Building resilience to climate change risks

26 Jun 2014

imageMs. Razina Bilgrami, Resident Representative a.i, UNDP Sri Lanka and Dr. Nihal Jayatillake, Secretary to the Ministry of Economic Development

Ministry of Economic Development and UNDP collaborate on landmark climate change project


Colombo, 25 June 2014.  The Ministry of Economic Development signed an agreement with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) to support the Governments rural livelihood development programmes to withstand climate-related shocks.


The agreement was signed between Dr. Nihal Jayathilaka, Secretary to the Ministry of Economic Development and Ms. Razina Bilgrami, Resident Representative a.i, UNDP Sri Lanka. Titled, “Strengthening the Resilience of Post Conflict Recovery and Development to Climate Change Risks in Sri Lanka”, the project aims to strengthen the existing government investments in rural livelihood development and build climate change adaptation models in the Puttlam, Kurunegala and Ratnapura districts.


The project is expected to be launched during the second week of July 2014 and will be implemented over a four year period through the Ministry of Economic Development in close collaboration with the Ministry of Disaster Management and the Ministry of Environment and Renewable Energy at a total cost of Rs. 414 million. The project will be financially supported through a grant of the Special Climate Change Fund (SCCF) managed by the Global Environmental Facility (GEF).