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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.

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Preparing for FOCAC VI: China - South Africa co-operation in conservation and renewable energy
M. Burgess; H. Esterhuyse / Centre for Chinese Studies, University of Stellenbosch, 2015
As China’s development puts increasing pressure on the environment, various measures have been implemented both domestically and, increasingly, abroad in an attempt to limit the impact. China’s environmental engagement at ...
Water, food security and human dignity - a nutrition perspective
J. Lundqvist; J. Grönwall; A. Jägerskog / Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, 2015
This discussion paper examines the importance of water in ensuring food security. One serious problem addressed in the paper is the increased importance of groundwater as a strategic resource as a result of the heavy exploitati...
South Africa’s renewable energy procurement: A new frontier?
L. Baker; H.L. Wlokas / Energy Research Centre, 2015
This paper evaluates the key features of South Africa’s Renewable Energy Independent Power Producers’ Programme (RE IPPPP). It builds on previous studies of its negotiation and implementation and unpacks the differe...
Grassroots facilitators as agents of change for promoting sustainable forest management: Lessons learned from REDD+ capacity development in Asia
C. Shekhar Silori; K. Wiset; B. Hari Poudyal; T. Vu / The Centre for People and Forests, 2015
This article explores the issues and concerns of grassroots stakeholders with regards to REDD+ policy and program development. The lessons shared here are generated from REDD+ capacity development at grassroots level in South a...
Rural advisory services: What works? A synthesis on innovative approaches for benefiting and empowering farmers
World Agroforestry Centre, 2015
This paper presents an assessment of four types of Rural Advisory Services with two examples – from Africa and Southeast Asia – of successful agroforestry extension programs. The four types are: a) Farmer-to-farmer ...
Climate and Development Outlook: Pakistan special edition - Learning to live with climate change
A. Riaz; M. Malik; T. Kazmi / Climate and Development Knowledge Network, 2015
This paper explores the work of the Climate and Development Knowledge Network (CDKN) in Pakistan. It highlights that farmers in in Southern Punjab worry about increasingly frequent and intense floods and how they could affect t...
Coping with climate risk: the role of institutions, governance and finance in private adaptation decisions of the poor
D. Castells-Quintana; M. del Pilar Lopez-Uribe; T. McDermott / Center for Climate Change Economics and Policy, 2015
This paper looks at climate change adaptation from the point of view of households and asks how political and economic institutions may affect – help or hinder – these adaptation decisions. The authors review the ra...
Systematic review of current efforts to quantify the impacts of climate change on undernutrition
R.K. Phalkey; C. Aranda-Jan; S. Marx / Proceedings of the National Academy of Science, 2015
Malnutrition is a challenge to the health and productivity of populations and is viewed as one of the five largest adverse health impacts of climate change. Nonetheless, systematic evidence quantifying these impacts is currently limit...
Not just hot air: Putting climate change education into practice
United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, 2015
This report outlines five recommendations for policymakers on how Climate Change Education (CCE) and Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) can be integrated at the national level. These recommendations are focused on: 1) ...
The cost of inaction: Recognising the value at risk from climate change
The Economist Intelligence Unit, 2015
This report highlights that climate change is likely to represent an obstacle for many asset owners and managers to fulfil their fiduciary duties. It argues that the asset management industry – and thus the wider communit...
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