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

Library of Documents

  • Heat Wave in Jordan has Farmers Worried

    This video introduces the issue of heat waves in Jordan. This climatic phenomenon creates considerable concern among the local population: exceptionally hot weather across Jordan made many farmers worried. Jordan, already among the world’s top 10 water-poor countries, is the only country in the Middle East to ration water year round.

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    Organization(s): IFAD

    Type of material:Audio/Visual Resource

    Publication date:2007

    Language(s): English

    Topic(s): Adaptation, Agriculture and Food

  • Heat Waves, Floods and the Health Impacts of Climate Change. A Prototype Training Workshop for City Health Officials

    This training manual has been designed to accompany workshops for city health officials on the health impacts of climate change. In this training programme trainees will learn about many technical terms that are largely within the realm of ecology, the environmental sciences and in particular, meteorology and climatology. It is important that they apply this knowledge to a very practical concern: assessing the impact of climate change in their cities, and planning public health interventions to address this threat in support to their communities.

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    Organization(s): WHO

    Type of material:Guidance Document

    Publication date:2007

    Language(s): English

    Topic(s): Risk Reduction/Management, Health

  • ICTs and Climate Change

    This analytical report looks at the potential role that information and communication technologies (ICTs) play at different stages of the process of climate change, from contributing to global warming, to monitoring it, to mitigating its impact on the most vulnerable parts of the globe, to developing long-term solutions, both directly in the ICT sector and in other sectors like energy, transport, buildings etc. The final sections examine what the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) is already doing in this field and describe strategic options for the future.

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    Organization(s): ITU

    Type of material:Analytical/Technical Document

    Publication date:2007

    Language(s): English

    Topic(s): Governance – General, Policy Instruments, Capacity Development, Science, Mitigation, Technology, Economic and Development Planning, Industry, Energy, Environment

  • Implementation of the International Strategy for Disaster Reduction: Report of the Secretary-General

    This policy document provides an overview of progress on the implementation of the International Strategy for Disaster Reduction and the Hyogo Framework for Action at the national, regional and international levels.

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    Organization(s): UNISDR

    Partner(s): UN Secretary-General

    Type of material:Policy Document

    Publication date:2007

    Language(s): English

    Topic(s): Risk Reduction/Management, Emergency Preparedness and Response

  • Innovative Options for Financing the Development and Transfer of Technologies

    This analytical report stresses that the development, deployment, and diffusion, including transfer, of environmentally sound technologies to developing countries to significantly reduce the emission of greenhouse gases require vast amounts of investment. Since the required amounts of investment are much more than the funds currently available from public sources, it is necessary to attract funding from other sources by creating innovative financing approaches that make it possible for a limited amount of public funds to attract significant amounts of funding from private sources.

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    Organization(s): UNFCCC

    Partner(s): European Community, Government of Sweden

    Type of material:Analytical/Technical Document

    Publication date:2007

    Language(s): English

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

  • Investment and Financial Flows to Address Climate Change

    This policy document provides an initial assessment of the financial architecture required for developing a post 2012 regime and presents an overview of what level of resources and measures would be needed for successfully financing the international response to climate change, for making future climate change policies a success and ultimately, for crafting a climate-secure world for all.

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    Organization(s): UNFCCC

    Type of material:Policy Document

    Publication date:2007

    Language(s): English

    Topic(s): Financial Mechanisms, Finance

  • Liveable Cities: the Benefits of Urban Environmental Planning

    This guidance document showcases 12 examples of cities around the world. The report explores various options for sustainable urban development ranging from practical tools and comprehensive policies to innovative market mechanisms. 

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    Organization(s): undefined

    Partner(s): Local Governments for Sustainability, Cities Alliance

    Type of material:Guidance Document

    Publication date:2007

    Language(s): English

    Topic(s): Adaptation, Environment, Transport, Urban

  • MIGA's Support for Green Infrastructure Development

    This activity report illustrates MIGA's contribution to reduce the adverse impact of climate change by focusing on supporting green infrastructure investments in developing countries which build renewable energy capacity, encourage resource conservation and distribution efficiency, improve sanitation, and off-set greenhouse gas emissions.

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    Organization(s): WB

    Type of material:Activity Report

    Publication date:2007

    Language(s): English

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

  • NAPA Technical Workshop for Asia LDCs, Yogyakarta, Indonesia - Final Report

    This activity report presents the issues addressed during the NAPA Technical Workshop for Asia LDCs held on 31 October-2 November 2007 in Yogyakarta, Indonesia. A first section of the report features the proceedings, including workshop structure, logistics, agenda and participants. The second one offers a narrative of the activities and a series of recommended action items and ongoing work that resulted from the workshop.  The Annex includes the workshop exercises, a narrative version of the background documentation and presentations that were used over the course of the workshop.

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    Organization(s): GEF, UNDP, UNEP, UNFCCC, UNITAR

    Partner(s): Stockholm Environment Institute

    Type of material:Activity Report

    Publication date:2007

    Language(s): English

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

  • National Climate Change and Health Workshop Report- Bangladesh

    This technical document includes the proceedings of the National Workshop on Climate Change and Health Organized by WHO and DGHS in association with BCAS. The workshop included presentations on climate change, health impacts and future health problems associated with climate change. Discussion sessions and breakout groups were arranged to highlight the priority issues in health, identify gaps in health services and responses needed to bring the issue of climate change and health impacts to the forefront.

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    Organization(s): WHO

    Partner(s): Bangladesh Centre for Advanced Studies

    Type of material:Analytical/Technical Document

    Publication date:2007

    Language(s): English

    Topic(s): Health

  • National Climate Change and Health Workshop Report- Indonesia

    This technical document presents the main outcomes of the National Workshop on Climate Change and Human Health in Indonesia. Presentations focused on the global impact of climate change, methodologies and tools to assess vulnerability and adaptation; national descriptions on climate change impacts in various settings; impacts of climate change on flora and fauna. Discussions paid a lot of attention to the challenges posed by the need for more political and financial support from decision makers.

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    Organization(s): WHO

    Type of material:Analytical/Technical Document

    Publication date:2007

    Language(s): English

    Topic(s): Health

  • National Climate Change and Health Workshop Report- Nepal

    This technical document presents the main outcomes of the National Workshop on Climate Change and Human Health in Nepal; Vulnerability and Impact, Adaptation and Mitigation Kathmandu. Sixty-five representatives of health, environment, meteorology, water supply, agriculture and academic institutions participated in a consultation workshop to debate the effects that climate change may have on health in Nepal. Presentations were made by all sectors involved.

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    Organization(s): WHO

    Type of material:Analytical/Technical Document

    Publication date:2007

    Language(s): English

    Topic(s): Health

  • Negotiator's Handbook - Multilateral Environmental Agreement

    This manual consists of a handbook prepared to provide a solid introduction to negotiating or working on Multilateral Environmental Agreements (MEAs) for those with little or no background, as well as a key reference tool for experienced negotiators. The document provides a reference tool that will enhance the capacity of those working on MEAs and involved in international negotiations.

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    Organization(s): UNEP

    Partner(s): University of Joensuu, Environment Canada

    Type of material:Guidance Document

    Publication date:2007

    Language(s): English, French

    Topic(s): International Law and Policy

  • Opportunities for Biomass Energy Programmes – Experiences and Lessons Learned by UNDP in Europe and the CIS

    This activity report discusses the experiences and lessons from the five UNDP-GEF biomass energy projects in Europe and the CIS. The report focuses on lessons for biomass project development and implementation for market transformation in this region based on what can be learnt from the implementation of the current portfolio on UNDP-GEF biomass energy projects, and makes recommendations for the development and implementation of new biomass projects in the region and beyond. The principle target audience is UNDP project and programme officers throughout the region.

