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Title/Abstract

Year

2010

EU Fast start finance Report for Cancun

KEYWORDS: European Commission, Climate Finance, council

   

SOURCE: http://register.consilium.europa.eu/pdf/en/10/st15/st15889.en10.pdf

2010

Climate Risk and Financial Institutions: Challenges and Opportunities

This report demonstrates that climate change and its impacts are likely to alter a number of conditions that are material to the objectives of financial institutions. If changing conditions are not actively managed, investments and institutions may underperform. Most investments will be channeled through financial institutions. Given that the main effects of climate change are now well established, there is a considerable opportunity, as well as a responsibility, for these institutions to take a leading role in adaptation to climate change. Institutions managing investments in long-lived assets have both a direct financial risk to consider and the opportunity to create value by working proactively with their clients and other stakeholders to take steps to manage the risks. Several developmental and commercial financial institutions are already taking steps toward these goals. International Finance Corporation’s Climate Risk Pilot Program has produced initial case studies that assess approaches to real-sector climate risk and adaptation, in addition to the present analysis of risks to financial institutions. Going forward, IFC will initiate the development of more general tools addressing climate risks and investments.

KEYWORDS: Climate risk, financial institutions, sector investment

   

SOURCE: http://www.ifc.org/ifcext/sustainability.nsf/AttachmentsByTitle/p_ClimateRiskandFIsFullreport/$FILE/IFCClimate_RiskandFIs_FullReport.pdf

2010

From climate finance to financing green growth

This brief summarises the December 2010 Project Catalyst report on the benefits of green growth and the importance of developing the right policies to support a transition towards the low carbon economy, looking at financing needs of green growth in developing countries, the role of the AGF report and how the climate finance system should develop over the next decade.

KEYWORDS: Climate Finance, Green Growth, UNFCCC, investments

   

SOURCE: http://www.project-catalyst.info/images/publications/101127_from_climate_finance_to_financing_green_growth_formated.pdf

2010

Climate Change and International Investment Agreements: Obstacles and Opportunities?

This paper examines the extent to which international investment treaties may in fact help or hinder host States‘ efforts to mitigate and adapt to climate change. It also considers how future international investment agreements might be designed so as to support a host State‘s climate change objectives, including through promoting investment which does so.

KEYWORDS: Investment Agreements

   

SOURCE: iisd

2010

Forestry Projects: Permanence, Credit Accounting and Lifetime 

If the carbon stored in an afforestation or reforestation project is re-released, e.g. as a result of fire, the climate benefits of that project risk being reversed. This paper identifies the different physical risks to carbon stock reduction in forestry projects and options by which these physical risks, and associated economic risks, could be managed by project participants. This paper also examines eight different regimes that could be established to allocate credits generated by forestry CDM and JI projects. How these different crediting regimes are designed can determine whether credits generated by forestry projects represent real, measurable and long-term benefits and can also influence the economic impacts of premature carbon release from a project.

KEYWORDS: Forestry, CDM

   

SOURCE: http://www.oecd.org/document/29/0,3343,en_2649_34361_1943837_1_1_1_1,00.html

2010

Understanding India’s Climate Agenda

This new Policy Brief by CEPS Fellows, Noriko Fujiwara and Christian Egenhofer, discusses some of the factors that are key to understanding India’s climate agenda with an emphasis on the country’s challenges in development, adaptation, energy use and greenhouse gas emissions. The Policy Brief summarises a CEPS study and accompanies CEPS Working Document No. 325 on the Political Economy of India’s Climate Agenda.

KEYWORDS: India, climate change adaptation, GHG, bioenergy

   

SOURCE: http://www.ceps.eu/book/understanding-india%E2%80%99s-climate-agenda

2010

Climate change impacts on livestock production and adaptation strategies: A global scenario

Researchers from the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) and the International Crop Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT) have released a paper titled “Climate change impacts on livestock production and adaptation strategies: A global scenario.” The paper was presented at the National Symposium on Climate Change and Rainfed Agriculture, which convened from 18-20 February 2010, in Hyderbad, India. The symposium was sponsored by ICRISAT and numerous national partners. The paper outlines the contribution of livestock to climate change and highlights strategies for reducing emissions

KEYWORDS: climate change adaptation, livestock production

   

SOURCE: http://dspace.ilri.org:8080/jspui/bitstream/10568/757/1/blummel_isda2010.pdf

2010

The Copenhagen Climate Change Conference: A Post-Mortem

This short piece analyzes the background and content of the Copenhagen Accord on climate change, which was agreed to last December by leaders of roughly 25 countries, including all of the world's major economies. Although the Copenhagen Accord is a political rather than a legal instrument and has been criticized by some as inadequate or worse, it represents a potentially significant breakthrough. On one side, developed countries agreed to put significant new funds on the table for climate change mitigation and adaptation, both for the short and medium terms, and committed to implement national economy-wide emissions targets for the post -2012 period, which will be internationally listed. On the other side, developing countries agreed for the first time to reflect their national mitigation actions in an international instrument and to subject their actions to some form of international review. The failure of the conference as a whole to adopt the Accord leaves its future uncertain. But if the participating states actually carry through on what they negotiated in Copenhagen, the "bottom up" architecture of the Accord could help encourage and reinforce national actions. In any event, as the most that world leaders could accept through direct negotiations under an intense international spotlight, the Copenhagen Accord may well represent the high-water mark of the climate change regime for some time to come.

KEYWORDS: climate change, Copenhagen Accord, UNFCCC

   

SOURCE: http://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=1553167

2010

Sustainable Production of Second Generation Biofuels

The paper focuses on opportunities and risks presented by second-generation biofuels technologies in eight case study countries: Brazil, Cameroon, China, India, Mexico, South Africa, Tanzania and Thailand.

KEYWORDS: sustainable development, biofuel

   

SOURCE: http://www.iea.org/papers/2010/second_generation_biofuels.pdf

2010

Agriculture, Food Security and climate change processes

This short information note (issued by FAO) gives a general update on what it has been done so far for agriculture and food security issues after the Climate Change Copenhagen Summit in December 2009.

KEYWORDS: agriculture, food security, FAO

   

SOURCE: http://www.fao.org/forestry/foris/data/nrc/InfoNote_PostCOP15_FAO.pdf

Credits: Luc Dubreuil - Massimo Lupascu