Investing in People and Learning to Foster a Climate Resilient and Green Transition

Library of Documents

  • Towards a Green Economy: Pathways to Sustainable Development and Poverty Eradication

    This analytical report demonstrates that the greening of economies is not generally a drag on growth but rather a new engine of growth. It can also be a net generator of decent jobs and a vital strategy for the elimination of persistent poverty. The report seeks to motivate policy makers to create the enabling conditions for increased investments in a transition to a green economy. It makes a compelling economic and social case for investing two per cent of global GDP in greening ten central sectors of the economy in order to shift development and unleash public and private capital flows onto a low-carbon, resource-efficient path.

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    Organization(s): UNEP

    Partner(s): ILO, UNWTO, UN Foundation, Government of Norway, Government of Switzerland, Government of United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

    Type of material:Analytical/Technical Document

    Publication date:2011

    Language(s): English

    Topic(s): Green Jobs/Economy, Agriculture and Food, Economic and Development Planning, Transport, Forestry, Energy, Tourism, Water

  • Towards a Green Economy: Pathways to Sustainable Development and Poverty Eradication - A Synthesis for Policy Makers

    This analytical report summarizes the main points highlighted in the report "Towards a Green Economy: Pathways to Sustainable Development and Poverty Eradication". This is among the key contributions of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) to the Rio+20 process and the overall goal of addressing poverty and delivering a sustainable 21st century. The report makes a compelling economic and social case for investing two per cent of global GDP in greening ten central sectors of the economy in order to shift development and unleash public and private capital flows onto a low-carbon, resource-efficient path.

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    Organization(s): UNEP

    Partner(s): ILO, UNWTO, UN Foundation, Government of Norway, Government of Switzerland, Government of United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

    Type of material:Analytical/Technical Document

    Publication date:2011

    Language(s): Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian, Spanish

    Topic(s): Green Jobs/Economy, Agriculture and Food, Economic and Development Planning, Transport, Forestry, Energy, Tourism, Water

  • Towards a Greener Economy: The Social Dimensions

    This analytical report explores the nature of the green economy and the implications for labour markets. It shows that a double dividend – encompassing greater decent work opportunities and a greener economy – is possible, provided that adequate complementarities between environmental, economic and social policies are created. The report draws upon a series of background discussion papers also produced as part of the cooperation project.

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    Organization(s): ILO

    Partner(s): European Union

    Type of material:Analytical/Technical Document

    Publication date:2011

    Language(s): English

    Topic(s): COP22 List of UN Publications, Mitigation, Green Jobs/Economy

  • Towards an ILO Approach to Climate Change Adaptation

    This analytical document explores the implications of climate change, its impacts on the world of work and the need for the work of the International Labour Office to adapt to it. The document takes stocks of the on-going work and identifies the needs for further development.

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    Organization(s): ILO

    Type of material:Analytical/Technical Document

    Publication date:2011

    Language(s): English

    Topic(s): COP22 List of UN Publications, Green Jobs/Economy, Labour

  • Towards an ILO Approach to Climate Change Adaptation

     

    This technical document explores the implications of climate change, its impacts on the world of work and the need for the work of the International Labour Office (ILO) to adapt to it. It takes stock of the relevant ongoing work and identifies the needs for further development.

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    Organization(s): ILO

    Type of material:Analytical/Technical Document

    Publication date:2011

    Language(s): English

    Topic(s): COP22 List of UN Publications, Adaptation, Labour

  • Towards Policies for Climate Change Mitigation: Incentives and Benefits for Smallholder Farmers

    This technical document evaluates how governments can use climate finance to lift barriers for the adoption of sustainable agricultural practices or the promotion of policies that alter the economic incentives for smallholder farmers. It states that, currently, the agricultural sector is at a disadvantage when competing for climate finance, compared with the industry and energy sectors. The document develops a number of proposals on how climate finance can support policies that seek to overcome investment barriers.

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    Organization(s): FAO

    Partner(s): CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security, The University of Vermont, World Agroforestry Centre, Earth System Science Partnership, Climate Focus

    Type of material:Analytical/Technical Document

    Publication date:2011

    Language(s): English

    Topic(s): Policy Instruments, Agriculture and Food, Finance, Industry

  • Training Manual on Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Applications in the Hotel Sector

    This technical document intends to assist trainers and to raise the awareness of hotel decision-makers and staff about the opportunities for implementation and use of EE and RE technologies and practices.  It introduces the HES-Project  to deliver information, technical support and training to help small and medium-sized hotels across EU Member States to increase their use of energy efficiency and renewable energy technologies.

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    Organization(s): UNWTO, UNEP

    Partner(s): French Environment and Energy Management Agency - ADEME, European Renewable Energy Council - EREC, International Hotel and Restaurant Association - IH&RA, Intelligent Energy Europe

    Type of material:Analytical/Technical Document

    Publication date:2011

    Language(s): English

    Topic(s): COP22 List of UN Publications, Technology, Energy, Tourism

  • Transboundary Climate Change Adaptation Strategies

    This web platform for exchange of experience between the pilot projects contains some of the first transboundary adaptation strategies developed wordwide, such as those on the Neman and Dniester Basins, developed by UNECE and partners, and those developed by river basin commissions such as the Danube and Rhine.

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    Organization(s): UNECE, UNDP

    Partner(s): Transboundary Climate Change Adaptation Strategies

    Type of material:Other

    Publication date:2011

    Language(s): English

    Topic(s): COP22 List of UN Publications, Risk Reduction/Management, Water

  • Transboundary Climate Change Adaptation Strategies

    The web platform for exchange of experience between the pilot projects contains some of the first transboundary adaptation strategies developed wordwide, such as those on the Neman and Dniester Basins, developed by UNECE and partners, and those developed by river basin commissions such as the Danube and Rhine.

    Organization(s): UNECE, UNDP

    Partner(s): Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe

    Type of material:Other

    Publication date:2011

    Language(s): English

    Topic(s): COP22 List of UN Publications, Risk Reduction/Management, Water

  • UN-REDD Programme Indonesia’s Pilot Province: Central Sulawesi - Questions & Answers

    This document includes 9 questions and answers about the UN-REDD Programme Indonesia’s Pilot Province Central Sulawesi. A pilot province is a demonstration location to model and monitor progress towards national REDD+ readiness.

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    Organization(s): FAO, UNDP, UNEP

    Type of material:Other

    Publication date:2011

    Language(s): English

    Topic(s): REDD, Forestry

  • UNEP Year Book 2011 - Emerging Issues in Our Global Environment

    This analytical report examines global emerging issues and latest developments and trends in environmental matters. The publication's overview of events and developments during 2010 shows how cutting edge science reveals new opportunities to mitigate climate change while improving air quality. The report also gives numerous examples of practical measures that can be taken to prevent further pollution and resource depletion. However, the persistence of environmental problems tracked over time also shows that there is still much room to improve the effectiveness of environmental governance.

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    Organization(s): UNEP

    Type of material:Analytical/Technical Document

    Publication date:2011

    Language(s): English, French, Spanish

    Topic(s): Governance – General, Science, Adaptation, Mitigation, Green Jobs/Economy, Technology, Biodiversity, Ecosystems, Chemicals and Waste, Agriculture and Food, Forestry, Energy, Water, Environment

  • UNICEF and Disaster Risk Reduction

    This information document explains what Disaster Risk Reduction (DDR) is and why it is important for the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF). It also describes UNICEF’s approach to DRR and provides examples of UNICEF’s DRR work.

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    Organization(s): UNICEF

    Type of material:Other

    Publication date:2011

    Language(s): English

    Topic(s): Risk Reduction/Management, Human Rights and Justice, Children, Emergency Preparedness and Response, Education, Water

  • Urban Risk Assessments: An Approach for Understanding Disaster & Climate Risk in Cities

    This technical document presents the case for the need to better understand risks related to natural hazards and climate change in cities, proposes an integrated approach to practitioners for identifying areas, populations and assets most at risk from the effects of disasters and climate change, and provides preliminary suggestions for risk reduction through quantification of risk and implementation of preventative programs. The document is divided into four chapters: chapters 1 and 2 are aimed at policy makers with information on why and how to invest in measures that strengthen the understanding of urban risk. Chapters 3 and 4 are aimed at practitioners, and provide details on the conceptual approach, components, uses, and monitoring requirements related to the Urban Risk Assessment framework.