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    Organization(s): GEF, UNDP

    Partner(s): Ecoharmony

    Type of material:Activity Report

    Publication date:2007

    Language(s): English

    Topic(s): Energy

  • Outcomes of the Expert Group Meeting on Cities in Climate Change

    This analytical report presents the main outcomes of the Expert Group Meeting organised and hosted by UN-HABITAT on Cities in Climate Change in November, 2007 in Nairobi, Kenya. The meeting brought together participants from research institutions, local authorities, the private sector, and colleagues from different UN agencies. The paper summarises the main conclusions and possible future action.  

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    Organization(s): UNHABITAT

    Type of material:Analytical/Technical Document

    Publication date:2007

    Language(s): English

    Topic(s): Mitigation, Urban

  • People-centred Climate Change Adaptation: Integrating Gender Issues

    This policy document explores the linkage between gender issues and climate change. It highlights households do not act as one when making decisions, women tend to control fewer resources and to be more vulnerable to external shocks due to already-present vulnerability from unequal access to resources, lower levels of education, increased burden and poorer health. The document also recommends ways to integrate gender into climate change adaptation policies and activities.

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    Organization(s): FAO

    Type of material:Policy Document

    Publication date:2007

    Language(s): English

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

  • Polar Meteorology: Understanding Global Impacts

    This analytical report highlights the importance of the polar regions in the entire Earth system, particularly in climate. It describes some of the major environmental changes that have taken place in the Arctic and Antarctic in recent years and considers possible changes over the next century.

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    Organization(s): WMO

    Type of material:Analytical/Technical Document

    Publication date:2007

    Language(s): English, Spanish

    Topic(s): Science, Water, Environment

  • Policies for Promoting Industrial Energy Efficiency in Developing Countries and Transition Economies

    This analytical report presents a portfolio of policy options aimed at promoting industrial energy efficiency under the organizing structure of the Industrial Standards Framework. The purpose of the Framework is to introduce a standardized and transparent methodology into industrial energy efficiency projects and practices including: system optimization, process improvements, waste heat recovery and the installation of on-site power generation. This report presents numerous examples of successful implementation of elements of the Framework in both developed and developing countries.

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    Organization(s): UNIDO

    Type of material:Analytical/Technical Document

    Publication date:2007

    Language(s): English

    Topic(s): Governance – General, Policy Instruments, Capacity Development, Carbon Financing and CDM, Mitigation, Technology, Economic Analysis, Industry, Energy

  • Potentials and Barriers for End-Use Energy Efficiency Under Programmatic CDM

    This analytical report analyzes the decision made at the first Meeting of the Parties to the Kyoto Protocol to include programs in the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) and the June 2007 guidance provided by the Executive Board of the CDM. The paper identifies the potential and the niche for end-use energy efficiency projects under the new programmatic approach of the CDM. Furthermore it presents the basic understanding of the emission reduction potential in EE and gives insights into how to handle the dispersed nature of most EE efforts.

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    Organization(s): UNEP

    Type of material:Analytical/Technical Document

    Publication date:2007

    Language(s): English

    Topic(s): Carbon Financing and CDM, Energy

  • Rice and Climate Change

    This factsheet briefly discusses the link between rice production, food security and climate change and analyzes the potential options for the rice industry sector to contribute to adaptation and mitigation. In addition, it presents the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) Rice Programme for adaptation to climate change.

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    Organization(s): FAO

    Type of material:Other

    Publication date:2007

    Language(s): English

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

  • Saving for a Bright Future - A Manual for Efficient Lighting Procurement in UN Agencies

    This analytical report aims to help individuals discover the potential to save energy and money, understand technical options for green lighting, acquire practical implementation advice, gain an overview of current United Nations practices, and understand the context for green lighting.

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    Organization(s): UNEP

    Type of material:Analytical/Technical Document

    Publication date:2007

    Language(s): English

    Topic(s): Governance – Territorial and Local, Policy Instruments, Mitigation

  • Science, Technology and Gender: An International Report

    This analytical report highlights that women and girls around the world are excluded from participation in science and technology (S&T) by poverty, lack of education and aspects of their legal, institutional, political and cultural environments. Marking the start of an ongoing initiative, it aims to spur serious discussion and action in national and international scientific and academic communities, especially regarding the pressing needs to increase women’s participation in S&T careers and enable sex-disaggregated data collection and rigorous research development, along with increasing public awareness of gender issues.

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    Organization(s): UNESCO

    Type of material:Analytical/Technical Document

    Publication date:2007

    Language(s): English

    Topic(s): Science, Technology, Gender, Education

  • Start Your Waste Recycling Business - Training Package

    This manual collects adapted training material originally developed for Zambia and Tanzania on waste management, to suit the Zimbabwean context, with a focus on waste recycling as a business idea for community based organisations. This also contributes to solve solid waste management problems at the local level. The adapted training package Start Your Waste Recycling Business comprises four key documents.

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    Organization(s): ILO

    Partner(s): Scientific and Industrial Research and Development Centre Environmental Sciences Institute

    Type of material:Guidance Document

    Publication date:2007

    Language(s): English

    Topic(s): Green Jobs/Economy, Labour

  • State of the World Population 2007: Unleashing the Potential of Urban Growth

    This analytical report addresses the challenges and the potential related to urbanization. For the first time in history, more than half its human population, 3.3 billion people, will be living in urban areas. Many of the new urbanites will be poor. Yet no country in the industrial age has ever achieved significant economic growth without urbanization. Cities concentrate poverty, but they also represent the best hope of escaping it. The future of cities in developing countries, the future of humanity itself, all depend very much on decisions made now in preparation for this growth.

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    Organization(s): UNFPA

    Type of material:Analytical/Technical Document

    Publication date:2007

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

    Topic(s): Population Dynamics, Economic and Development Planning, Urban

  • Statement of the Chief Executives Board for Coordination - Moving towards a Climate-Neutral United Nations

    This policy document presents a statement by the Chief Executives Board for Coordination through which the organization launched the Climate-Neutral Initiative in the UN system. In particular, it committed to estimate the UN greenhouse gas emissions consistent with accepted international standards, to undertake efforts to reduce them to the extent possible and to analyse the cost implications and explore budgetary modalities of purchasing carbon offsets to eventually reach climate neutrality.

    Organization(s): CEB

    Type of material:Policy Document

    Publication date:2007

    Language(s): English

    Topic(s): Governance – General, Mitigation

  • Statement on Climate Change and Urban Transformation

    This document presents a statement by Mrs. Anna Kajumulo Tibaijuka, Under Secretary General and Executive Director of UNHABITAT, at the High-Level Segment of the United Nations Climate Change Conference. The Executive Director outlines how to tackle climate change issues within a broader framework of sustainable housing and urban development.

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    Organization(s): UNHABITAT

    Type of material:Other

    Publication date:2007

    Language(s): English

    Topic(s): Human Security, Urban

  • Strengthening Capacity in Developing Countries for Training Purposes on Climate Change with the "Climate Change Capacity Development" (C3D) Partners August 2006 - July 2009

    This activity report collects in a single document several project implementation interim reports. These have been regularly produced to inform donors about the concrete results achieved by all the partners during projects implementation. 

