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

Library of Documents

  • Joint Workshop “Climate Change Impacts on International Transport Networks”

    This activity report was prepared in preparation for a joint workshop. The workshop, which brought together a wide range of experts, including representatives from governments, academia, as well as inter-governmental and non-governmental organizations, provided an important first opportunity for considered discussions on a complex set of critical issues that has so far received little attention.

    A concrete follow-up includes the establishment of an intergovernmental UNECE Expert Group considering the subject in depth (2011-2013, now extended to 2017) and publishing a substantive final report, including policy recommendations, in 2014 (“Climate Change Impacts and Adaptation for International Transport Networks"). UNCTAD participated actively in the work of the Expert Group and continues to do so, following the extension of the EG mandate.

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    Organization(s): UNCTAD, UNECE

    Type of material:Activity Report

    Publication date:2010

    Language(s): English

    Topic(s): COP22 List of UN Publications, COP23 List of UN Publications, Adaptation, Risk Reduction/Management, Economic and Development Planning, Transport

  • La Economía del Cambio Climático en el Uruguay: Síntesis

    En este estudio se analizan los efectos económicos que puede tener el cambio climático en el Uruguay y se presentan escenarios socioeconómicos y climáticos hasta 2100 que permiten visualizar con mayor claridad las consecuencias del fenómeno. Asimismo, en el marco de este estudio se proponen y evalúan diversas medidas de adaptación y mitigación en los sectores analizados.

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    Organization(s): UNECLAC

    Partner(s): CEPAL, PRESIDENCIA REPUBLICA ORIENTAL DEL URUGUAY

    Type of material:Other

    Publication date:2010

    Language(s): Spanish

    Topic(s): COP22 List of UN Publications, Financial Mechanisms, Adaptation, Mitigation, Economic Analysis, Economic and Development Planning, Finance

  • Land and Natural Disasters - Guidance for Practitioners

    This manual includes guidelines to address land issues from the immediate aftermath of a natural disaster through early recovery and reconstruction phases. It takes an inter-disciplinary approach to land, bringing together humanitarian emergency relief and early recovery perspectives. Throughout the text, readers find many short cases illustrating practical aspects of bringing land issues into the post-disaster recovery process. Tools and other useful references are also included.

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    Organization(s): FAO, UNHABITAT

    Partner(s): Global Cluster Working Group on Early Recovery, Global Land Tool Network

    Type of material:Guidance Document

    Publication date:2010

    Language(s): English

    Topic(s): Adaptation, Emergency Preparedness and Response, Agriculture and Food

  • Land Tenure and Natural Disasters: Addressing Land Tenure in Countries Prone to Natural Disasters

    This analytical report addresses land tenure in natural disasters in Mozambique, Bangladesh, Philippines and Ecuador. The analysis carried out in this publication aims to improve understanding of land tenure in the context of natural disasters, and to foster more analysis and data collection to better assess the relationships between natural disasters and land tenure at national and local levels, especially in those countries that are prone to natural hazards.

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    Organization(s): FAO, UNHABITAT

    Partner(s): Global Cluster Working Group on Early Recovery, Global Land Tool Network

    Type of material:Analytical/Technical Document

    Publication date:2010

    Language(s): English

    Topic(s): Adaptation, Emergency Preparedness and Response, Agriculture and Food

  • Lights Out? The Outlook for Energy in Eastern Europe and the Former Soviet Union

    This analytical report underlines that the challenge for Eastern Europe and the Former Soviet Union is to secure additional energy supplies quickly and at minimum cost, while limiting the growth of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. Proposed measures include: undertaking of major energy efficiency measures on the supply and consumption sides, including reducing the large amounts of flared and vented gas; and minimizing the carbon footprint of the new capacity to be added.

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    Organization(s): WB

    Type of material:Analytical/Technical Document

    Publication date:2010

    Language(s): English

    Topic(s): Adaptation, Technology, Energy

  • Local Governance and Climate Change

    The policy document  tries to identify and articulate in practical terms what has (or has not) been done by local governements (LG)  in addressing climate change (CC) and what can be done to improve outcomes from this interface. The overall conclusion is that while there is much talk about the role of LGs in addressing CC, there is little hard evidence that CC figures prominently on the routine agenda of most LGs in the developing countries of the Asia-Pacific region. There are specific projects and programmes, funded by donors and governments, which try to address CC at the local level, and which sometimes (but not always) work through LGs. If it is assumed that LGs do indeed have a potentially important role to play in addressing CC, then a good deal more needs to be done to realise this potential. The document tries to understand why LGs appear to be relatively inactive on CC, and provides some entry points and approaches that might contribute towards greater local government involvement.

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    Organization(s): UNDP, UNEP

    Partner(s): UNCDF

    Type of material:Policy Document

    Publication date:2010

    Language(s): English

    Topic(s): Governance – Territorial and Local, Adaptation, Environment

  • Low Carbon Development Path for Asia and the Pacific: Challenges and Opportunities to the Energy Sector

    This analytical report discusses the challenges of applying low carbon concept and the availability of clean energy technologies for developing countries in Asia and the Pacific region. Various approaches and examples to demonstrate the benefits of a low carbon development path as well as different implementation strategies are presented. The report also includes a policy framework and policy recommendations for the energy sector. 

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    Organization(s): UNESCAP

    Type of material:Analytical/Technical Document

    Publication date:2010

    Language(s): English

    Topic(s): COP22 List of UN Publications, Governance – General, Policy Instruments, Carbon Financing and CDM, Green Jobs/Economy, Technology, Economic and Development Planning, Finance, Transport, Energy

  • Low-Carbon Development for Mexico

    This analytical report provides an analysis of how Mexico could significantly reduce its GHG emissions without hindering economic growth. Beyond Mexico, the report provides useful lessons on low-cost interventions commonly employed in a variety of developing and industrial countries. With climate change at the forefront of global policy, low-carbon development is no longer an option for developing countries and middle-income nations like Mexico.

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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, Finance

  • Making Integrated Food-Energy Systems Work for People and Climate: An Overview

    This analytical report presents examples from Africa, Asia and Latin America to demonstrate approaches to integrate food and energy crops that offer benefits to poor rural communities. It describes the benefits of generating biogas for cooking, the reduction of time spent collecting fuel wood and the use of compost from generating biogas. The report underscores that integrating crops can be an effective climate change mitigation approach.

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    Organization(s): FAO

    Partner(s): Federal Ministry for Food, Agriculture and Consumer Protection of Germany

    Type of material:Analytical/Technical Document

    Publication date:2010

    Language(s): English

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

  • Making the Most of Public Finance for Climate Action

    This analytical report illustrates how public finance can catalyze climate action by 1) piloting innovative ways to leverage both climate and development finance; 2) exploring new opportunities to expand the scope for market mechanisms; and 3) strengthening the capacity to facilitate access to resources and their effective use. The arguments are supported by a range of case studies.

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    Organization(s): WB

    Type of material:Analytical/Technical Document

    Publication date:2010

    Language(s): English

    Topic(s): Policy Instruments, Financial Mechanisms, Carbon Financing and CDM, Finance

  • Managing Forests for Climate Change

    This activity report describes the FAO's integrated approach to sustainable forest management and outlines the ways forest management can help tackle climate change, including through carbon sequestration, strengthening adaptive capacity of trees, forests and forest-dependent communities, and conserving forest carbon stocks. The report lists various sources for financing forests' contribution to climate change mitigation and adaptation, and outlines FAO's support to activities such as afforestation, reforestation, forest restoration, conservation and sustainable practices of forest management and use.

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    Organization(s): FAO

    Type of material:Activity Report

    Publication date:2010

    Language(s): English

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

  • MAP: Climate Change and Food Insecurity

    This poster features a world map of food insecurity and climate change as well as key information about this issue.

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    Organization(s): WFP

    Partner(s): Met Office Hadley Centre

    Type of material:Audio/Visual Resource

    Publication date:2010

    Language(s): English

    Topic(s): COP22 List of UN Publications, Adaptation, Agriculture and Food

  • Mapping Climate Change Vulnerability and Impact Scenarios - A Guidebook for Sub-national Planners

    This manual assists planners working at the sub-national levels to identify and map the nature of current and future vulnerability to long-term climate change so that appropriate policies and intervention can be designed and implemented. The manual is part of a series of practical guidance documents and toolkits UNDP is developing to support national and sub-national governments on their preparation of low-emission, climate-resilient development strategies. This series of publications is intended to empower sub-national planners to take action, and to prepare their territories to adapt, and hopefully thrive, under changing climatic conditions.