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    Organization(s): WB

    Partner(s): UNEP, UNFPA, UNHABITAT, UNU, Cities Alliance, Arizona State University, Association of American Geographers, Cisco, International Institute for Environment and Development, Development Seed, Fortius One, ITHACA, ESRI, Gesellschaft für Technische Zusammenarbeit, International Development Research Centre, Joint Research Commission, Office of Space & Advanced Technology of the U.S. Department of State

    Type of material:Analytical/Technical Document

    Publication date:2011

    Language(s): English

    Topic(s): Governance – Territorial and Local, Risk Reduction/Management, Economic and Development Planning, Urban

  • Urban Water Vulnerability to Climate Change in Mongolia

    This technical document aims to present the impacts of climate change upon urban water, particularly upon the performance of the urban water supply, wastewater and storm water infrastructure, through compiling existing studies on climate change and water resources. This vulnerability assessment of urban water resources is designed to help identifying urban communities who will be most affected by climate change and, as a long term plan, to draw strategic views on how water utilities can be planned properly to cope with the likely changes. The findings of this vulnerability assessment can be used to develop Integrated Urban Water Management planning in the country.

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    Organization(s): UNEP

    Partner(s): Water Authority under the Government of Mongolia

    Type of material:Analytical/Technical Document

    Publication date:2011

    Language(s): English

    Topic(s): Policy Instruments, Governance – Territorial and Local, Adaptation, Mitigation, Science, Urban, Water

  • Vulnerability and Climate Change Hotspots in Africa - Mapping Based on Existing Knowledge

    This technical document includes a risk and vulnerability mapping highlighting the hotspots of current and future climate-related vulnerability in Africa for adaptation planning and knowledge disseminating processes. The mapping is done for the water, agriculture, health, coastal and marine sectors. Some adaptation strategies have been pointed out for the different sectors but an integrated approach has been suggested to minimize the cost of adaptation.

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    Organization(s): UNECA

    Type of material:Analytical/Technical Document

    Publication date:2011

    Language(s): English

    Topic(s): Policy Instruments, Science, Adaptation, Risk Reduction/Management, Agriculture and Food, Health, Land Use Management, Water

  • Vulnerability, Risk Reduction, and Adaptation to Climate Change - Solomon Islands

    This technical document includes a country profile synthesizing the most relevant data and information for disaster risk reduction and adaptation to climate change in the Solomon Islands. It is designed as a quick reference source for development practitioners to better integrate climate resilience in development planning and operations. This profile is part of a series of 31 priority country briefs.

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    Organization(s): WB

    Partner(s): UNDP, UNISDR, Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery

    Type of material:Analytical/Technical Document

    Publication date:2011

    Language(s): English

    Topic(s): Adaptation, Risk Reduction/Management, Agriculture and Food, Health, Land Use Management, Water

  • Vulnerability, Risk Reduction, and Adaptation to Climate Change – Bangladesh

    This technical document includes a country profile synthesizing the most relevant data and information for disaster risk reduction and adaptation to climate change in Bangladesh. It is designed as a quick reference source for development practitioners to better integrate climate resilience in development planning and operations. This profile is part of a series of priority country briefs.

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    Organization(s): WB

    Partner(s): IDB, UNDP, UNISDR, Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery, Climate Investment Funds

    Type of material:Analytical/Technical Document

    Publication date:2011

    Language(s): English

    Topic(s): Adaptation, Risk Reduction/Management, Agriculture and Food, Health, Energy, Water

  • Vulnerability, Risk Reduction, and Adaptation to Climate Change – Burkina Faso

    This technical document includes a country profile synthesizing the most relevant data and information for disaster risk reduction and adaptation to climate change in Burkina Faso. It is designed as a quick reference source for development practitioners to better integrate climate resilience in development planning and operations. This profile is part of a series of priority country briefs.

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    Organization(s): WB

    Partner(s): IDB, UNDP, UNISDR, Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery, Climate Investment Funds

    Type of material:Analytical/Technical Document

    Publication date:2011

    Language(s): English

    Topic(s): Adaptation, Risk Reduction/Management, Agriculture and Food, Energy

  • Vulnerability, Risk Reduction, and Adaptation to Climate Change – Cambodia

    This technical document includes a country profile synthesizing the most relevant data and information for disaster risk reduction and adaptation to climate change in Cambodia. It is designed as a quick reference source for development practitioners to better integrate climate resilience in development planning and operations. This profile is part of a series of priority country briefs.

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    Organization(s): WB

    Partner(s): IDB, UNDP, UNISDR, Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery, Global Support Program of the Climate Investment Funds

    Type of material:Analytical/Technical Document

    Publication date:2011

    Language(s): English

    Topic(s): Adaptation, Risk Reduction/Management, Agriculture and Food, Health, Water

  • Vulnerability, Risk Reduction, and Adaptation to Climate Change – Colombia

    This technical document includes a country profile synthesizing the most relevant data and information for disaster risk reduction and adaptation to climate change in Colombia. It is designed as a quick reference source for development practitioners to better integrate climate resilience in development planning and operations. This profile is part of a series of priority country briefs.

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    Organization(s): WB

    Partner(s): UNDP, UNISDR, Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery

    Type of material:Analytical/Technical Document

    Publication date:2011

    Language(s): English

    Topic(s): Adaptation, Risk Reduction/Management, Ecosystems, Agriculture and Food, Health, Water

  • Vulnerability, Risk Reduction, and Adaptation to Climate Change – Costa Rica

    This technical document includes a country profile synthesizing the most relevant data and information for disaster risk reduction and adaptation to climate change in Costa Rica. It is designed as a quick reference source for development practitioners to better integrate climate resilience in development planning and operations. This profile is part of a series of priority country briefs.

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    Organization(s): WB

    Partner(s): UNDP, UNISDR, Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery

    Type of material:Analytical/Technical Document

    Publication date:2011

    Language(s): English

    Topic(s): Ecosystems, Agriculture and Food, Land Use Management, Forestry, Water

  • Vulnerability, Risk Reduction, and Adaptation to Climate Change – Djibouti

    This technical document includes a country profile synthesizing the most relevant data and information for disaster risk reduction and adaptation to climate change in Djibouti. It is designed as a quick reference source for development practitioners to better integrate climate resilience in development planning and operations. This profile is part of a series of priority country briefs.

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    Organization(s): WB

    Partner(s): UNDP, UNISDR, Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery

    Type of material:Analytical/Technical Document

    Publication date:2011

    Language(s): English

    Topic(s): Adaptation, Risk Reduction/Management, Agriculture and Food, Health, Water

  • Vulnerability, Risk Reduction, and Adaptation to Climate Change – Ecuador

    This technical document includes a country profile synthesizing the most relevant data and information for disaster risk reduction and adaptation to climate change in Ecuador. It is designed as a quick reference source for development practitioners to better integrate climate resilience in development planning and operations. This profile is part of a series of priority country briefs.

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    Organization(s): WB

    Partner(s): UNDP, UNISDR, Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery

    Type of material:Analytical/Technical Document

    Publication date:2011

    Language(s): English

    Topic(s): Adaptation, Risk Reduction/Management, Agriculture and Food, Forestry, Water

  • Vulnerability, Risk Reduction, and Adaptation to Climate Change – Ethiopia

    This technical document includes a country profile synthesizing the most relevant data and information for disaster risk reduction and adaptation to climate change in Ethiopia. It is designed as a quick reference source for development practitioners to better integrate climate resilience in development planning and operations. This profile is part of a series of priority country briefs.

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    Organization(s): WB

    Partner(s): IDB, UNDP, UNISDR, Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery, Climate Investment Funds

    Type of material:Analytical/Technical Document

    Publication date:2011

    Language(s): English

    Topic(s): Adaptation, Risk Reduction/Management, Agriculture and Food, Health, Water

  • Vulnerability, Risk Reduction, and Adaptation to Climate Change – Ghana

    This technical document includes a country profile synthesizing the most relevant data and information for disaster risk reduction and adaptation to climate change in Ghana. It is designed as a quick reference source for development practitioners to better integrate climate resilience in development planning and operations. This profile is part of a series of priority country briefs.

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    Organization(s): WB

    Partner(s): IDB, UNDP, UNISDR, Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery, Climate Investment Funds

    Type of material:Analytical/Technical Document

    Publication date:2011

    Language(s): English

    Topic(s): Adaptation, Risk Reduction/Management, Ecosystems, Agriculture and Food, Energy, Water

  • Vulnerability, Risk Reduction, and Adaptation to Climate Change – Guatemala

    This technical document includes a country profile synthesizing the most relevant data and information for disaster risk reduction and adaptation to climate change in Guatemala. It is designed as a quick reference source for development practitioners to better integrate climate resilience in development planning and operations. This profile is part of a series of priority country briefs.