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    Organization(s): UNITAR

    Partner(s): Environnement et Développement du Tiers Monde, Energy Research Centre University of Cape Town, Munasinghe Institute for Development

    Type of material:Activity Report

    Publication date:2007

    Language(s): English

    Topic(s): Capacity Development, Adaptation

  • Summary on Climate Change and Tourism: Responding to Global Challenges

    This guidance document is principally aimed at the tourism industry and government organizations at the different levels, who will have the primary responsibility of developing mitigation and adaptation strategies to respond to the challenges that global climate change will bring to the tourism sector.

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    Organization(s): UNWTO, UNEP, WMO

    Type of material:Guidance Document

    Publication date:2007

    Language(s): English

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

  • Sustainable Development Report on Africa:Managing Land-Based Resources for Sustainable Development

    This analytical document provides an analysis of the social, economic and environmental sustainability of African countries. The document also examines the challenges and opportunities in the exploitation of its land, water, energy and mineral resources in order to achieve sustainable development. 

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    Organization(s): UNECA

    Type of material:Analytical/Technical Document

    Publication date:2007

    Language(s): English

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

  • Talking Weather: Trade Unions and Climate Change

    This article looks at how the ILO can strengthen its capacity to address the issue of climate change and assist its constituents with the transition processes in relation to changes in jobs and qualifications. It was published  in a special issue on Green Jobs of the ILO's magazine "World of Work" (No. 60, August 2007).

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    Organization(s): ILO

    Type of material:Other

    Publication date:2007

    Language(s): English, French, Spanish

    Topic(s): Green Jobs/Economy

  • The Davos Declaration: Climate Change and Tourism Responding to Global Challenges

    This policy document outlines the agreements made at the Second International Conference on Climate Change and Tourism held in Davos, Switzerland in 2007. It recognizes that the tourism sector has an important role to play in combating climate change, given its global economic and social value and its role in sustainable development.

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    Organization(s): UNEP, UNWTO, WMO

    Partner(s): State Secretariat for Economic Affairs of Switzerland, World Economic Forum, Davos

    Type of material:Policy Document

    Publication date:2007

    Language(s): English, French

    Topic(s): Policy Instruments, Tourism

  • The Future in Our Hands: Addressing the Leadership Challenge of Climate Change

    This is a statement by Mrs. Anna Tibaijuka, Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations and Executive Director of UN-HABITAT at the United Nations High-Level Event on Climate Change "The Future in our Hands: Addressing the Leadership Challenge of Climate Change", in which she highlights how UN-HABITAT is supporting national and local authorities in their efforts to cope with the impacts of climate change.

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    Organization(s): UNHABITAT

    Type of material:Other

    Publication date:2007

    Language(s): English

    Topic(s): Governance – General

  • The Future of Arid Lands – Revisited: A Review of 50 Years of Drylands Research

    This analytical report, commissioned by UNESCO in 2005, looks at the state of research on arid lands in 1956 to then consider how scientific understanding of the processes governing arid lands has evolved. It  extracts lessons from this comparison that might guide current and future arid land managers.

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    Organization(s): UNESCO

    Type of material:Analytical/Technical Document

    Publication date:2007

    Language(s): English

    Topic(s): Science, Land Use Management, Water

  • The Genetic Improvement of Forage Grasses and Legumes to Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions

    This technical document stresses that grasslands, while being one of the most important ecosystems in the world, are also a significant source of pollution including the greenhouse gases methane and nitrous oxide. It considers ways in which genetic improvement of grassland crops can reduce emissions and enhance carbon sequestration. In particular, if focuses on the following areas: reducing methane emissions from ruminant animals by modification of plant composition; reducing nitrous oxide emissions by making the use of nitrogen more efficient both in terms of going from soil to plant and in the animal; enhancing carbon sequestration through plant breeding; reducing emissions from fertiliser production.

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    Organization(s): FAO

    Type of material:Analytical/Technical Document

    Publication date:2007

    Language(s): English

    Topic(s): Mitigation, Agriculture and Food, Land Use Management, Environment

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

    This UNFCCC leaflet introduces the mechanisms of the Kyoto Protocol, including graphics on emission trading.

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    Organization(s): UNFCCC

    Type of material:Other

    Publication date:2007

    Language(s): English

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

  • The Other Half of Climate Change: Why Indonesia Must Adapt to Protect its Poorest People

    Climate change impacts are posing a challenge to Indonesia’s sustainable socio-economic development and environment, and to the achievement of Indonesia's development goals. This analytical report carries the voices of vulnerable communities, highlights the relationship between climate change and poverty, and underlines the importance of supporting community efforts to adapt to the challenges ahead. It provides concrete policy recommendations for what needs to be done to reduce the impact on rural livelihoods, health, food security, urban slums, and disaster vulnerability.

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    Organization(s): UNDP

    Partner(s): State Ministry of Environment-Indonesia, Royal Netherlands Embassy

    Type of material:Analytical/Technical Document

    Publication date:2007

    Language(s): English

    Topic(s): Adaptation

  • The Perception of and Adaptation to Climate Change in Africa

    This analytical document aims to determine the ability of farmers in Africa to detect climate change. A large-scale survey conducted in 11 counntries in Africa shows that significant numbers of farmers believe that temperatures have already increased and that precipitation has declined. The report comes to the conclusion that educated farmers are more likely to adapt to climate change.

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    Organization(s): WB

    Type of material:Analytical/Technical Document

    Publication date:2007

    Language(s): English

    Topic(s): Public Participation, Adaptation, Mitigation, Agriculture and Food, Education, Environment, Labour, Land Use Management, Water

  • The Role of Climatological Normals in a Changing Climate

    This technical document discusses in detail various considerations in the calculation of climatological normals. It also includes a comprehensive evaluation of the predictive capabilities of normals of various lengths and frequencies of updating, an assessment of possible statistical descriptors of climate over and above traditional climatological normals, and a discussion of uncertainties arising from data inhomogeneities and gaps.

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    Organization(s): WMO

    Type of material:Analytical/Technical Document

    Publication date:2007

    Language(s): English, Spanish

    Topic(s): Science, Technology

  • The World Meteorological Organization’s Contribution to Improved Decision Making for Climate Adaptation

    This policy document consists of a COP 13 position paper stressing that adaptive management approaches do not only require a coherent policy framework from governments, but also high quality climate information and tools for risk management through better and systematic monitoring, assessments and predictions at the regional, national and even local scales. It aims to facilitate the discussions at the Conference of Parties at their thirteenth (COP-13) meeting in Bali, Indonesia, in December 2007.

    Organization(s): WMO

    Type of material:Policy Document

    Publication date:2007

    Language(s): English

    Topic(s): International Law and Policy, Governance – General, Policy Instruments, Science, Adaptation, Economic and Development Planning

  • Togu and the Trees of Life

    This short story is aimed at sensitizing children to the importance of forest conservation and the promotion of tree planting. It is part of the Tunza Environmental Series for Children sponsored by UNEP that seeks to inspire caring for the Earth through creative literature that sparks the interest and awareness of children, their parents and teachers.

