The Climate Smart Initiative (CSI) was launched in July 2013, as an adjunct to the existing Government of Ethiopia’s Productive Safety Net Programme (PSNP) and Household Asset Building Programme (HABP); two of the key mechanisms of the Government to tackle food security issues and related rural livelihoods strengthening.
CSI was designed to pilot approaches that consider climate change within this larger, established context, working within existing Government approaches and cycles. This Story of Change provides an example of how CSI has affected Alulla Tekelay, the PSNP Public Works (PW) focal person who works at the Agriculture and Rural Development Office, Department of Natural Resource, Ahferom woreda, Tigray.
Alulla Tekelay, an experienced PSNP expert, was inspired by his intensive engagement with CSI and its attention to climate change factors to review all PW plans within the woreda. This included reviewing the PSNP road planning, applying the CSI/CVCA climate-smart criteria and an environmental impact assessment (EIA). This was extended to three non-CSI kebeles, which led to changes in planned activities to achieve climate-smart roads.
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