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New Dutch-Canadian backing for the Climate and Development Knowledge Network.
On 21 June 2018, Henk Ovink, Special Envoy for International Water Affairs for the Kingdom of the Netherlands and Pamela Moore, Chargé d’Affaires of the High Commission of Canada to South Africa, announced the start of the new phase of the Climate and Development Knowledge Network (CDKN).
Amy Kirbyshire looks at how Indian authorities and their partners have scaled up responses to deadly heatwaves in India – and she reflects on lessons for governments, donors and development practitioners elsewhere, looking to scale up responses to climate risk.
In 2010, CDKN was established as a demand-led initiative, bringing the best resources available from across the global market to support decision-makers in developing countries to develop the necessary policies and plans to tackle climate change. Although at first CDKN took a broader geographic approach in 70 countries, from 2013 onwards, CDKN focused its resources on 12 priority countries: Bangladesh, Colombia, El Salvador, Ethiopia, Kenya, India, Indonesia, Nepal, Pakistan, Peru, Rwanda and Uganda; and on one subregion: the Caribbean.
Developments in the international climate negotiations and the climate finance landscape, in particular the signing of the Paris Agreement and operationalisation of the Green Climate Fund, have opened up opportunities for enhanced private sector action on climate change. The Paris Agreement demonstrates a common global acknowledgement that urgent climate action is needed, and there is broad consensus among the signatories that translating the agreement into action will require significant finance from the private sector.
All effective action starts with a sound knowledge base. When it comes to increasing resilience to climate change, often decision-makers seek scientific knowledge about climate change effects, while local knowledge is under-used or ignored. While local information and data may not be readily available, awareness raising and capacity-building can sensitise communities and enable them to contribute to their local development processes.
Water security underpins the achievement of development agendas across many sectors – including health, energy, agriculture, environment, mining, and other industries. Water infrastructure is vital for delivering water security. Water infrastructure is generally long-lived and with high upfront costs, making it vulnerable to future climate change uncertainties.
CDKN’s flagship book, Mainstreaming Climate Compatible Development, draws from the alliance’s seven year experience of supporting climate compatible development in Asia, Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean. The book provides practical recommendations on how to achieve low-carbon, climate-resilient development in low income and emerging economies.
Opening Remarks by Sam Bickersteth at the CDKN Conference, London, July 2017. Additional content draws from discussion throughout the conference.
Over the last seven years, CDKN has made it its mission to be a trailblazer and advocate of climate compatible development in the poorest and most vulnerable nations. Climate compatible development is an objective which means that tackling climate change cannot be at the expense of reducing poverty and achieving human development.
This CDKN Essentials summarises recommendations on the appropriateness of, and best practices for, urban resettlement and relocation as a response to disaster risk.
In cities worldwide, inequalities are high. Low-income populations suffer disproportionately the impacts of climatic and other hazard events, as well as being exposed to everyday health and human security risks. Within these populations, women, the elderly, disabled people and those belonging to particular ethnic or social groups may be especially vulnerable.
Responding to climate change challenges requires collective action from all countries, governments, cities, communities, businesses and private citizens. With US$10.3 billion currently pledged, the Green Climate Fund (GCF) is the world’s largest fund dedicated to the fight against climate change. Designed to be the main financial instrument to mobilise US$100 billion per year by 2020 from both public and private sources, the GCF is the centrepiece to address the pressing mitigation and adaptation needs of developing countries.
Policy and governance arrangements at the national level are vital for climate adaptation. Local action is important but is insufficient in isolation.
National governments provide strategic oversight and access to climate finance, and have the capacity and authority to drive climate action.
Climate change considerations should be integrated into policies and plans across government departments. The CCORAL tool allows decision-makers to do this.
Author(s): Will Bugler and Olivia Palin
The Raising Risk Awareness initiative brings together scientists, vulnerability experts and knowledge brokers to understand the role of climate change in extreme weather events to help prepare for future ones.
Here, Raising Risk Awareness presents the Swahili version of an infographic which sets out why attributing extreme weather events is critical and how the process works.
Will Bugler, Olivia Palin and Dr Ben Rabb, Acclimatise
The Raising Risk Awareness initiative determines the role of climate change in extreme weather events. This allows scientists to make quantitative statements about how climate change has altered the risk of an event occurring in the future. This can help decision-makers and the public to prioritise adaptation solutions and reduce vulnerability.
Responding to the climate challenge requires collective action from all countries, cities, businesses, and private citizens. With currently USD 10.3 billion pledged, the Green Climate Fund (GCF), is the world’s largest climate fund and is designed to be the main financial instrument to meet the global commitment made by advanced economies to jointly mobilise $100 billion per year by 2020, from a variety of sources, to address the pressing mitigation and adaptation needs of developing countries.
How can a group of scientists, vulnerability experts and knowledge brokers work together to help improve decision-making around extreme weather events? Some 40 such participants gathered to find out. Toby Morris reports on the Raising Risk Awareness initiative’s expert roundtable event, which took place in Nairobi on 7 December.