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    Organization(s): UNEP

    Type of material:Other

    Publication date:2007

    Language(s): English

    Topic(s): Mitigation, Children, Forestry

  • Towards Health Security

    This analytical report examines recent threats to health security in the WHO European Region from communicable diseases, natural disasters, large-scale accidents, conflicts and complex emergencies and the potential future challenges from climate change. It reviews the lessons learned from past experience, the new framework offered by the revised International Health Regulations (2005), the need for strengthening health systems to manage crises and the importance of international partnerships for health security.

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    Organization(s): WHO

    Type of material:Analytical/Technical Document

    Publication date:2007

    Language(s): English

    Topic(s): Health

  • UN-HABITAT and Climate Change

    This activity report shows how UN-HABITAT is combating fast growing urban poverty, rapid urbanisation, unemployment, disasters and the scourge of climate change. It introduces the Sustainable Urban Development Network that helps local governments in developing countries to strengthen climate change prevention measures.

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    Organization(s): UNHABITAT

    Type of material:Activity Report

    Publication date:2007

    Language(s): English

    Topic(s): Green Jobs/Economy, Risk Reduction/Management

  • UN-HABITAT Statement on Climate Change at the 15th Session of the UN Commission on Sustainable Development

    In this statement Brian Williams of the UNHABITAT Chief Energy and Transport Section explains the interlinkages between urbanisation and climate change and outlines a number of measures to be taken, including stricter energy efficiency standards in fuel consumption from transport; energy efficiency in building construction and use; as well as improving global standards for appliance manufacturing and importation.

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    Organization(s): UNHABITAT

    Type of material:Other

    Publication date:2007

    Language(s): English

    Topic(s): Economic and Development Planning

  • UNEP Handbook for Drafting Laws on Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Resources

    This manual aims to assist energy law draftsmen in drafting legislative provisions for promotion of energy efficiency and renewable energy, particularly their environmental dimensions. It describes the main environmental and implementation issues associated with efficiency and renewable energy resources and presents legislative options from both developed and developing countries for dealing with them, including sample excerpts from legislation.The focus is on national legislation, but encompasses national constitutional provisions, regulations and state and local laws where they are the key determinants of the promotion of efficiency and renewable resources. The handbook is designed to be a user-friendly guide rather than a technical compendium.

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    Organization(s): UNEP

    Partner(s): World Conservation Union, Pace University

    Type of material:Guidance Document

    Publication date:2007

    Language(s): English

    Topic(s): International Law and Policy, Governance – General, Governance – Territorial and Local, Public Participation, Policy Instruments, Industry, Transport, Energy

  • UNESCO’s Strategy for Action on Climate Change

    This document presents an integrated multidisciplinary programme offering Member States capacity building and technical advice to design and implement evidence-based climate change policies and projects at the local, national, regional and global levels. UNESCO and the World Meteorological Organisation have been designated as the joint convening agencies for the cross-cutting areas of science, assessment, monitoring and early warning within the UN system.

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    Organization(s): UNESCO

    Type of material:Activity Report

    Publication date:2007

    Language(s): English

    Topic(s): Science, Education

  • Uniting on Climate 2007 - A Guide to the Climate Change Convention and the Kyoto Protocol

    This analytical report provides an overview of the evolution of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change and the Kyoto Protocol, and outlines the commitments that countries have taken on so far. It also highlights several of the building blocks already understood to be needed for an ambitious post-2012 climate change framework – the type of international framework that can bring about emission reductions whilst generating essential and significant funding for adaptation.

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    Organization(s): UNFCCC

    Type of material:Analytical/Technical Document

    Publication date:2007

    Language(s): English

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

  • WFP: Adapting to Climate Change on the Front Lines of Hunger' - Remarks to the Chief Executives Board (CEB) Consultation: UN System Response on Climate Change - Rome, Italy (29/06/07)

    This activity report contains remarks by WFP Executive Director at a CEB Consultation on climate change. He outlines the challenge for the World Food Programme to mitigate climate related risks for the world's most vulnerable people and gives examples of adaptation measures the WFP is supporting in developing countries.

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    Organization(s): WFP

    Partner(s): CEB

    Type of material:Activity Report

    Publication date:2007

    Language(s): English

    Topic(s): Science, Agriculture and Food

  • What Role Can Trondheim Play in the International Community of UN-HABITAT

    In this statement Mrs. Anna Tibaijuka Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations and Executive Director of UN-HABITAT, talks about the cooperation between UCLG (United Cities and Local Governments) and UNHABITAT on decentralization policies and the linkages between climate change and urbanization.

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    Organization(s): UNHABITAT

    Type of material:Other

    Publication date:2007

    Language(s): English

    Topic(s): Mitigation

  • WMO Statement on the Status of the Global Climate in 2006

    This technical document is part of an annual series published by the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) on the status of the global climate. The document notes that all the years since the beginning of the new century, including 2006, rank among the 10 warmest years of the observational period ranging from 1850 to the present. It stresses that in the course of the year, Australia, the United States of America and parts of Europe experienced exceptional heat waves. The 2006 typhoon season, even if below average in terms of the number of events, caused disastrous impacts on some south-east Asian nations. Devastating floods and landslides due to heavy precipitation events were reported worldwide and especially affected the Greater Horn of Africa and the Philippines. Prolonged drought conditions persisted in Africa, Australia, China and the United States. In addition, the year 2006 continued the pattern of sharply decreasing Arctic sea ice, and the Antarctic ozone depletion reached new record values.

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    Organization(s): WMO

    Type of material:Analytical/Technical Document

    Publication date:2007

    Language(s): English, French

    Topic(s): Science, Water, Environment

  • WMO’s Role in Global Climate Change Issues with a Focus on Development and Science Based Decision Making

    This policy document consists of a COP 12 position paper stressing the importance of the fact  that decision makers are able to formulate their policies based on the latest unbiased, scientific data such and the role of WMO in providing them. It aims to facilitate the discussions at the Conference of Parties at their twelfth (COP-12) meeting in Nairobi, Kenya, in November 2006.

    Organization(s): WMO

    Type of material:Policy Document

    Publication date:2007

    Language(s): English

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

  • Working Group Meeting on Impacts of Climate Change on World Heritage Properties, 05-06 February 2007

    This activity report informs about the outcomes of a Working Group Meeting of the World Heritage Committee on the impacts of climate change. The Committee endorsed a "Strategy to assist States Parties to implement management responses" and took note of the report on "Predicting and managing the impacts of Climate Change on World Heritage". Both documents are available on the website.

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    Organization(s): UNESCO

    Type of material:Activity Report

    Publication date:2007

    Language(s): English

    Topic(s): International Law and Policy, Policy Instruments, Science

  • A Message from the Executive Director on Disasters and Climate Change

    This document presents a message from the Executive Director on disasters and climate change. The Executive Director highlights that the world has witnessed a series of disasters that have resulted in the dramatic loss of human life and property and the displacement of entire communities. While the response of the international community is, in most cases, prompt, it is fundamental to prevent such devastation in the future. An important advancement lies in sustainable human settlements planning and management.

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    Organization(s): UNHABITAT

    Type of material:Other

    Publication date:2006

    Language(s): English

    Topic(s): Adaptation, Emergency Preparedness and Response

  • A New Start: The Paradox of Crisis

    This analytical report includes some of the lessons learned by UN-Habitat over the years in situation of post-natural disaster situations. In particular it stresses the necessity to incorporate proper long-term planning for sustainable development with the best protection against repeat disasters from the outset – indeed from the moment the humanitarian rescue operation begins.

