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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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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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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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23JAN
2017
UK Government Report: UK Climate Change Risk Assessment 2017
Category: Government & Policy, Latest News

This report outlines the UK and Devolved Governments’ views on the key climate change risks and opportunities that the UK faces.

The report endorses the six priority risk areas identified in the independent evidence report by the Adaptation Sub-Committee:

from flooding and coastal change

to health and well-being from high temperatures

due to water shortages

to natural capital

to food production and trade

from pests and diseases and invasive non-native species

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05JAN
2017
Report: AECOM and CDP: It takes a city - The case for collaborative climate action
Category: Government & Policy, Latest News

In 2016, 533 cities disclosed their climate-related data through CDP’s cities program. The annual global report, analyses this data with a view to showing cities, regional governments, companies and investors there is a case for collaborating on climate action. Action by cities will be essential to achieving the ambitious goals of the Paris Agreement – and cities will need to collaborate with a wide range of stakeholders to substantially reduce greenhouse gas emissions, adapt to the effects of climate change, and benefit economically and socially from a low carbon environment.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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08DEC
2016
Report: White House Council on Climate Preparedness and Resilience: Opportunities to enhance the Nation's resilience to climate change
Category: Government & Policy, Latest News

Climate change affects every community and economic sector in the United States. Increasing temperatures, rising sea levels, increases in the intensity and frequency of certain extreme weather events, changing precipitation patterns, and other impacts are affecting people throughout the Nation. Higher temperatures and more frequent and intense heat waves drive up energy costs; raise the risk of heat-related illness; and threaten crops, fisheries, recreation, and the reliability of water and food supplies. Sea level rise threatens coastlines and ports and can fuel higher storm surge.

The Obama Administration’s work to build climate resilience forms the foundation for future opportunities. The interagency Council on Climate Preparedness and Resilience (Resilience Council) coordinates this work across Federal agencies. The Resilience Council has worked with state, local, and tribal leaders, community organizations, academic institutions, philanthropic organizations, and the private sector to advance climate science and support on-the-ground decisions. To build upon and sustain this work, the Resilience Council identified a set of key opportunities using the expertise and experience within Federal agencies and the perspectives of numerous stakeholders. These opportunities will guide sustained and coordinated action among Federal agencies and empower stakeholders to work with them on a shared resilience agenda.

The Resilience Council developed these opportunities using the following principles, which should continue to guide actions for climate resilience:

  •   Climate resilience should incorporate meaningful community engagement, fair and equitable outcomes, and targeted investments for communities that are often overlooked;
  •   Climate resilience should be coordinated among multiple stakeholders—including all levels of government, academic institutions, companies, and nonprofits—through partnerships, shared knowledge and resources, and coordinated strategies;
  •   Climate resilience should be mainstreamed into everyday decision making; and
  •   Climate resilience should be a factor in fiscally responsible investments.

 

The 17 opportunities are grouped into three themes. They are complementary to one another and, collectively, will help build climate resilience throughout the Nation. 

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28NOV
2016
Report: The Economist Intelligence Unit: Towards disaster-risk sensitive investments: The disaster risk-integrated operational risk model
Category: Government & Policy, Latest News

The impact of disasters is growing over time, and the need to consider disaster risk as a core element of a comprehensive and coherent business strategy is increasingly compelling. Nonetheless, disaster risk is often still considered as a stand-alone component of business risk, often a “tail-risk”, hard to measure and, therefore, overlooked. In 2014 UNISDR launched R!SE (now ARISE), a global initiative under the umbrella of the UN, with the objective of fostering a transition from managing disasters to managing risks and promoting the creation of “risk-resilient societies”. One of the objectives of ARISE is to shift this paradigm and make disaster risk a fundamental aspect of business planning. This document contains the methodology and key findings of a policy-benchmarking framework that assesses country-specific policies and institutions for disaster-risk management.

 

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21NOV
2016
Report: United Nations: The World Economic and Social Survey 2016: Climate Change Resilience - an Opportunity for Reducing Inequalities
Category: Government & Policy, International Development, Latest News

The World Economic and Social Survey 2016 contributes to the debate on the implementation challenges of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

In addressing the specific challenge of building resilience to climate change, the Survey focuses attention on the population groups and communities that are disproportionately affected by climate hazards. It argues that, in the absence of transformative policies which coherently address the economic, social and environmental dimensions of development, building climate resilience will remain elusive and poverty and inequalities will worsen.

