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30AUG
2017
Policy Brief: ICCCAD: Planning for adaptation in Bangladesh
Category: Government & Policy, International Development, Latest News

This paper discusses the experiential learning that Bangladesh gained during more than a decade of adaptation planning, its on-going process and what is next for achieving better effectiveness in this area of vital national importance. Bangladesh has been carrying out adaptation planning and implementation for over a decade and has gained much experiential knowledge. Based on the lessons learned the next steps need to ensure that adaptation to climate change is now mainstreamed into national and sectoral development plans, instead of keeping adaptation planning as separate parallel process. At the same time specific vulnerabilities of agro-livelihood ecological zones warrant to be treated separately as their adaptation plans and actions remain different. These include the Sundarbans and Coastal areas, the Haor region, the Barind tract, Chittagong Hill Tracts and Urban cities, etc. Funding adaptation activities in Bangladesh needs to be based on a blend of national budgetary resources and external climate finance. Private sector, civil society, media, academia, youth and other groups –all have to be mobilized to design and implement such plans in an integrated way.

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22AUG
2017
EU-MACS report: Acclimatise and Twente University: Analysing existing data infrastructures for climate services
Category: Latest News, Transport & Communications

Acclimatise and EU-MACS partner Twente University finalised a report analysing the existing climate data infrastructure, and how it may inhibit or stimulate the European climate services market.

The research involved mapping and cataloguing relationships of organisations involved in the climate data infrastructure value chain, as well as interviewing a few experts to gain further insights and corroborate the literture research. Furthermore, a usability survey was designed and carried out to evaluate a range of climate data websites and portals. Finally, the research analysed data infrastructure governance putting emphasis on the processes of data infrastructure governance in Europe.

The findings show that the quality and success of climate services highly depend on whether they will fit user needs. Thus, embedding users as integral and equal partners in the co-construction of climate services is of utmost importance. Bridging the gap between user needs and what providers think users need should be seen as an essential part of climate services development.

 

 

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27JUL
2017
Report: University of Arizona, Acclimatise, SERDP: Climate change impacts and adaptation on Southwestern DoD facilities
Category: Defence & Security, Latest News

A newly published Strategic Environmental Research and Development Program (SERDP) report completed by a team comprised of researchers from the University of Arizona and Acclimatise assessed climate change impacts and adaptation on Southwestern US Department of Defense (DoD) facilities. The project aimed to:

1. develop and pilot-test approaches for climate risk assessment;

2. evaluate climate adaptation best practices in a series of case studies, and

3. evaluate approaches and needs for climate services to support adaptation planning compatible with Department of Defense (DoD) decision-making needs and processes.

In a four-year long process the project team interacted with DoD personnel in risk assessment workshops and case-study pilots at four installations in the Southwest, through participatory processes. They conducted interviews and convened workshops with personnel, in order to identify gaps, needs, and opportunities for infusing climate adaptation thinking and practice into DoD operations. These interviews also helped evaluate promising approaches to climate services, that mesh with military culture, leadership, and practice. Current obstacles to adopting climate adaptation measures and possible solutions to overcome these obstacles were also explored.

 

 

 

 

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10JUL
2017
Report: PROADAPT, Acclimatise: Supply chain climate change risk assessment
Category: Latest News, Retail & Supply Chains

How can businesses, large and small, make their supply chains more climate resilient and simultaneously become more profitable? Almost any supply chain, but particularly those that are dependent on natural resources, will experience the impacts of a changing climate in all its parts. A recent study by Acclimatise for the IDB’s PROADAPT program, shows that assessing climate change risks and their effects helps businesses better understand their supply chains and strengthen their resilience, and in that process, give them a competitive advantage in the market.

 

 

 

 

 

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29JUN
2017
Toolkit: Acclimatise & CDKN: Green Climate Fund Proposal Toolkit
Category: Financial Services, Latest News

The toolkit provides indispensable guidance covering:

Things to know before applying: The toolkit provides an overview of the amount and type of funding available along with the role of the key actors involved, such as National Designated Authorities, Accredited Entities and Executing Entities.

Proposal design elements: The toolkit presents how to prepare a logic framework, develop a Gender Assessment and Action Plan and justify the rationale for GCF involvement (the “exit strategy”)

Proposal template: A detailed description of all the sections and their expected content is provided.