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    Organization(s): WB

    Partner(s): UNDP, UNISDR, Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery

    Type of material:Analytical/Technical Document

    Publication date:2011

    Language(s): English

    Topic(s): Adaptation, Risk Reduction/Management, Agriculture and Food, Health, Forestry, Water

  • Vulnerability, Risk Reduction, and Adaptation to Climate Change – Haiti

    This technical document includes a country profile synthesizing the most relevant data and information for disaster risk reduction and adaptation to climate change in Haiti. It is designed as a quick reference source for development practitioners to better integrate climate resilience in development planning and operations. This profile is part of a series of priority country briefs.

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    Organization(s): WB

    Partner(s): IDB, UNDP, UNISDR, Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery, Climate Investment Funds

    Type of material:Analytical/Technical Document

    Publication date:2011

    Language(s): English

    Topic(s): Adaptation, Risk Reduction/Management, Agriculture and Food, Water

  • Vulnerability, Risk Reduction, and Adaptation to Climate Change – Indonesia

    This technical document includes a country profile synthesizing the most relevant data and information for disaster risk reduction and adaptation to climate change in Indonesia. It is designed as a quick reference source for development practitioners to better integrate climate resilience in development planning and operations. This profile is part of a series of priority country briefs.

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    Organization(s): WB

    Partner(s): IDB, UNDP, UNISDR, Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery, Climate Investment Funds

    Type of material:Analytical/Technical Document

    Publication date:2011

    Language(s): English

    Topic(s): Adaptation, Risk Reduction/Management, Agriculture and Food, Forestry, Water

  • Vulnerability, Risk Reduction, and Adaptation to Climate Change – Kyrgyz Republic

    This technical document includes a country profile synthesizing the most relevant data and information for disaster risk reduction and adaptation to climate change in the Kyrgyz Republic. It is designed as a quick reference source for development practitioners to better integrate climate resilience in development planning and operations. This profile is part of a series of priority country briefs.

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    Organization(s): WB

    Partner(s): UNDP, UNISDR, Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery

    Type of material:Analytical/Technical Document

    Publication date:2011

    Language(s): English

    Topic(s): Adaptation, Risk Reduction/Management, Agriculture and Food, Water

  • Vulnerability, Risk Reduction, and Adaptation to Climate Change – Lao P.D.R.

    This technical document includes a country profile synthesizing the most relevant data and information for disaster risk reduction and adaptation to climate change in Lao People’s Democratic Republic. It is designed as a quick reference source for development practitioners to better integrate climate resilience in development planning and operations. This profile is part of a series of priority country briefs.

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    Organization(s): WB

    Partner(s): IDB, UNDP, UNISDR, Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery, Climate Investment Funds

    Type of material:Analytical/Technical Document

    Publication date:2011

    Language(s): English

    Topic(s): Adaptation, Risk Reduction/Management, Agriculture and Food, Health, Forestry, Water

  • Vulnerability, Risk Reduction, and Adaptation to Climate Change – Madagascar

    This technical document includes a country profile synthesizing the most relevant data and information for disaster risk reduction and adaptation to climate change in Madagascar. It is designed as a quick reference source for development practitioners to better integrate climate resilience in development planning and operations. This profile is part of a series of priority country briefs.

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    Organization(s): WB

    Partner(s): UNDP, UNISDR, Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery

    Type of material:Analytical/Technical Document

    Publication date:2011

    Language(s): English

    Topic(s): Adaptation, Risk Reduction/Management, Agriculture and Food, Health, Water

  • Vulnerability, Risk Reduction, and Adaptation to Climate Change – Malawi

    This technical document includes a country profile synthesizing the most relevant data and information for disaster risk reduction and adaptation to climate change in Malawi. It is designed as a quick reference source for development practitioners to better integrate climate resilience in development planning and operations. This profile is part of a series of priority country briefs.

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    Organization(s): WB

    Partner(s): UNDP, UNISDR, Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery

    Type of material:Analytical/Technical Document

    Publication date:2011

    Language(s): English

    Topic(s): Adaptation, Risk Reduction/Management, Agriculture and Food, Health, Water

  • Vulnerability, Risk Reduction, and Adaptation to Climate Change – Marshall Islands

    This technical document includes a country profile synthesizing the most relevant data and information for disaster risk reduction and adaptation to climate change in the Republic of the Marshall Islands. It is designed as a quick reference source for development practitioners to better integrate climate resilience in development planning and operations. This profile is part of a series of priority country briefs.

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    Organization(s): WB

    Partner(s): UNDP, UNISDR, Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery

    Type of material:Analytical/Technical Document

    Publication date:2011

    Language(s): English

    Topic(s): Adaptation, Risk Reduction/Management, Health, Water

  • Vulnerability, Risk Reduction, and Adaptation to Climate Change – Mozambique

    This technical document includes a country profile synthesizing the most relevant data and information for disaster risk reduction and adaptation to climate change in Mozambique. It is designed as a quick reference source for development practitioners to better integrate climate resilience in development planning and operations. This profile is part of a series of priority country briefs.

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    Organization(s): WB

    Partner(s): IDB, UNDP, UNISDR, Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery, Climate Investment Funds

    Type of material:Analytical/Technical Document

    Publication date:2011

    Language(s): English

    Topic(s): Adaptation, Risk Reduction/Management, Water

  • Vulnerability, Risk Reduction, and Adaptation to Climate Change – Nepal

    This technical document includes a country profile synthesizing the most relevant data and information for disaster risk reduction and adaptation to climate change in Nepal. It is designed as a quick reference source for development practitioners to better integrate climate resilience in development planning and operations. This profile is part of a series of priority country briefs.

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    Organization(s): WB

    Partner(s): IDB, UNDP, UNISDR, Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery, Climate Investment Funds

    Type of material:Analytical/Technical Document

    Publication date:2011

    Language(s): English

    Topic(s): Adaptation, Risk Reduction/Management, Agriculture and Food, Health, Energy, Water

  • Vulnerability, Risk Reduction, and Adaptation to Climate Change – Pakistan

    This technical document includes a country profile synthesizing the most relevant data and information for disaster risk reduction and adaptation to climate change in Pakistan. It is designed as a quick reference source for development practitioners to better integrate climate resilience in development planning and operations. This profile is part of a series of priority country briefs.

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    Organization(s): WB

    Partner(s): UNDP, UNISDR, Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery

    Type of material:Analytical/Technical Document

    Publication date:2011

    Language(s): English

    Topic(s): Adaptation, Risk Reduction/Management, Agriculture and Food, Energy, Water

  • Vulnerability, Risk Reduction, and Adaptation to Climate Change – Panama

    This technical document includes a country profile synthesizing the most relevant data and information for disaster risk reduction and adaptation to climate change in Panama. It is designed as a quick reference source for development practitioners to better integrate climate resilience in development planning and operations. This profile is part of a series of priority country briefs.

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    Organization(s): WB

    Partner(s): UNDP, UNISDR, Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery

    Type of material:Analytical/Technical Document

    Publication date:2011

    Language(s): English

    Topic(s): Adaptation, Risk Reduction/Management, Agriculture and Food, Water

  • Vulnerability, Risk Reduction, and Adaptation to Climate Change – Papua New Guinea

    This technical document includes a country profile synthesizing the most relevant data and information for disaster risk reduction and adaptation to climate change in Papua New Guinea. It is designed as a quick reference source for development practitioners to better integrate climate resilience in development planning and operations. This profile is part of a series of priority country briefs.

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    Organization(s): WB

    Partner(s): UNDP, UNISDR, Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery

    Type of material:Analytical/Technical Document

    Publication date:2011

    Language(s): English

    Topic(s): Adaptation, Risk Reduction/Management, Agriculture and Food, Health, Land Use Management, Water

  • Vulnerability, Risk Reduction, and Adaptation to Climate Change – Philippines

    This technical document includes a country profile synthesizing the most relevant data and information for disaster risk reduction and adaptation to climate change in The Philippines. It is designed as a quick reference source for development practitioners to better integrate climate resilience in development planning and operations. This profile is part of a series of priority country briefs.

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    Organization(s): WB

    Partner(s): UNDP, UNISDR, Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery

    Type of material:Analytical/Technical Document

    Publication date:2011

    Language(s): English

    Topic(s): Adaptation, Risk Reduction/Management, Biodiversity, Agriculture and Food

  • Vulnerability, Risk Reduction, and Adaptation to Climate Change – Senegal

    This technical document includes a country profile synthesizing the most relevant data and information for disaster risk reduction and adaptation to climate change in Senegal. It is designed as a quick reference source for development practitioners to better integrate climate resilience in development planning and operations. This profile is part of a series of priority country briefs.