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    Organization(s): UNHABITAT

    Type of material:Analytical/Technical Document

    Publication date:2006

    Language(s): English

    Topic(s): Risk Reduction/Management, Human Security

  • Achieving Industrial Energy Efficiency in Malaysia

    This activity report is the second of a new series of periodic publications that will report on UNDP Malaysia’s work in its energy and environment practice area. The large range of projects being undertaken in this area is designed to support Malaysia’s effort to achieve the Millennium Development Goal 7 (MDG7), of ensuring environmental sustainability. This publication focuses particularly on the Malaysian Industrial Energy Efficiency Improvement Project (MIEEIP) to improve the use of energy in the industrial sector.

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    Organization(s): GEF, UNDP

    Partner(s): Malaysia Energy Centre, Ministry of Energy, Water and Communications - Government of Malaysia

    Type of material:Activity Report

    Publication date:2006

    Language(s): English

    Topic(s): Energy

  • Adaptation and Vulnerability to Climate Change: The Role of the Finance Sector

    This analytical report considers adaptation from the viewpoint of the finance sector. Climatic changes will accelerate if emissions continue on a “business-as-usual” trajectory. Among the effects could be more frequent, extreme weather events and droughts, rapid sea level rise from icecap melting, breakdown of the marine food chain and worst of all, feedback effects like large releases of methane from thawing permafrost, or large scale dieback of forests. These risks are real and the economic costs would be huge. The document describes some of the current products and services and other innovative approaches used by the finance sector to tackle climate change, such as weather derivatives and natural catastrophe bonds.

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    Organization(s): UNEP

    Type of material:Analytical/Technical Document

    Publication date:2006

    Language(s): English

    Topic(s): Mitigation, Finance

  • Africa Environment Outlook 2: Our Environment, Our Wealth

    This technical document provides a comprehensive assessment of environmental state-and-trends in Africa and the implications of this for human well-being and development. The assessment includes an analysis of policy responses and the opportunities available to policymakers to maximize the benefits offered by the environment. The report also highlights the potential of the region’s natural resource base to support development and sustain human livelihoods.

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    Organization(s): UNEP

    Partner(s): African Ministerial Conference on the Environment, Association pour le Développement de l'Information Environnementale, National Environment Managemental Authority, Centre for Environment and Development for the Arab Region & Europe, Network for Environment and Sustainable Development, Indian Ocean Commission, Southern African Research and Documentation Centre Musokotwane Environment Resource Centre for Southern Africa

    Type of material:Analytical/Technical Document

    Publication date:2006

    Language(s): English

    Topic(s): Governance – General, Policy Instruments, Technology, Biodiversity, Economic and Development Planning, Land Use Management, Forestry, Water, Environment

  • Building Country Capacity to Combat Climate Change

    This analytical report looks at GEF's climate change projects that strengthen countries’ capacity to reduce poverty and promote sustainable livelihoods, thereby creating an enabling environment for mitigating and adapting to climate change. Capacity building is a fundamental element of GEF’s support to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).

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    Organization(s): GEF

    Type of material:Analytical/Technical Document

    Publication date:2006

    Language(s): English, French

    Topic(s): Capacity Development, Adaptation, Mitigation

  • Can Carbon Dioxide Storage Help Cut Greenhouse Emissions?

    This booklet is a simplified guide to the IPCC's "Special Report on Carbon Dioxide Capture and Storage". UNEP has produced this short public information document with the aim of making the Report’s technical findings more accessible to the general reader.

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    Organization(s): UNEP

    Type of material:Other

    Publication date:2006

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

    Topic(s): International Law and Policy, Mitigation, Technology, Chemicals and Waste, Industry

  • Capacity Strengthening in Climate Change Vulnerability and Adaptation Strategy Assessments - Training Guide

    This manual collects training material on climate change vulnerability and adaptation. The aim of this training course is to create and/or strengthen the capacities of participants and institutions in developing countries to assess vulnerability and adaptation strategies in order to face up to climate variability and change. By training trainers and users, the impact being sought is to reduce the dependence of developing countries and their institutions on existing expertise and know-how in the developed countries.

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    Organization(s): UNITAR

    Partner(s): Environment and Development Action, Stockholm Environment Institute, Centro Internacional de Agricultura Tropical

    Type of material:Guidance Document

    Publication date:2006

    Language(s): English

    Topic(s): Capacity Development, Adaptation

  • Caring for Climate 2005 - A Guide to the Climate Change Convention and the Kyoto Protocol

    This technical document explains what climate change is about and what action is being taken at the global level in order to contrast it. It provides a detailed overview of the Convention and the Kyoto Protocol in plain language. 

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    Organization(s): UNFCCC

    Type of material:Analytical/Technical Document

    Publication date:2006

    Language(s): English

    Topic(s): International Law and Policy, Science

  • Case Study - America’s Response to the Louisiana and New Orleans Hurricane Disasters

    In this activity report, Heinz Kull, UN-HABITAT’s former disaster management coordinator, looks at how the world’s most powerful and wealthy nation, the USA, handled the disaster of Hurricane Katrina. Strong efforts have been made, particularly by the State of Louisiana authorities, to understand the disaster as a chance to reduce the vulnerability of marginalized groups within the evacuee population.

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    Organization(s): UNHABITAT

    Type of material:Activity Report

    Publication date:2006

    Language(s): English

    Topic(s): Emergency Preparedness and Response

  • Catalyzing Technology Transfer

    This analytical report covers GEF's climate change projects that catalyze technology transfer, particularly by providing information, creating an enabling environment that strengthens local capacity, and jump-starting the local markets for these technologies.

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    Organization(s): GEF

    Type of material:Analytical/Technical Document

    Publication date:2006

    Language(s): English, French

    Topic(s): Technology

  • CEO Briefing - Adaptation and Vulnerability to Climate Change: The Role of the Finance Sector

    This analytical report considers adaptation from the viewpoint of the finance sector. It describes some of the current products and services and other innovative approaches used by the finance sector to tackle climate change, such as weather derivatives and natural catastrophe bonds. However, it notices that many potential markets that could have a major impact, promote adaptation and reduce vulnerability, such as micro-finance and insurance, are not wholly commercially viable as yet, and therefore require a public-private partnership approach to provide the seed capital and skills required.

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    Organization(s): UNEP

    Type of material:Analytical/Technical Document

    Publication date:2006

    Language(s): English

    Topic(s): Financial Mechanisms, Adaptation, Mitigation, Risk Reduction/Management, Economic Analysis, Economic and Development Planning, Finance

  • Choosing a Forest Definition for the Clean Development Mechanism

    This technical document stresses the necessity for developing countries to define “forest” before they can host afforestation and reforestation projects under the Clean Development Mechanism of the Kyoto Protocol. To do so, they must chose country-specific values from a range provided in the Marrakech Accords for minimum area, crown cover and tree height. The paper also discusses ambiguities and problems of the existing definitions.

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    Organization(s): FAO

    Type of material:Analytical/Technical Document

    Publication date:2006

    Language(s): English

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

  • Climate and Flood Forecast Applications in Agriculture: An Interactive, Web-based E-learning Tool

    This e-leaning tool provides a training course on climate and flood forecast applications for disaster preparedness in agriculture. It promotes the use of the emerging ability to provide timely and skilful climate and flood forecasts as tools to improve decision-making in the agricultural sector for reducing societal vulnerability to climate-related risks.

