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Read the latest contributions to the Eldis blog on 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.
Cities: Catalysing Climate Change Action
Cape Town in mist
E. Miller / Panos Pictures
Cities contain over 54% the global population, increasing numbers of which - especially in the developing world - are acutely exposed to the risks of climate change. The 2014 IPCC fifth assessment report states that risks and impacts in urban areas are set to increase. Cities have historically responded through, ‘adaptation’ and ‘mitigation’ measures, but they have been largely separate policy agendas. Newer thinking calls for a more joined-up approach by bringing together adaptation, mitigation and sustainable development. . This key issues guide narrows its focus on water, health, and infrastructure-related themes, to illustrate cases with sufficient depth.

The author, Amiera Sawas, has also written a blog about what the hot topics of discussion are going to be at the 6th Global Forum on Urban Resilience and Adaptation in Bonn, Germany.

Latest Documents

Climate finance: lessons from Rwanda
M. Chennells / South African Institute of International Affairs, 2015
Developed countries have made little progress in providing climate finance for the transition towards low-emission and climateadaptive development pathways in developing countries. It is expected that a new legal agreement o...
Advancing Africa’s position on global climate finance
B. Petrie / South African Institute of International Affairs, 2015
Unblocking the climate finance negotiations will unlock a new global agreement on climate change in Paris later this year. Developing countries need to see tangible commitment to providing the finance needed to combat t...
National climate change adaptation: emerging practices in monitoring and evaluation
Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development, 2015
This report explores monitoring and evaluation practices across developed and developing countries with a focus on national policies and plans which coming from assessments of a country’s vulnerability to climate change. ...
Benefit sharing and REDD+: considerations and options for effective design and operation
K. Hite / Forest Carbon, Markets and Communities, 2015
This report draws from experiences with benefit sharing in natural resource management, mining, and forestry, and sets out issues and options for equitable and effective benefit-sharing arrangements for Reducing Emissions from Defores...
Good practice study on principles for indicator development, selection, and use in climate change adaptation monitoring and evaluation
P. Leagnavar; D. Bours; C. McGinn / Global Environment Facility, 2015
This study identifies and addresses key challenges concerning monitoring and evaluation (M&E) for climate change adaptation (CCA). It documents good practices and good practice principles on the development, selection, and ...
Focus less on collective action, more on delayed benefits and concentrated opponents
E.A. Parson / Centre for International Governance Innovation, 2015
This policy brief focuses on action in climate change policy. It argues that effective climate change responses have been impeded by focusing too much on the collective-action nature of the problem, relative to other obstacles ...
Enabling renewable energy and energy efficiency technologies: Opportunities in Eastern Europe, Caucasus, Central Asia, Southern and Eastern Mediterranean
I. Barnsley; A. Blank; A. Brown / International Energy Agency, 2015
This publication considers policy options for supporting the deployment of renewable energy and energy efficiency technologies (RE&EET), as well as the surrounding factors that can support – or indeed impede – the succ...
Technical Guidance for Jurisdictional and Nested REDD+ Programs
R. O'Sullivan; M. Estrada; L. Durschinger; M. Lambert / Forest Carbon, Markets and Communities, 2015
This document provides technical advice on the VCS Jurisdictional and Nested REDD+ (JNR) Requirements. The VCS Jurisdictional and Nested REDD+ (JNR) requirements set out an integrated accounting framework for reduced emissions ...
Renewables 2015 Global Status Report
J.L. Sawin; F. Sverrisson; W. Rickerson / REN21 Renewable Energy Policy Network for the 21st Century, 2015
The annual Global Status Report provides an overview of the renewable energy market, industry, investment and policy developments worldwide. The report finds that renewable energy continued to grow in 2014 against the backdrop ...
‘Fixing’ the climate crisis: Capital, states and carbon offsetting in India
G. Bryant; S. Dabhi; S. Böhm / Environment and Planning A, 2015
The paper analyses dynamics of accumulation and displacement in the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM). It combines the theoretical work with a case study of the Gujarat Fluorochemicals Limited HFC-23 destruction project in Guja...
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