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Lessons learnt on enhancing country ownership through GCF Readiness

By Caroline Fouvet The 2019 United Nations gathering on climate change (COP25) was an occasion for the Green Climate Fund (GCF) to present its latest developments and activities. The Fund’s Readiness programme, aimed at fostering countries’ capabilities to engage with the Fund, was presented. As a result of the programme, beneficiary countries are able to…

Flash flooding is a serious threat in the UK – here’s how scientists are tackling its prediction

By Christopher J White, Laura Kelly, and Linda Speight It’s becoming a familiar scene on the news: sodden British people wading through streets up to their knees in flood water. From Stirling to Sheffield, many parts of the UK in 2019 felt the impact of severe surface water flooding – often referred to as flash flooding – that followed torrential…

Meet the Acclimatise Team ft. James Firth

1.What is your role at Acclimatise? What does a typical workday look like for you? I’ve worked for Acclimatise for nearly 7 years and work predominantly behind the scenes at Acclimatise in the head office at Hexgreave near Nottingham. My role is quite varied from assisting staff with issues they are facing to tracking tender…

Climate change, pandemics, biodiversity loss: no country is sufficiently prepared

By Gabriel Recchia & Haydn Belfield There’s little that the left and the right agree on these days. But surely one thing is beyond question: that national governments must protect citizens from the gravest threats and risks they face. Although our government, wherever we are in the world, may not be able to save everyone…

New IDB-UNEP report uncovers barriers and opportunities to scale private sector investment in nature-based solutions to deliver climate resilient infrastructure

A collaborative project between the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), UN Environment Programme (UNEP), Acclimatise, and the UN Environment Programme World Conservation Monitoring Centre (UNEP-WCMC), has explored the barriers to, and opportunities for, increasing private-sector uptake of NbS in the infrastructure sector in Latin America and the Caribbean. While the value of Nature-based Solutions (Nbs) to…

Climate crisis could reverse progress in achieving gender equality

By Nitya Rao, University of East Anglia People who directly depend on the natural world for their livelihoods, like farmers and fishers, will be among the greatest victims of the climate crisis. In vulnerable hotspots, such as the arid lands of Kenya and Ethiopia, farming communities are already struggling with droughts and water scarcity that…

PRESS RELEASE: European Commission welcomes the provisional agreement on minimum requirements for water reuse in agriculture

The new rules, proposed by the European Commission in May 2018, will set out harmonised minimum water quality requirements for the safe reuse of treated urban wastewaters in agricultural irrigation. Commissioner for the Environment, Oceans and Fisheries, Virginijus Sinkevičius, said: “With this provisional agreement, we are equipping the EU with a powerful tool to tackle some…

Acclimatise staff at COP 25

Several Acclimatise staff members are in attendance at the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP25) in Madrid this week. Get in touch with these friendly faces if you are there and would like to request a meeting. Follow @Acclimatise on Twitter for more information about their plans.  Maribel Hernández Maribel has over 15…

Climate risk stress test for banks and insurers in France to begin next year

By Will Bugler Banks and insurance companies in France will undergo climate risk stress tests to ensure they are adequately managing their exposure to both the transition risks and physical risks of climate change. Speaking just before the start of COP25 in Madrid, France’s central bank governor Francois Villeroy de Galhau announced that France’s financial…

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