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    Organization(s): UNDP

    Type of material:Guidance Document

    Publication date:2010

    Language(s): English

    Topic(s): Governance – General, Science, Adaptation, Risk Reduction/Management, Environment

  • Modeling the Impact of Climate Change on Global Hydrology and Water Availability

    The objective of this technical document is to provide the background to the methodology used to model the impact of climate change on runoff for the global track of the Economic of Adaptation to Climate Change (EACC) project. This report presents findings from computer modeling of the impacts of potential climate change on hydrology and water availability (changes in runoff, basin yield, and flooding). Chapter two provides the framework of analysis. Chapter three provides the hydrological drivers and data. Chapter four describes selected climate scenarios. Chapter five provides the runoff. Chapter six describes the basin yield. Chapter seven summarizes the work and discusses future work. The appendixes describe the Climate and Runoff (CLIRUN) model.

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    Organization(s): WB

    Type of material:Analytical/Technical Document

    Publication date:2010

    Language(s): English

    Topic(s): Adaptation, Water

  • Monitoring Climate Finance and ODA

    This analytical report examines the challenges of monitoring financial flows related to climate change. The first part focuses on tracking, monitoring, and reporting various types of flows, primarily from official development assistance (ODA) and other public sources but also from private sources. The second part explores possible ways of tracking additionality in ODA flows, with the aim of stimulating a global discussion on this issue.

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    Organization(s): WB

    Type of material:Analytical/Technical Document

    Publication date:2010

    Language(s): English

    Topic(s): Governance – General, Financial Mechanisms, Finance

  • NAMAs in the Transport Sector: Case Studies from Brazil, Indonesia, Mexico and the People's Republic of China

    This technical document includes four case studies commissioned in two Asian and two Latin American cities as part of a project on climate instruments in the transport sector. It analyzes nationally appropriate mitigation actions (NAMAs) in Jakarta (Indonesia), Mexico City (Mexico), Belo Horizonte (Brazil), and Hefei (People’s Republic of China). Taken together, the studies demonstrate that NAMAs in the transport sector have the potential to achieve significant greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions reductions and provide a substantial contribution to sustainable development. They also give the first on-the-ground evidence of the policies and guidelines that will need to be in place in any post-2012 climate agreement for transport NAMAs to achieve their full potential.

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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

    Topic(s): Governance – General, Financial Mechanisms, Carbon Financing and CDM, Mitigation, Green Jobs/Economy, Transport

  • National Capacity Self-Assessments: Results and Lessons Learned for Global Environmental Sustainability

    This analytical report focuses on assessing the key individual, organizational and systemic capacities needed to meet and sustain global environmental objectives as framed by the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD), and the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), collectively known as the Rio Conventions, and other multilateral environmental agreements (MEAs). It is based on the results and lessons learned from more than 100 National Capacity Self-Assessments.

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    Organization(s): GEF, UNDP, UNEP

    Type of material:Analytical/Technical Document

    Publication date:2010

    Language(s): English

    Topic(s): Governance – General, Adaptation, Environment

  • National Communications Support Programme - Newsletter (Greenhouse Gas Inventory in Peru, Climate Change Impact in Montenegro)

    This newsletter features two short articles. The first one discusses possibilities and opportunities to improve the national greenhouse gas inventory system of Peru. The second one presents an analysis of the economic impact of climate change in Montenegro.

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    Organization(s): GEF, UNDP, UNEP

    Type of material:Other

    Publication date:2010

    Language(s): Spanish

    Topic(s): Governance – General, Financial Mechanisms, Carbon Financing and CDM, Economic and Development Planning

  • National Forest GHG Inventories – A Stock Taking

    This activity report includes a summary of a meeting held in Yokohama, Japan on 23-25 February 2010 to review the use of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) guidelines on forest greenhouse gas (GHG) inventories particularly with regard to the use of remote sensing and ground-based methods of data acquisition on C stocks and area changes of forests. The meeting identified a number of key areas where the IPCC Task Force on National Greenhouse Gas Inventories (TFI) could provide advice to the inventory compilers on new emission factors and on areas needing fresh or revised guidance. It also provided recommendations for future actions.

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    Organization(s): IPCC

    Partner(s): UNEP, WMO

    Type of material:Activity Report

    Publication date:2010

    Language(s): English

    Topic(s): Mitigation, Land Use Management, Forestry

  • National Greenhouse Gas Inventory Data for the Period 1990–2008

    The information contained in this technical document is based on national GHG inventory submissions received as of 18 October 2010. It shows the status of reporting of GHG inventories by Annex I Parties in 2010, and provides a summary of the latest available data on the GHG emissions and removals for the period 1990–2008 of parties included in Annex I to the Convention. All 41 Annex I Parties submitted their GHG inventory common reporting format (CRF) tables and national inventory reports (NIRs) in 2010.

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    Organization(s): UNFCCC

    Type of material:Analytical/Technical Document

    Publication date:2010

    Language(s): English

    Topic(s): Mitigation, Technology

  • Notes on Optimal Growth, Climate Change Calamities, Adaptation and Mitigation

    This technical document discusses a strategy of inclusion of adaptation and mitigation expenses in a model of optimal growth under threat of climate change. Calamity is defined as the result of a shock that reduces the utility level (even to extinction forever) and/or triggers a fundamental change of the economic structure. Mitigation expenses reduce the long-run probability of a calamity or the speed of convergence to it; adaptation expenses help to improve the standard of living after the calamity. The willingness to contribute to those expenses and the effects on the long-run capital stock of the economy depend on perceptions on how they will modify the law of evolution of probabilities of the shock and the standard of living after the shock. The choice between a clean technology and one that increases GHG emissions is also discussed.

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    Organization(s): IDB

    Type of material:Analytical/Technical Document

    Publication date:2010

    Language(s): English

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

  • On Solid Ground: Addressing Land Tenure Issues Following Natural Disasters

    This analytical report  aims to raise awareness of key government and humanitarian actors on the importance of addressing land tenure issues in natural disasters. The document contains six briefs on: Bangladesh, Ecuador, Honduras, Indonesia, Mozambique, and the Philippines. Each country brief conveys information allowing to better understand the key role of secure land tenure and access when dealing with natural disasters vulnerability of the poor, women and men.

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    Organization(s): FAO, UNHABITAT

    Partner(s): Global Cluster Working Group on Early Recovery, Global Land Tool Network

    Type of material:Analytical/Technical Document

    Publication date:2010

    Language(s): English, Spanish

    Topic(s): Adaptation, Emergency Preparedness and Response, Agriculture and Food

  • Outreach – 1 December 2010 (Climate Finance, Sustainable Development, Gender Equality)

    Outreach is a multi-stakeholder magazine which is published daily at COP16.The purpose is to provide a platform for presenting the opinions of various stakeholders on different issues related to climate change.

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    Organization(s): UNWOMEN, WB

    Partner(s): Stakeholder Forum, Network of Regional Governments for Sustainable Development, The Department of the Environment, Heritage and Local Government, Ireland, Republic of Slovenia Ministry of Foreign Affairs, BioRegional, Stockholm International Water Institute

    Type of material:Other

    Publication date:2010

    Language(s): English

    Topic(s): International Law and Policy, Governance – General, Financial Mechanisms, Carbon Financing and CDM, Adaptation, Finance

  • Outreach – 2 December 2010 (Indigenous Peoples, Human Rights, Green Economy, Women, Local Governance)

    Outreach is a multi-stakeholder magazine which is published daily at COP16.The purpose is to provide a platform for presenting the opinions of various stakeholders on different issues related to climate change.

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    Organization(s): UNWOMEN, WB

    Partner(s): Stakeholder Forum, Network of Regional Governments for Sustainable Development, The Department of the Environment, Heritage and Local Government, Ireland, Republic of Slovenia Ministry of Foreign Affairs, BioRegional, Stockholm International Water Institute

    Type of material:Other

    Publication date:2010

    Language(s): English

    Topic(s): Governance – Territorial and Local, Adaptation, Human Rights and Justice, Gender

  • Outreach – 29 November 2010 (Water, Biodiversity, Women)

    Outreach is a multi-stakeholder magazine which is published daily at COP16.The purpose is to provide a platform for presenting the opinions of various stakeholders on different issues related to climate change.

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    Organization(s): UNWOMEN

    Partner(s): Stakeholder Forum, Network of Regional Governments for Sustainable Development, The Department of the Environment, Heritage and Local Government, Ireland, Republic of Slovenia Ministry of Foreign Affairs, BioRegional, Stockholm International Water Institute

    Type of material:Other

    Publication date:2010

    Language(s): English

    Topic(s): International Law and Policy, Biodiversity, Gender, Water

  • Outreach – 3 December 2010 (Agriculture, Gender, Energy, Indigenous Peoples)

    Outreach is a multi-stakeholder magazine which is published daily at COP16.The purpose is to provide a platform for presenting the opinions of various stakeholders on different issues related to climate change.

