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19SEP
2016
Report of the Working Group on Climate Change of the FAO Intergovernmental Group on Tea
Category: Agribusiness & Forestry, Latest News

Tea is the most used beverage second to water in the world. Presently, the climate change triggered by global warming is posing a major threat to the resilience of agricultural systems including tea cultivation. Increasing temperatures, changes to rainfall amount and distribution, coupled with major shifts in other meteorological parameters in comparison with long term observations have further complicated the production process. This compilation of adaptation strategies for tea cultivation developed and practiced by major tea growing countries of the world, is the first step taken by the working group on climate change of the FAO-IGG on tea to minimize climate change impacts on tea plantations. It is a joint effort by the scientists of Tea Research Institute of India, Sri Lanka, Kenya and China supported by the FAO-IGG on tea in Rome. This documentation is mainly targeted at tea planting community, policy makers and other users such as researchers, national and international research institutes and multilateral organizations dealing with sustainable tea cultivation, development and livelihood security of dependents.

 

 

 

 

 


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09MAY
2016
Report: ODI & Acclimatise: Cultivating climate resilience - The Shea value chain
Category: Agribusiness & Forestry, Latest News

This report prepared for BRACED and ODI by Acclimatise. The paper explores the role of Shea trees in building climate resilience of the Shea value chain and the whole economy in Burkina Faso.

 

 

 

 

 

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02SEP
2015
One-Pager: GIZ: Rolling-out and Scaling-Up of BRIA in Southeast Asia
Category: Agribusiness & Forestry, Government & Policy, International Development, Latest News

The German development agency GIZ plans to scale-up its ‘Better Rice Initiative Asia’ (BRIA) programme. BRIA aims to improve rice production to help boost the income of rice producers and improve the nutrition of poor households in Southeast Asia. GIZ are keen to build collaborative relationships with other organisations in order to help roll-out BRIA across the region.

Potential partners for the project are encouraged to contact GIZ at bria@giz.de, Matthias Bickel (GIZ) matthias.bickel@giz.de or Nadine Coudel (Acclimatise) n.coudel@acclimatise.uk.com

 

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17APR
2014
Report: Swiss Re: Sigma 2013: Natural catastrophes and man-made disasters 2013
Category: Agribusiness & Forestry, Defence & Security, Energy, Financial Services, Government & Policy, Health & Pharmaceuticals, International Development, Latest News, Manufacturing, Oil, Gas & Extractives, Retail & Supply Chains, Tourism, Transport & Communications, Water & Sanitation

 Key findings of the report include:  

  - Total economic losses from natural catastrophes and man-made disasters were USD 140 billion in 2013

  - Global insured losses were around USD 45 billion in 2013, with large contributions from flooding and hail events

  - Around 26 000 lives were lost in natural catastrophes and man-made disasters in 2013

  - A special chapter on climate change in the sigma says rising global temperatures are expected to lead to shifts in the frequency, intensity and duration of extreme weather events

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02APR
2014
Report: Forum for the Future: The Future of Tea– A Hero Crop for 2030
Category: Agribusiness & Forestry, Latest News, Retail & Supply Chains

The Future of Tea – A Hero Crop for 2030”, is the result of a year’s research and collaboration between organisations from all parts of the sector, facilitated and managed by Forum for the Future. In the report, the group identifies profound challenges facing the industry, including climate change, population growth, and competition for agricultural land and water. Four possible scenarios are presented for the year 2030 to examine the ways in which these challenges may shape the world and the future of the tea industry. They are designed as a tool to help businesses plan for the future and develop sustainable products and business models.

 

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28MAR
2014
Report: CDP / Acclimatise: Climate Change Resilience in Europe: A snapshot of the private sector
Category: Agribusiness & Forestry, Energy, Financial Services, Government & Policy, Health & Pharmaceuticals, International Development, Latest News, Manufacturing, Oil, Gas & Extractives, Retail & Supply Chains, Tourism, Transport & Communications, Water & Sanitation

The CDP report “Climate Change Resilience in Europe” provides actionable insight for businesses and serves as an invaluable tool to facilitate informed decision making by business leaders, governments and policy makers across Europe.