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    Organization(s): WB

    Partner(s): UNDP, UNISDR, Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery

    Type of material:Analytical/Technical Document

    Publication date:2011

    Language(s): English

    Topic(s): Adaptation, Risk Reduction/Management, Agriculture and Food, Water

  • Vulnerability, Risk Reduction, and Adaptation to Climate Change – Sri Lanka

    This technical document includes a country profile synthesizing the most relevant data and information for disaster risk reduction and adaptation to climate change in Sri Lanka. It is designed as a quick reference source for development practitioners to better integrate climate resilience in development planning and operations. This profile is part of a series of priority country briefs.

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    Organization(s): WB

    Partner(s): UNDP, UNISDR, Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery

    Type of material:Analytical/Technical Document

    Publication date:2011

    Language(s): English

    Topic(s): Adaptation, Risk Reduction/Management, Agriculture and Food, Industry, Transport, Health, Land Use Management, Energy, Water

  • Vulnerability, Risk Reduction, and Adaptation to Climate Change – Vanuatu

    This technical document includes a country profile synthesizing the most relevant data and information for disaster risk reduction and adaptation to climate change in Vanuatu. It is designed as a quick reference source for development practitioners to better integrate climate resilience in development planning and operations. This profile is part of a series of priority country briefs.

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    Organization(s): WB

    Partner(s): UNDP, UNISDR, Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery

    Type of material:Analytical/Technical Document

    Publication date:2011

    Language(s): English

    Topic(s): Adaptation, Risk Reduction/Management, Agriculture and Food, Health, Water

  • Vulnerability, Risk Reduction, and Adaptation to Climate Change – Vietnam

    This technical document includes a country profile synthesizing the most relevant data and information for disaster risk reduction and adaptation to climate change in Vietnam. It is designed as a quick reference source for development practitioners to better integrate climate resilience in development planning and operations. This profile is part of a series of priority country briefs.

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    Organization(s): WB

    Partner(s): UNDP, UNISDR, Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery

    Type of material:Analytical/Technical Document

    Publication date:2011

    Language(s): English

    Topic(s): Adaptation, Risk Reduction/Management, Agriculture and Food, Transport, Forestry, Energy, Water

  • Vulnerability, Risk Reduction, and Adaptation to Climate Change – Yemen

    This technical document includes a country profile synthesizing the most relevant data and information for disaster risk reduction and adaptation to climate change in the Yemen. It is designed as a quick reference source for development practitioners to better integrate climate resilience in development planning and operations. This profile is part of a series of priority country briefs.

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    Organization(s): WB

    Partner(s): UNDP, UNISDR, Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery

    Type of material:Analytical/Technical Document

    Publication date:2011

    Language(s): English

    Topic(s): Adaptation, Risk Reduction/Management, Agriculture and Food, Energy, Water

  • Water and Climate Change Impacts and Adaptation Strategies

    This technical document attempts to synthesize previous work on freshwater resources and climate change impacts and adaptation strategies and to identify ways forward. It aims to raise the level of understanding among parties with regard to the links between climate change and freshwater resources, in a manner that would ultimately support informed decisions on practical adaptation action and measures on water resources. It especially explores links between climate change and hydrology, including impacts of climate change on: ecosystems and biodiversity, agriculture and food security, urbanization, land use and forestry, water supply and sanitation, health, infrastructure, and energy security which, in addition to climate, are strongly influenced by human interventions and actions.

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    Organization(s): UNFCCC

    Type of material:Analytical/Technical Document

    Publication date:2011

    Language(s): English

    Topic(s): Adaptation, Biodiversity, Ecosystems, Agriculture and Food, Health, Land Use Management, Forestry, Energy, Water

  • Weather Extremes in a Changing Climate: Hindsight on Foresight

    This brochure provides a sample of extreme events for the past decade (2001–2010). Some of these events compared with — or exceeded in intensity, duration or geographical extent — the most significant historical events. Scientists are still studying the quantitative links between these events and climate change. Meanwhile, this brochure illustrates a qualitative fit between the facts observed about extreme events over the past decade, and the IPCC projections regarding the consequences of climate variability and change.

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    Organization(s): WMO

    Type of material:Other

    Publication date:2011

    Language(s): English, French, Russian, Spanish

    Topic(s): COP22 List of UN Publications, Science, Human Security, Water, Environment

  • Weather Index-based Insurance in Agricultural Development: A Technical Guide

    This manual is intended as a practical reference tool to guide implementation of a Weather Index-based Insurance programme. It translates the WRMF into practical decision-making steps for donors and practitioners, covering phases of project design and management processes. It also highlights the need to use weather index-based insurance within an integrated approach that also considers constraints such as lack of access to finance, improved seed, inputs and markets. The manual includes background information, explanations and resource recommendations to help inform decision making.

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    Organization(s): IFAD, WFP

    Type of material:Guidance Document

    Publication date:2011

    Language(s): English

    Topic(s): Capacity Development, Financial Mechanisms, Agriculture and Food, Economic and Development Planning

  • WFP Policy on Disaster Risk Reduction and Management

    The document sets priorities for enhanced effectiveness in WFP’s interventions in support of the most vulnerable and food insecure.

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    Organization(s): WFP

    Type of material:Policy Document

    Publication date:2011

    Language(s): English

    Topic(s): COP22 List of UN Publications, Emergency Preparedness and Response, Risk Reduction/Management, Agriculture and Food

  • When Should Developing Countries Announce Their Climate Policy?

    This technical document provides a rationale for developing countries to announce future credible commitments to reduce GHG emissions even if these are not to materialize in the short run, and for domestic reasons only. A simple framework is presented in which it is shown that it may be costly for an economy to transition from high to low emissions; and that, if climate policy eventually will be enacted, then it may be better for countries to commit earlier and therefore eliminate the uncertainty for the private sector to invest appropriately in clean technologies. In particular, conditions are shown under which the private investor prefers a pre-announced climate policy, and how this policy affects investment decisions and the deployment of clean technologies.

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    Organization(s): IDB

    Type of material:Analytical/Technical Document

    Publication date:2011

    Language(s): English

    Topic(s): Policy Instruments, Mitigation, Technology, Economic Analysis, Economic and Development Planning

  • White Paper on Efficient and Sustainable Inland Water Transport in Europe

    This guidance document provides a comprehensive list of the advantages of Inland Water Transport (IWT) (superior safety, high versatility, good reliability, low costs, high energy-efficiency, good carbon footprint, low noise levels, low infrastructure costs, integration into supply chains, etc.). The document also present policy recommendations in 7 priority areas to make IWT in the UNECE region more efficient and sustainable.

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    Organization(s): UNECE

    Type of material:Guidance Document

    Publication date:2011

    Language(s): English

    Topic(s): COP22 List of UN Publications, Mitigation, Energy, Transport, Water

  • Why a Green Economy Matters for Least Developed Countries

    This analytical report highlights that the world's 48 Least Developed Countries (LDCs) are positioned to jump-start the transition to a green economy by continuing to develop low-carbon, labour-intensive agriculture and community-based forestry, sustainable practices that have existed for decades. Developed and emerging countries, meanwhile, face substantial costs of “decarbonisation” and costs related to retiring inefficient fossil fuel-based technologies. The report includes examples of achievements in a range of economic sectors, including energy and agriculture, and through government, private sector and civil society initiatives.

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    Organization(s): UNEP

    Partner(s): UNCTAD, UN Office of the High Representative for the Least Developed Countries, Landlocked Developing Countries and Small Island Developing States

    Type of material:Analytical/Technical Document

    Publication date:2011

    Language(s): English

    Topic(s): Green Jobs/Economy, Technology, Agriculture and Food, Economic and Development Planning, Forestry, Energy

  • WMO Greenhouse Gas Bulletin (GHG Bulletin) - N°7: The State of Greenhouse Gases in the Atmosphere Based on Global Observations through 2010

    This bulletin reports on the atmospheric burdens and rates of change of the most important long-lived greenhouse gases (LLGHGs) – carbon dioxide, methane, nitrous oxide, CFC-12 and CFC-11 – and provides a summary of the contributions of the other gases.

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    Organization(s): WMO

    Type of material:Other

    Publication date:2011

    Language(s): English

    Topic(s): COP22 List of UN Publications, Science, Environment

  • WMO Statement on the Status of the Global Climate in 2010

    This technical document is part of an annual series published by the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) on the status of the global climate. Key results of the present issue include that the year 2010 was especially notable in that global surface temperatures reached record values at the same level as in 1998 and 2005, consistent with the acceleration of the warming experienced over the last 50 years. The year also signalled the closure of the warmest decade on record. Over this decade, warming was markedly more pronounced in some regions, notably so in North Africa and the Arabian Peninsula, South Asia and the Arctic.