The main steps of proposal preparation: Users are guided through the preparation of a fully-fledged funding proposal with a detailed overview of the information required as well as the tools and methods from the collection of baseline data to the budget’s preparation.

The GCF project cycle: The toolkit breaks down the GCF project cycle into its various phases, from concept note submission to project closure. Users will get a better understanding of the time frames and organisations involved along the way. 

Concept note preparation: The toolkit includes a checklist on how to get started if you decide to submit a concept note before the proposal.

Project preparation: Applicants can seek assistance to turn a concept note into a full funding proposal under the GCF’s Project Preparation Facility (PPF). The toolkit provides guidance on how to access the PPF.

This toolkit was developed to assit you in understanding what makes a funding proposal bankable and successful when it is reviewed during a GCF board meeting. The authors from our climate finance team have leveraged their experience in assisting countries and entities access GCF funding and share tips and guidelines to help you work in the most efficient way possible. Don’t hesitate to contact them if you have any question.

 

 

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21JUN
2017
Report: NOAA, GST, Acclimatise: Success Stories on User Engagement - Retail and Manufacturing
Category: Latest News, Retail & Supply Chains

This report examines user engagement with NOAA’s National Centers for Environmental Information’s (NCEI) climate and weather data. It demonstrates the value that the free and publicly available provision of NCEI’s climate and weather data has provided to the retail and manufacturing industry. The numerous interviews, and desk based research that inform this study, detail how retail and manufacturers are using NCEI’s climate and weather data, for what purpose, and ultimately what benefit is gleaned from its usage. As documented in this report, NCEI’s climate and weather data are of fundamental importance to these sectors which provide essential and luxury goods to the American and international public.

 

 

 

 

 

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01JUN
2017
Conference report: Navigating climate change: Moving towards a low-carbon and resilient waterborne transport infrastructure
Category: Transport & Communications

The Navigating a Changing Climate initiative’s conference subtitled ‘Moving towards low carbon and resilient waterborne transport infrastructure’ took place in Brussels on 27th and 28th March 2017.

The conference report from this informative and thought-provoking event is now available. The report:

– highlights the key messages from the conference

– provides a summary of the presentations

– includes links to speakers abstracts and bios; to their PowerPoint presentations; and to the video recordings

– presents the outcomes of an ad hoc lunchtime discussion on energy sources and emissions from waterborne transport.

 

 

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31MAR
2017
Acclimatise brochure: Access to International Climate Funds
Category: Financial Services

 

Acclimatise is helping to shape the emerging climate finance architecture by utilising the skills and experience gained from advising regional agencies and national governments as well as some of the largest global businesses in developing and implementing adaptation strategies. We support our clients to access, manage and channel the necessary financial resources for the implementation of climate adaptation strategies, programmes and project.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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31MAR
2017
Acclimatise brochure: Acces aux fonds internationaux pour le climat
Category: Financial Services

Acclimatise contribue à façonner l’architecture émergente du nancement climatique en utilisant les compétences et l’expérience obtenus en conseillant des agences régionales et des gouvernements nationaux ainsi que de certaines des plus grandes entreprises multinationales en matière de développement et de mise en œuvre de stratégies d’adaptation. Nous aidons nos clients à accéder aux ressources nancières nécessaires, à les gérer et à les canaliser en vue de la mise en œuvre de leurs stratégies, programmes et projets liés à l’adaptation au changement climatique.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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31MAR
2017
Folleto Acclimatise: Acceso a los fondos climaticos internacionales
Category: Financial Services

Acclimatise está ayudando a dar forma a la arquitectura emergente de la  nanciación del clima, utilizando las habilidades y experiencia ganadas como resultado del asesoramiento de agencias regionales y gobiernos nacionales, así como del apoyo ofrecido a algunas de las multinacionales más grandes en el desarrollo e implementación de sus estrategias de adaptación. Ayudamos a que nuestros clientes accedan, gestionen y canalicen los recursos  nancieros necesarios para la implementación de estrategias, programas y proyectos de adaptación al cambio climático.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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20MAR
2017
Report: CDKN and Acclimatise: Agenda for Climate Action - Uttarakhand
Category: Government & Policy, Latest News