The report’s key findings include:

- Businesses identify two climate risks by climate change for every one opportunity (responding companies identified 780 risks compared to 379 opportunities).

- The most anticipated risk companies cite is a reduction or disruption in production capacity (32% of all reported risks).

- Two in five companies anticipate increased demand for existing goods and services (43% of all reported opportunities). One in five expect new products or services to be profitable in a changing climate (18% of all reported opportunities).

- Risks are perceived differently across sectors, with financial companies accounting for nearly one third of all critical risks mentioned in the survey (33%), followed by consumer discretionary companies (25%).

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26FEB
2014
Report: EBRD and IFC: Pilot Climate Change Adaptation Study: Turkey
Category: Agribusiness & Forestry, Financial Services, Government & Policy, Latest News, Manufacturing, Retail & Supply Chains, Tourism, Transport & Communications, Water & Sanitation

Small and medium-sized businesses (SMEs) in Turkey are increasingly concerned about the scale of the climate challenge facing their operations. In a country where water scarcity is a growing problem, their anxiety is not unfounded. SMEs also struggle to decide on the most effective strategies to reduce climate risk, according to a ground-breaking study, funded by the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) and the International Finance Corporation (IFC). The study identifies opportunities for business investment to effectively manage the risks associate with climate change.

The ‘Pilot Climate Change Adaptation Study: Turkey’, identifies priority actions for Turkish businesses to increase their climate resilience. The research, undertaken by Acclimatise, Mavi Consultants and COWI, aims to help businesses identify the measures that make business sense.

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22JAN
2014
Report: Global Risks Report 2014: The World Economic Forum, Davos.
Category: Agribusiness & Forestry, Defence & Security, Energy, Features, Financial Services, Government & Policy, Health & Pharmaceuticals, International Development, Latest News, Manufacturing, Oil, Gas & Extractives, Retail & Supply Chains, Tourism, Transport & Communications, Water & Sanitation

The World Economic Forum Global Risks 2014 report; a compendium of the most significant systemic risks to global prosperity according to 700 experts. Climate change is identified as one of the top 5 risks over the next 10 years.

The report assesses 31 risks that are global in nature and have the potential to have major negative impact across entire countries and industries if they take place. The risks are grouped under five classifications – economic, environmental, geopolitical, societal and technological – and measured in terms of their likelihood and potential impact.

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18DEC
2013
Report: EASAC: "Trends in extreme weather events in Europe: implications for national and European Union adaptation strategies"
Category: Agribusiness & Forestry, Defence & Security, Energy, Financial Services, Government & Policy, Health & Pharmaceuticals, International Development, Latest News, Manufacturing, Oil, Gas & Extractives, Retail & Supply Chains, Tourism, Transport & Communications, Water & Sanitation

A new report from the European Academies Science Advisory Council (EASAC), warns that climate change will bring more severe weather to Europe’s door, and that urgent action is required if member states are to be adequately prepared. Noting that ‘heat waves, floods and storms do not respect national frontiers’, the report calls for policy makers to act now at both national and EU levels.

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17DEC
2013
Report: Ecumenical Advocacy Alliance (EAA), Gaia Foundation and African Biodiversity Network (ABN): "Seeds for Life: Scaling Up Agrobiodiversity"
Category: Agribusiness & Forestry, Government & Policy, International Development, Latest News

In 'Seeds for Life: Scaling Up Agrobiodiversity', the authors give a stark warning that without access to a wide gene pool of crops, farmers will be unable to spread their risk, or breed new varieties to adapt to changing weather patterns. The report emphasizes that urgent action must be taken to support farmers to revive their seed saving practices and knowledge, and to keep this diversity alive and accessible in fields today and for the future.

