG emissions. They are all small-scale enterprises, with low water and low electricity demands. Many of these projects will, however, feel disproportionately great impacts of climate change.

The current phase of the CitGroup funding focuses on identifying green tools and technologies that can be employed in each project to further build their internal resilience and adaptive capacity. Applications for equipment from five projects were approved in the first round of funding.

The CitiGroup programme includes training the project implementers on ways that they can monitor for climate change and plan for adaption in their businesses, in order to be more resilient and more profitable. The programme also involves the transfer of adaptation technologies and climate monitoring equipment to the projects where required. For more information on these technologies, read our Climate Diaries.

An initiation workshop, held in May 2010, started projects off on a climate monitoring process, handing over the necessary instruments and log books to eleven pilot projects. Follow up climate change awareness workshops were held in June 2011 and since then four more projects have started climate monitoring.

In December 2010, and February 2011, visits to the projects were conducted to scope the use of the climate monitoring diaries, assess the relevance of projects for continued ‘climate-proofing’, and to begin to determine the kinds of tools and technologies that will assist with building climate resilience. Regular opportunities to obtain feedback on their experiences with climate monitoring, and to share lessons around their adaptation progress, have been invaluable, leading directly to the identification of water as a key concern for most if not all of the project implementers.