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?
My background in mechanical engineering and product design, along with my family's roots in rural India, led me to spend a year volunteering in rural corners of India prior to graduate school. There I fell in love with micro hydro technology while taking part in an installation in a remote village in the Himalayas. I witnessed the connection between vibrant watersheds, local ingenuity, and access to clean, sustainable electricity. Since then, my focus has been to promote renewable energy solutions.
We are in Namarebo, a small village in the district of Mocuba, in the province of Zambezia, Mozambique. Observing the inherent contrasts of rich natural resources and rural poverty, we ask ourselves how can the management of these natural resources translate into improved livelihoods for the community?
It is worth reminding ourselves about some of the big wins we have seen in the effort to respond to climate change. From the global sigh of relief in 2016 when the Paris Climate Agreement -- two decades in the making -- went into force, to progress at the country-level, we have reason to be cautiously optimistic.
This StoryMap shares just seven of the climate action stories unfolding, from Africa to Asia, to Latin America and the Caribbean, and Europe, that can help empower a greener future for all.
Early February turned out to be a very busy time for the countries participating in the SREP – the Program for Scaling up Renewable Energy in Low Income Countries – one of the four programs of the Climate Investment Funds (CIF). First, representatives from over 20 SREP countries traveled to Phnom Penh, Cambodia, for the SREP Pilot Countries Meeting, and then to Nay Pyi Taw, Myanmar for a mini-grids learning event organized jointly by the CIF and the World Bank Energy Sector Management Assistance Program (ESMAP).