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Is climate adaptation possible through proper resource management?
Children on climbing frame
P. Lowe / Panos Pictures
This paper identifies and explores how land and water management will be impacted by long-term climate change in the less developed countries of the Himalayan and South East Asian (SEA) regions. The authors also review some of the many innovative efforts underway at local and regional levels to support land and water management initiatives and reduce poverty. 

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A place for subnational governments at the international climate negotiating table
South African Institute of International Affairs 2016
It can be difficult for subnational governments and cities to acquire a place at the negotiating table for international climate events, such as UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) gatherings. This is despite the fact t...
Post-Paris: taking forward the Global Climate Change Deal
R. Bailey; S. Tomlinson / Chatham House [Royal Institute of International Affairs], UK 2016
The Paris Agreement, reached at COP21, was a triumph of diplomacy. The deal can be characterized as: flexible, combining a ‘hard’ legal shell and a ‘soft’ enforcement mechanism; inclusive, as it was adopted by all ...
Moving on towards a workable climate regime
J. De Melo / Fondation pour les études et recherches sur le développement international / Foundation for International Development Study and Research 2016
The Paris Agreement (PA) signed by 175 parties is now a Treaty since a quorum of signatories has been obtained. This Treaty is really the first important step taken to limit temperature increase, as pledges, if sustained and far more ...
Policy brief on Intended Nationally Determined Contributions (INDCs)
South Centre 2015
The issue of ‘intended nationally determined contributions’ (INDCs) has come to be one of the important components of the process towards the UNFCCC’s 21st Confer-ence of Parties (COP21) to be held in Paris in December ...
Brexit: implications for climate change commitments
Overseas Development Institute 2016
When the UK voted to leave the EU, climate change was far from the minds of both the electorate and politicians. Climate change had scarcely featured in the referendum campaign. Yet, the UK’s decision to exit has conseque...
World Economic and Social Survey 2016: climate change resilience – an opportunity for reducing inequalities
Department of Economic and Social Affairs, United Nations 2016
The World Economic and Social Survey 2016: Climate Change Resilience – An Opportunity for Reducing Inequalities contributes to the debate on the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. In addressing ...
Human rights implications of climate change mitigation actions
CDM Watch 2015
Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) have recognized that they should fully respect human rights in all climate-related actions, and, at the time they negotiated the 1992 UNFCCC in Rio de Janei...
Framework for resilient development in the Pacific: an integrated approach to address climate change and Disaster Risk Management (FRDP) 2017–2030
Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme 2016
Climate change and disaster risks increase the vulnerability of Pacific Island people, and significantly undermine the sustainable development of the Pacific region. Although the level of exposure is similar for Pacific Island countri...
What’s fair – and why? An empirical analysis of distributive fairness in the climate negotiations
Vegard H. Tørstad / Center for International Climate and Environmental Research, Oslo 2016
In the climate negotiations, conceptions of fairness plays an important role. For a climate agreement to be effective and durable, it must be conceived as fair by as many of its parties as possible. Unfortunately, there is hardly a co...
After Paris: climate finance in the Pacific Islands
Oxfam 2016
Pacific island countries are working hard to address the escalating realities of climate change, including the impact on land, livelihoods, and on the food and water security of their most vulnerable communities. The need for accessib...