REEEP selected to host Climate Knowledge Brokers Group Coordination Hub

REEEP is excited to announce it has been selected to host the Coordination Hub for the Climate Knowledge Brokers Group.

REEEP is excited to announce that the Climate Knowledge Brokers Group Steering Group, including representatives from the Climate & Development Knowledge Network (CDKN), the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ), the International Development Research Center (IDRC) and the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR), this month selected REEEP as the hosting organization for the new Climate Knowledge Brokers Group (CKB Group) Coordination Hub. Continue reading “REEEP selected to host Climate Knowledge Brokers Group Coordination Hub”

CDKN Policy Brief – How can the Green Climate Fund initiate a paradigm shift?

Climate and Development Knowledge Network (CDKN) recently launched a new policy brief How can the Green Climate Fund initiate a paradigm shift? that explores the measures that will be needed for the Green Climate Fund to fulfill its ambitions.

A global decision through the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) agreements paved the way for the establishment of the Green Climate Fund (GCF) in Copenhagen (2009) and Cancún (2010). The GCF is therefor  a fund within the framework of the UNFCCC and a mechanism to transfer money from the developed to the developing world, in order to assist the developing countries in adaptation and mitigation practices to counter climate change. The GCF is based in the new Songdo district of Incheon, South Korea. Main objectives are to limit global warming to below 2°C and also to make the planet and its inhabitants more resilient to the expected impacts of climate change. Continue reading “CDKN Policy Brief – How can the Green Climate Fund initiate a paradigm shift?”

Pioneering renewable energy options: Thailand takes up the challenge

Following reading and interesting CDKN (Climate and Development Knowledge Network) brief on Thai energy policy, here are a few key extracts from the document.

Setting up the right environment in terms of policy and regulation can be a real accelerator for renewables energy and energy efficiency. Thailand is taking the right measures to ensure sustainable growth and to increase energy access.

The current situation in Thailand summed up:

  • Thailand is dependent on energy imports
  • Thailand needs to provide for the growing electricity needs of its citizens and its economy
  • Thailand recognizes the need to reduce pollution and greenhouse gas emissions

Collaborating with climate knowledge brokers – two workshops

I just got back from another intensive workshop – or rather two to be precise.

Last Friday REEEP and OpenEI held a joint workshop on Linked Open Data and how it could be a useful technology to accelerate climate change adaptation and mitigation. REEEP‘s IT Director Florian Bauer and Jon Weers of OpenEI presented the status quo of data silos and explained how LOD can help us overcome these and reduce duplication and errors. Again, some of the most fundamental issues that came up in discussions were quality of data, demand and reuse as well technical implications.

Saturday and Sunday were packed with presentations and sessions of the Climate Knowledge Brokers (CKB) Workshop, this year co-organized by Climate and Development Knowledge Network (CDKN), German Society for International Cooperation (GIZ) and REEEP. Since this yearly get-together of the people behind many of the world’s best platforms on climate related subjects is a unique opportunity of peer discussion, participants were highly engaged and outspoken about challenges, success and ambition.co2.gif Continue reading “Collaborating with climate knowledge brokers – two workshops”

reegle releases free tool for automated tagging

We have a reason to celebrate at reegle this week! Finally an almost year-long project has come to a successful close!

The reegle API project for automated tagging and categorization was a collaborative project with REEEP/reegle taking the lead and three other partners contributing: OpenEI, weADAPT and IDS/Eldis. It was funded under the CDKN Innovation Fund and ran from December 2011 through October 2012.

API stands for application programming interface – meaning an interface by which software components can communicate with each other. In the case of the reegle tagging API, this means that organizations publishing online resources about climate and clean energy can use this  API for two main services: Continue reading “reegle releases free tool for automated tagging”

Recommended read

I just want to share with you that an exiting new resource for information on climate change adaptation and mitigation is being published by the CDKN (Climate Development Knowledge Network) on a quarterly basis. Even though this newsletter has already gotten a short mention in a previous blog, I think it is worth telling you little more about it and entice you to have a look at it.

The CDKN aims to help decision-makers in developing countries design and deliver climate compatible development. They do this by providing demand-led research and technical assistance, and channelling the best available knowledge on climate change and development to support policy processes at the country level. Continue reading “Recommended read”

CDKN releases new Policy Brief: Climate change and poverty reduction

CDKN’s new Policy Brief on vlimate change and poverty reduction outlines the impacts of climate change on achieving and sustaining development goals. It reviews the evidence gap on climate effects on poverty, and recommends how to ensure effective development in the face of climate change.
The brief, written by Simon Anderson, Head of Climate Change Group at IIED, explores how climate change is making it increasingly difficult to achieve and sustain development goals and Anderson suggests some basic principles to guide policy-makers in locking in and achieving further development gains in a changing climate.

Key messages from the Policy Brief:

  • More variable climates are making it harder for the poor to climb out and stay out of poverty.
  • Stronger evidence is required on how climate makes poverty harder to eradicate.
  • For development to be climate-resilient, policy instruments to reduce poverty and enable adaptation must be integrated, and designed in a way that includes the climate-vulnerable poor.
  • Identifying how mitigation strategies can also reduce poverty and support adaptation is an important part of climate-resilient development.

The brief can be downloaded for free at: http://cdkn.org/wp-content/uploads/2011/08/CDKN_poverty-reduction_FINAL.pdf