Outcomes of the CAS 2021 Anchoring Event – Getting Ahead of the Climate Curve: Investing in Early Warning – Early Action (Disaster Risk Management)
Anchoring Event outcomes
The DRM Anchoring Event featured partners of the Risk‐informed Early Action Partnership and provided an opportunity for the IFRC Secretary-General, Jagan Chapagain, to launch REAP’s Framework for Action. The Framework for Action sets out how partners aim to achieve the ambitious targets of the partnership, which ultimately aims to make 1 billion people safer from climate‐related disasters in the coming years.
The CREWS Initiative (Climate Risk & Early Warning Systems) was launched at the Paris Climate Change conference in 2015, with a target of raising USD 100 million dollars to build resilience, especially in Least Developed Countries and Small Island Developing States. It is estimated that an additional 10 million people are being protected thanks to these early warnings systems, through 13 projects covering more than 50 countries in the world. Thus, eight Caribbean countries now receive CREWS funding.
European Commissioner for Crisis Management, Janez Lenarcic, announced a first EUR 10 million contribution to CREWS, part of EUR 100 million new funds for disaster risk reduction for Africa, Caribbean and Pacific countries. Finland joins CREWS and committed EUR 5 million to the Trust Fund as part of the countries scaled‐up commitment to climate change adaptation. This engagement goes towards the targets of the Risk‐informed Early Action Partnership (REAP), Minister Skinnari from Finland stated. France’s Climate Ambassador announced a new EUR 4 million contribution to CREWS bringing their total contributions, since 2016, to EUR 26 million.
The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) announced today a major expansion of one of the world’s only means of channeling international funds directly to frontline disaster responders. At CAS 2021, the plan was announced to at least double the size of the IFRC’s Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF) to an estimated CHF 100 million per year by 2025.