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

Library of Documents

  • 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

  • Raising Awareness of Climate Change - A Handbook for Government Focal Points

    This analytical report draws from a recent series of UN-sponsored workshops and UNEP's own experience in supporting outreach activities. The handbook gathers together a range of practical experiences and common sense lessons in the field of awareness-raising from Africa, the Asia-Pacific, Europe and Latin America and the Caribbean.

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    Organization(s): UNEP

    Type of material:Analytical/Technical Document

    Publication date:2006

    Language(s): English

    Topic(s): Science

  • Remarks by Inga Klevby,Assistant-Secretary-General of the United Nations, Deputy Executive Director UN-HABITAT at a news conference at the 12th Session of the Conference of the Parties to the to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change

    This document includes a statement by Inga Klevby, Deputy Executive Director of UN-HABITAT. The Director discusses climate change and its negative consequences, touching especially poor people living in developing countries big cities. In fact this is an age of unprecedented, rapid, irreversible urbanisation.

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    Organization(s): UNHABITAT

    Type of material:Other

    Publication date:2006

    Language(s): English

    Topic(s): Financial Mechanisms, Adaptation

  • Report of the WMO Conference on Living with Climate Variability and Change: Understanding the Uncertainties and Managing the Risks

    This activity report is based on the World Meteorological Organisation (WMO) Conference on “Living with Climate Variability and Change: Understanding the Uncertainties and Managing the Risks”, which was organized to review the opportunities and constraints in integrating climate risks and uncertainties into decision-making in the core socio-economic sectors. The conference gathered climate scientists and user communities to collate their experiences in managing risks of climatic origin and to build a framework for future strategies. The conference drew on experience presented by experts from both private and public organizations. The main results of the conference are synthesized in this report. It is hoped that the summaries and syntheses of discussions and recommendations presented in this report will be a valuable source of information to the wide range of institutions, organizations and consortia of organizations engaged in supporting the society to deal with climate variability and change.

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    Organization(s): WMO

    Partner(s): Finnish Meteorological Institute, The International Research Institute for Climate and Society

    Type of material:Activity Report

    Publication date:2006

    Language(s): English

    Topic(s): Policy Instruments, Science, Adaptation, Mitigation, Risk Reduction/Management, Education, Environment

  • Risks and Chances of Combined Forestry and Biomass Projects under the Clean Development Mechanism

    This analytical report aims to assess the realistic potential and the major constraints of combining carbon sink and bioenergy use projects in the CDM. The report starts with an overview of the current state of biomass use in developing countries. These days, energy from biomass is considered a new and modern option in the industrialized world. In developing countries bio-fuels is still largely viewed as a traditional practice. CDM could help changing this and this report shows the technological options available.

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    Organization(s): UNEP

    Partner(s): Hamburg Institute of International Economics, GFA Consulting Group, ETA Energieberatung A.G.

    Type of material:Analytical/Technical Document

    Publication date:2006

    Language(s): English

    Topic(s): Carbon Financing and CDM

  • Standards and Labels for Energy Efficiency

    This factsheet covers end-use energy efficiency, in particular for products and buildings, and how this can become the most successful, cost effective, greenhouse gas emission abatement measure used by each and every country.

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    Organization(s): GEF, UNDP

    Type of material:Other

    Publication date:2006

    Language(s): English

    Topic(s): Energy

  • Statement by Mrs. Tibaijuka, Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations, Executive Director of UN-HABITAT at the Convention on Climate Change

    This document presents a statement by Mrs Tibaijuka, Executive Director of UN-HABITAT. The Director addresses the issue of urban growth and its consequences for climate change. Today half of humanity lives in cities and it is projected that by 2030 that figure will rise to two-thirds. The cities growing fastest are those of the developing world, and the fastest growing neighbourhoods are the slums. Local solutions and local funding are needed in order to fight poverty and offset global disasters.

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    Organization(s): UNHABITAT

    Type of material:Other

    Publication date:2006

    Language(s): English

    Topic(s): Population Dynamics

  • Sustainable Development Benefits of Clean Development Projects

    This analytical report finds that Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) projects, while reducing emissions, too often do not contribute to sustainable development. It therefore proposes an international standard for CDM sustainability assessment - additional to national definitions - to counter weaknesses in the existing system of sustainability approval by Designated National Authorities in host countries.