Acclimatise supported CDKN India in working with the government of Uttarakhand to deliver a state-level climate change vulnerability and risk assessment (VRA), intended to support the delivery of the State Action Plan on Climate Change (SAPCC). Acclimatise’s primary role was to ensure that the scientific knowledge resulting from the VRA linked to the implementation of the SAPCC and facilitated decision-making in the state. Our team worked with a range of stakeholders including the state government, scientists, community-level organisations, research institutions and the private sector to build awareness and assess capacity for planning adaptation action. Ultimately this led to the creation of the “Agenda for Climate Action”, a set of policy briefs that enable the results of the VRA to guide climate resilient decision making in Uttarakhand, taking into account international, national and state-level priorities, as well as evidence at the community level.

 

 

 

 

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20MAR
2017
Sectoral Brief: CDKN and Acclimatise: Agenda for Climate Action - Uttarakhand - Agriculture
Category: Government & Policy

Acclimatise supported CDKN India in working with the government of Uttarakhand to deliver a state-level climate change vulnerability and risk assessment (VRA), intended to support the delivery of the State Action Plan on Climate Change (SAPCC). Acclimatise’s primary role was to ensure that the scientific knowledge resulting from the VRA linked to the implementation of the SAPCC and facilitated decision-making in the state. Our team worked with a range of stakeholders including the state government, scientists, community-level organisations, research institutions and the private sector to build awareness and assess capacity for planning adaptation action. Ultimately this led to the creation of the “Agenda for Climate Action”, a set of policy briefs that enable the results of the VRA to guide climate resilient decision making in Uttarakhand, taking into account international, national and state-level priorities, as well as evidence at the community level.

This document is the sectoral brief for agriculture.

 

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20MAR
2017
Sectoral Brief: CDKN and Acclimatise: Agenda for Climate Action - Uttarakhand - Disaster Risk
Category: Government & Policy

Acclimatise supported CDKN India in working with the government of Uttarakhand to deliver a state-level climate change vulnerability and risk assessment (VRA), intended to support the delivery of the State Action Plan on Climate Change (SAPCC). Acclimatise’s primary role was to ensure that the scientific knowledge resulting from the VRA linked to the implementation of the SAPCC and facilitated decision-making in the state. Our team worked with a range of stakeholders including the state government, scientists, community-level organisations, research institutions and the private sector to build awareness and assess capacity for planning adaptation action. Ultimately this led to the creation of the “Agenda for Climate Action”, a set of policy briefs that enable the results of the VRA to guide climate resilient decision making in Uttarakhand, taking into account international, national and state-level priorities, as well as evidence at the community level.

This document is the sectoral brief for disaster risk.

 

 

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20MAR
2017
Sectoral Brief: CDKN and Acclimatise: Agenda for Climate Action - Uttarakhand - Forestry
Category: Government & Policy

Acclimatise supported CDKN India in working with the government of Uttarakhand to deliver a state-level climate change vulnerability and risk assessment (VRA), intended to support the delivery of the State Action Plan on Climate Change (SAPCC). Acclimatise’s primary role was to ensure that the scientific knowledge resulting from the VRA linked to the implementation of the SAPCC and facilitated decision-making in the state. Our team worked with a range of stakeholders including the state government, scientists, community-level organisations, research institutions and the private sector to build awareness and assess capacity for planning adaptation action. Ultimately this led to the creation of the “Agenda for Climate Action”, a set of policy briefs that enable the results of the VRA to guide climate resilient decision making in Uttarakhand, taking into account international, national and state-level priorities, as well as evidence at the community level.

This document is the sectoral brief for forestry.

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20MAR
2017
Sectoral Brief: CDKN and Acclimatise: Agenda for Climate Action - Uttarakhand - Health
Category: Government & Policy

Acclimatise supported CDKN India in working with the government of Uttarakhand to deliver a state-level climate change vulnerability and risk assessment (VRA), intended to support the delivery of the State Action Plan on Climate Change (SAPCC). Acclimatise’s primary role was to ensure that the scientific knowledge resulting from the VRA linked to the implementation of the SAPCC and facilitated decision-making in the state. Our team worked with a range of stakeholders including the state government, scientists, community-level organisations, research institutions and the private sector to build awareness and assess capacity for planning adaptation action. Ultimately this led to the creation of the “Agenda for Climate Action”, a set of policy briefs that enable the results of the VRA to guide climate resilient decision making in Uttarakhand, taking into account international, national and state-level priorities, as well as evidence at the community level.

