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Climate change

With support from the Climate and Development Knowledge Network (CDKN) this Guide focuses on adaptation, mitigation & development. It particularly looks at the relationship between climate change and other development sectors such as agriculture & food security, natural resource management, poverty & vulnerability, governance, health, gender, finance, & low carbon energy.
Our common future under climate change
F. Moleres / Panos Pictures
As the scientific community gears up for the 'Our Common Future Under Climate Change' conference in Paris (7-10 July 2015) we present a series of articles reflecting on some of the key issues concerning climate change in the broader context of global change.

The highlighted blogs focus on three complex areas that will be discussed at the event and beyond: cross cutting nature of water resources, the value of credible knowledge brokers to support decision making processes, and Africa's road map post- COP21.

Latest Documents

Food and Nutrition in Numbers
Faostat, FAO, 2014
Overcoming malnutrition in all of its forms – caloric undernourishment, micronutrient deficiencies and obesity – requires a combination of interventions in different areas that guarantee the availability of and access to h...
IPCC Fifth Assessment Report. Chapter 20: Climate-resilient pathways: adaptation, mitigation, and sustainable development
F. Denton; T. Wilbanks / Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, 2014
Climate change calls for new approaches to sustainable development that take into account complex interactions between climate and social and ecological systems. Climate-resilient pathways are development trajectories that combine ada...
Paper examining the extent to which climate mitigation actions can be shown as net-beneficial and in states' self-interest.
F. Green / Center for Climate Change Economics and Policy, 2015
Social scientists have long assumed that actions by states to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions are not in their self-interest because the domestic costs outweigh the domestic benefits, leading to an assumption that they can &ldqu...
Climate change: a risk assessment
D. King; D. Schrag; Z. Dadi; Q. Ye; A. Ghosh / Council on Energy, Environment and Water, 2015
This report applies the principles of risk assessment used in finance and national security in order to try and better understand and communicate the risks of climate change. It is a multi-country climate change risk assessment...
Working paper exploring how Development Finance Institutes and governments can encourage much needed private sector climate resilience investment
C. Trabacchi; F. Mazza / Climate Policy Initiative, 2015
With climate change and extreme weather expected to increase risks to businesses, including their supply chains, productivity, revenues, and credit-ratings, climate resilience is a topic that should be a high priority to the private s...
Forest Ecosystems in the transition to a green economy and the role of REDD+ in the United Republic of Tanzania
B. Abidoye; E. Mungatana; L. Mahlalela; T. Sacolo; F. Babalola / United Nations [UN] Environment Programme, 2015
This report aims to assess how deforestation affects the economy of the United Republic of Tanzania. It looks at the limited ecosystem goods and services currently reflected in GDP and the effects on the economy if the full sui...
Full circle: REDD and indigenous people - past, present, and future
Forest Trends, 2015
This collection of six articles focus on “Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation” (REDD) initiatives and the experiences of indigenous people. It highlights that indigenous people have managed their l...
Climate Smart Villages: Building affordable and replicable adaptation pilots in mountain areas
International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development, (ICIMOD), Nepal, 2015
This paper documents ICIMOD’s Climate Smart Village approach, which is customised for mountain area. The approach is based on climate smart agriculture – which combines the three dimensions of sustainable developmen...
Food Security and Vulnerability Atlas of Indonesia 2015
World Food Programme, 2015
This annual report aims to provide a comprehensive geographic profile of food and nutrition insecurity across Indonesia, in order to enhance targeting, inform policy and improve the design of programmes for reducing vulnerability to f...
The Mitigation Advantage: Maximizing the co-benefits of investing in smallholder adaptation initiatives
International Fund for Agricultural Development, 2015
This report argues that helping farmers adapt to the impacts of climate change can also significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The study finds that mitigation could be another benefit of adaptation activities. It examin...
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