 

 

 

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09DEC
2013
Report: University of Oxford Smith School: Stranded Assets in Agriculture: Protecting Value from Environment-Related Risks
Category: Agribusiness & Forestry, Financial Services, Latest News

In many developed nations bubbles in the housing market have been grabbing the headlines. However, it is not only bricks and mortar that have been subject to inflationary pressure in recent years. Farmland prices have rocketed after considerable investment thanks to booming food commodity prices. The total value of global farmland may top US$ 14 trillion. However increasing demand for food production and environmental pressures from climate change may burst the bubble.

The warning comes in a study by the University of Oxford’s Smith School that claims that as much as US$ 8trillion could be wiped of land values. 

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24SEP
2013
Study: "Local vulnerability, Forest communities and Forest- carbon conservation: case of southern Cameroon”
Category: Agribusiness & Forestry, Latest News

This study, published in the International Journal of Biodiversity and Conservation, suggests that some projects, designed with the intention of cutting carbon, may inadvertently make communities more vulnerable to the effects of climate change. The paper, “Local vulnerability, Forest communities and Forest-carbon conservation: case of southern Cameroon”, examines two projects, both of which run by the Centre for International Forestry Research (CIFOR), in the rainforests of the Congo basin (the southern rainforest of Cameroon is part of the trans-boundary Congo basin forest ecosystem). The study found, that the communities in the region are vulnerable to local climate variability. However it also shows that carbon reduction programmes in the area restrict many of the communities’ adaptation strategies, such as livelihood diversification and farmers increasing the size of their fields.

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15AUG
2013
Report: World Bank: "Turn Down the Heat: Climate Extremes, Regional Impacts, and the Case for Resilience"
Category: Agribusiness & Forestry, Features, International Development, Water & Sanitation

This report focuses on the risks of climate change to development in Sub-Saharan Africa, South East Asia and South Asia. Building on the 2012 report, "Turn Down the Heat: Why a 4°C Warmer World Must be Avoided", this new scientific analysis examines the likely impacts of present day, 2°C and 4°C warming on argricultural production, water resources and coastal culnerability for affected populations. It find many significant climate and development impacts are already being felt in some regions, and in some cases multiple threats of increasing extreme heat waves, sea-level rise, more severe storms, droughts and floods are expects to have further severe negative impltications for the poorest.

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09AUG
2013
Report: Australian Business Roundtable for Disaster Resilience: "Building our Nation’s Resilience to Natural Disasters"
Category: Agribusiness & Forestry, Energy, Financial Services, Government & Policy, Health & Pharmaceuticals, Latest News, Manufacturing, Oil, Gas & Extractives, Retail & Supply Chains, Tourism, Transport & Communications, Water & Sanitation

The Australian Business Roundtable for Disaster Resilience and Safer Communities today released a White Paper that calls for a more comprehensive approach to managing natural disasters. The call comes as climate-driven extreme weather events are rising in Australasia, costing lives, causing significant damage to property and infrastructure, and necessitating large quantities of public finances to support relief efforts. The ‘Building our Nation’s Resilience to Natural Disasters’ report forecasts that cost of natural disasters in Australia to rise from AUS$ 6.3 billion a year currently to around AUS$ 23 billion a year in 2050 as population density increases and the severity and frequency of storms, floods, cyclones and bushfires grow.

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07AUG
2013
Guide: UK Environment Agency / IEMA: "Climate Change Adaptation: Building the Business Case"
Category: Agribusiness & Forestry, Defence & Security, Energy, Financial Services, Government & Policy, Health & Pharmaceuticals, Latest News, Manufacturing, Oil, Gas & Extractives, Retail & Supply Chains, Tourism, Transport & Communications, Water & Sanitation

The UK Environment Agency (EA) and the Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment (IEMA) have come together to launch best-practice guidance that will help environment and sustainability professionals to develop a thorough business case and secure senior management buy-in for addressing climate risks. 'Climate Change Adaptation: Building the Business Case’ is a 14-page guide that provides insightful learning points from practice, drawing on the experience of over 300 IEMA members.

