IIED and partners Garama 3C ltd and Adaptify are developing tailored frameworks to help developing countries evaluate their climate adaptation investments: not just the ‘outputs’ these produce, but the ‘outcomes’ they deliver.
Old divisions between developed and developing countries in who should lead the fight against climate change should be laid aside, according to ministers from some of the world's poorest countries and European representatives meeting on Tuesday.
Five countries in southern Africa have joined forces to launch a research centre that will work on combating climate change in the region. South Africa, Angola, Botswana, Zambia and Namibia signed a declaration on Wednesday to base the initiative in the Namibian capital Windhoek.
To enhance dialogue between communities and other actors in the climate change sector, Oxfam has facilitated communities in Wajir and Turkana to undertake climate change hearings. The purpose of conducting hearings is to facilitate a common understanding on how the climate is changing, how it affects people and what people can do at different levels to mitigate and adapt to the changes. In this respect, such hearings bring together climate experts, experts in livestock and crop production, policy makers and community members in one discussion forum.
The new ‘Global Trends 2030’ report from the US National Intelligence Council shares the usual flaws on its scenarios, and is understandably US-centric (the NIC is a US government body), but its description of trends feels spot on, albeit a bit cursory on climate change. In Rumsfeldian terms, it summarizes the known knowns – ‘megatrends’, reflecting underlying ‘tectonic shifts’, but adds in a discussion of known unknowns, both long-term processes - ‘game changers’, and (mainly negative) discrete events – ‘black swans’.
Paola Rattu's insight:
Interesting points on Chian's collapse, solar storms, global middle class and ageing populations
While REDD+ is aimed at reducing emissions from forests, its effectiveness will depend on how much the benefits trickle down to those living closest to the forest. These same rural households are also best placed to provide local evidence of what works and what doesn’t, to influence decisions on REDD+ architecture at the national and international level.
Deep frustration with the low ambition of rich countries to cut emissions and help developing countries with money to adapt to climate change bubbled over on Wednesday with diplomats urging each other to act in the last hours before the climate change talks close on Friday.
Finance for 2013-20 has emerged as the most contentious issue with the US, China, India and the EU all at loggerheads. So far, only Britain and Germany, among more than 20 rich countries, have pledged to provide cash until 2015 or after.
The Persian Gulf, Libya, and Pakistan are at high risk of food insecurity in coming decades because climate change and ocean acidification are destroying fisheries, according to a report released on Monday.
The draft outcome document of the Rio+20 summit mentions smallholder farmers – many of them women – in growing acknowledgment of their importance in terms of food security, with the continued threat of famine in the Sahel, and environmental sustainability, as farming accounts for at least 14% of global greenhouse emissions.
The Government of Honduras is the host and organising country for the First Latin American and Caribbean Dialogue on Climate Change Finance and Development Effectiveness. This event will be held on 3 and 4 May. Representatives from the highest levels of government in over 20 countries and government officials involved in international cooperation and governmental agencies will be attending the event.
EUROCLIMA is a regional programme for development cooperation of the European Commission and Latin America focused on improving the knowledge of Latin American decision-makers and scientists on the problems ...
I am a firm believer in the importance of case studies when it comes to the study of aid. Aid comes in so many diverse forms that studies of aid aggregates tell us little. Last week Erik Olbrei and I were finally able to release our study on the Kalimantan Forests and Climate Partnership (KFCP), which is summarized in this post.
The story of KFCP is a fascinating one. It aims to reflood and replant drained peatland in Kalimantan thereby reducing the risk of fire and carbon dioxide emissions....
Global climate change models are of limited use to agricultural policymakers in some regions of the developing world, according to a report by the CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS).