SARIC is one of the many initiatives of the Government of Australia through which its commitment to social inclusion is articulated in its national and international development engagements. Department of Foreign Affairs & Trade’s (DFAT) Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment Strategy provides the policy structure for its commitments on gender equality, social inclusion and women’s empowerment to be designed and operationalized at national and international levels.
Australia’s commitment towards Climate Resilient Infrastructure
The Australian Government is working closely with regional partners by stepping up renewable energy investment and climate and disaster resilience support through their development program. The Climate Change Action Strategy (2020-25) launched on 1 November 2019, underpins climate investments, and assists the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) to meet Australia’s climate finance commitments.
The Climate change is a major risk to sustainable development and is threatening global efforts to eradicate poverty. Addressing the risks of climate change, as well as taking advantage of the opportunities from climate action – such as more climate-resilient economic growth, jobs and technologies – reinforces sustainable development and supports poverty reduction.
Linking training to climate change mitigation and adaption
Climate change mitigation and adaptation are already strongly integrated into infrastructure planning in the region, particularly given South Asia’s experience with flooding, cyclones and other disasters. The emphasis is most clearly seen in the push to expand renewable energy sources, but it also forms an important part of planning transport infrastructure. Where possible, the delivery partners will reinforce existing national practice and international experience for climate change mitigation and adaptation — including the stock of knowledge developed under the Infrastructure for Growth—to inform the design of pipeline projects.
Global best practices and experiences in planning for infrastructure for climate change resilience is a significant element underpinning the conduct of scoping and diagnostic activities for proposed projects. Practices and experiences in managing infrastructure for climate change resilience will also be an important element of SARIC’s training and networking component.