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    Organization(s): WMO

    Type of material:Analytical/Technical Document

    Publication date:2011

    Language(s): Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian, Spanish

    Topic(s): COP22 List of UN Publications, Science, Water, Environment

  • Women at the Frontline of Climate Change - Gender Risks and Hopes: A Rapid Response Assessment

    This analytical report states that investing in low carbon, green technologies can strengthen climate change adaptation and improve women's livelihoods. It calls for designing adaptation programmes with a focus on gender equity, due to the key roles women play in agriculture, forest economies, biodiversity and other sectors, particularly in developing countries. It also recommends increased investments in green, labor-saving technologies, including irrigation systems or water harvesting, which can improve the quality of life and increase the productivity of female farm workers while benefiting the environment, through replacing fuel wood often collected by women with cleaner fuel alternatives.

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    Organization(s): UNEP

    Partner(s): International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development, Center for International Climate and Environmental Research

    Type of material:Analytical/Technical Document

    Publication date:2011

    Language(s): English

    Topic(s): COP22 List of UN Publications, Adaptation, Green Jobs/Economy, Technology, Gender, Water

  • World Aquaculture 2010

    This technical document provides an overview of global aquaculture status and development trends as a synthesis of such status and trends in six regions of the world: Asia–Pacific, Europe, Latin America and the Caribbean, Near East and North Africa, North America and Sub-Saharan Africa. The document recommends that as the sector further expands, intensifies and diversifies, it should recognize the relevant environmental and social concerns and make conscious efforts to address them in a transparent manner. The impacts of climate change on global aquaculture, yet fully known, include: rising seasurface temperatures; sea-level rise; increasing ocean acidification; higher incidence of extreme weather events; increasing risks of transboundary pests and diseases; and altered rainfall patterns and river flows.

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    Organization(s): FAO

    Type of material:Analytical/Technical Document

    Publication date:2011

    Language(s): English

    Topic(s): Governance – General, Technology, Ecosystems, Agriculture and Food, Economic and Development Planning, Trade, Water, Environment

  • World Resources Report 2010-2011: Decision Making in a Changing Climate - Adaptation Challenges and Choices

    This analytical report aims to help developing country national-level officials make decisions that support communities and economic sectors to become more climate resilient. Based on input from more than 100 experts in 36 countries, the report offers specific, practical strategies and innovative case studies to inform how to integrate climate change risks into national policies and planning. It also provides recommendations in five key public policy areas for developing country government officials and donor agencies: public engagement, decision-relevant information, institutional design, tools for planning and policymaking, and resources.

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    Organization(s): UNDP, UNEP, WB

    Partner(s): World Resources Institute, Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Swedish International Development, Climate Investment Funds, Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Denmark

    Type of material:Analytical/Technical Document

    Publication date:2011

    Language(s): English

    Topic(s): Governance – General, Public Participation, Policy Instruments, Adaptation

  • World Resources Report 2010-2011: Decision-Making in a Changing Climate - Adaptation Challenges and Choices

    This analytical report discusses how national governments, particularly those of developing countries, can make effective decisions in a changing climate. According to the report, to build climate resilience, developing country national decision makers are required to integrate climate change risks into planning and policies in various sectors, including agriculture, electricity production, forestry and water management. Based on research and analysis, it focuses on climate change adaptation and decisions by national leaders with a focus on developing countries. It includes case studies from Bangladesh, Brazil, China, Indonesia, Mali, Mongolia, Namibia, Nepal, Rwanda, South Africa and Viet Nam.

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    Organization(s): UNDP, UNEP, WB

    Partner(s): World Resources Institute, Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency, Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Denmark, Climate Investment Funds

    Type of material:Analytical/Technical Document

    Publication date:2011

    Language(s): English

    Topic(s): Governance – General, Public Participation, Policy Instruments, Adaptation, Economic and Development Planning

  • WTO Negotiations on Environmental Goods: Selected Technical Issues

    This technical document covers several issue that have been in the agenda such as product coverage, non-tariff barriers, development-related issues and special and differential treatment.

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    Organization(s): UNCTAD

    Type of material:Analytical/Technical Document

    Publication date:2011

    Language(s): English

    Topic(s): COP24 List of UN publications, Agriculture and Food, Energy, Finance, Trade

  • Your Right to a Healthy Community: A Simplified Guide to the Protocol on Pollutant Release and Transfer Registers

    This guidance document explains the Protocol on Pollutant Release and Transfer Registers (PRTRs), which provides an incentive to reduce levels of pollution and promote cleaner systems of production and healthier communities and ecosystems. The Protocol will enable ordinary members of the public, simply by using the Internet, to find out about the major sources of polluting emissions in their immediate neighbourhoods. 

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    Organization(s): UNECE

    Type of material:Guidance Document

    Publication date:2011

    Language(s): English

    Topic(s): COP22 List of UN Publications, Public Participation, Human Rights and Justice, Health

  • YouthXchange Climate Change and Lifestyles Guidebook

    This manual aims to help young people consider the actions they might take towards more sustainable lifestyles, drawing links with climate change. The guidebook features sections on: learning as change; climate change and its impacts; living the good life; food and drink; energy control; travel and transport; leisure and entertainment; shopping for stuff; money and jobs; connecting with others; and taking action. It is aimed at young people (15-24 year olds) and people working with young people such as educators, teachers, trainers and youth leaders in both developed and developing countries.

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    Organization(s): UNEP, UNESCO

    Type of material:Guidance Document

    Publication date:2011

    Language(s): English

    Topic(s): COP22 List of UN Publications, COP23 List of UN Publications, Capacity Development, Adaptation, Children, Mitigation, Agriculture and Food, Education, Energy, Environment, Finance, Transport

  • 10 Years of Experience in Carbon Finance: Insights from Working with the Kyoto Mechanisms

    Marking the 10th anniversary of the establishment of the World Bank Prototype Carbon Fund (PCF), this activity report seeks to take stock of the World Bank’s experience of working with the Kyoto Protocol’s project-based mechanisms over the past decade. The Clean Development Mechanism, as the much larger system in terms of projects, emission reductions and host countries, is the basis for much of the report’s discussion. Joint Implementation is also discussed. The document provides insights and recommendations from a practitioner’s experience and perspective.

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    Organization(s): WB

    Type of material:Activity Report

    Publication date:2010

    Language(s): English

    Topic(s): Financial Mechanisms, Carbon Financing and CDM, Mitigation, Economic and Development Planning

  • 2010 Investor Statement on Catalyzing Investment in a Low-Carbon Economy

    This statement by the investment community highlights a number of critical measures that it recommends policymakers to take to stimulate investment in a low-carbon economy. These measures include emission reduction targets, policies that put an effective price on carbon, energy and transportation policies, financing mechanisms, measures and financing to support adaptation, and corporate disclosure policies.

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    Organization(s): UNEP

    Partner(s): Institutional Investors Group on Climate Change, Investor Network on Climate Risk, Investor Group on Climate Change

    Type of material:Policy Document

    Publication date:2010

    Language(s): English

    Topic(s): Governance – General, Policy Instruments, Financial Mechanisms, Adaptation, Mitigation, Green Jobs/Economy, Finance, Transport, Energy

  • 2010 Regional Bulletin Highlighting UN-Habitat Activity in Central, Eastern and South-Eastern Europe

    This activity report highlights UN-Habitat activities in Eastern, Southern and Central Europe focusing on better urban planning, stronger local government, climate change measures and decentralization. The Bulletin underscores the role of spatial planning in protecting people from future disasters, noting that natural disasters, such as flooding, subsidence and brush fire related problems, are increasingly threatening the region.

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    Organization(s): UNHABITAT

    Type of material:Activity Report

    Publication date:2010

    Language(s): English

    Topic(s): International Law and Policy, Governance – Territorial and Local, Policy Instruments, Risk Reduction/Management, Human Security

  • A City-Wide Approach to Carbon Finance

    This policy document introduces a city-wide approach to carbon finance. This proposes expansion of the CDM’s Programme of Activities approach to enable aggregation of city-based GHG mitigation reductions broadly covered by five sectors: energy, transport, solid waste, water and wastewater, and urban forestry. The city-wide approach to carbon finance gives cities greater flexibility to create a GHG mitigation program covering one, a few, or all sectors, as part of a single comprehensive effort.