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02AUG
2013
Report: ASBC: “Climate Change Preparedness and the Small Business Sector”
Category: Agribusiness & Forestry, Latest News, Manufacturing, Retail & Supply Chains, Tourism

A new report from the American Sustainable Business Council (ASBC) and small business advocacy group ‘Small Business Majority, has warned that small businesses in the US are especially vulnerable to climate change impacts.

According to the findings of the study, some of the characteristics that make it hard for small businesses to recover from climate driven shocks include:

  • A lack of access to capital and resources: Unlike large corporations, small businesses can suffer lasting economic damage as a result of a single extreme weather event. For example, of the 60,000 to 100,000 small businesses negatively affected by Hurricane Sandy, up to 30 percent are estimated to have failed as a direct result of the storm.

  • The high cost of downtime: The median cost of downtime from a small business affected by an extreme weather event is estimated at US$3,000 per day.

  • Concentrated assets: Small businesses’ physical assets tend to be more concentrated. A single building or factory could represent most of the book value of a small business, whereas large businesses benefit from greater geographic diversification.

  • Lack of resources to assess the risks: The majority of small businesses have not closely analyzed the potential economic losses from extreme weather events or other climate-related risks, in part due to a lack of resources to do so. In fact, 57 percent of small businesses have no disaster recovery plan, and for those small businesses that do have continuity, or risk management plans, 90 percent spend less than one day a month preparing and maintaining them.

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24JUL
2013
Report: WMO: The Global Climate 2001-2010, A decade of Climate Extremes
Category: Agribusiness & Forestry, Defence & Security, Features, Energy, Financial Services, Government & Policy, Health & Pharmaceuticals, International Development, Latest News, Manufacturing, Oil, Gas & Extractives, Retail & Supply Chains, Tourism, Transport & Communications, Water & Sanitation

A new report by the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) has shown that the world experienced unprecedented climatic extremes in the ten years to 2010. The decade wasn’t just the warmest since modern measurements began over 150 years ago but also saw a high number of extreme weather events- Hurricane Katrina in the US,  droughts in the Amazon Basin, Australia and East Africa and floods in Pakistan just to name a few. The Global Climate 2001-2010, A decade of Climate Extremes study analysed global and regional temperature and precipitation data as well as extreme events to compile the report. 

 

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23JUL
2013
Report: UNDP: 'GEO-5 for Business: Impacts of a Changing Environment on the Corporate Sector'
Category: Agribusiness & Forestry, Defence & Security, Features, Energy, Financial Services, Health & Pharmaceuticals, Latest News, Manufacturing, Oil, Gas & Extractives, Retail & Supply Chains, Tourism, Transport & Communications, Water & Sanitation

The success of private-sector companies will increasingly depend on their ability to adapt to climate change. This is the conclusion of a new report from the United Nations Environment Programme (UNDP), which found that extreme weather events, water scarcity and regulations that will be put in place to control emissions, are all climate-related events that will materially affect businesses’ ability to operate unless early action is taken to adapt. The report, GEO-5 for Business: Impacts of a Changing Environment on the Corporate Sector, says the private sector’s operating costs, markets for products and availability of raw materials will be affected by climate change. The report highlights the risks of climate driven events to a wide range of business sectors, from finance and tourism, to healthcare and transport.

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18JUL
2013
Report: C2ES: Weathering the Storm: Building Business Resilience to Climate Change
Category: Agribusiness & Forestry, Defence & Security, Features, Energy, Financial Services, Health & Pharmaceuticals, Latest News, Manufacturing, Oil, Gas & Extractives, Retail & Supply Chains, Tourism, Transport & Communications, Water & Sanitation

A new report has found that the vast majority of major firms see extreme weather and climate change impacts as a current or near-term business risk, but lack the data and tools needed to assess and manage these risks. The report, published this month by the Center for Climate and Energy Solutions (C2ES) – formerly the Pew Center on Climate Change – highlights the extent of the adaptation challenge for the business community.