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    Organization(s): UNWOMEN, WB

    Partner(s): Stakeholder Forum, Network of Regional Governments for Sustainable Development, The Department of the Environment, Heritage and Local Government, Ireland, Republic of Slovenia Ministry of Foreign Affairs, BioRegional, Stockholm International Water Institute

    Type of material:Other

    Publication date:2010

    Language(s): English

    Topic(s): Adaptation, Mitigation, Gender, Agriculture and Food, Energy

  • Outreach – 30 November 2010 (International Governance, Gender)

    Outreach is a multi-stakeholder magazine which is published daily at COP16.The purpose is to provide a platform for presenting the opinions of various stakeholders on different issues related to climate change.

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    Organization(s): UNWOMEN

    Partner(s): Stakeholder Forum, Network of Regional Governments for Sustainable Development, The Department of the Environment, Heritage and Local Government, Ireland, Republic of Slovenia Ministry of Foreign Affairs, BioRegional, Stockholm International Water Institute

    Type of material:Other

    Publication date:2010

    Language(s): English

    Topic(s): International Law and Policy, Governance – General, Gender

  • Outreach – 6 December 2010 (REDD+, Water, Gender)

    Outreach is a multi-stakeholder magazine which is published daily at COP16.The purpose is to provide a platform for presenting the opinions of various stakeholders on different issues related to climate change.

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    Organization(s): UNWOMEN, WB

    Partner(s): Stakeholder Forum, Network of Regional Governments for Sustainable Development, The Department of the Environment, Heritage and Local Government, Ireland, Republic of Slovenia Ministry of Foreign Affairs, BioRegional, Stockholm International Water Institute

    Type of material:Other

    Publication date:2010

    Language(s): English

    Topic(s): Financial Mechanisms, Carbon Financing and CDM, REDD, Gender, Water

  • Outreach – 7 December 2010 (Water, Adaptation, Negotiations)

    Outreach is a multi-stakeholder magazine which is published daily at COP16.The purpose is to provide a platform for presenting the opinions of various stakeholders on different issues related to climate change.

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    Organization(s): UNWOMEN, WB

    Partner(s): Stakeholder Forum, Network of Regional Governments for Sustainable Development, The Department of the Environment, Heritage and Local Government, Ireland, Republic of Slovenia Ministry of Foreign Affairs, BioRegional, Stockholm International Water Institute

    Type of material:Other

    Publication date:2010

    Language(s): English

    Topic(s): International Law and Policy, Adaptation, Water

  • Outreach – 8 December 2010 (Water, Velnerability, Adaptation, Gender)

    Outreach is a multi-stakeholder magazine which is published daily at COP16.The purpose is to provide a platform for presenting the opinions of various stakeholders on different issues related to climate change.

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    Organization(s): UNWOMEN, WB

    Partner(s): Stakeholder Forum, Network of Regional Governments for Sustainable Development, The Department of the Environment, Heritage and Local Government, Ireland, Republic of Slovenia Ministry of Foreign Affairs, BioRegional, Stockholm International Water Institute

    Type of material:Other

    Publication date:2010

    Language(s): English

    Topic(s): Adaptation, Gender, Human Security, Water

  • Pacific Food Security Toolkit: Building Resilience to Climate Change - Root Crop and Fishery Production

    This manual consists of a toolkit on food security. It has been specifically designed for Pacific Island Countries and Territories (PICTs) with the aim to improve Pacific Islanders’ ability to produce and access safe and nutritious foods that meet their dietary and cultural needs. Targeting food security in the Pacific region is a critical action in the face of climate change, which will continue to place added pressure on existing food and water resources.

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    Organization(s): FAO

    Partner(s): University of the South Pacific, Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme, Pacific Expert Group on Food Security and Climate Change, Secretariat of the Pacific Community, Conservation International, Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency

    Type of material:Guidance Document

    Publication date:2010

    Language(s): English

    Topic(s): Adaptation, Agriculture and Food

  • Participatory Mapping and Communication - A Guide to Developing a Participatory Communication Strategy to Support Participatory Mapping

    This manual provides guidance to IFAD project staff on developing participatory communication strategies that will support and enhance the impact of participatory mapping initiatives, especially among pastoralists, indigenous peoples and forest dwellers. It provides a list of tools for documenting and managing the knowledge that emerges from the mapping process. The first section provides a review of participatory mapping and communication. The second section outlines a four-stage process for developing and implementing a communication strategy to support a participatory mapping initiative. It includes a step-by-step guide for creating a communication action plan and implementing communication activities. And the third section addresses knowledge management procedures that can be employed.

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    Organization(s): IFAD

    Type of material:Guidance Document

    Publication date:2010

    Language(s): English

    Topic(s): Public Participation, Capacity Development, Adaptation, Risk Reduction/Management, Emergency Preparedness and Response, Agriculture and Food, Land Use Management, Forestry

  • Patents and Clean Energy: Bridging the Gap between Evidence and Policy - Final Report

    The analytical report examines the effect of patents on the worldwide transfer of clean energy technologies (CETs), including solar photovoltaic, geothermal, wind, and carbon capture. Key findings from the study include: Japan, the US, Germany, the Republic of Korea, France and the UK are the source of almost 80% of all CET innovations developed; there is a correlation between increased patenting activity and the adoption of the Kyoto Protocol; limited licensing activity is observed in entities located in developing countries, and confined mainly to China, India and Brazil.

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    Organization(s): UNEP

    Partner(s): European Patent Office, International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development

    Type of material:Analytical/Technical Document

    Publication date:2010

    Language(s): English

    Topic(s): Technology, Economic Analysis, Energy

  • Patents and Clean Energy: Bridging the Gap between Evidence and Policy - Summary of the Report

    This document summarises the findings of the report "Patents and Clean Energy: Bridging the Gap between Evidence and Policy". This study examines the effect of patents on the worldwide transfer of clean energy technologies (CETs), including solar photovoltaic, geothermal, wind, and carbon capture. It analyses 400,000 patent documents identified from a pool of 60 million patents as its basis.

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    Organization(s): UNEP

    Partner(s): European Patent Office, International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development

    Type of material:Other

    Publication date:2010

    Language(s): English

    Topic(s): Technology, Economic Analysis, Energy

  • Pathways for Implementing REDD+: Experiences from Carbon Markets and Communities

    This analytical report contains articles on experiences with carbon markets and on the future role of the carbon market and the private sector in scaling up investments for REDD+ and engaging communities. The articles look at the global, national and local levels and address issues such as how to create incentives to participate in REDD+, its implementation and possible financing. Finally, the authors make suggestions for a future international REDD+ regime.

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    Organization(s): UNEP

    Partner(s): Technical University of Denmark, European Commission, URC

    Type of material:Analytical/Technical Document

    Publication date:2010

    Language(s): English

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

  • Perspectives on REDD+

    This analytical report explores several questions concerning the complexity of designing and implementing REDD+ in three articles that look at the challenges around the application of free, prior and informed consent in stakeholder engagement for REDD+, the multiple ecosystem-based benefits of REDD+ beyond carbon, and measuring, reporting, verification and monitoring for REDD+.

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    Organization(s): FAO, UNDP, UNEP

    Type of material:Analytical/Technical Document

    Publication date:2010

    Language(s): English

    Topic(s): Mitigation, REDD, Forestry

  • Pilot Appraisal for Low-carbon Technology Innovation and Diffusion in the Thai Manufacturing Sector

    This technical document evaluates the potential of Low carbon Technology Innovation and Diffusion Centers (LCTIDCs) to initiate, catalyze and accelerate the development, deployment and dissemination of low carbon technologies in the manufacturing sectors in Thailand. For the pilot appraisal study the pulp and paper and the cement sectors were selected.

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    Organization(s): UNIDO

    Partner(s): Asian Institute for Technology

    Type of material:Analytical/Technical Document

    Publication date:2010

    Language(s): English

    Topic(s): Policy Instruments, Capacity Development, Financial Mechanisms, Carbon Financing and CDM, Mitigation, Technology, Industry, Energy

  • Pilot Proejcts and Platform to Exchange Experience on Climate Change Adaptation in Transboundary Basins

    The pilot projects aim to increase adaptive capacity of countries sharing transboundary river basins and to promote dialogue in developing adaptation strategies  and measures. The platform consisting of regular workshops create a wider forum for exchanging experience with basins from around the world.