This document is the sectoral brief for health.

 

 

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20MAR
2017
Sectoral Brief: CDKN and Acclimatise: Agenda for Climate Action - Uttarakhand - Water
Category: Government & Policy

Acclimatise supported CDKN India in working with the government of Uttarakhand to deliver a state-level climate change vulnerability and risk assessment (VRA), intended to support the delivery of the State Action Plan on Climate Change (SAPCC). Acclimatise’s primary role was to ensure that the scientific knowledge resulting from the VRA linked to the implementation of the SAPCC and facilitated decision-making in the state. Our team worked with a range of stakeholders including the state government, scientists, community-level organisations, research institutions and the private sector to build awareness and assess capacity for planning adaptation action. Ultimately this led to the creation of the “Agenda for Climate Action”, a set of policy briefs that enable the results of the VRA to guide climate resilient decision making in Uttarakhand, taking into account international, national and state-level priorities, as well as evidence at the community level.

This document is the sectoral brief for water.

 

 

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20MAR
2017
Executive summary: CDKN and Acclimatise: Agenda for Climate Action - Uttarakhand
Category: Government & Policy

Acclimatise supported CDKN India in working with the government of Uttarakhand to deliver a state-level climate change vulnerability and risk assessment (VRA), intended to support the delivery of the State Action Plan on Climate Change (SAPCC). Acclimatise’s primary role was to ensure that the scientific knowledge resulting from the VRA linked to the implementation of the SAPCC and facilitated decision-making in the state. Our team worked with a range of stakeholders including the state government, scientists, community-level organisations, research institutions and the private sector to build awareness and assess capacity for planning adaptation action. Ultimately this led to the creation of the “Agenda for Climate Action”, a set of policy briefs that enable the results of the VRA to guide climate resilient decision making in Uttarakhand, taking into account international, national and state-level priorities, as well as evidence at the community level.

This document is the executive summary of the report.

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16MAR
2017
Report: IIED: Delivering real change: Getting international climate finance to the local level
Category: Features, Financial Services, Government & Policy, Latest News

With the rapid ratification of the Paris Agreement, international climate funds will be important in scaling up developing countries climate action. Evidence shows climate finance reaching the local level – as part of a coherent approach to climate action – delivers effective, efficient and sustainable results that enhance the impact of each dollar disbursed.

This working paper explores the flows of climate finance within the main international climate funds, to understand how effective they are in getting finance to the local level and what design features enable or prevent local financing. It distils lessons from development funds that are experienced in local financing. It concludes by highlighting the ways in which local climate financing can be enhanced – to further improve the effectiveness of aid.

 

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01MAR
2017
Book: TARU Leading Edge: Road to Resilience: Synergy for Sustainable Cities
Category: Government & Policy, Latest News

Millions of urban citizens face a number of challenges that affect their quality of life, including contaminated water, lack of waste disposal facilities, electricity shortages, water and food-borne illnesses and reduced mobility due to lack of public transport and heavy road congestion. Climate change poses an additional stress that will exacerbate these existing issues. Evidence shows that increasing temperatures, changing patterns of precipitation and rising sea levels are already disrupting city lives and livelihoods. Considering the myriad complex and interconnected issues modern Indian cities are currently facing, how can we improve life in urban spaces and ensure we are prepared for an increasingly uncertain future?

This very question is examined in a new book,“Road to Resilience: Synergy for Sustainable Cities”, published by TARU Leading Edge. The book sets out practical solutions for creating a new paradigm for cities we would like to live in: cities that are sustainable and resilient.

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27FEB
2017
Case Study: Acclimatise, GST, NCEI: Success Stories on User Engagement - The Reinsurance Industry
Category: Financial Services, Latest News

This report examines user engagement with NOAA’s National Centers for Environmental Information’s (NCEI) climate and weather data. It demonstrates the value that the free and publicly available provision of NCEI’s climate and weather data has provided to the reinsurance sector. The extensive research and interviews that inform this case study, supplemented by desk-based research, detail how the reinsurance industry is using NCEI’s climate and weather data, for what purpose, and ultimately what benefit the use of these data have provided to the sector. As documented in this report NCEI’s climate and weather data are of fundamental importance to the reinsurance sector, a sector which in turn provides an invaluable service to the federal government and the American and international public; that is, providing economic insulation from the impacts of major catastrophes. 

