Hands-on Energy Adaptation Toolkit (HEAT)

HEAT has been successfully piloted in Albania and Uzbekistan. This experience has demonstrated how HEAT can help countries and energy sector stakeholders develop policies and projects that are robust in the face of climatic uncertainties, and assist them in managing existing energy concerns as the climate changes. HEAT identifies key direct risks to energy supply and demand and options for adaptation to establish where to focus subsequent in-depth analyses.


EUROCLIMA, a joint environmental programme of the EU and Latin America, has launched its new website, as well as the second issue of its newsletter, which focuses on water and climate change in Latin America. EUROCLIMA aims to help improve the knowledge of Latin American decision makers and scientists regarding the impact of climate change in the region, so as to facilitate integration of the issue within sustainable development strategies.

UN-REDD Multiple Benefits Mapping

This customised ArcGIS 9.3.1 toolbox has been developed at UNEP-WCMC for REDD+ multiple benefits analyses. It provides both novice and experienced GIS users with a series of analysis tools to help identify, map and understanding the spatial relationship between ecosystem carbon stocks, other ecosystem services, biodiversity, land-use and pressures on natural resources. The resolution of the analysis is defined by the user.

Direct Access to Climate Finance: Experiences and lessons learned (UNDP/ODI)

This paper provides an overview of the concept of direct access to funding for climate change actions in developing countries. It focuses on the institutional arrangements that are necessary to facilitate and support direct access and is intended to inform the current and future discussions on direct access modalities, including within the design process for the Green Climate Fund (GCF). The paper begins by looking at what the term ‘direct access’ implies, what it is seeking to achieve, and how it has been defined to-date.

Providing Regional Climates for Impact Studies (PRECIS)

PRECIS is a regional climate modelling system developed by the Hadley Centre at the UK Met Office. It was designed with the intention of being a free resource for scientists in developing countries. PRECIS has been used to assist the development of climate change scenarios in regions around the world, whilst utilising existing climate expertise and improving domestic capacity.

CRiSTAL: Community-based Risk Screening Tool – Adaptation and Livelihoods

The Community-based Risk Screening Tool – Adaptation and Livelihoods (CRiSTAL) is designed to help project planners and managers integrate climate change adaptation and risk reduction into community-level projects. It helps project designers and managers to understand the links between livelihoods and climate in their project areas; assess a project’s impact on community-level adaptive capacity; and make project adjustments to improve its impact on adaptive capacity and reduce the vulnerability of communities to climate change.

Improving the Effectiveness of Climate Finance: Key lessons (EDF)

This paper (PDF) presents an overview of existing practices by summarizing the findings from an extensive survey of various institutions, drawing on the lessons learned from development finance, the public and private activities of international financial institutions and experience with market-based instruments. The paper mainly focuses on mitigation, and it seeks to discern lessons for policymakers by addressing two key questions: What makes climate finance effective? and what tools, methods or systems might improve the effectiveness of climate finance?  

Will Private Finance Support Climate Change Adaptation in Developing Countries? Historical investment patterns as a window on future private climate finance (SEI)

This working paper explores what historical patterns of investment reveal about the potential for the private sector to play a significant role in raising and delivering climate finance, specifically in the context of the adaptation needs of developing countries. The author finds that private-sector finance is unevenly distributed among countries and among sectors, and it often does not match developing countries' most pressing needs. Also important is to differentiate between different financial flows - foreign direct investment equity vs. portfolio equity, for example, and equity vs.


This web-based programme allows technical and non-technical users alike to visualise the effects of climate change. Users can view historic temperature and rainfall maps overlaid with predictions of temperature and rainfall based on the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s (IPCC) Fourth Assessment Report. Users can review three greenhouse gas emission scenarios laid out by the IPCC with additional data layers from which more detailed forecasts can be drawn. ClimateWizard was developed by the Nature Conservancy and the Universities of Washington and Southern Mississippi.

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