Africa requires massive amounts of climate financing in order to make its economies both low carbon as well as climate resilient. Sub-Saharan Africa will require an estimated $377 billion in financing for climate mitigation investments and $222 billion for climate resilience investments in order to reach its NDCs, while North Africa will require an additional $125 billion in combined mitigation and adaptation financing. But current financing falls far short of this figure.
You need to know where you’ve been and where you are if you want to know where you are going. That’s one of the fundamental tenets of good monitoring and reporting (M&R) and having been involved in the design and implementation of the Pilot Program for Climate Resilience (PPCR) M&R system over the last three years, I thought I’d share some of the reflections and takeaways from my exciting journey.
Monitoring project performance is challenging at the best of times. When it comes to tracking the performance of investments in forestry and it can be even trickier. This is because of the long term nature of investments, the complexity of outcomes and variety of stakeholders in the sectors. Fortunately a number of countries are forging ahead to address opportunities and share experiences on these issues under the Forest Investment Program – a $723 million funding window of the CIF, which provides direct investments to benefit forests, development and the climate.
Efficiency is often considered the fifth fuel after coal, hydrocarbons, nuclear and renewable energy. The best part is that it’s not a resource endowment like other fuels, but in fact, available globally and across a wide array of sectors.
When it comes to eliminating deforestation from commodity supply chains, it’s been an exciting last few years. Through the declarations made in New York and Amsterdam and most importantly the Paris Agreement, governments in many countries are making major commitments.
Although countries in Africa are not big greenhouse gas emitters, the continent is one of the most vulnerable to the damaging effects of climate change. Low emissions, high impact. That’s because a combination of geographical location and low adaptive capacity makes Africa particularly vulnerable in terms of threatening hard-won development gains and decreasing agricultural productivity, which also threatens food security.
More than fifteen years ago, I decided to become a development professional. Since then, I have lived most of this time in developing countries and worked with governments and other stakeholders around the world in the design and implementation of policies, programs and projects that can make a real difference in people’s lives, especially the poor.
Thailand is located near to the equator and we have three seasons – hot, hotter and hottest!
Climate change action is the duty of all people living on earth. We can all help deliver a climate-smart future in a number of ways including using less energy, walking or biking instead of driving, growing more trees and saving water
I live in a country where almost every one lacks access to affordable and constant electricity and to most basic social services. In fact, less than 10% of the population has access to electricity from the national grid – imagine that?