To the extent that the differential impact of climate hazards on people and communities is determined largely by the prevalence of multiple inequalities in respect of the access to resources and opportunities, policies aimed at building climate resilience provide an opportunity to address the structural determinants of poverty and inequality in their multiple dimensions.

 

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08NOV
2016
Report: TARU Leading Edge: Role of various sectors in demonstrating resilience during Chennai flood 2015
Category: Government & Policy, Latest News

History repeated itself in the city of Chennai on November- December 2015, when the devastating flood claimed more than 470 lives and resulted in enormous economic loss. The city and its suburb recorded several days between November 2015 to December 2015 of torrential rainfall, which inundated coastal districts of Chennai, Kancheepuram and Tiruvallur, and affected more than 4 million people with economic damages costing around US$3 billion (The National 2015).

Death of 18 patients in MIOT International Hospital was reported on December 5, 2015. This hospital being located close to Adyar River, had the power units supplying power to the ventilators of patients in critical condition damaged by flood waters (The Hindu 2015). Over 18 lakh (1.8 million) people were displaced because of the flooding event. About 30.42 lakh (3.042 million) families suffered total or partial damage to their dwellings; 3,82,768 lakh hectares of crops were lost to floods, including over 3.47 lakh hectares of agricultural crops and 35,471 hectares of horticultural crops. Roughly 98,000 livestock animals and poultry died (Narasimhan, Bhallamudi, Mondal, Ghosh & Majumdar 2016).

Widespread impact of 2015 flood brought people and institutions in and around Chennai together, to provide support to the flood victims. Help arrived from different sections of society and in a variety of forms. These documented case studies provides an insight into the actions undertaken by government departments, institutions, National Disaster Response Force (NDRF), civil defense, private enterprises, Community Based Organizations (CBOs) and social media during the flood incident. Understanding of their interventions and some of the challenges faced can help urban local bodies better prepare for such extreme event eventualities.

Mainstreaming of some of the actions taken by the institutions can help cities better their coping mechanisms and build climate resilience. Best practices can be derived from the same to strengthen the existing risk handling capacities of the city as well as learn lessons and replicate similar initiatives for preparedness across some of the other Indian cities.

We expect these case studies will also help urban local bodies and other government agencies understand some of the challenges that are likely to emerge during urban flood disasters and use some of the learning to create coordination and collaboration mechanisms to ensure efficient rescue and response operations in future. 

 

 

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19OCT
2016
Report: UN-HABITAT: Addressing climate change in national urban policy
Category: Government & Policy, Latest News

National Urban Policy is a tool for government and other stakeholders that can assist with achieving more sustainable urban development. It also facilitates an enabling environment that allows stakeholders to take advantage of urban opportunity. How to address climate change in cities and human settlements represents one of the most pressing challenges facing urban policy-makers today. This Guide recommends how to mainstream such considerations into National Urban Policy, thus helping to empower national governments, local governments, and other stakeholders to effectively address climate change.

 

 

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13OCT
2016
Report: "New Climate Economy 2016: The Sustainable Infrastructure Imperative: Financing for Better Growth and Development"
Category: Financial Services, Government & Policy, International Development, Latest News

We are at a US$ 90 trillion infrastructure crossroads, according to a new report from the Global Commission on the Economy and Climate. Over the next 15 years, the world will need to spend the staggering sum, more than doubling its current infrastructure stock. The scale of the challenge is huge, but offers a massive opportunity to build climate resilience into the fabric of global infrastructure systems.

The Global Commission identifies four action areas to finance sustainable infrastructure at the scale required:

1.   Tackle fundamental price distortions through fossil fuel subsidy reform and carbon pricing. Fossil fuel subsidies amounted to around US$550 billion in 2014, skewing investment away from sustainable options.

2.   Strengthen policy frameworks and institutional capacities. Better planning and governance can ensure the right projects are selected in the first place, and the right financing is used at the right time.

3.   Transform the financial system through new tools like green bonds and green investment banking, and by greening the existing financial system, including through corporate climate risk disclosure.

4.   Ramp up investments in innovation and deployment of clean technologies to reduce the upfront costs of sustainable infrastructure.