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    Organization(s): FAO

    Partner(s): Asian Disaster Preparedness Center, Albert-Ludwigs-Universitat Freiburg

    Type of material:Audio/Visual Resource

    Publication date:2006

    Language(s): English

    Topic(s): Adaptation, Agriculture and Food, Education

  • Climate Change and Adaptation Strategies for Human Health

    This policy document presents the full results of a three-year European collaborative project on climate change and adaptation strategies for human health (cCASHh). This project was the result of the third Ministerial Conference on Environment and Health discussions among European ministers of health and the environment who acknowledged that human-induced changes in the global climate system and in stratospheric ozone pose a range of severe health risks and potentially threaten economic development and social and political stability.

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    Organization(s): WHO

    Partner(s): European Commission

    Type of material:Policy Document

    Publication date:2006

    Language(s): English

    Topic(s): Adaptation, Health

  • Climate Change and Vulnerability. Module 3: Case Study 1: From Evaluation to Decision-making: Natural Disasters and Climate Change in Central America

    This slide presentation introduces a case study on natural disasters and climate change in Central America. It presents several scientific data on the regional environment and selects the best methods and tools for going from vulnerability assessments to adaptation strategies. 

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    Organization(s): UNITAR

    Partner(s): Environment and Development Action, Stockholm Environment Institute, Centro Internacional de Agricultura Tropical

    Type of material:Slide Presentation

    Publication date:2006

    Language(s): English

    Topic(s): Adaptation

  • Climate Change and Vulnerability. Module 3: Case Study 2: A Vulnerability Study of Coastal Areas and Climate Change in Senegal

    This slide presentation presents a case study on coastal areas vulnerability and climate change in Senegal. This analysis is based on a 7-step methodology including the definition of the study framework, description of the current situation, definition of scenarios, impact analysis, identification and analysis of adaptation strategies and definition of vulnerability.

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    Organization(s): UNITAR

    Partner(s): Environment and Development Action, Stockholm Environment Institute, Centro Internacional de Agricultura Tropical

    Type of material:Slide Presentation

    Publication date:2006

    Language(s): English

    Topic(s): Adaptation

  • Climate Change and Vulnerability. Module 3: Case Study 3: Evaluation of the Vulnerability of Agriculture and Adaptive Strategies Aimed at Achieving Food Security in the Sahel: The Example of the Niayes in Senegal

    This slide presentation introduces a case study on adaptive strategies aimed at achieving food security in the Sahel. This analysis has two main objectives: to understand the climatic risks that threaten agriculture and to propose alternatives that can be used in other Sahelian countries. The main environmental, socio-economic and institutional issues related to the development of the project and the methods used in its implementation are also presented.

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    Organization(s): UNITAR

    Partner(s): Environment and Development Action, Stockholm Environment Institute, Centro Internacional de Agricultura Tropical

    Type of material:Slide Presentation

    Publication date:2006

    Language(s): English

    Topic(s): Adaptation, Agriculture and Food

  • Climate Change Vulnerability and Adaptation - Module 1: Introduction and Context. Objectives, Methodology and Structure of the Training

    This manual collects important training material for the preparation of trainers workshops. The purpose of this training of trainers workshop is to build or strengthen the capacity of the participants and their respective institutions in the domain of climate change vulnerability and adaptation assessments.

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    Organization(s): UNITAR

    Partner(s): Environment and Development Action, Stockholm Environment Institute, Centro Internacional de Agricultura Tropical

    Type of material:Guidance Document

    Publication date:2006

    Language(s): English

    Topic(s): Adaptation

  • Climate Change Vulnerability and Adaptation - Module 2: Background on Frameworks, Methodologies and Tools, How to Move from Reactive to Proactive approaches

    This manual consists of a background publication that presents tools, methods and definitions to use when carrying out vulnerability and adaptation assessments. These assessments identify current hazards and threats and the strategies, policies and actions needed to cope with them. Addressing current vulnerability will assist in reducing future vulnerability due to worsening impacts.

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    Organization(s): UNITAR

    Partner(s): Environment and Development Action, Stockholm Environment Institute, Centro Internacional de Agricultura Tropical

    Type of material:Guidance Document

    Publication date:2006

    Language(s): English

    Topic(s): Adaptation

  • Climate Change Vulnerability and Adaptation - Module 2: Concepts Frameworks and Methodologies for Vulnerability and Adaptation Assessments

    This manual collects concepts, methods and tools for vulnerability and adaptation assessments. In fact, defining terms and concepts to use in vulnerability and adaptation assessments is more than a simple question of linguistics. It has implications for the choice of frameworks, methodologies and tools as well as affects the results of the assessment itself.

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    Organization(s): UNITAR

    Partner(s): Environment and Development Action, Stockholm Environment Institute, Centro Internacional de Agricultura Tropical

    Type of material:Guidance Document

    Publication date:2006

    Language(s): English

    Topic(s): Adaptation

  • Climate Change Vulnerability and Adaptation - Module 4: Practical Exercises. Exercise 1: Food Security and Climate Change

    This manual collects useful exercises concerning the training on capacity strengthening in climate change vulnerability and adaptation strategy assessments. In particular, this publication focuses on food security and climate change.

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    Organization(s): UNITAR

    Partner(s): Environment and Development Action, Stockholm Environment Institute, Centro Internacional de Agricultura Tropical

    Type of material:Guidance Document

    Publication date:2006

    Language(s): English

    Topic(s): Adaptation

  • Climate Change Vulnerability and Adaptation - Module 4: Practical Exercises. Exercise 2: Vulnerability Indicators

    This manual collects useful exercises concerning the training on capacity strengthening in climate change vulnerability and adaptation strategy assessments. In particular, this publication focuses on vulnerability indicators.

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    Organization(s): UNITAR

    Partner(s): Environment and Development Action, Stockholm Environment Institute, Centro Internacional de Agricultura Tropical

    Type of material:Guidance Document

    Publication date:2006

    Language(s): English

    Topic(s): Adaptation

  • Climate Change Vulnerability and Adaptation - Module 4: Practical Exercises. Exercise 3: Multi-criteria analysis for the identification of national adaptation strategies

    This manual collects useful exercises concerning the training on capacity strengthening in climate change vulnerability and adaptation strategy assessments. In particular, this publication focuses on the analysis for the identification of national adaptation strategies.

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    Organization(s): UNITAR

    Partner(s): Environment and Development Action, Stockholm Environment Institute, Centro Internacional de Agricultura Tropical

    Type of material:Guidance Document

    Publication date:2006

    Language(s): English

    Topic(s): Adaptation

  • Climate Change Vulnerability and Adaptation - Module 5. Conclusions: Errors to avoid

    This manual presents the conclusions and lesson learned from the training of trainers workshop. Guidelines and final advices are provided in particular for training and evaluation.  

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    Organization(s): UNITAR

    Partner(s): Environment and Development Action, Stockholm Environment Institute, Centro Internacional de Agricultura Tropical

    Type of material:Guidance Document

    Publication date:2006

    Language(s): English

    Topic(s): Adaptation

  • Climate Change Vulnerability and Adaptation: Questionnaire/ Evaluation Form

    This form should be used as a guide to help evaluate the training of trainers.

