Reports and Publications of relevance to Country Teams

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The Heat is On

Climate change is here. It’s causing heatwaves, floods, wildfires and droughts, and contributing to the extinction of animals and plants. It’s melting glaciers and raising sea levels. Costs from extreme weather are surging—the global reinsurer Munich Re says 2017 was the most expensive ever;  hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria helped push losses to a staggering US$330 billion. The cascading effects of climate change are disrupting national economies and affecting lives of millions of people.

Financing local adaptation to climate change

Financing local adaptation to climate change: Experiences with performance-based climate resilience grants has been produced by the UN Capital Development Fund (UNCDF) Local Climate Adaptive Living Facility (LoCAL). Local authorities in least developed countries (LDCs) are in a unique position to identify climate change adaptation responses that best meet local needs, and typically have the mandate to undertake the small- to mediumsized adaptation investments required for building climate resilience. Yet they frequently lack the resources to do so – particularly to do so in a way which is aligned with established local decision-making processes and planning and budgeting cycles.

National Adaptation Plans 2018 - Progress in the process to formulate and implement National Adaptation Plans

Eight years into the process of formulating and implementing NAPs, many countries have advanced their process, while others have faced obstacles during the initial stages. This publication makes this information visible and available to a wider audience, to facilitate wider sharing of lessons learnt.

Replenishment - Green Climate Fund

In October 2018, the GCF Board launched the Fund's first replenishment. This followed pledges for the 2015-2018 period of USD 10.2 billion, of which nearly USD 7 billion has been received to date. The replenishment is an expression of global solidarity and partnership with countries and communities most affected by climate change. This is a unique opportunity to accelerate and scale up global action to match the ambition and urgency needed to meet the climate challenge.

Women as Environmental Stewards: The Experience of the Small Grants Programme

In this publication, the GEF Small Grants Programme, implemented by UNDP, features women as environmental stewards in case studies about biodiversity conservation, climate change, land degradation, international waters and chemicals and waste management.

Climate2020: Degrees of Devastation (2018)

UNA-UK report on implementing the new climate deal agreed by UN member states in Paris in 2015. It equips policy-makers, practitioners and interested observers with insights on how to make the agreement a reality. The publication features articles from over 30 authors drawn from the UN system and from governments, the private sector, academia and civil society.

Derisking Renewable Energy Investment

Derisking Renewable Energy Investment (DREI) introduces an innovative, quantitative framework to assist policymakers in developing countries to cost-effectively promote and scale-up private sector investment in renewable energy.

Biodiversity and ecosystems management

As the UN development agency, UNDP is proactively addressing biodiversity loss and ecosystem degradation through a large portfolio of approximately 400 projects in over 130 countries with US$ 1.6 billion in funding, from the Global Environment Facility (GEF) and other sources, and co-financing of US$ 5.1 billion. 

Demystifying adaptation finance for the private sector

What are the adaptation needs of private sector actors? How are those needs typically financed? What are the barriers that inhibit private adaptation finance flows? What is the appropriate role of public finance and policy to catalyse private financial flows towards adaptation?

Zambia Baseline Assessment Summary

This baseline assessment summary has been formatted to focus on the findings relevant to Zambia that were outlined in a report recently produced by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). 

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