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13OCT
2016
Executive Summary: "New Climate Economy 2016: The Sustainable Infrastructure Imperative: Financing for Better Growth and Development"
Category: Financial Services, Government & Policy, International Development, Latest News

We are at a US$ 90 trillion infrastructure crossroads, according to a new report from the Global Commission on the Economy and Climate. Over the next 15 years, the world will need to spend the staggering sum, more than doubling its current infrastructure stock. The scale of the challenge is huge, but offers a massive opportunity to build climate resilience into the fabric of global infrastructure systems.

The Global Commission identifies four action areas to finance sustainable infrastructure at the scale required:

1.   Tackle fundamental price distortions through fossil fuel subsidy reform and carbon pricing. Fossil fuel subsidies amounted to around US$550 billion in 2014, skewing investment away from sustainable options.

2.   Strengthen policy frameworks and institutional capacities. Better planning and governance can ensure the right projects are selected in the first place, and the right financing is used at the right time.

3.   Transform the financial system through new tools like green bonds and green investment banking, and by greening the existing financial system, including through corporate climate risk disclosure.

4.   Ramp up investments in innovation and deployment of clean technologies to reduce the upfront costs of sustainable infrastructure.

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10SEP
2016
Report: TARU Leading Edge: A roadmap for Planning Heatwave Management in India
Category: Government & Policy, International Development, Latest News

Planning Heatwave Management in India. Led by Taru Leading Edge, Delhi, the process of mapping the pathway has been inclusive and participatory. The report draws on both, available best expertise as well as recent rapidly evolving experience and learning of managing heatwaves in Indian cities.

Previous studies and work in urban areas across India suggests that there is no single institutional blueprint that is applicable everywhere which can be used to manage extreme heat. Strong local leadership invariably can make a significant difference. A national approach can support India in mitigating and adapting to changing temperatures and extreme heat by embedding actions in day-to-day life. For this, a National Roadmap was needed: this report fills this gap.

This National Roadmap is an opportunity for the national, subnational and local leaders to prepare for heatwave planning process. The accumulation of cases and experiences in this report provides reassurance that others around the world are facing similar challenges and adopting various approaches towards climate compatible development for cities. 

 

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12JUL
2016
Report: UK Climate Change Risk Assessment 2017 - Synthesis Report
Category: Government & Policy, Latest News

The UK Government is required under the 2008 Climate Change Act to publish a UK-wide Climate Change Risk Assessment (CCRA) every five years. The Act stipulates that the Government must assess ‘the risks for the United Kingdom from the current and predicted impacts of climate change’. The first CCRA was published by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) in 2012. For this second CCRA due by January 2017, Defra asked the Adaptation Sub-Committee of the Committee on Climate Change (ASC) to prepare an independent Evidence Report setting out the latest evidence on the risks and opportunities to the UK from climate change. This Evidence Report will feed in to the development of the next UK National Adaptation Programme, expected in 2018, as well as the national adaptation programmes of the devolved administrations.

 

 

 

 

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06JUL
2016
Policy Brief: The role of universities in capacity building under the Paris Agreement
Category: Government & Policy, Latest News

This ICCCAD policy brief discusses how empowering universities to educate students on climate change could create systems that continue to build countries’ capacities to tackle climate-related problems for decades to come. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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23JUN
2016
Report: Integrating climate change information and adaptation in project development
Category: Government & Policy, Latest News

This note, an output emerging from the EUFIWACC Climate Risk Information Day for Consultants held on 2nd June 2015 in Brussels, is intended as an information resource which brings together emerging experience in support of tasks relevant to a wide range of project development activities. These may include the development of strategies and plans, pre-feasibility and feasibility studies, audits, technical assessments or environmental and social due diligence, risk assessments, etc. It is intended to help practitioners and beneficiaries to ensure that climate change risks and vulnerabilities are properly assessed, and that appropriate and robust adaptation measures, which may include physical measures, actions, or financial measures, are integrated into project planning, design and implementation. The overall aim is to promote the climate resilience of projects and reinforce climate resilience of goods, peoples, economy and territories of the beneficiaries. 

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12MAY
2016
Report: Environment Agency: Business Opportunities in a changing climate
Category: Government & Policy, Latest News

Climate change is presenting UK businesses with opportunities as well as risks, according to this report commissioned by the Environment Agency and produced by Acclimatise. The report combines evidence from Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP) surveys of UK firms with new insights from a series of interviews with leading UK businesses. When it comes to climate risks the vast majority (86%) of the companies have already identified on or more climate-related risks to their businesses. This apparently high-level of awareness is, however, not matched when it comes to taking action to adapt.

 

 

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