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    Organization(s): UNECE

    Type of material:Other

    Publication date:2010

    Language(s): English

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

  • Potential Costs and Benefits of Adaptation Options: A Review of Existing Literature

    This technical document analyses the general methodological issues for estimating the costs and benefits of adaptation options, reviews new studies on the economics of adaptation in light of these methodological issues, and discusses their strengths and weaknesses. Improved understanding and capacity for addressing the costs and benefits of adaptation is an important pillar in implementing enhanced action on adaptation at all levels.

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    Organization(s): UNFCCC

    Type of material:Analytical/Technical Document

    Publication date:2010

    Language(s): English

    Topic(s): Adaptation, Economic Analysis, Economic and Development Planning

  • Potential New Climate Change Adaptation Funding Sources for Disaster Preparedness Activities

    This technical document describes potential new funding sources for activities to help humanitarians support preparedness for climate risks, in particular extreme weather events. It also suggests messages that can help humanitarian promote the role of preparedness within adaptation funding programs.

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    Organization(s): OCHA

    Type of material:Analytical/Technical Document

    Publication date:2010

    Language(s): English

    Topic(s): Financial Mechanisms, COP22 List of UN Publications, Adaptation, Risk Reduction/Management, Environment

  • Promoting Energy Efficiency in Buildings: Lessons Learned from International Experience

    This analytical report aims to help policymakers and their advisors wishing to initiate or develop policies promoting energy efficiency in buildings to assess the most efficient mix of policy measures for a given environment as well as to design new initiatives. In particular, chapter I presents and discusses international experience with policies and measures to promote energy efficiency in buildings and chapter II offers some guidelines for future initiatives on prioritising targets, choosing types of policies, and designing mechanisms. The report focuses on the building itself, its envelope, and major equipment for space conditioning (i.e., heating and cooling) and ventilation. 

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    Organization(s): GEF, UNDP

    Type of material:Analytical/Technical Document

    Publication date:2010

    Language(s): English

    Topic(s): Policy Instruments, Energy, Finance, Urban

  • Promoting Large-Scale Renewable Energy Applications in the Arab Region: An Approach for Climate Change Mitigation

    This technical document tackles the importance of natural and sustainable resources, especially wind and solar energy, which can play a role in climate-change mitigation. The paper provides an overview of technologies available for large-scale application of renewable energy, the current situation in the Arab region, the challenges facing the adoption of large-scale renewable energy (RE) applications, and recommendations for promoting these applications in the Arab region.

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    Organization(s): UNESCWA

    Type of material:Analytical/Technical Document

    Publication date:2010

    Language(s): English

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

  • Publicly Backed Guarantees as Policy Instruments to Promote Clean Energy

    This analytical report assesses the advantages and disadvantages of using different types of publicly backed guarantee structures at various stages of product and technology innovation and deployment. The study examines the experience of public financing agencies and relevant lessons learned. The main intended audience includes programme designers and implementers, as well as programme strategists and policy-makers. 

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    Organization(s): UNEP

    Partner(s): United Nations Foundation, Basel Agency for Sustainable Energy, Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland, Sustainable Development Technology Cananda, Carbon Trust, Sintra

    Type of material:Analytical/Technical Document

    Publication date:2010

    Language(s): English

    Topic(s): Policy Instruments, Financial Mechanisms, Technology, Economic Analysis, Economic and Development Planning, Finance, Energy

  • Quantification and Magnitude of Losses and Damages Resulting from the Impacts of Climate Change: Modelling the Transformational Impacts and Costs of Sea Level Rise in the Caribbean (Key Points and Summary for Policy-Makers)

    This analytical report highlights that Caribbean coastal communities will be severely threatened by the direct and indirect impacts of climate change which are projected to accelerate in the coming decades and compound the existing threats to natural systems and society. It focuses particularly on climate change projections for the Caribbean region under +2.0°C and +2.5°C global warming scenarios; the implications of ice sheet melt for global sea level rise (SLR); the projections and implications of SLR for the Caribbean region; and, using an actuarial approach, the quantification and magnitude of the losses and damages resulting from sea level rise and related coastal erosion.

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    Organization(s): UNDP

    Partner(s): Caribsave, Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre, Caribbean Community, University of the West Indies, INSMET

    Type of material:Analytical/Technical Document

    Publication date:2010

    Language(s): English

    Topic(s): Governance – General, Policy Instruments, Tourism, Water

  • Realising Development Effectiveness: Making the Most of Climate Change Finance in Asia and the Pacific

    This technical document considers whether funding for climate change is being managed in the most effective manner, based on the long history of lessons learnt from development assistance over the last 60 years. For doing so, it analyses the experience of five countries in Asia (Bangladesh, Cambodia, Indonesia, the Philippines and Vietnam). The document suggests that, although global agreements to fund climate change have emerged over the last 20 years, challenges remain to making this finance fully effective and sustainable.

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    Organization(s): UNDP

    Partner(s): Capacity Development for Development Effectiveness Facility, Asian Development Bank, Japan Official Development Assistance, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade of the Republic of Korea, Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency, Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development

    Type of material:Analytical/Technical Document

    Publication date:2010

    Language(s): English

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

  • REDD Alert

    This video presents the environmental and climatic risks caused by forest degradation and deforestation. It also introduces the United Nations Collaborative Programme on Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation in Developing Countries (UN-REDD) and its activities to preserve forests and their ability to store carbon.

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    Organization(s): FAO, UNDP, UNEP

    Type of material:Audio/Visual Resource

    Publication date:2010

    Language(s): English

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

  • Regional Policy Dialog in Latin America and the Caribbean - Challenges and Opportunities for Water-Based Adaptation to Climate Change: Elements for a Regional Agenda

    This policy document represents a coordinated effort among several institutions and organizations in the Latin America and the Caribbean region to present the results of a joint reflection on the issue of water-based adaptation to climate change as part of a Regional Policy Dialog process. The main purpose of this Dialog is to communicate to politicians and decision makers – both within the water community and from other public policy areas relevant to the topic - and other actors involved, a series of key messages and recommendations that enable them to define, in an informed manner, public policies and corresponding actions on climate change adaptation. This document incorporates comments and suggestions obtained through presentation and discussion in three international events.

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    Organization(s): IDB, UNHABITAT, WB

    Partner(s): Conference of Ibero-American Water Directors, FEMSA Foundation, Freshwater Action Network for Central America, Freshwater Action Network for Mexico, Global Water Partnership, International Union for the Conservation of Nature, National Water Agency of Brazil, Mexican Institute of Water Technology, National Water Commission of Mexico, Spanish Fund for Achievement of the Millennium Development Goals, Mexico, Water Advisory Council, Water Center for Latin America and the Caribbean at the Tecnológico de Monterrey, Water Forum of the Americas, World Wildlife Fund

    Type of material:Policy Document

    Publication date:2010

    Language(s): English, Spanish

    Topic(s): International Law and Policy, Governance – General, Capacity Development, Adaptation, Economic and Development Planning, Finance, Water, Environment

  • Renewable Energy in Industrial Applications: An Assessment of the 2050 Potential

    This technical document focuses on the potential of renewable energy sources for process heat in the industrial sector and for biomass feedstock substitution in industrial processes. It stresses that renewable energy can be widely applied in industrial applications. The four options primarily discussed in this report are: biomass for process heat; biomass for petrochemical feedstocks; solar thermal systems for process heat; and heat pumps for process heat.

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    Organization(s): UNIDO

    Type of material:Analytical/Technical Document

    Publication date:2010

    Language(s): English

    Topic(s): Policy Instruments, Technology, Economic Analysis, Chemicals and Waste, Agriculture and Food, Industry, Transport, Energy

  • Report of the Workshop on Climate Change, its Impacts on Employment and Labour Markets

    This workshop was organised by the Global Union Research Network (GURN) and coordinated by the ILO’s Bureau for Workers’ Activities (ACTRAV) and the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC). The aim was to discuss academic research on the employment aspects of climate change and identify research gaps.

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    Organization(s): ILO

    Partner(s): International Trade Union Confederation

    Type of material:Activity Report

    Publication date:2010

    Language(s): English

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

  • Report on a Consultation Meeting: "Essential Public Health Package to Enhace Climate Change Resilience in Developing Countries"

    This activity report summarises the main points discussed during the consultation on Essential Public Health Package to Enhance Climate Resilience in Least Developed Countries (LDCs), which was held in Geneva, Switzerland, from 7-8 September 2010.The consultation aimed to define the core public health functions that should protect populations from climate change impacts. It was attended by representatives from vulnerable countries, the UNFCCC Secretariat, and relevant WHO departments, who broadly agreed on enhancing resilience through linking environment and health surveillance, vector control and disaster risk reduction.