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    Organization(s): WB

    Partner(s): UNHABITAT

    Type of material:Policy Document

    Publication date:2010

    Language(s): English

    Topic(s): Carbon Financing and CDM, Mitigation, Economic and Development Planning, Urban

  • A Toolkit for Designing Climate Change Adaptation Initiatives

    This manual consists of a toolkit that aspires to support all those involved in the design of measurable, verifiable, and reportable adaptation initiatives. It provides step-by-step guidance and methodologies. This Toolkit is organized into four main sections, each reflecting a vital component in the process of formulating and articulating an adaptation initiative: 1) Making the Case, 2) Key Steps, 3) Building Consensus, 4) Tools and Methodologies.

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    Organization(s): UNDP

    Type of material:Guidance Document

    Publication date:2010

    Language(s): English

    Topic(s): Capacity Development, Adaptation

  • Action on the Ground: A Synthesis of Activities in the Areas of Education, Training and Awareness-raising for Adaptation

    This activity report provides a synthesis of 37 actions in the areas of education, training and awareness-raising undertaken by Nairobi work programme partner organizations, and highlights the results obtained and lessons learned. It also intends to inform Parties of the knowledge and resources being provided by Nairobi work programme partners through the wide variety of adaptation actions in these areas.

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    Organization(s): UNFCCC

    Type of material:Activity Report

    Publication date:2010

    Language(s): English

    Topic(s): COP22 List of UN Publications, Adaptation, Education

  • Adaptation Fund: Exploring the Gender Dimensions of Climate Finance Mechanisms

    This analytical report explains how the Adaptation Fund relates to poor women's and men's livelihoods, presents the status to date of gender and the Fund and recommends actions for the Adaptation Fund Executive Board, national and multilateral implementing agencies and civil society organizations to ensure that the Adaptation Fund responds to the needs of poor women and men equitably.

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    Organization(s): UNDP

    Partner(s): Global Gender and Climate Alliance

    Type of material:Analytical/Technical Document

    Publication date:2010

    Language(s): English

    Topic(s): Financial Mechanisms, Adaptation, Gender, Finance

  • Adaptation to Climate Extremes in Developing Countries: The Role of Education

    This technical document observes that countries with high female education weather extreme weather events better than countries with equivalent income and weather conditions. The relationship between resilience in the face of extreme weather events and increases in female education expenditure holds when socioeconomic development continues but the climate does not change, and socioeconomic development continues with weather paths driven by “wet” and “dry” Global Climate Models.

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    Organization(s): WB

    Type of material:Analytical/Technical Document

    Publication date:2010

    Language(s): English

    Topic(s): Gender, Education

  • Advancing Climate Change Adaptation in Developing Countries: An Overview of the UNDP-GEF Adaptation Portfolio

    This activity report describes the UNDP-GEF adaptation portfolio. Leveraging the strength of the UN family, UNDP is working with international and national development partners to help countries better manage the inherent uncertainties of climate change. Enabling activities include: developing technical capacities at the national and sectoral level to identify climate change risks and prepare long-term strategies for risk management; internalizing climate change risks into planning and decision-making processes of key economic sectors; testing approaches and technologies for climate risk management in key sectors at the sub-national and local levels.     

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    Organization(s): UNDP

    Type of material:Activity Report

    Publication date:2010

    Language(s): English

    Topic(s): Adaptation, Finance

  • Africa Adaptation Programme Experiences: Voices from the Ground

    This analytical report presents media coverage of the African Adaptation Programme (AAP) in 2010 and describes some of the on the ground experiences of the programme. The AAP is a strategic climate change initiative designed to help create more informed climate change adaptation decision-making and more effective implementation of those decisions in each of the 20 participating countries.

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    Organization(s): UNDP

    Partner(s): UNICEF, UNIDO, WFP, Japan Official Development Assistance

    Type of material:Analytical/Technical Document

    Publication date:2010

    Language(s): English

    Topic(s): Capacity Development, Adaptation

  • Africa Water Atlas

    This atlas presents a visual account of Africa's endowment and use of water resources, revealed through 224 maps and 104 satellite images as well as some 500 graphics and hundreds of compelling photos. The atlas gathers information about water in Africa and its role in the economy and development, health, food security, transboundary cooperation, capacity building and environmental change into one comprehensive and accessible volume.

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    Organization(s): UNEP

    Partner(s): African Union Commission, Africa Ministers’ Council On Water, European Union, U.S. Department of State, United States Geological Survey

    Type of material:Analytical/Technical Document

    Publication date:2010

    Language(s): English

    Topic(s): Capacity Development, Adaptation, Ecosystems, Water

  • Agricultura y Cambio Climático: Instituciones, Políticas e Innovación

    Este documento presenta un resumen de la mayoría de las ponencias presentadas en el seminario, organizadas por temas. El documento representa el compromiso de las tres instituciones de seguir colaborando con el sector agropecuario de la región, mediante la promoción del diálogo y el intercambio de experiencias.

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    Organization(s): FAO

    Partner(s): République Française, IICA

    Type of material:Policy Document

    Publication date:2010

    Language(s): Spanish

    Topic(s): COP22 List of UN Publications, Governance – General, Policy Instruments, Adaptation, Mitigation, Agriculture and Food, Economic and Development Planning

  • Agriculture, Forestry and Other Land Use Mitigation Project Database: An Assessment of the Current Status of Land-based Sectors in the Carbon Markets

    This technical document sums up the lessons that can be drawn from the analysis and interpretation of the Agriculture, Forestry and Other Land Use Mitigation Project (AFOLU MP) database collecting information on ongoing agriculture and forestry mitigation projects. This paper sets the context for the pilot projects that are being developed under the Mitigation of Climate Change in Agriculture (MICCA) project, assesses the status of AFOLU mitigation projects and identifies the gaps to be filled on the climate change agenda to enable the AFOLU sectors to contribute in a recognised way to climate change mitigation.

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    Organization(s): FAO

    Partner(s): UNEP Centre Risoe, Forest Carbon Portal, World Agroforestry Centre, EcoAgriculture Partners, Government of Finland

    Type of material:Analytical/Technical Document

    Publication date:2010

    Language(s): English

    Topic(s): Mitigation, Agriculture and Food, Forestry

  • An Exploration of Options and Functions of Climate Technology Centres and Networks

    This analytical report provides an in-depth evaluation of options for the design of climate technology centres and networks, building from a review of the existing ones. The paper also evaluates potential implementation approaches and activities for the functions defined for the climate technology centre and network in the draft United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) technology decision to be further considered at COP-16.

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    Organization(s): UNEP

    Partner(s): GEF, UNDP, UNFCCC, UNIDO, WB, Energy Research Centre of the Netherlands, US National Renewable Energy Laboratory, International Energy Agency, InfoDev, Renewable Energy & Energy Efficiency Partnership, Renewable Energy Policy Network for the 21st Century, Coordinated Low Emission Assistance Network, Agency NL, Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs, U.S. Department of Energy, Climate Technology Initiative, Risø DTU National Laboratory for Sustainable Energy

    Type of material:Analytical/Technical Document

    Publication date:2010

    Language(s): English

    Topic(s): Capacity Development, Technology

  • Analytical Framework for Climate Change Action

    This policy document presents a framework for action to address climate change in Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC). It notes that in order to face adaptation challenges, LAC countries should target such key economic sectors as land use, land use change, and forestry (LULUCF), agriculture, water resource management, and urban development, as the consequences of inaction in these sectors could be catastrophic for the economic sustainability of LAC nations. The means to protect these sectors should be developed and concrete adaptation measures fully incorporated into sector planning. Equally important are mitigation policies and related sustainable development practices. The document also highlights financial mechanisms and resources for addressing financial gaps and scaling up investments in the region and the support that can be provided by the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB).

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    Organization(s): IDB

    Type of material:Policy Document

    Publication date:2010

    Language(s): English

    Topic(s): Financial Mechanisms, Adaptation, Mitigation, Risk Reduction/Management, Agriculture and Food, Finance, Transport, Health, Land Use Management, Forestry, Energy, Tourism, Water

  • Analytical Tools to Assess and Unlock Sustainable Bioenergy Potential

    This technical document provides a compilation of tools targeted at decision-makers at regional, national or local levels in countries facing strategic decisions in developing a modern bioenergy sector. The publication classifies the tools on the basis of their relevance to different assessment steps of the value chain of sustainable bioenergy production and use. The main advantages of the different tools, as well as the difficulties to which they may be subject, are evaluated.

