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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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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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24JAN
2017
Discussion paper: GARI: Bridging the adaptation gap
Category: Financial Services, Latest News

 At COP22, Global Adaptation & Resilience Investment Working Group (GARI) released Bridging the Adaptation Gap, a discussion paper focused on (1) Approaches to Measurement of Physical Climate Risk and (2) Examples of Investment in Climate Adaptation and Resilience and summarises the discussions of over 150 private investors and other stakeholders. The survey showed that over 70% of private investors surveyed see both risk and investment opportunity from the impact of climate change. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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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13DEC
2016
Investors' Guide: IGCC: Investor expectations for oil and gas companies - Transition to a lower carbon future
Category: Energy, Latest News

Investor Expectations for Oil and Gas Companies: Transition to a Lower Carbon Future updates a previous guide (Investor Expectations – Oil and Gas Company Strategy) first published in December 2014 that has formed the basis of effective investor engagement over the past two years with the boards and management of oil and gas companies. The new guide is intended to support further constructive engagement with the sector following the Paris Climate Agreement. It therefore focuses on how companies in this sector are governing and managing the transition risks and opportunities associated with a climate trajectory of no more than 2°C of global warming and are developing the business strategy required to adapt through the transition to a sustainable low carbon energy system.

The guide groups investor expectations in five areas of concern:

  •  Governance – are board and management processes well enough defined to ensure adequate oversight of climate-related risk and effective planning for a transition consistent with 2°C and efforts to pursue 1.5°C?

  •  Strategy -  is the management of climate-related risks and opportunities integrated into business strategy well enough to ensure business models will be robust, responsive and resilient in the face of a range of energy transition scenarios.

  •  Implementation – is scenario analysis and ‘stress testing’ well enough embedded into key business planning processes and investment decisions?

  •  Transparency & disclosure – does the company disclose its operational emissions in the annual report and/or on the corporate website. How good is the company’s view of, and response to, the material climate related risks and opportunities outlined in the guide?

  •  Public policy – does the company engage with public policy makers and other stakeholders to support development of cost-effective policy measures to mitigate climate-related risks and low carbon investments?  Is there broad oversight and transparency regards the company’s public position, lobbying activity and political spending on climate-related regulatory issues (including carbon/methane emissions, energy and transport)?  

The guide was developed by the Institutional Investors Group on Climate Change with support from other investor networks in North America (Ceres’ INCR), Asia (AIGCC) and Australasia (IGCC) in the Global Investor Coalition, an umbrella for more than 250 institutional investors representing assets worth over USD24 tn. It is one of several produced to support investor engagement with key sectors to curb carbon asset and climate risk including  mining,  utilities and automotive companies. It is intended to be used in tandem with Institutional Investors’ Expectations of Corporate Climate Risk Management.

 

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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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27SEP
2016
Report: FAO: Migration, agriculture and rural development
Category: International Development, Latest News

This booklet is directed towards FAO Member States, UN system and all other potential partners, and sheds light on the role that agriculture and rural development and the sustainable management of natural resources can play in curbing migration pressure in rural areas. It also outlines the main entry points where FAO can support international efforts to address global movements of refugees and migrants. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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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14SEP
2016
Report: BlackRock Investment Institute: Adapting portfolios to climate change
Category: Financial Services, Latest News

Investors can no longer ignore climate change. This is the overarching message of a new report released by BlackRock, the world's largest asset manager with almost $5 trillion (£3.7 trillion) in assets. The report is intended as a practical guide for investors about how to mitigate climate risks, exploit opportunities.

The report shows how climate change presents risks and opportunities in 4 main areas:

1) physical effects: more frequent and severe weather events;

2) technological progress: advances in batteries, electric vehicles or energy efficiency;

3) regulatory changes: subsidies, taxes and energy efficiency rules, and;

4) social impacts: changing consumer and corporate preferences.

The report's key messages include:

  • The longer an asset owner’s time horizon, the more climate-related risks compound. Yet even short-term investors can be affected by regulatory and policy developments, technological disruption or an extreme weather event.
  • All asset owners can — and should — take advantage of a growing array of climate-related investment tools and strategies to manage risk, search for excess returns or improve their market exposure.
  • Investors need to prepare for carbon pricing. Many see this as the most cost-effective way for governments to meet emissions-reduction targets. These would incentivize companies to innovate and help investors quantify climate factors.

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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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10AUG
2016
Report: Acclimatise, ICCCAD, IIED: "How can Bangladesh's private sector engage with the Green Climate Fund?
Category: Financial Services, Latest News

Commissioned through DFID’s Bangladesh learning hub grant and the Climate and Development Knowledge Network’s ‘Building readiness of the private sector in Bangladesh for GCF accreditation’ project, this toolkit provides basic facts about the GCF and information on how to access it, engage with it through the Private Sector Facility (PSF) and the readiness support available.

It is designed for use by commercial banks, micro, small and medium-sized enterprises (MSMEs), suppliers and manufactures or investors that want to channel and manage GCF funds towards climate-relevant projects and programmes, or develop and implement projects themselves.

 

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