Three Nordic Climate Facility (NCF) supported projects were among the 16 United Nations’ Momentum for Change climate change award winners this year.
The Swedish Solvatten is based on innovative yet simple technology, which uses solar radiation and heat to purify water in Kenya. Access to safe and warm water has increased households’ resilience to adverse climate events like floods and droughts, and reduced vulnerability to water-borne diseases.
Solar Market Gardens combines solar-powered pumps with drip irrigation systems to support reliable, year-round, agriculture for women’s groups in remote villages in Benin. The NCF project was implemented by the Solar Electric Light Fund (SELF) and Naps Systems Oy, Finland with local partners.
LifeLink Water Solutions is based on solar powered water pumps with an ingenious payment system. Beneficiaries pay for their safe water via their mobile telephones. NCF project was implemented by the Danish Red Cross, Kenya Red Cross Society and Grundfos Holding A/S, Denmark.
The Momentum for Change initiative is spearheaded by the UN Climate Change secretariat to highlight some innovative, scalable and replicable examples to address climate change in four focus areas: urban poor, women for results, financing for climate friendly investment, and ICT Solutions. The announcement of the winners is part of wider efforts to mobilise action and ambition as national governments work toward adopting a new universal climate agreement in Paris later this year.
NCF is financed by the Nordic Development Fund (NDF) and jointly administered by NDF and NEFCO.