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    Organization(s): FAO, UNDP, UNECE, UNEP, UNESCAP, UNESCO, UNESCWA, UNFCCC, UNHABITAT, UNIDO, UNWOMEN, WB, WHO, WMO

    Partner(s): CEB, IAEA, IFAD, UNCTAD, UNDESA, UNECA, UNECLAC, UNESCO, United Nations Foundation, Global Bioenergy Partnership

    Type of material:Analytical/Technical Document

    Publication date:2010

    Language(s): English

    Topic(s): Policy Instruments, Science, Mitigation, Technology, Agriculture and Food, Economic and Development Planning, Energy

  • Applicability of Post 2012 Climate Instruments to the Transport Sector

    This analytical report gives an assessment of the current state of affairs with regard to the impact on the transport sector in developing countries by the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM), Global Environment Facility (GEF) and the Clean Technology Fund (CTF). Based on desk analysis and case studies in Asian and Latin American cities, this study also provides recommendations for the successful scale-up of climate finance and capacity building, particularly by the use of Nationally Appropriate Mitigation Actions for the transport sector.

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    Organization(s): IDB

    Partner(s): UNDESA, UNEP, UNHABITAT, UNCRD, Asian Development Bank, Partnership on Sustainable Low Carbon Transport

    Type of material:Analytical/Technical Document

    Publication date:2010

    Language(s): English, Spanish

    Topic(s): Governance – General, Policy Instruments, Capacity Development, Financial Mechanisms, Carbon Financing and CDM, Mitigation, Transport

  • Applying a Human Rights-Based Approach to Climate Change Negotiations, Policies and Measures

    This guidance document suggests that human rights-based approach should be integrated in any climate change adaptation or mitigation measures, such as the promotion of alternative energy sources, forest conservation or tree-planting projects, resettlement schemes and others. Focusing on the rights of those who are already vulnerable and marginalized due to poverty and discrimination, a human rights-based approach to climate change can be a useful tool to complement international efforts aimed at tackling the adverse effects of global warming.

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    Organization(s): OHCHR

    Type of material:Other

    Publication date:2010

    Language(s): English

    Topic(s): COP22 List of UN Publications, Adaptation, Human Rights and Justice, Mitigation, Environment

  • Asia-Pacific Forests and Forestry to 2020

    This technical document examines both opportunities from and potential limitations of REDD+ (reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation  in developing countries, as well as conservation, sustainable management of forests and enhancement of carbon stocks). It underscores the critical impact of societal changes on forests, particularly demographic changes, globalization and increasing demand for food, fiber and fuel. The report suggests that use of wood as a source of energy is likely to decrease and that improved governance will be central to the success.

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    Organization(s): FAO

    Partner(s): Asian Development Bank, Department for International Development of the United Kingdom, International Tropical Timber Organization, The Center for People and Forests, Asia Pacific Association of Forestry Research Institutions, Asia Forest Network, Secretariat of the Pacific Community, The Nature Conservancy, New Zealand Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry and the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency

    Type of material:Analytical/Technical Document

    Publication date:2010

    Language(s): English

    Topic(s): Governance – General, REDD, Forestry

  • Assessment Report on Energy Efficiency Institutional Arrangements in Asia

    This analytical report tries to provide an overall assessment of the current status of energy efficiency (EE) institutions in selected Central, South and South-East Asian countries. This is done by identifying the enabling policy and legal structures for EE, relevant actors, selected EE programmes and activities, and barriers and challenges for institutions to effectively promote and implement EE programmes. This publication is designed as a primary reference for government officials and others responsible for developing, implementing, enforcing, monitoring, and maintaining EE policies and programmes.

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    Organization(s): UNESCAP

    Partner(s): Korea Energy Management Corporation, ASEAN Centre for Energy, Eurasian Economic Community, South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation

    Type of material:Analytical/Technical Document

    Publication date:2010

    Language(s): English

    Topic(s): Governance – General, Policy Instruments, Green Jobs/Economy, Economic and Development Planning, Industry, Energy

  • Best Practices Guide - Successful EET Integration in SME Hotels

    This activity report displays case studies of selected hotels throughout Europe, showing the ways these hotels have successfully applied energy efficiency and renewable energy solutions and the benefits they incurred by the implementation of these changes.

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    Organization(s): UNWTO, UNEP

    Partner(s): French Environment and Energy Management Agency - ADEME, European Renewable Energy Council - EREC, International Hotel and Restaurant Association - IH&RA, Intelligent Energy Europe

    Type of material:Activity Report

    Publication date:2010

    Language(s): English

    Topic(s): COP22 List of UN Publications, Technology, Energy

  • Beyond the Sum of Its Parts - Combining Financial Instruments for Impact and Efficiency

    This analytical report lays out how resources provided through the Global Environment Facility (GEF), carbon finance, and the Clean Technology Fund (CTF) can be fit together to make a wider range of mitigation projects financially and economically attractive. It considers six projects that are using resources from one or all of these sources in combination with development finance to advance low-carbon development.

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    Organization(s): WB

    Type of material:Analytical/Technical Document

    Publication date:2010

    Language(s): English

    Topic(s): Financial Mechanisms, Carbon Financing and CDM, Mitigation, Technology, Finance

  • Bilateral Finance Institutions and Climate Change: A Mapping of 2009 Climate Financial Flows to Developing Countries

    This technical document is an annual initiative of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) Climate Change Working Group for Bilateral Finance Institutions to report on climate change financial flows to developing countries. The financial data reported and analysed in this report are provided by the participating finance institutions through a financial survey and interview process, as part of a growing global effort to make available comparable, transparent and accurate data on financing to address climate change mitigation and adaptation in developing countries.

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    Organization(s): UNEP

    Partner(s): Agence Française de Developpement, European Investment Bank, Japan International Cooperation Agency, KFW Entwicklungsbank, Nordic Environment Finance Corporation, Stockholm Environment Institute

    Type of material:Analytical/Technical Document

    Publication date:2010

    Language(s): English

    Topic(s): Financial Mechanisms, Adaptation, Mitigation, Economic and Development Planning, Finance

  • Bilateral Financial Institutions and Climate Change: A Mapping of 2009 Climate Financial Flows to Developing Countries

    This fact-sheet presents the main results of a mapping of global climate change financial flows involving a diversity of public and private sources (e.g. government budgets and capital markets), agents (e.g. bilateral finance institutions, multilateral finance institutions, development cooperation agencies, the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), private sector), and channels (e.g. official development assistance, non-concessional loans, carbon markets, financing specifically for climate change, foreign direct investment).

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    Organization(s): UNEP

    Partner(s): Agence Française de Developpement, European Investment Bank, Japan International Cooperation Agency, KFW Entwicklungsbank, Nordic Environment Finance Corporation, Stockholm Environment Institute

    Type of material:Other

    Publication date:2010

    Language(s): English

    Topic(s): Financial Mechanisms, Adaptation, Mitigation, Economic and Development Planning, Finance

  • Bioenergy and Food Security: The BEFS Analytical Framework

    This analytical report presents the Bioenergy and Food Security (BEFS) Analytical Framework (AF). The BEFS AF and its toolbox provide the means for examining the many varied consequences of bioenergy developments on food security, poverty reduction and rural development in specific countries. The document explains the rationale and structure of the BEFS AF, provides a general overview of the tools and their application, and illustrates how the analytical information generated assists policy makers in making informed decisions concerning the many varied consequences of bioenergy developments on food security, agriculture development and economic growth.

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    Organization(s): FAO

    Type of material:Analytical/Technical Document

    Publication date:2010

    Language(s): English

    Topic(s): Science, Agriculture and Food, Economic and Development Planning, Land Use Management, Energy, Water, Environment

  • Biological Diversity

    This flyer discusses the importance of biodiversity. It also presents its major threats and the Convention on Biological Diversity, an international legally-binding treaty which aims to conserve biodiversity and promote its sustainable use and the fair and equitable sharing of the benefits arising from the use of genetic resources. It also introduces other initiatives that support biodiversity conservation and highlights the need to promote biodiversity-inclusive impact assessment tools.

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    Organization(s): UNEP, UNESCWA

    Type of material:Other

    Publication date:2010

    Language(s): English

    Topic(s): International Law and Policy, Governance – General, Policy Instruments, Biodiversity, Ecosystems, Environment

  • Brazil Low Carbon Country Case Study

    This analytical report presents the findings and the lessons learned from a case study on low carbon development in Brazil. It identifies opportunities to reduce GHG emissions while fostering economic development. Additionally, it provides technical inputs on ways to assess mitigation potential and conditions for low carbon development in key GHG emitting sectors of the economy. Also available in Portuguese.

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    Organization(s): WB

    Type of material:Analytical/Technical Document

    Publication date:2010

    Language(s): English

    Topic(s): Policy Instruments, Capacity Development, Financial Mechanisms, Mitigation, Economic and Development Planning, Forestry

  • Bringing Forest Carbon Projects to the Market

    This analytical report aims to guide project developers and financial investors on developing and implementing profitable forestry projects in the carbon markets. The guidebook addresses the status of forestry projects in carbon markets, anticipated trends, as well as the financing of these projects and sale of carbon credits. It provides insight into the issues that have limited the forest carbon market, and uses case studies to highlight best practices and success stories that developers can replicate in order to stimulate investment into bankable projects.