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    Organization(s): WHO

    Type of material:Activity Report

    Publication date:2010

    Language(s): English

    Topic(s): International Law and Policy, Governance – General, Adaptation, Human Security, Finance, Health, Environment

  • Report on the Informal Meeting of Experts on Enhancing Coordination of Capacity-Building Activities in Relation to Using the IPCC Guidance and Guidelines as a Basis for Estimating Forest-Related Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Removals

    This activity report summarises the outcomes of a workshop on issues relating to the revision of the UNFCCC Annex I reporting guidelines. At the workshop, participants shared their views on the use of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) 2006 Guidelines for National Greenhouse Gas and the revision of the Guidelines for the preparation of national communications by parties included in Annex I to the Convention, Part I.

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    Organization(s): UNFCCC

    Type of material:Activity Report

    Publication date:2010

    Language(s): English

    Topic(s): International Law and Policy, Capacity Development

  • Report on the Informal Meeting of Representatives from Parties and Organizations and Experts to Consider the Outcomes of the Activities Completed Prior to the Meeting

    This activity report provides an overview of the discussions on, and the issues identified in relation to, the implementation of the Nairobi work programme on impacts, vulnerability and adaptation to climate change at the informal meeting of representatives of Parties and organizations and experts to consider the outcomes of the activities completed under the work programme, which was held from 28 to 30 September 2010 in Manila, the Philippines. Recommendations and suggestions were provided on ways and means to strengthen activities beyond 2010 in support of enhanced adaptation action in all sectors and at all levels.

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    Organization(s): UNFCCC

    Type of material:Activity Report

    Publication date:2010

    Language(s): English

    Topic(s): Capacity Development, Adaptation, Technology

  • Report on the Regional Training Workshops on the Implementation of National Adaptation Programmes of Action in 2009–2010

    This activity report provides a summary of the five regional training workshops on the implementation of national adaptation programmes of action (NAPAs) conducted by the Least Developed Countries Expert Group (LEG) in partnership with the Global Environment Facility (GEF) and its agencies in the period 2009–2010. The five workshops focused on providing participants with hands-on training in the design and preparation of proposals for the implementation of adaptation projects identified in NAPAs, and in the subsequent submission of these proposals to the GEF to receive support under the Least Developed Countries Fund (LDCF). In addition, the workshops addressed barriers and challenges faced by least developed country Parties in accessing funding under the LDCF.

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    Organization(s): UNFCCC

    Type of material:Activity Report

    Publication date:2010

    Language(s): English

    Topic(s): Capacity Development, Adaptation

  • Report on the UNFCCC Regional Training Programme on Project Preparation

    This activity report provides information on the outcomes, experiences and lessons learned from the organization of the training programme on preparing technology transfer projects for financing organized in 2009 and 2010. It elaborates on issues for further consideration, including possible follow-up actions to increase the number of beneficiaries of the training programme and to address specific training needs at the subregional and national level.

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    Organization(s): UNFCCC

    Type of material:Activity Report

    Publication date:2010

    Language(s): English

    Topic(s): Capacity Development, Financial Mechanisms, Technology

  • Resource Productivity for Climate Action

    This technical document presents Resource Efficent and Cleaner Production (RECP) and links it to climate change.

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    Organization(s): UNEP, UNIDO

    Partner(s): SDC

    Type of material:Analytical/Technical Document

    Publication date:2010

    Language(s): English

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

  • Role of National Meteorological and Hydrological Services in Mainstreaming Climate Services for Climate Risk Management

    This policy document consists of a COP 16 position paper presenting the role that the weather, climate and hydrological communities can play in effectively addressing the objectives of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). This note is intended to help National Meteorological and Hydrological Services (NMHSs) and their national partners to provide the scientific underpinning to the negotiations and enable them to play their role within their national delegations.

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    Organization(s): WMO

    Type of material:Policy Document

    Publication date:2010

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

    Topic(s): International Law and Policy, Policy Instruments, Science, Adaptation, Mitigation, Risk Reduction/Management

  • Role of NMHSs In Adaptation to Climate Variability and Change

    This technical document includes the analysis and findings of an on-line survey on the role of National Meteorological and Hydrological Services (NMHSs) in adaptation to climate variability and change. The surveys was designed to gather information on ways that NMHSs are contributing to the national climate change response both directly and indirectly, as well as potential gaps that NMHSs could fill if appropriate resources and planning are provided.

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    Organization(s): WMO

    Type of material:Analytical/Technical Document

    Publication date:2010

    Language(s): English

    Topic(s): Policy Instruments, Science, Adaptation, Mitigation

  • Sandwatch - Adapting to Climate Changes and Educating for Sustainable Development

    This manual links classroom activities to real-life issues relating to climate change, environment, sustainable development, cultural diversity, science and more. It also stimulates and encourages practitioners, young and old, to take action by becoming involved in caring for their environment, and in understanding and influencing local government policy and action.

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    Organization(s): UNESCO

    Partner(s): Sandwatch Foundation, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Denmark

    Type of material:Guidance Document

    Publication date:2010

    Language(s): English, French, Spanish

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

  • Screening Tools and Guidelines to Support the Mainstreaming of Climate Change Adaptation into Development Assistance – A Stocktaking Report

    The technical document summarizes existing tools and good practices from a range of organizations to guide development practitioners in their climate change mainstreaming efforts. The components and entry points of the mainstreaming process are explored, key climate change adaptation and mainstreaming concepts are defined, and a comparative overview of existing tools and guidelines is provided.

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    Organization(s): UNDP

    Type of material:Analytical/Technical Document

    Publication date:2010

    Language(s): English

    Topic(s): Adaptation, Human Security, Economic and Development Planning

  • Skills for Green Jobs

    This document presents a policy-applied research on skill needs for greener economies conducted by the ILO. The research is based on fifteen country studies worldwide with a primary focus on good practice examples of how national policies for greening economies are complemented by identification of skills needs and efficient skills response strategies. The ILO is partnering with the European Centre for the Development of Vocational Training (CEDEFOP) who is conducting six additional country studies in Europe.

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    Organization(s): ILO

    Type of material:Other

    Publication date:2010

    Language(s): English

    Topic(s): Green Jobs/Economy, Labour

  • Skills for Green Jobs - European Synthesis Report

    This analytical report includes six country studies in Europe on good practice examples of how national policies for greening economies are complemented by identification of skills needs and efficient skills response strategies. The study is based on research in Denmark, Germany, Estonia, Spain, France and the UK. It closes with a set of recommendation and conclusions.

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    Organization(s): ILO

    Partner(s): UNEP, European Centre for the Development of Vocational Training, International Employers Organization, International Trade Union Confederation

    Type of material:Analytical/Technical Document

    Publication date:2010

    Language(s): English

    Topic(s): Capacity Development, Green Jobs/Economy, Environment, Labour

  • Skills for Green Jobs in Australia

    This analytical report presents the Australian component of a multi-country research project  identifying skills for green jobs. The report’s principal purpose is to set the scene in terms of the key challenges and priorities for climate change mitigation and adaptation for the Australian economy. The report also focuses on the imminent skills development issues, and the current education and training responses.

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    Organization(s): ILO

    Partner(s): UNEP, European Centre for the Development of Vocational Training, Workplace Research Centre - University of Sydney, International Employers Organization, International Trade Union Confederation

    Type of material:Analytical/Technical Document

    Publication date:2010

    Language(s): English

    Topic(s): Policy Instruments, Capacity Development, Adaptation, Mitigation, Green Jobs/Economy, Economic and Development Planning, Labour

  • Skills for Green Jobs in Bangladesh

    This analytical report presents the Bangladesh component of a multi-country research project  identifying skills for green jobs. The report attempts to identify strategic skills development responses of Bangladesh in the light of environmental degradation, climate change and the global call for greening economies. It finds that climate change has already emerged as a serious challenge to development in general and poverty reduction in particular. However, it notes that the policy priorities for greening the economy remains limited and the related skills development strategy inadequate.

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    Organization(s): ILO

    Partner(s): UNEP, European Centre for the Development of Vocational Training, International Employers Organization, International Trade Union Confederation, European Union

    Type of material:Analytical/Technical Document

    Publication date:2010

    Language(s): English

    Topic(s): Policy Instruments, Capacity Development, Adaptation, Mitigation, Green Jobs/Economy, Economic and Development Planning, Labour

  • Skills for Green Jobs in Brazil

    This analytical report presents the Brazilian component of a multi-country research project  identifying skills for green jobs. It aims to characterize the demand for green occupations and skills in the current transition phase of the Brazilian economy as well as signal what are the necessary conditions to supply green skills.