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17JUL
2013
Report: The UK Adaptation-Sub Committee: "Managing the land in a changing climate"
Category: Agribusiness & Forestry, Features, Government & Policy, Water & Sanitation

This report, released on the 10th of July 2013 from the Adaptation Sub-Committee of the Committee on Climate Change has highlighted how a changing climate presents a risk to the supply of imported goods and services from the land. The report has found that the change in climate will impact not only agricultural-economic aspects of the UK but also water supply, flooding threats and wildlife. The report has serious implications for UK-based businesses that are water intensive. The report specifically sites the agribusiness industry and the impact of water scarcity on the ability of the UK to produce food – an issue that has been discussed at a global level by the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction. However, many other industrial processes are threatened by the implications of the report, with many manufacturing processes using large quantities of water.

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07JUL
2013
Report: Defra: UK National Adaptation Plan
Category: Agribusiness & Forestry, Defence & Security, Energy, Financial Services, Government & Policy, Health & Pharmaceuticals, International Development, Latest News, Manufacturing, Oil, Gas & Extractives, Retail & Supply Chains, Tourism, Transport & Communications, Water & Sanitation

The UK faces numerous and serious threats from climate change. But by addressing those risks early, the worst outcomes can be avoided - and there may even be benefits to gain. Those are the conclusions from the newly released National Adaptation Programme, published last week by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra).

The new report outlines the steps government, businesses and communities are already taking to address the most severe and urgent threats of climate change, as identified by Defra last year in its Climate Change Risk Assessment.

 

 

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10APR
2013
Report: USDA: "Effects of Climatic Variability and Change on Forest Ecosystems: A Comprehensive Science Synthesis for the U.S. Forest Sector"
Category: Agribusiness & Forestry, Features, Latest News

This 265-page report identifies two broad areas of climate risk to forests; one from climate impacts on ecosystem structure and function and another from so called ‘disturbance regimes’ or extreme climate events. Detailing likely impacts of climate change across 8 regions of the United States, the report calls for an innovative risk-management approach to be adopted to help increase resilience to climate impacts.

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13FEB
2013
Report: USDA: “Climate Change and Agriculture in the United States: Effects and Adaptation”
Category: Agribusiness & Forestry, Latest News

The USDA report “Climate Change and Agriculture in the United States: Effects and Adaptation,” predicts that climate change will have a mixed impact over the next 25 years, with significant regional variations across the USA. While the report notes that climate change will have a “generally detrimental” impact on most types of crops and livestock, it also foresees opportunities for farmers, especially those who have taken early action to adapt to climate change.

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29JAN
2013
Report: CDP: "Reducing risk and driving business value"
Category: Agribusiness & Forestry, Latest News, Energy, Financial Services, Government & Policy, Health & Pharmaceuticals, Manufacturing, Oil, Gas & Extractives, Retail & Supply Chains, Tourism, Transport & Communications, Water & Sanitation

In 2012, the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP) conducted its fifth annual information request for member companies and their suppliers. Companies that responded indicated that they are more aware than ever of the considerable risks that climate change poses to their global supply chains.

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15JAN
2013
Report: World Economic Forum: Global Risks Report 2013
Category: Agribusiness & Forestry, Latest News, Defence & Security, Features, Energy, Financial Services, Government & Policy, Health & Pharmaceuticals, International Development, Manufacturing, Oil, Gas & Extractives, Retail & Supply Chains, Tourism, Transport & Communications, Water & Sanitation

More than 1000 experts taking part in the World Economic Forum’s (WEF) annual risk report concluded that the interplay between the top five risks of widening income gap between rich and poor, high government deficits, climate change, water shortages and aging populations could pose a dangerous cocktail for global economic and social stability.

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