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    Organization(s): UNEP

    Type of material:Analytical/Technical Document

    Publication date:2006

    Language(s): English

    Topic(s): Carbon Financing and CDM

  • Technologies for Adaptation to Climate Change

    The UNFCCC secretariat and the expert group on Technology Transfer carried out an extensive review of adaptation technologies and assessed their possibilities in five sectors: coastal zones, water resources, agriculture, public health and infrastructure. This analytical report summarizes and illustrates conclusions of the review and serves as a brief introduction to the principles and methods of adaptation and the practical steps that can be taken to put them into practice.

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    Organization(s): UNFCCC

    Type of material:Analytical/Technical Document

    Publication date:2006

    Language(s): English

    Topic(s): Adaptation, Technology

  • The Clean Development Mechanism: An Assessment of Progress

    The activity report reviews experience with the CDM over its first few years of operation (i.e., 2002 through mid-2006) and assesses progress thus far in its growth and evolution.

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    Organization(s): UNDP

    Type of material:Activity Report

    Publication date:2006

    Language(s): English

    Topic(s): Carbon Financing and CDM

  • The Gulf Stream

    Amid contemporary scenarios of potential climatic catastrophes and global warming that might be imagined to bring a new ice age, the powerful image of the Gulf Stream rising from the Florida Straits and flowing to the north Atlantic inevitably provokes questions about its ecological significance and whether it might ever stop. This analytical report states that even dramatic climatic change would not bring an end to the Gulf Stream. Combining complex scientific information with an engaging narrative, the book paints an elaborate but accessible portrait of this extraordinary natural phenomenon, tracing its historical discovery and the paradigms of its exploration, outlining its causes and dynamics, and examining its profound importance for the marine ecosystems of the Atlantic Ocean.

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    Organization(s): UNESCO

    Type of material:Analytical/Technical Document

    Publication date:2006

    Language(s): English, French, Spanish

    Topic(s): Science

  • The Least Developed Countries Fund: Frequently Asked Questions

    This leaflet answers Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) on the Least Developed Countries Fund (LDCF). The Fund finances the additional costs imposed on Least Developed Countries to address their special needs under the Climate Convention.

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    Organization(s): GEF

    Type of material:Other

    Publication date:2006

    Language(s): English

    Topic(s): Capacity Development, Financial Mechanisms

  • Tore and the Town on Thin Ice

    This story book is part of the Tunza Environmental Series for Children. It tells the story of Tore, a boy who lives in a village in the Arctic and notices unusual changes in the surrounding natural environment. In particular, the temperature is higher and the ice is melting rapidly. After some adventures, Tore becomes aware of the problems caused by climate change and promotes the use of renewable energy in his village. With this publication series the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) hopes 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:2006

    Language(s): English, French, Spanish

    Topic(s): Children, Education, Culture

  • Trishna and the Dream of Water

    The story book is part of the Tunza Environmental Series for Children, sponsored by UNEP. With this publication series UNEP hopes 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:2006

    Language(s): English, French

    Topic(s): Children, Education, Culture

  • UNFCCC Handbook - Reference Guide Linking the Convention and the Decisions through which it has been Implemented

    This manual aims to help governments, researchers and others interested in the international climate change negotiations navigate through the complex web of activities undertaken by the Conference of the Parties to the Convention (COP) to advance the implementation of the Convention. The handbook is structured along two parts. Part I focuses on the process side of the international climate change negotiations, while Part II provides an overview of the activities related to the implementation of the UNFCCC.

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    Organization(s): UNFCCC

    Type of material:Guidance Document

    Publication date:2006

    Language(s): English

    Topic(s): International Law and Policy

  • WFP Annual Report 2006

    This activity report covers the achievements of the World food Program in 2006. It includes work undertaken in Kashmir after the Earthquake and in the Middle East during the Gaza crisis.

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    Organization(s): WFP

    Type of material:Activity Report

    Publication date:2006

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

    Topic(s): Science, Mitigation

  • WMO Statement on the Status of the Global Climate in 2005

    This technical document is part of an annual series published by the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) on the status of the global climate. It highlights that the year 2005 was most likely one of the two warmest years on record since 1850. The 2005 hurricane season saw some of the most destructive hurricanes on record, which claimed more than 3 000 lives in Central America and the United States. Disastrous floods and landslides due to extreme precipitation events were also reported worldwide. Prolonged drought conditions continued to affect parts of Africa, Australia and the western United States. In 2005, western parts of Europe were also under the grip of a severe drought. Arctic sea ice during September 2005 was the lowest on record and below the average for the fourth consecutive year. The ozone hole in 2005 was the third largest recorded after 2000 and 2003. In December, central Europe and central  and eastern parts of Asia experienced significantly colder than average temperatures.