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    Organization(s): ILO

    Partner(s): UNEP, European Centre for the Development of Vocational Training, International Employers Organization, International Trade Union Confederation

    Type of material:Analytical/Technical Document

    Publication date:2010

    Language(s): English

    Topic(s): Policy Instruments, Capacity Development, Adaptation, Mitigation, Green Jobs/Economy, Economic and Development Planning, Labour

  • Skills for Green Jobs in China

    This analytical report presents the Chinese component of a multi-country research project identifying skills for green jobs. It notices that the skills needs in China’s industries, which are rapidly changing due to new green jobs or existing jobs turning green, have been growing. It stresses thta China’s skill response should be swift and effective, with coordination between various government departments, which should play a more active role by anticipating the changing green skills needs by surveys of employers and employees. China’s tripartite mechanism among government, employers and employees in skill formation and delivery is necessary.

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    Organization(s): ILO

    Partner(s): UNEP, European Centre for the Development of Vocational Training, China Academy of Labour and Social Security of the Ministry of Human Resources and Social Security of China, International Employers Organization, International Trade Union Confederation

    Type of material:Analytical/Technical Document

    Publication date:2010

    Language(s): English

    Topic(s): Policy Instruments, Capacity Development, Adaptation, Mitigation, Green Jobs/Economy, Industry, Energy, Labour

  • Skills for Green Jobs in Costa Rica

    This analytical report presents the Costa Rica component of a multi-country research project identifying skills for green jobs. It notices that in recent years, Costa Rica has positioned itself as a world-leading model in sustainability. Numerous initiatives such as Climate Change Strategy and the Peace with Nature Initiative have been developed to steer the country in the right direction to maximize its goals in its greening potential. It stresses that main challenges and priorities related to climate change have provoked a national shift, which will require the creation of new green jobs, re-training or greening of existing ones in order to meet specific environmental goals.

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    Organization(s): ILO

    Partner(s): UNEP, European Centre for the Development of Vocational Training, International Employers Organization, International Trade Union Confederation, INCAE Business School

    Type of material:Analytical/Technical Document

    Publication date:2010

    Language(s): English

    Topic(s): Governance – General, Policy Instruments, Capacity Development, Green Jobs/Economy, Environment, Labour

  • Skills for Green Jobs in Egypt

    This analytical report presents the Egypt component of a multi-country research project identifying skills for green jobs. It sheds light on the key challenges and priorities for the green economy and outlines the main environmental challenges currently facing Egypt. It then analyzes the skills development strategy corresponding to greening, investigates the obstacles for the integration of skills development into relevant policies and strategies and addresses the anticipation of skills needs. Finally, the study outlines the main findings and provides recommendations at policy and sector levels.

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    Organization(s): ILO

    Partner(s): UNEP, European Centre for the Development of Vocational Training, International Employers Organization, International Trade Union Confederation, EcoConServ Environmental Solutions

    Type of material:Analytical/Technical Document

    Publication date:2010

    Language(s): English

    Topic(s): Governance – General, Policy Instruments, Capacity Development, Green Jobs/Economy, Environment, Labour

  • Skills for Green Jobs in India

    This analytical report presents the Indian component of a multi-country research project identifying skills for green jobs. It aims to provide an insight of major sectors with a green job potential in the country, with special emphasis on traditional sectors, and analyze whether and how skills response strategies are incorporated into larger ‘greening’ policies and programmes. The report further presents a brief skills needs for new occupations, new skills for greening existing occupations and retraining needs in sectors undergoing structural changes as a result of policy implementation, and introduction of greening technologies and practices. It also provides conclusions and policy recommendations.

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    Organization(s): ILO

    Partner(s): UNEP, European Centre for the Development of Vocational Training, International Employers Organization, International Trade Union Confederation

    Type of material:Analytical/Technical Document

    Publication date:2010

    Language(s): English

    Topic(s): Governance – General, Policy Instruments, Capacity Development, Green Jobs/Economy, Environment, Labour

  • Skills for Green Jobs in Indonesia

    This analytical report presents the Indonesian component of a multi-country research project identifying skills for green jobs. It aims to identify strategies related to skills development in Indonesia that may provide remedial measure of environmental degradation, climate change and global trends for green economies. It concludes that many sectors are already affected by the movement towards greener economy. Some companies in these sectors, either affected by new environmental regulations or driven by profit or competitiveness motives, already have started to adjust to the new greening trend in the market.

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    Organization(s): ILO

    Partner(s): UNEP, European Centre for the Development of Vocational Training, International Trade Union Confederation, International Employers Organization

    Type of material:Analytical/Technical Document

    Publication date:2010

    Language(s): English

    Topic(s): Governance – General, Policy Instruments, Capacity Development, Green Jobs/Economy, Environment, Labour

  • Skills for Green Jobs in Mali

    This analytical report presents the component of a multi-country research project identifying skills for green jobs of Mali. This study was undertaken to identify major challenges and priorities related to climate change and the subsequent greening policies and strategies, and to identify major sectors with a greening potential in the country. It notices that there are many actions going on in Mali where greening and adaptation to climate change have not been in focus, but have been taken into account unintentionally and that there is a big potential for green jobs in Mali, both for development of new occupations and new skills for old occupations.

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    Organization(s): ILO

    Partner(s): UNEP, European Centre for the Development of Vocational Training, International Trade Union Confederation, International Employers Organization

    Type of material:Analytical/Technical Document

    Publication date:2010

    Language(s): English

    Topic(s): Governance – General, Policy Instruments, Capacity Development, Green Jobs/Economy, Environment, Labour

  • Skills for Green Jobs in South Africa

    This analytical report presents the component of a multi-country research project identifying skills for green jobs of South Africa. It examines the current issues pertaining to greening the South African economy with special attention to skills requirements now and in the future. Current policy is found to be inconsistent and market forces have tended to be more effective in driving change. However, going forward there is potential for policy to direct significant structural changes. It is recommended that a cohesive approach is taken to green skills anticipation at a national level which will ensure correct identification of needs, and strong implementation of the pre-existing skills framework.

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    Organization(s): ILO

    Partner(s): UNEP, European Centre for the Development of Vocational Training, International Employers Organization, International Trade Union Confederation, OneWorld Sustainable Investments

    Type of material:Analytical/Technical Document

    Publication date:2010

    Language(s): English

    Topic(s): International Law and Policy, Policy Instruments, Capacity Development, Green Jobs/Economy, Environment, Labour

  • Skills for Green Jobs in Thailand

    This analytical report presents the component of a multi-country research project identifying skills for green jobs of Thailand. It notices that while Thailand has strong green policy, there is no comprehensive plan to train people on green jobs, no database and labour market information for existing green jobs, new green jobs and the new green collar jobs. There is a need therefore to analyze the skills gap and to forecast the demand of the labour market in relation to green jobs.

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    Organization(s): ILO

    Partner(s): UNEP, European Centre for the Development of Vocational Training, International Employers Organization, International Trade Union Confederation

    Type of material:Analytical/Technical Document

    Publication date:2010

    Language(s): English

    Topic(s): Governance – General, Policy Instruments, Capacity Development, Green Jobs/Economy, Environment, Labour

  • Skills for Green Jobs in the Republic of Korea

    This analytical report presents the component of a multi-country research project identifying skills for green jobs of the Republic of Korea. It describes the changes in the labour market due to greening initiatives and skills development strategies for emerging green jobs. It aims to: explain major policy measures including general environmental strategy towards a green growth and skills development strategy; discuss the green structural change and its impact on the labour market and outline the plans that Korea has put in place for skills response; present case studies that show actual examples of skills response to green economy in various sectors; and discuss the current approach and suggest policy recommendations.

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    Organization(s): ILO

    Partner(s): UNEP, European Centre for the Development of Vocational Training, International Employers Organization, International Trade Union Confederation, Korea Research Institute for Vocational Education and Training

    Type of material:Analytical/Technical Document

    Publication date:2010

    Language(s): English

    Topic(s): Governance – General, Policy Instruments, Capacity Development, Green Jobs/Economy, Environment, Labour

  • Skills for Green Jobs in the United States

    This analytical report presents the component of a multi-country research project identifying skills for green jobs of the United States. It describes the major policy efforts in the US to promote the development of green jobs, the occupational classification systems being created to track the growth of green jobs, and the education and training efforts that have been implemented to prepare US workers for employment in green industries. It closes with a set of recommendation and conclusions.