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23FEB
2017
Report: European Court of Auditors: Spending at least one euro in every five from the EU budget on climate action: ambitious work underway, but at serious risk of falling short
Category: Government & Policy, Latest News

The European Union (EU) is likely to miss its climate change spending target by at least €11 billion, according to a highly critical report from the European Court of Auditors (ECA). The report assesses projected spending targets across EU budget areas. The report shows that the European Commission (EC) is highly unlikely to meet its stated goal of spending 20 % of the EU budget for 2014-2020 on climate related action.

The 20% target forms part of the EU’s leadership in climate action, which the EC regards as indispensable for the 2015 International Climate Change Agreement to succeed. Such a large hole in climate expenditure, is concerning, at a time when EU action on climate change is supposed to be accelerating. “There is a serious risk that the EU target will not be met,” said Phil Wynn Owen, the auditor responsible for the ECA report.

The auditors’ recommendations to the Commission include the need for a robust, multi-annual, consolidation exercise to progress towards the 20 % target, the need for comprehensive reporting and monitoring of results, and for there to be a realistic and robust assessment of climate change needs.

They also recommend that overestimates in rural development spending be corrected, and that action plans be drawn up for areas that have fallen behind. Finally, they recommend that all potential opportunities to ensure a further, real shift towards climate action should be explored.

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14FEB
2017
Report: CDP: Missing link - Harnessing the power of purchasing for a sustainable future
Category: Latest News, Retail & Supply Chains

Supply chains must be a focus for global organizations seeking to avoid the risks and capitalize on the opportunities that come from building a sustainable future. The 89 members of CDP's supply chain program, including names like BMW, Johnson & Johnson, Microsoft and Walmart, have a combined spend of US$2.7 trillion. They are using this power to engage suppliers, asking them to disclose environmental data to CDP. Understanding and quantifying climate impacts, risks, and opportunities is fundamental to developing a sustainable supply chain program. It helps organizations prioritize, plan and lead on engaging with suppliers. The 20% increase in CDP supply members in 2016 indicate that organizations are increasingly concerned with measuring and managing the emissions housed in their supply chain. CDP supply chain members and their suppliers saw the benefit of taking action when cost savings of US$12.4 billion were disclosed this year. However, these actions are not taken up across the whole supply chain. Only 22% of responding companies are engaging with their own suppliers on carbon emissions and just 16% of companies are engaging on water use.

 

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05FEB
2017
Report: Future of London, Arup: Managing London's Exposure to climate change
Category: Government & Policy, Latest News

Managing London’s Exposure to Climate Change, a new report from Future of London, with the support of Arup, offers approaches and strategies to ensure that the England's capital is resilient to climate impacts. The report emphasises the need for more involvement of financial and insurance industries; initiatives to encourage building retrofit; cross-sector, area-wide partnerships; and flexible, long-term planning.

 

 

 

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30JAN
2017
Report: UNDP: A new vision for weather and climate services in Africa
Category: Latest News

This report is a learning product from the UNDP’s Programme on Climate Information for Resilient Development in Africa (CIRDA), a four-year programme supporting work in 11 African least developed countries with US$50 million from the Global Environment Facility’s Least Developed Countries Fund (LDCF). As such, it builds on the expertise of the CIRDA technical team, the products of several workshops, and initial consultations between CIRDA experts and public and private representatives of CIRDA-supported countries. The vision described here is closely related to the work plan and activities of the CIRDA programme. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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24JAN
2017
Toolkit: Acclimatise: GCF Project Toolkit 2017
Category: Financial Services, Latest News

A guide to develop a Project proposal for the Green Climate Fund (GCF).

This toolkit aims to help Bangladeshi private sector understand how to fulfil the GCF’s requirements when developing fully-fledged funding proposals, by acquainting them with the GCF project cycle, proposal template form and key project design requirements. It also provides the Bangladeshi private sector with a detailed checklist to start preparing a GCF project concept.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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