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    Organization(s): UNEP, WB

    Partner(s): ONF International, Agence Française de Developpement, Fonds Français pour l'Environnement Mondial, BIO CF

    Type of material:Analytical/Technical Document

    Publication date:2010

    Language(s): English

    Topic(s): Financial Mechanisms, Carbon Financing and CDM, REDD, Finance, Forestry

  • Capturing and Conserving Natural Coastal Carbon: Building Mitigation, Advancing Adaptation

    This analytical report highlights the crucial importance of carbon sequestered in coastal wetlands and submerged vegetated habitats like seagrass beds for climate change mitigation. Coastal wetlands, such as mangroves, tidal flats and salt marshes, along with seagrass beds sequester large amounts of carbon within their plants and especially in the soil. Degradation of these habitats - as a result of drainage, conversion and reclamation - can result in substantial and ongoing emissions of greenhouse gases. However, these natural carbon sinks and the emissions resulting from their degradation and loss remain largely unaccounted for within the UNFCCC. 

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    Organization(s): WB

    Partner(s): International Union for Conservation of Nature, ESA PWA

    Type of material:Analytical/Technical Document

    Publication date:2010

    Language(s): English

    Topic(s): Carbon Financing and CDM, Adaptation, Mitigation

  • Carbon Capture and Storage in Industrial Applications: Technology Synthesis Report

    This technical document describes the main technology options available to the industry sectors which have the highest potential for CO2 mitigation, since they are large emitters and have potential for the application of carbon capture and storage (CCS). It provides summary descriptions, highlights case studies and provides cost estimates for research, demonstration and commercial projects being planned or developed.

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    Organization(s): UNIDO

    Partner(s): International Energy Agency, MASDAR, Shell

    Type of material:Analytical/Technical Document

    Publication date:2010

    Language(s): English

    Topic(s): Governance – General, Mitigation, Technology, Economic and Development Planning, Industry, Transport, Energy

  • Carbon Finance Assist 2010 Annual Report: Using Carbon and Climate Finance to Promote Low Carbon Development

    This activity report introduces the Carbon Finance Assist Program and presents its 2010 goals and activities. The document describes the Program's operational approach and capacity building component. In addition, it presents the Carbon Finance Assist 2010 project portfolio and its main achievements and lesson learned. 

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    Organization(s): WB

    Type of material:Activity Report

    Publication date:2010

    Language(s): English

    Topic(s): Capacity Development, Financial Mechanisms, Carbon Financing and CDM, Mitigation, Economic and Development Planning, Finance

  • Carbon Finance at the World Bank

    This analytical report presents and describes the World Bank's carbon finance initiatives. The World Bank’s carbon finance products help the market grow by extending and expanding carbon finance to both developing countries and economies in transition—linking private sector buyers of carbon emission reductions with climate-friendly projects seeking financing.

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    Organization(s): WB

    Type of material:Analytical/Technical Document

    Publication date:2010

    Language(s): English

    Topic(s): Financial Mechanisms, Carbon Financing and CDM, Economic and Development Planning, Finance

  • Carbon Finance Possibilities for Agriculture, Forestry and Other Land Use Projects in a Smallholder Context

    This manual is intended to guide extension service advisors and institutions who work with small-scale farmers and foresters with an interest in carbon finance and carbon projects. Its aim is to support setting up carbon projects which involve small-scale farmers. Their participation allows them to be involved in the development and implementation of the project, influence its design to generate positive impacts for the farmers and increase their knowledge about carbon finance. 

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    Organization(s): FAO

    Type of material:Guidance Document

    Publication date:2010

    Language(s): English

    Topic(s): Carbon Financing and CDM, Mitigation, Agriculture and Food, Forestry

  • Carbon Mapping

    This webpage features carbon maps showing how carbon stocks in Asia, Africa and Latin America overlap with biodiversity hot spots. The maps were produced with the aim of assisting governments in setting priorities for carbon investments. The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) launched carbon mapping publications for Cambodia, Ecuador, Argentina, Nigeria and China on carbon, biodiversity and ecosystem services.

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    Organization(s): UNEP

    Partner(s): FAO, UNDP, UNREDD, WB, Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety, Federal Agency for Nature Conservation, Chinese Research Academy of Environmental Sciences, Government of the United Republic of Tanzania Ministry of Natural Resources and Tourism, Forestry and Beekeeping Division, European Commission Joint Research Centre, Deutsche Gesellschaft für Technische Zusammenarbeit, Humane Society International, Life Web: Partnerships for Financing Protected Areas

    Type of material:Audio/Visual Resource

    Publication date:2010

    Language(s): English

    Topic(s): Biodiversity, Ecosystems, Economic and Development Planning, Forestry

  • Carbon, Biodiversity & Ecosystem Services: Exploring Co-benefits - Ecuador

    This analytical report stresses that where and how REDD+ is implemented, its actions may generate other benefits in addition to maintaining and enhancing carbon stocks. These co-benefits can include ecosystem and social benefits such as biodiversity conservation, maintenance of ecosystem services and improvement of local people’s livelihoods. Planning for co-benefits provides an opportunity for countries to achieve more than GHG savings when implementing REDD+. This report presents the result of spatial analyses to support this planning process in Ecuador.

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    Organization(s): UNEP

    Partner(s): Ministry of Environment of Ecuador, Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety of Germany, Federal Agency for Nature Conservation of Germany

    Type of material:Analytical/Technical Document

    Publication date:2010

    Language(s): English, Spanish

    Topic(s): Mitigation, REDD, Biodiversity, Ecosystems, Land Use Management, Forestry, Mining

  • CDM Methodology Booklet

    This technical document is designed to guide users through the complex world of CDM methodologies. By clearly summarizing, classifying and illustrating the methodologies available under the CDM, and then enhancing the means by which to search those methodologies, this publication serves to guide potential CDM project participants. The booklet aims to inspire the creation of CDM projects and to find the methodology needed to implement specific ideas.

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    Organization(s): UNFCCC

    Type of material:Analytical/Technical Document

    Publication date:2010

    Language(s): English

    Topic(s): Financial Mechanisms, Carbon Financing and CDM, Mitigation

  • CEB Fact Sheet - Capacity Development as a Driver for Low-Emission, Climate-Resilient Development

    This activity report briefly presents the UN system's activities to support countries in building capacities to address climate change and achieve national development objectives. The UN system has the broad operational reach and vast network of regional, national and sub-national offices to deliver capacity development services at such scope and scale. As a trusted multilateral partner, it uses its global presence and experience to help nations strengthen their capacities so that they can perform better and contribute to the achievement of national development goals.

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    Organization(s): CEB

    Type of material:Activity Report

    Publication date:2010

    Language(s): English

    Topic(s): Capacity Development, Economic and Development Planning

  • CEB Fact Sheet - Climate-Smart Agriculture: Meeting Food Security, Development and Climate Goals

    This activity report consists of a fact sheet presenting UN activities to promote climate-smart agriculture. These address the multiple objectives of agricultural development, food security and climate change.

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    Organization(s): CEB

    Type of material:Activity Report

    Publication date:2010

    Language(s): English

    Topic(s): Adaptation, Agriculture and Food, Economic and Development Planning

  • CEB Fact Sheet - Delivering as One: Achievements and Lessons Learned from REDD+ Readiness Activities

    This activity report briefly presents the major activities implemented and the main results obtained by the UN-REDD Programme. This is the UN system’s collaborative initiative on Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (REDD) and supporting conservation, sustainable management of forests and enhancement of forest carbon stocks in developing countries. The UN-REDD Programme supports nationally-led REDD+ efforts and promotes the informed and meaningful involvement of all stakeholders in national implementation and international activities for REDD+.

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    Organization(s): CEB

    Type of material:Activity Report

    Publication date:2010

    Language(s): English

    Topic(s): REDD, Forestry

  • CEB Fact Sheet - Energy for a Sustainable Future

    This activity report consists of a fact sheet presenting UN system's activities to address central energy issues. The main objectives are: to become able to provide reliable, affordable, clean and sustainable energy access to the 2-3 billion people excluded from modern energy services and to promote and support the deployment of low-carbon energy technologies and systems worldwide, especially energy efficiency and renewable energy.

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    Organization(s): CEB

    Type of material:Activity Report

    Publication date:2010

    Language(s): English

    Topic(s): Adaptation, Mitigation, Economic and Development Planning, Energy

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