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    Organization(s): WMO

    Type of material:Analytical/Technical Document

    Publication date:2006

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

    Topic(s): Science, Water, Environment

  • Baseline Methodologies for CDM Projects

    The technical document presents the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) as a key instrument for limiting greenhouse gas emissions and promoting sustainable development. It takes the reader through basic concepts and the processes of developing baseline and baseline methodology. Additionally, it presents indicative methodologies for small scale CDM projects and examples of approved methodologies for project specific baselines.

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    Organization(s): UNEP

    Type of material:Analytical/Technical Document

    Publication date:2005

    Language(s): English

    Topic(s): Carbon Financing and CDM

  • Building the Philippines' Capacity for Grid-connected Solar Power

    This activity report presents GEF's solar photovoltaic project in the Philippines which is successfully replacing the use of fossil fuel energy. This groundbreaking project combines hydro- and photovoltaic-based power for homes, schools, hospitals, offices, and other users. The key to this demonstration project is its strong emphasis on education and capacity building.

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    Organization(s): GEF

    Type of material:Activity Report

    Publication date:2005

    Language(s): English

    Topic(s): Energy

  • CDM PDD Guidebook: Navigating the Pitfalls

    This technical document identifies the 20 most common pitfalls that the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) project proponents fall into when preparing a CDM Project Design Documents (PDDs). The guidebook targets CDM project proponents in developing countries, specifically those engaged in PDD preparation. It draws upon the extensive knowledge of Det Norske Veritas (DNV), which has validated more than 50% of all CDM projects coming through to the validation stage.

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    Organization(s): UNEP

    Partner(s): Det Norske Veritas

    Type of material:Analytical/Technical Document

    Publication date:2005

    Language(s): English, French, Spanish

    Topic(s): Carbon Financing and CDM

  • CEO Briefing - Finance for Carbon Solutions

    This technical document is the fourth study in a series of reports by the Climate Change Working Group (CCWG) of the UNEP Finance Initiative. The paper focuses on the Clean Development Mechanism and pinpoints barriers to implementation and financing of CDM projects as seen from the financial sector perspective. Recommendations on how these barriers can be overcome are provided.

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    Organization(s): UNEP

    Partner(s): Sustainable Energy Finance Initiative

    Type of material:Analytical/Technical Document

    Publication date:2005

    Language(s): English

    Topic(s): Carbon Financing and CDM, Finance

  • CEO Briefing - The Future of Climate Change Policy: The Financial Sector Perspective

    This policy document claims that, looking at future policy, financial institutions around the world are in need of a clear and long-term policy framework. The focus of this paper is on mitigation policies. The publication contains recommendations from the UNEP FI Climate Change Working Group to policy-makers.

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    Organization(s): UNEP

    Type of material:Policy Document

    Publication date:2005

    Language(s): English

    Topic(s): Policy Instruments, Financial Mechanisms

  • Climate and Land Degradation

    This brochure explains the role of different climatic factors in land degradation. It also presents the World Meteorological Organization (WMO)’s contribution in addressing this issue. It includes a specific section discussing climate change and land degradation as well as one on carbon sequestration to mitigate climate change and combat land degradation.

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    Organization(s): WMO

    Type of material:Other

    Publication date:2005

    Language(s): English, French, Spanish

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

  • Climate Change and Disaster Risk Reduction

    This document underlines that climate change and disaster risk reduction are closely linked. More extreme weather events in future are likely to increase the number and scale of disasters, while at the same time, the existing methods and tools of disaster risk reduction provide powerful capacities for adaptation to climate change.

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    Organization(s): UNISDR

    Type of material:Other

    Publication date:2005

    Language(s): English

    Topic(s): Science, Adaptation

  • Climate Change Futures: Health, Ecological and Economic Dimensions

    This activity report stresses that climate change and diseases encouraged by climatic instability are harming humans, damaging Earth’s natural systems and threaten to disrupt the global economy. A properly financed transition to a non-fossil fuel based economy offers the best opportunity to strengthen public health, fortify resilience, stimulate economic growth and stabilize the climate.

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    Organization(s): UNDP

    Partner(s): Havard Medical School Center for Health and the Global Environment, Swiss Re

    Type of material:Activity Report

    Publication date:2005

    Language(s): English

    Topic(s): Economic Analysis, Ecosystems, Health

  • Climate Change: Small Island Developing States

    This analytical report highlights the SIDS’ participation in the Convention as well as some of the ongoing needs and concerns that they have expressed in the course of the UNFCCC process.

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    Organization(s): UNFCCC

    Type of material:Analytical/Technical Document

    Publication date:2005

    Language(s): English

    Topic(s): Adaptation

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