Green works and Climate Change Adaptation

  • Restoring and protecting productive capacity of lands
  • Resilient infrastructure and climate change adaptation
  • Livelihood and income security for the most vulnerable
The EIIP aims to restore and protect the productive capacity of lands, to build resilient infrastructure capable of adapting to climate change and natural disasters and to create livelihood and income security for the most vulnerable. The development of appropriate climate resilient infrastructure can also contribute to environmental preservation and land conservation and productivity, as well as mitigating the impacts of future disasters –disaster risk reduction - and providing jobs to the communities that need them the most. Improving rural infrastructure, the development of irrigation schemes, flood prevention measures, soil stabilization, reforestation works, rural transport maintenance and improved land tenure may enhance agricultural productivity and contribute to the world’s food supply and local energy production.

Green Works refers to infrastructure and related work that have direct environmental benefits is or in response to a specific environmental context including changes in climate and extreme weather events. Predictions of climate change and its effects pose massive challenges to governments both in developed and developing countries, and many of the current initiatives aiming to build climate resilience while promoting sustainable livelihood approaches may not reach the poorest and most vulnerable - the people who have actually contributed the least to the problem and that are the ones that are least able to afford it.

The programme also promotes sustainable local reconstruction and recovery in times of conflict and crisis, seeking to bridge immediate crisis recovery to long-term development work. Emergency employment programmes bring much needed income, social protection and safety and health to workers who have lost their livelihood, while ensuring better opportunities for the affected communities in the longer term.