Posted by Mahendra Man Gurung on Tue 09/29/2015

In the new field of monitoring and evaluation (M&E) of climate change adaptation programs, Nepal is a stand-out. We have worked hard to establish a sound approach to results management for our climate change adaptation programs, and are honored by the interest it has generated. 

Posted by Madhavi Pillai on Wed 09/09/2015

Meeting participantsEven a volcanic eruption, an airport closure, and an earthquake couldn’t stop the Global Steering Committee (GSC) meeting for the Dedicated Grant Mechanism for Indigenous Peoples and Local Communities (DGM) taking place in Indonesia from July 25-27.  

Posted by Alice Antunes on Fri 09/04/2015

Monitoring and Reporting (M&R) in the Forest Investment Program (FIP) is  a subtle art. How does one go about measuring, much less reporting on, complex issues in forestry such as land tenure and property rights, indigenous peoples empowerment, women’s issues, biodiversity, and forest governance? And how does one account for the vastly different situations countries find themselves in?

Posted by Valerio Micale on Mon 08/31/2015

Geothermal has the potential to play a big role in a low-carbon energy transition but while deployment of wind and solar has taken off in recent years, deployment of geothermal has remained steady but unspectacular for decades. This despite the fact that it is broadly cost competitive with fossil fuel alternatives across the world and is the cheapest source of available power in some developing countries with rapidly growing energy demand.

Posted by Abhishek Bhaskar on Tue 08/25/2015

Geothermal power is one of the leading alternatives to fossil fuel based generation given its affordability, its flexibility, and the fact it can operate 24 hours a day, seven days a week, unlike some other forms of renewable energy.  As of 2014, total global geothermal power capacity was around 12.8 GW, with the US, the Philippines, Indonesia and Mexico leading in terms of generating capacity (REN21).

Posted by Mahendra Man Gurung on Thu 08/20/2015

In the face of a major disaster that killed 8700 people, destroyed more than half a million homes, and caused widespread damage to infrastructure, Nepali people demonstrated the real meaning of resilience. Minutes after the powerful 7.6 earthquake struck on April 25, 2015, neighbors were helping one another to find safe places to shelter themselves and their families. Volunteers organized to bring relief supplies to affected mountain communities, often carrying the loads on their backs to places with no road access.

Posted by Ian Hamilton on Tue 08/18/2015

As a close to the recent FIP Pilot Country Meeting, the government of Democractic Republic of Congo arranged for the gathered delegates to visit the Ibi Bateke agro-forestry project. Situated 160KM from Kinshasa, the project has three strands: cassava production, charcoal production and carbon credits.

Posted by Ian Hamilton on Tue 08/11/2015
The Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) is often known for political instability, civil strife and poverty.  However, for many, DRC is better known for its vast forest resources. The country is home to Africa’s largest biome, covering nearly two-thirds of its landmass. 60%, or 155 million hectares, of the Congo Basin Forest system falls within the borders of DRC. This area of tropical forest, roughly the same size as France, is the world’s second largest forest system. It is responsible for the storage of 8% of the carbon contained in the Earth’s living forests.
Posted by Rocio Sanz Cortes on Tue 08/04/2015

A couple days ago, some friends asked me about my recent trip to Democratic Republic of Congo for the Forest Investment Program (FIP). I enthused about the forest investment projects I visited, the dedicated colleagues I met, and the value of monitoring and reporting or “M&R.” Pardon? Come again? M&R? Clearly, I had lost my friends.  

Posted by Kanta K Rigaud on Tue 07/28/2015

What do Zambia, Dominica, and Niger have in common? 

All three countries are benefitting from the Pilot Program for Climate Resilience (PPCR), a dedicated fund of the Climate Investment Funds which helps countries integrate climate resilience into development planning. To galvanize the planning process, the program also supports a range of priority investments from improving agricultural practices and food security, building climate-resilient water supplies and sanitation infrastructure, monitoring and analyzing weather data, and conducting feasibility studies for climate-resilient housing in coastal areas. 

It’s work that is making a difference. I have seen first-hand how the PPCR engagement has helped bring transformative action in each of these countries. I visited Zambia and saw how communities in the Barotse sub-basin of the Zambezi floodplain are standing up to the challenges of climate change. These are communities who’ve had to deal with wild swings in weather patterns that has led to drought and the loss of maize crops on one hand while fluctuating rain patterns have challenged rice planting in another area.