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    Organization(s): UNITAR

    Partner(s): Environment and Development Action, Stockholm Environment Institute, Centro Internacional de Agricultura Tropical

    Type of material:Other

    Publication date:2006

    Language(s): English

    Topic(s): Adaptation

  • Community-based Natural Resource Management - How Knowledge is Managed, Disseminated and Used

    This manual roots for natural resources as the foundation from which rural poor people can overcome poverty. It argues that planners and implementers of natural resource development projects do not always profit from the lessons learned – either information is lost or it is not easily accessible or changing circumstances may limit its value. This is why this manual encourages learning from the past. It does so by selecting case studies and citing how natural resources can be used to for sustainable management.

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    Organization(s): IFAD

    Type of material:Guidance Document

    Publication date:2006

    Language(s): English

    Topic(s): Capacity Development, Adaptation, Agriculture and Food, Land Use Management, Energy, Environment

  • Comparative Risk Assessment of the Burden of Disease from Climate Change

    This technical document showcases standardized comparative risk assessment methods for estimating aggregate disease burdens attributable to different risk factors. These have been applied to existing and new models for a range of climate-sensitive diseases in order to estimate the effect of global climate change on current disease burdens and likely proportional changes in the future. 

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    Organization(s): WHO

    Type of material:Analytical/Technical Document

    Publication date:2006

    Language(s): English

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

  • Drought Monitoring and Early Warning: Concepts, Progress and Future Challenges

    This brochure explains the various concepts and challenges of drought monitoring and early warning systems. It also details the progress that has been made on these issues in some drought-prone countries by highlighting several case studies from around the world.

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    Organization(s): WMO

    Type of material:Other

    Publication date:2006

    Language(s): English, French, Spanish

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

  • Ecosystems and Biodiversity, The Role of Cities Involvement

    This document looks at the relationship between biodiversity and cities and analyses how cities can be involved in protecting the world's species. In fact, although cities occupy just 2 per cent of the Earth’s surface, their inhabitants use 75 per cent of the planet’s natural resources. Cities draw on their surrounding ecosystems for goods and services, and their products and emissions can affect regional and even global ecosystems.

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    Organization(s): UNEP, UNHABITAT

    Type of material:Other

    Publication date:2006

    Language(s): English

    Topic(s): Biodiversity, Mitigation, Population Dynamics, Environment, Urban

  • Ethiopia: Integrated Risk Financing to Protect Livelihoods and Foster Development

    This activity report analyses the financial mechanisms available to both developed and developing countries, and their use, to transfer risks of weather related disasters. In developed countries, livelihood and asset losses sustained in natural disasters are often covered by international insurance, capital markets, or simply by government budgets that act as contingency funds. These 'weather risk transfer tools' protect livelihoods by facilitating timely support and thereby limiting the economic damage of disasters. Many developing countries are particularly exposed to natural disaster risk, but do not make use of these risk transfer instruments. WFP tries to promote their use because the consequences of climate change will cause the exposure to natural disasters and their severity to increase.

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    Organization(s): WB, WFP

    Partner(s): Department for International Development - Ethiopia

    Type of material:Activity Report

    Publication date:2006

    Language(s): English

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

  • Expert Meeting on Water Manager Needs for Climate Information in Water Resources Planning

    This activity report is based on a World Meteorological Organisation (WMO) Expert Meeting aimed at identifying the current state of climate information that potentially could be used by water managers that would suit their requirements. The meeting served as a platform to identify current uses of climate information in water management and to provide an overview at which scales climate information has the greatest potential for use now and the near future. Likewise, gaps and deficiencies in present knowledge and research were identified. The meeting showed that climate predictions and seasonal climate outlooks at present have the highest potential to be more readily used, while predictions of climate variability and change are not yet ready to be applied from an engineering point of view. Additionally, other techniques are required to improve prediction skills to reduce large uncertainties. The meeting concluded that all possible information should be processed in such a way that it would allow the development of adaptation processes and activities despite prevailing uncertainties. Major outcomes of the expert meeting include the encouragement to develop demonstration projects; and an agenda and work plan for a WMO initiative on “Improvement in Water Resources Planning through the Use of Climate Information”.

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    Organization(s): WMO

    Partner(s): WMO

    Type of material:Activity Report

    Publication date:2006

    Language(s): English

    Topic(s): Capacity Development, Science, Adaptation, Mitigation, Technology, Water

  • GEF Leadership on Climate Change Mitigation

    This activity report presents how GEF helps developing countries undertake “win-win” projects to mitigate the effects of climate change by reducing concentrations of greenhouse gases (GHGs) in the atmosphere.

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    Organization(s): GEF

    Type of material:Activity Report

    Publication date:2006

    Language(s): English, French

    Topic(s): Science, Mitigation

  • GEF Support for Adaptation to Climate Change

    This activity report looks at the GEF's projects that reduce countries’ vulnerability to climate change impacts and helps them build adaptive capacity. Based on guidance from the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), the GEF has adopted a three-stage approach to adaptation: stage I: planning through studies to identify vulnerabilities, policy options, and capacity building; stage II: identifying measures to prepare for adaptation and further capacity building; stage III: promoting measures to facilitate adaptation, including insurance and other interventions.

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    Organization(s): GEF

    Type of material:Activity Report

    Publication date:2006

    Language(s): English, French

    Topic(s): Adaptation

  • GEF's Work on Global Climate Change

    This activity report covers GEF's work in helping developing countries expand their use of clean energy and reduce their consumption of fossil fuel. The GEF has invested substantial “capital” in transforming markets toward cleaner, low–GHG emitting technologies and promoting a path toward sustainable development. This market focus has made the GEF increasingly effective in catalyzing private investment, government commitments to programs and policies, rural energy services, and the expansion of technology markets. Also available in Japanese.

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    Organization(s): GEF

    Type of material:Activity Report

    Publication date:2006

    Language(s): English

    Topic(s): Energy

  • Gender and Desertification: Expanding Roles for Women to Restore Drylands

    This analytical report examines the impact of desertification on women, their role in the management of natural resources and drylands, and the constraints they face. It presents the experiences of several IFAD-supported programmes and projects in addressing women as natural resource users and managers in dryland areas, and highlights some of the approaches used to reach women more effectively. It also presents lessons learned from IFAD programmes and projects, and recommendations for expanding women’s roles in order to restore dryland areas. 

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    Organization(s): IFAD

    Type of material:Analytical/Technical Document

    Publication date:2006

    Language(s): English

    Topic(s): Adaptation, Gender, Land Use Management

  • Gender: The Missing Component of the Response to Climate Change

    This analytical report analyses the gender dimension of climate change and the policies enacted to mitigate and adapt to its impacts with the aim of developing gender sensitive approaches with regards to mitigation measures, adaptation projects and national regimes. The framework of the study is represented, on the one hand, by the scientific assessment of climate change, with its impacts and associated effects on human and natural systems, and, on the other hand, by the international response to this challenge.

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    Organization(s): FAO

    Type of material:Analytical/Technical Document

    Publication date:2006

    Language(s): English

    Topic(s): International Law and Policy, Governance – General, Policy Instruments, Capacity Development, Carbon Financing and CDM, Science, Adaptation, Mitigation, Gender, Agriculture and Food

  • Global Climate Change: Risk to Bank Loans

    The purpose of this policy document is to evaluate the impact of climate change related risks on bank borrowers, utilizing as much data and analysis as possible. The first section of this report reviews the current climate change policies in place in Canada, Europe, and the US, in order to provide a framework for policy implementation in the future. The report then utilizes aggregated loan and lease data from Bank of America, CIBC, Citigroup, Scotiabank, and TD Bank Financial Group, to analyze the impact of climate change related risks on bank loans and leases.