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    Organization(s): ILO

    Partner(s): UNEP, European Centre for the Development of Vocational Training, International Employers Organization, International Trade Union Confederation

    Type of material:Analytical/Technical Document

    Publication date:2010

    Language(s): English

    Topic(s): Governance – General, Policy Instruments, Capacity Development, Green Jobs/Economy, Environment, Labour

  • Skills for Green Jobs in Uganda

    This analytical report presents the component of a multi-country research project identifying skills for green jobs of Uganda. It notices that Uganda, like other developing countries, has not effectively responded towards mitigating and preventing environmental challenges, notably climate change. The cost of inaction by the majority of institutions mandated to protect the environment has led to the country becoming more vulnerable. The emerging “green” employment areas are discussed, along with their skills and knowledge gaps and potential for greening the economy.

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    Organization(s): ILO

    Partner(s): UNEP, European Centre for the Development of Vocational Training, International Employers Organization, International Trade Union Confederation, Countryside Innovations Network Ltd.

    Type of material:Analytical/Technical Document

    Publication date:2010

    Language(s): English

    Topic(s): Governance – General, Policy Instruments, Capacity Development, Green Jobs/Economy, Environment, Labour

  • State and Trends of the Carbon Market 2010

    This technical report presents an assessment of the state of the Carbon Market in 2010. It unerlines that the carbon market endured its most challenging year to date in 2009 because of the global economic crisis that negatively impacted both the demand and supply sides of the market. As industrial output plummeted, the demand for carbon assets fell. On the supply side the financial crisis spurred financial institutions and private investors to deleverage and redirect their positions away from risky investments. As a result, many project developers found it impossible to lock in finance and project origination effectively ground to a halt.

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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, Economic and Development Planning, Finance

  • Staying on Track: Tackling Corruption Risks in Climate Change

    This analytical report focuses on corruption risks involved with adaptation and REDD+. On adaptation, the report outlines three corruption risk areas: State capture and abuse of discretion; bribery, clientelism and cronyism leading to poorly designed programmes; and petty corruption in programme delivery. For REDD+, the authors highlight: powerful individuals or lobby groups influencing the design of national REDD+ frameworks; petty corruption, political corruption and grand corruption in the implementation phase resulting in fraudulent documentation and disregarding breaches of REDD+ laws; and corruption affecting the distribution of REDD+ revenues. Recommendations to reduce these risks are also included.

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    Organization(s): UNDP

    Type of material:Analytical/Technical Document

    Publication date:2010

    Language(s): English

    Topic(s): Governance – General, Adaptation, REDD, Economic and Development Planning

  • Strengthening Climate Change Adaptation through Effective Disaster Risk Reduction

    This analytical report aims to show that climate change adaptation relies on the reduction and management of climate-related disaster risks and why both need to become central to development planning and investment. It builds on empirical evidence that illustrates how climate risks are constructed and which risks can be reduced cost-effectively.

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    Organization(s): UNISDR

    Type of material:Analytical/Technical Document

    Publication date:2010

    Language(s): English

    Topic(s): Adaptation, Risk Reduction/Management

  • Study on Local Manufacturing of Renewable Energy Technology Components in East Africa

    This technical document aims to assess the potential of local manufacturing of technology components of two renewable energy technology applications, namely biomass gasifier for heating applications and solar photovoltaic technology applications. The two East African countries that have been selected for the study are Uganda and Ethiopia. This report consists of a detailed assessment of both technologies and relevant policy recommendations, cost benefit analysis, mapping and prioritising.

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    Organization(s): UNIDO

    Partner(s): The Energy and Resources Institute

    Type of material:Analytical/Technical Document

    Publication date:2010

    Language(s): English

    Topic(s): Governance – General, Policy Instruments, Technology, Economic Analysis, Agriculture and Food, Industry, Energy

  • Supporting Countries to Get Ready for REDD+

    This leaflet introduces the United Nations Collaborative Programme on Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation in Developing Countries (UN-REDD). The Programme provides guidance on how best to design and implement REDD+ and to ensure that forests continue to provide multiple benefits for livelihoods and biodiversity to societies while storing carbon at the same time.

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    Organization(s): FAO, UNDP, UNEP

    Type of material:Other

    Publication date:2010

    Language(s): English, French, Spanish

    Topic(s): Carbon Financing and CDM, REDD, Economic and Development Planning, Forestry

  • Sustainable Forest Management & REDD+ Investment Program

    This activity report describes the GEF investment programme for sustainable forest management (SFM) and for reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation in developing countries. It discusses conservation, sustainable management of forests and enhancement of carbon stocks (REDD+), as well as opportunities for funding of forest-related activities in the fifth GEF cycle (GEF-5). Also available in Portuguese.

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    Organization(s): GEF

    Type of material:Activity Report

    Publication date:2010

    Language(s): English, French, Spanish

    Topic(s): Financial Mechanisms, REDD, Finance, Forestry

  • Synthesis Report on the National Adaptation Programme of Action Process, Including Operation of the Least Developed Countries Fund

    This analytical report synthesizes the information provided by Parties and relevant organizations on the preparation and implementation of national adaptation programmes of action (NAPAs), including on accessing funds from the Least Developed Countries Fund (LDCF). It provides a review of the status of implementation of the least developed countries work programme, NAPAs and the operation of the LDCF. It includes experiences gained and lessons learned in the preparation and implementation of NAPAs and on accessing funds from the LDCF, as well as challenges, barriers and possible areas for improvement.

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    Organization(s): UNFCCC

    Type of material:Analytical/Technical Document

    Publication date:2010

    Language(s): English

    Topic(s): Capacity Development, Adaptation

  • Synthesis Report on the National Economic, Environment and Development Study (NEEDS) for Climate Change Project

    This activity report facilitates the identification of priority mitigation and adaptation measures by the participating countries, in line with their national sustainable development strategies, and how these measures can be effectively supported financially by public and private sector funding, multilateral initiatives, carbon markets and other sources of funding or investment.

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    Organization(s): UNFCCC

    Type of material:Activity Report

    Publication date:2010

    Language(s): English

    Topic(s): Financial Mechanisms, COP22 List of UN Publications, Adaptation, Mitigation, Economic and Development Planning, Finance

  • Synthesis Report on Ways to Enhance the Engagement of Observer Organizations

    This policy document synthesizes the proposals made by Parties and observer organizations on ways to enhance the engagement of observer organizations. These include a range of proposals in relation to substantive inputs, admissions and access, registration and organizational issues, the role of constituencies, guidelines for participation, and practices taken from other processes. The report also reviews the background of observer engagement in the UNFCCC process, as well as previous consideration by the Subsidiary Body for Implementation of ways to enhance the effectiveness of this engagement.

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    Organization(s): UNFCCC

    Type of material:Policy Document

    Publication date:2010

    Language(s): English

    Topic(s): Public Participation, Policy Instruments

  • Technologies for Climate Change Adaptation – Coastal Erosion and Flooding

    This manual covers thirteen major adaptation technologies that reduce impacts of coastal erosion and flooding due to climate change. For each technology, the authors present a technology description, its advantages and disadvantages, costs and benefits, institutional organisation requirements and detailed examples about its application. This guidebook is intended to be a practical tool for use by coastal zone managers in developing countries. The aim is to provide best practice guidance and assist these managers in assessing their evolving adaptation needs and help them to prepare action plans for adapting to climate change in the coastal zone.

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    Organization(s): GEF, UNEP

    Partner(s): University of Southampton

    Type of material:Guidance Document

    Publication date:2010

    Language(s): English

    Topic(s): Governance – General, Policy Instruments, Adaptation, Technology, Ecosystems, Water

  • Technology Development and Transfer for Climate Change: A Survey of Activities by United Nations System Organizations

    This activity report provides an updated non-comprehensive overview of the range of related United Nations activities aimed at promoting technology development and transfer and considers some opportunities for enhancing the United Nation’s role in this critical area. The survey highlights the major efforts of United Nations system organizations, the types of activity and the extent of their coverage. It also presents a number of areas which could offer effective opportunities for enhancing the United Nations system’s engagement.

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    Organization(s): UNIDO

    Partner(s): UNDESA

    Type of material:Activity Report

    Publication date:2010

    Language(s): English

    Topic(s): Governance – General, Capacity Development, Financial Mechanisms, Adaptation, Mitigation, Technology, Finance, Energy, Environment

  • The BioCarbon Fund Experience: Insights from Afforestation/Reforestation (A/R) Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) Projects

    This document presents the BioCarbon Fund (BioCF), a public-private initiative, housed within the World Bank’s Carbon Finance Unit, mobilizing resources for pioneering projects that sequester or conserve carbon in forest and agro-ecosystems, mitigating climate change and improving rural livelihoods.

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    Organization(s): WB

    Type of material:Other

    Publication date:2010

    Language(s): English

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

  • The Clean Development Mechanism Executive Board Annual Report 2010

    This activity report presents a summary of the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) challenges and successes in 2010. It is stressed that the year has seen a comprehensive effort to deal with key challenges: clearer, simpler procedures and requirements have been adopted, together with more challenging targets and timelines; the secretariat’s programme that supports the CDM was restructured; and dialogue with and between stakeholders was increased.

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    Organization(s): UNFCCC

    Type of material:Activity Report

    Publication date:2010

    Language(s): English

    Topic(s): Governance – General, Carbon Financing and CDM, Mitigation, Finance

  • The Contribution of the Clean Development Mechanism under the Kyoto Protocol to Technology Transfer

    The analytical report analyzes the technology transfer claims made by project participants in the project design documents (PDDs) of the 4,984 projects that were in the CDM pipeline as of 30 June 2010. The findings of the study show the extent of technology transfer, as well as the change that has occurred as the use of the CDM by host parties matures. The study also shows the change in the rate of technology transfer over time as the use of the CDM matures. It indicates that technology transfer was more common during the early years of the CDM than it is today.

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    Organization(s): UNFCCC

    Type of material:Analytical/Technical Document

    Publication date:2010

    Language(s): English

    Topic(s): COP22 List of UN Publications, Financial Mechanisms, Carbon Financing and CDM, Technology

  • The Economics of Adaptation to Climate Change - Synthesis Report

    This analytical report sits at the apex of a global study report and seven country case study reports. The report highlights that eliminating poverty is central to both development and adaptation, since poverty exacerbates vulnerability to weather variability as well as climate change. It argues that investments should start with low-regret options, with measures that tackle the weather risks that countries already face, such as increased investment in water storage in drought-prone basins or protection against storms and flooding in coastal zones and/or urban areas.

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    Organization(s): WB

    Partner(s): Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands, Department for International Development of the United Kingdom, Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation

    Type of material:Analytical/Technical Document

    Publication date:2010

    Language(s): English

    Topic(s): Adaptation, Economic and Development Planning, Water

  • The Emissions Gap Report

    This technical report spotlights the size of "emissions gap" between where countries might be in 2020 versus where the science indicates they need to be. According to the report, countries have the chance to reduce emissions to 49 gigatons of carbon dioxide equivalent by 2020, 60% of the reductions needed to keep global temperatures under a 2ºC rise, if Copenhagen Accord pledges are fully met. This would leave a gap of around 5 gigatons of carbon dioxide equivalent to be bridged over the next decade. Reflecting on the results of the report, recommendations are provided.

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    Organization(s): UNEP

    Partner(s): European Climate Foundation, Mexico National Institute of Ecology-SEMARNAT

    Type of material:Analytical/Technical Document

    Publication date:2010

    Language(s): English

    Topic(s): Policy Instruments, COP22 List of UN Publications, Science, Mitigation, Green Jobs/Economy, Economic and Development Planning

  • The Essential Role and Global Importance of Radio Spectrum Use for Earth Observations and for Related Applications

    This technical document analyzes possible means to improve the recognition of the essential role and global importance of Earth observation radiocommunication applications and the knowledge and understanding of administrations regarding the utilization and benefits of these applications. It includes an extensive overview of the use of spectrum by Earth observation radiocommunication applications. It also provides an overview of solar radio monitoring applications and describes the benefits from spectrum use by the radio astronomy and space research.

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    Organization(s): ITU

    Type of material:Analytical/Technical Document

    Publication date:2010

    Language(s): English

    Topic(s): Capacity Development, Science, Technology, Economic and Development Planning, Environment

  • The Ethical Implications of Global Climate Change

    This analytical report aims to make explicit the ethical implications of global climate change. It is not always clear how to conceptualize many of the ethical questions raised by the various effects of global climate change, and on what basis to choose between different conceptualizations. It is also not always clear how to interpret the common but differentiated responsibilities that international organizations, states, governments, non-governmental organizations, businesses, or individuals may have in responding to global climate change. It is with this kind of uncertainty in mind that this report was drafted, in particular to offer some guidelines in a situation where few if any are obvious.

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    Organization(s): UNESCO

    Type of material:Analytical/Technical Document

    Publication date:2010

    Language(s): English

    Topic(s): Governance – General, Policy Instruments, Capacity Development

  • The IFAD Adaptive Approach to Participatory Mapping - Design and Delivery of Participatory Mapping Projects

    This analytical report tackles participatory mapping as a contribution to addressing conflict-related issues and improving community ownership in sustainable natural resource management for enhanced rural poverty reduction. Thus, an overall framework for the implementation of participatory mapping processes within IFAD-supported projects becomes critical to ensuring that the potential of this methodology is fully explored. This report provides a comprehensive overview of such a framework. It outlines the actions needed at each step of the project cycle for the implementation of participatory mapping processes in IFAD programmes and projects. Finally, it builds on an initial review that identifies core principles of good participatory mapping processes, and on knowledge captured from visits to ILC and IFAD projects.

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    Organization(s): IFAD

    Type of material:Analytical/Technical Document

    Publication date:2010

    Language(s): English

    Topic(s): Public Participation, Capacity Development, Adaptation, Technology, Children, Gender, Emergency Preparedness and Response, Education, Land Use Management

  • The Kyoto Protocol Mechanisms: International Emissions Trading, Clean Development Mechanism, Joint Implementation

    This brochure introduces the three market-mechanisms to reduce greenhouse gas emissions included in the Kyoto Protocol: international emissions trading (IET), the clean development mechanism (CDM) and joint implementation (JI). The document briefly describes them and presents important elements for their implementation.

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    Organization(s): UNFCCC

    Type of material:Other

    Publication date:2010

    Language(s): English

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

  • The Potential for Scale and Sustainability in Weather Index Insurance for Agriculture and Rural Livelihoods

    This analytical report discusses the potential for scale and sustainability in weather index insurance for agriculture and rural livelihoods and identifies eight key principles. It includes nine case studies - Mexico, India, Ethiopia, China, Canada, United States, Ukraine and Brazil - on index insurance programmes and outlines how donors and governments can support the sector.

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    Organization(s): IFAD

    Type of material:Analytical/Technical Document

    Publication date:2010

    Language(s): English

    Topic(s): Financial Mechanisms, Risk Reduction/Management, Agriculture and Food, Land Use Management

  • The Role of Ecosystems in Developing a Sustainable "Green Economy"

    This policy document is aimed at the general public, politicians, businesses and organizations that influence the development of policies and strategies in economics, climate change mitigation and adaptation, poverty alleviation, natural resource use and biodiversity conservation. It is intended to stimulate discussion and debate as to how societies can avoid degrading the natural environment and the wealth of valuable benefits it provides, and instead promote and utilise healthy ecosystems to support a sustainable and more climate-resilient future for people around the world.

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    Organization(s): UNEP

    Type of material:Policy Document

    Publication date:2010

    Language(s): English

    Topic(s): Adaptation, Mitigation, Biodiversity, Ecosystems

  • The Social and Decent Work Dimensions of a New Agreement on Climate Change

    This analytical report highlights the close inter-linkages between climate change and the world of work. It aims to promote a better understanding between both spheres and greater coherence between climate, social and labour policies.

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    Organization(s): ILO

    Type of material:Analytical/Technical Document

    Publication date:2010

    Language(s): English

    Topic(s): International Law and Policy, COP22 List of UN Publications, Green Jobs/Economy, Economic and Development Planning

  • The State of World Fisheries and Aquaculture

    This analytical report presents and analyzes the state of the world fisheries and aquaculture. Fisheries and aquaculture remain important sources of food, nutrition, income and livelihoods for hundreds of millions of people around the world. It provides an informed, balanced and comprehensive analysis of global fisheries and aquaculture data and related issues.

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    Organization(s): FAO

    Type of material:Analytical/Technical Document

    Publication date:2010

    Language(s): English

    Topic(s): Adaptation, Agriculture and Food, Trade, Water

  • The UN-REDD Programme in Action

    This video introduces the  United Nations Collaborative Programme on Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation in Developing Countries (UN-REDD), a collaborative initiative implemented by three United Nations agencies - FAO, UNDP and UNEP - with the aim to reduce emissions from deforestation and forest degradation.

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    Organization(s): FAO, UNDP, UNEP

    Type of material:Audio/Visual Resource

    Publication date:2010

    Language(s): English

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

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