Programming Danish Support to the Systematic Observations Financing Facility (SOFF)

The more we know about climate and weather developments, the better we will become at predicting and managing climate risks effectively. Looking into a future when climate change related (extreme) weather events will become more frequent, the ability to forecast these events is crucial. In 2019, the World Meteorological Congress agreed on establishing the Global Basic Observing Network (GBON), a global weather observing network that will increase climate resilience and support adaptation efforts. However, in some countries, mainly small island states in the pacific and some countries in Africa, there is still a significant lack of data. Therefore, the Systematic Observations Financing Facility (SOFF) will be established to support countries in generating the missing data. Denmark has decided to financially support this aim and further contributes by advising and collaborating with other countries in West Africa. Since May 2022, Pem-partner Kris Prasada Rao has accompanied this process. He has prepared

Support of Women Dairy Farmers in Georgia

In the regions Abkhazia and Samegrelo in Georgia, many people rely on farming to provide for their food and income. While men often take charge in machinery operations and crop production, women are key actors in dairy production. In 2020, new food safety regulations have been introduced in Georgia and dairy farmers now have to comply with minimum standards in hygiene, equipment and production techniques. However, many small-scale dairy producers struggle to live up to these elevated standards and are now fighting a battle against falling into poverty. Therefore, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations has started the program of the farmer field schools which runs from 2020-2024. The aim is to support women dairy farmers who want to improve their produce quality and assist them in self-employment. Now that the project is advanced halfway, Vera Devine (PEM) is reviewing its progress. She is focussing mostly on

Feasibility assessment of a river clean-up project in the Indian city Hyderabad

PEM is conducting a feasibility assessment of a river clean-up project in the Indian city Hyderabad for DSIF. A considerable amount of municipal solid waste resides in the drainage system of Hyderabad. From there, it is transported to other water bodies and is most likely to be washed into the ocean, polluting the natural ecosystems. The waste also clogs drainage canals which have caused intensified floodings several times previously. To prevent these hazards, Hyderabad wants to install 15 clean-up systems at different sites in the city. The waste should be extracted from the water and disposed of through the proper channels of the Hyderabad waste management system. PEM partner Eric Buhl-Nielsen went to Hyderabad to get a first-hand impression of the proposed project.

Evaluation of Denmark’s engagement with the Green Climate Fund and Appraisal of the Danish support to the UNEP Copenhagen Climate Centre 2022-2025.

PEM is pleased to announce the conduct of 2 additional evaluations for the Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs. First, a midterm review of the Organisation Strategy for Denmark’s engagement with the Green Climate Fund. The aim of this entity is to assist developing countries in #climatechange adaptation and mitigation. The objectives of this review were to assess: 1) the continued relevance and progress in priority areas in view of new developments. 2) The extent to which new synergies have appeared with bilateral development programmes, other multilateral partnerships, humanitarian aid, private sector instruments as well as strategic partnerships with Danish civil society organisations. Finally, an appraisal of the Danish support to the UNEP Copenhagen Climate Centre (CCC) 2022-2025, which aims to provide knowledge and capacity building for enhanced #climateaction , support developing countries and emerging economies to pursue low-emission, climate-resilient pathways for #sustainabledevelopment. PEM Team will assess the priorities of the new UNEP CCC and its