AVSI’s role in mitigating the impact of climate change

Date 27.09.2019

In recent years, projects focused on the protection of the environment related to socio-economic development and rights protection have grown exponentially. NGOs like AVSI are applying an integrated approach, combining long-term new financial strategies and innovative narratives.

Environmental cooperation is the part of international collaboration that sees ecological conservation as a motor of cultural, social, and economic development. In recent years, projects that focus on environmental protection related to socio-economic development and rights protection have grown exponentially, especially those working on the sustainable use of natural resources.

Non-governmental organizations such as AVSI have been working for decades on themes like urban development, decarbonization, environmental education, and climate resilience. Today, we are starting to be more consistent in how we talk about these themes and giving them the right emphasis.

Alessandro Galimberti, AVSI's focal point on climate change

It is essential to create a strong link between climate, the environment, and inequalities, and connecting them to humanitarian crisis and development. Many countries, like in Sub-Saharan Africa, that contribute a tiny percentage of global gas emissions, suffer heavily from the consequences of climate change.

The Humanitarian Development Nexus, a strategy promoted by the United Nations, brings together emergency, development, and resilience. With a team and specific policies to support this approach, Nexus is responding to the current environmental crisis by reducing risks and vulnerability, not only containing the damage.

Given the complexity of issues such as climate, resilience, and adaptation, it is necessary to have medium and long-term programs, rather than short-term projects, that require substantial and continuous investments. Government support is no longer enough but serves to widen the platform of donors, including private resources and institutions.

Creating awareness on environmental issues is fundamental; that's why AVSI and other NGOs are experimenting with new communication platforms.

Communicating properly helps highlighting the projects. Talking about climate, environmental and development crisis not only brings people together, but it can also serve to reach donors and strengthen the position of a country in international conferences and its leverage in international negotiations, such as the Paris Agreement.

Alessandro Galimberti, AVSI's focal point on climate change

It is equally important to inform citizens. If a project reaches a new level of complexity, it becomes more challenging to explain and translate its goals to the public and donors. Storytelling, collaborating with the world of journalism, and the use of new communications tools are among the many solutions undertaken by AVSI.

Everyone must do their part in the great global challenge to ensure a future for the generations to come, in every corner of the planet.

45% of AVSI’s projects in 31 developing countries include at least one activity or component that supports the mitigation or adaptation to climate change impacts.