Natural Resource Management

Accessing International Financing for Climate Change Mitigation (UNEP)

This guidebook is intended to address challenges in accessing climate finance and assist developing countries in speeding up the transfer, deployment, and diffusion of mitigation technologies, enabling to contribute to climate change mitigation and reduce climate change impacts while pursuing national development goals. Over 100 public and private funding sources are analyzed and their main features and application requirements and procedures presented. A general section provides guidance on how to prepare high quality project and programme proposals.  

Inclusive Green Growth: The Pathway to Sustainable Development (World Bank)

This publication surveys the green growth landscape and makes the argument that greening growth is necessary, efficient, and affordable. It is critical to achieving sustainable development and mostly amounts to good growth policies. Obstacles to greening growth are political and behavioral inertia and a lack of financing instruments—not the cost of green policies as commonly thought. Green growth should focus on what needs to be done in the next five to 10 years to avoid getting locked into unsustainable paths and to generate immediate, local benefits.  

State and Trends of the Carbon Market 2012 (World Bank)

The total value of the carbon market grew by 11 percent in 2011, to $176 billion, and transaction volumes reached a new high of 10.3 billion tons of carbon dioxide equivalent (CO2e) according to a new report from the World Bank. The report, State and Trends of the Carbon Market 2012, shows that this growth took place in the face of economic turbulence, growing long-term oversupply in the EU Emissions Trading Scheme (EU ETS) and plummeting carbon prices.

Readiness for Climate Finance (UNDP)

The paper presents a framework for understanding what it means to be “ready” to plan for, access, deliver, and monitor climate finance in a transformative way at the national level. The aim is provide policy-makers with an overall lens through which readiness and preparatory activities offered by a range of international, regional, and national partners can be organised.

Adapting to Climate Change (UNDP)

The Report showcases the UNDP-GEF adaptation portfolio, focusing on both the principles underlying the UNDP-GEF approach to adaptation programming and the key processes involved in removing barriers to successful adaptation measures. The report highlights emerging achievements of UNDP-GEF initiatives around the world and explores the future of low-emission climate-resilient development.

CTI-PFAN Adaptation Initiative: Developing a private financing approach for adaptation related projects

This CTI PFAN Background Paper on Adaptation, which is conceived as an introduction to adaptation to climate change (adaptation) in relation to private sector financing. The paper constitutes the first step of a programme of work engaged by CTI PFAN, which aims to explore a methodology for facilitating private sector investment and finance in adaptation related projects in developing countries, based on the CTI PFAN model, which is already operating successfully to raise investment and financing for technology transfer projects in the sphere of Mitigation.

BioCarbon Fund Experience: Insights from Afforestation / Reforestation Clean Development Mechanism Projects (World Bank)

The report is an effort to inform project developers and policy-makers about the main lessons learned by the BioCarbon Fund while accompanying the development of more than 20 A/R CDM forest projects in 16 countries since it started operations in 2004. It sheds light on opportunities the CDM offers to the forestry sector and also on the challenges encountered by project developers when complying with the regulatory requirements.

Towards Policies for Climate Change Mitigation: Incentives and benefits for smallholder farmers (CGIAR)

The report provides an overview of climate finance instruments that can be used to support changes in smallholding practices and an assessment of how these instruments can be linked to mitigation actions. The conclusion of the report is that climate finance can be used as an instrument to overcome barriers to smallholders' adoption of sustainable agricultural practices by accessing new funds, designing new disbursement mechanisms, and forging new partnerships. The report was prepared for the CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security.

Mechanisms for Agricultural Climate Change Mitigation Incentives for Smallholders (CGIAR)

The report examines the finance and risk-related obstacles that hinder smallholders from participating in carbon finance mechanisms and suggests a framework for prioritizing and aggregating smallholders to achieve mitigation at scale. The author submits that smallholders can play a significant role in the mitigation of climate change. This is supported by identifying eight potential sources of funding for smallholder activities and examining risks that smallholders face on a daily basis, compounded by climate change.

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