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    Organization(s): UNEP

    Partner(s): EcoSecurities, Bank of America, NAFTA Commission for Environmental Cooperation

    Type of material:Policy Document

    Publication date:2006

    Language(s): English

    Topic(s): Economic Analysis, Finance

  • Green Growth at a Glance: The Way Forward for Asia and the Pacific

    This analytical report analyzes green growth in Asia and the Pacific. It discusses what the green growth paradigm shift actually means in the region and what it offers government, private sector, multi-stakeholders, communities and individuals to act differently. Opportunities and incentives provided are also addressed.

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    Organization(s): UNESCAP

    Type of material:Analytical/Technical Document

    Publication date:2006

    Language(s): English

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

  • Human Health Impacts from Climate Variability and Climate Change in the Hindu Kush-Himalaya Region: A report of an Interregional Workshop, India

    This activity report summarizes the main outcomes of the inter-regional workshop on the Human Health Impacts from Climate Variability and Climate Change in the Hindu Kush-Himalaya Region (India 2005). The objectives of the workshop were: to inform government organizations, nongovernmental organizations and other relevant stakeholders about the impacts of climate change; to Identify specific human health risks linked to climate variability and change in the Himalayan mountain regions; to propose strategies for integrating health with relevant sectors; to achieve consensus on a draft framework for national action in the Hindu  Kush-Himalayan mountain region.

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    Organization(s): WHO

    Partner(s): UNDP, UNEP, WMO, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

    Type of material:Activity Report

    Publication date:2006

    Language(s): English

    Topic(s): Health

  • Hydrology and Water Resources of Small Islands A Practical Guide

    This technical document provides a practical guide to water development projects on small islands. It is a useful advice for technicians, hydrologists, engineers and managers in identifying, assessing, developing, managing and protecting the water resources of these islands. It presents a selection of methods and best practices appropriate to the special conditions of small islands.

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    Organization(s): UNESCO

    Type of material:Analytical/Technical Document

    Publication date:2006

    Language(s): English

    Topic(s): Water

  • Let Our Children Teach Us! A Review of the Role of Education and Knowledge in Disaster Risk Reduction

    This analytical report covers the key activities relative to the Priority 3 of the Hyogo Framework for Action 2005-2015, "Building the Resilience of Nations and Communities to Disasters", broadly: knowledge management; education; and risk awareness. It examines good practices to reduce disaster risk through education, knowledge and innovation (including efforts to protect schools from extreme natural events). It looks critically and strategically at current activities in order to identify gaps, opportunities in the form of synergisms and partnerships, and centres of innovation. It also touches on a great deal of other activity in education, public risk awareness, training and research.

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    Organization(s): UNISDR

    Type of material:Analytical/Technical Document

    Publication date:2006

    Language(s): English

    Topic(s): Capacity Development, Risk Reduction/Management, Children, Emergency Preparedness and Response, Education

  • Linking Adaptation to Development

    This analytical report looks at GEF's work on the ground to help developing countries reduce their vulnerability and increase their capacity to adapt to the adverse impacts of climate change.

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    Organization(s): GEF

    Type of material:Analytical/Technical Document

    Publication date:2006

    Language(s): English

    Topic(s): Adaptation, Economic and Development Planning

  • Lyme Borreliosis in Europe: Influences of Climate and Climate Change, Epidemiology, Ecology and Adaptation Measures.

    This technical document introduces the Lyme borreliosis (LB). This is the most common vector-borne disease in Europe, caused by a bacterium which is transmitted to humans by ticks. As ticks are highly sensitive to changes in seasonal climate, climate-induced changes can influence human exposure to infected ticks and thus disease prevalence. Future climate change in Europe will facilitate a spread of LB into higher latitudes and altitudes, contributing to increased disease occurrence in endemic areas, while LB will disappear in areas that will become too hot and dry for tick survival.

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    Organization(s): WHO

    Partner(s): European Commission, Stockholm University

    Type of material:Analytical/Technical Document

    Publication date:2006

    Language(s): English

    Topic(s): Health

  • Mobilizing Financing Options for Sustainable Energy in Developing Countries: The MDG Carbon Facility

    This document discusses the issue of financing for sustainable development and introduces the UNDP's MDG Carbon Facility. This is an innovative financing mechanism designed to direct increased financial flows from the growing international market in carbon emission offsets toward projects that contribute directly to meeting the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) in the least developed countries.

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    Organization(s): UNDP

    Type of material:Other

    Publication date:2006

    Language(s): English

    Topic(s): Financial Mechanisms, Energy

  • NCSP RESOURCE KIT: The National Communications Process

    This manual consists of a resource kit providing comprehensive guidelines on planning the National Communication Project, implementing the Technical Components (The Greenhouse Gas Inventory, The Mitigation Assessment, The V&A Assessment), and Putting Plans into Action. According to the UNFCCC, all parties must report on the steps they are taking or envisage undertaking to implement the Convention by: reporting to the Conference of the Parties (COP) on emissions by sources and removals by sinks of all greenhouse gases not controlled by the Montreal Protocol; national or, where appropriate, regional programmes containing measures to mitigate, and to facilitate adequate adaptation to climate change; and any other information that the Party considers relevant to the achievement of the objective of the Convention.

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    Organization(s): GEF, UNDP, UNEP

    Type of material:Guidance Document

    Publication date:2006

    Language(s): English

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

  • On Better Terms: A Glance at Key Climate Change and Disaster Risk Reduction Concepts

    This analytical report explains how the growing concern that human activities may affect the climate system led to the establishment of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) in 1988. The Panel assesses scientific, technical and socio-economic information, produces assessments based mainly on peer reviewed and published scientific/technical literature on climate change, its potential impacts and options for adaptation and mitigation. Its first assessment report served as the basis for the 1992 United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), which entered into force in 1994 and now includes 189 countries, known as “Parties” to the Convention.

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    Organization(s): UNDP, UNISDR

    Partner(s): Institute of Development Studies at the University of Sussex

    Type of material:Analytical/Technical Document

    Publication date:2006

    Language(s): English

    Topic(s): Risk Reduction/Management, Emergency Preparedness and Response

  • Phytoplankton Pigments in Oceanography Guidelines to Modern Methods

    This technical document looks at how the biological productivity of the oceans is of central importance to a world concerned about climate change. Marine phytoplankton comprises a quarter of the world’s vegetation and chlorophyll is the most frequently measured biochemical parameter in aquatic science. The publication includes all the oceanographer needs to know on how to measure and identify pigments, as well as select the best methods of quality control.

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    Organization(s): UNESCO

    Type of material:Analytical/Technical Document

    Publication date:2006

    Language(s): English

    Topic(s): Science, Biodiversity, Ecosystems, Industry

  • Preparing and Presenting Proposals - A Guidebook on Preparing Technology Transfer Projects for Financing

    This technical document aims to assist project developers in developing countries and other stakeholders in preparing financing proposals that will meet the standards of international finance providers. A proposal consists of a plan to do something, combined with a request for resources. While no single formula or template exists for preparing a successful proposal, there are common ingredients that most well-prepared proposals contain. This guidebook explains these common elements using a question-and-answer framework.

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    Organization(s): UNFCCC

    Partner(s): European Community, Government of Belgium

    Type of material:Analytical/Technical Document

    Publication date:2006

    Language(s): English

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

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