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National Event in Belize Validates Green Climate Fund (GCF) Country Programme through a Virtual Structured Dialogue

National Event in Belize Validates Green Climate Fund (GCF) Country Programme through a Virtual Structured Dialogue

Belize’s Ministry of Finance Economic Development and Investment (MFEDI) – the National Designated Authority (NDA) to the Green Climate Fund (GCF) – in collaboration with Willis Towers Watson’s Climate Resilience Hub (CRH) convened a three-day virtual Structured Dialogue to receive stakeholder inputs and validate Belize’s updated Country Programme* for eventual submission to the GCF**. The event brought together almost 50 key stakeholders across various Belizean ministries, private sector and civil society organisations (CSOs) to guide the country’s engagement with the GCF over the period 2021-2025.

The event took place in the context of the Readiness support project carried out in Belize by the MFEDI in association with the CRH climate finance team and national consultant, Ms Ann Gordon, to update Belize’s Country Programme through an inclusive, and participatory process. The project is funded by the GCF through the Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre (CCCCC) who acts as a Readiness delivery partner (DP).

Opening the meeting on 29th March 2021, MFEDI CEO Ms. Narda Garcia said that “to respond to the imminent threats posed by climate change, the government of Belize is committed to transforming the country’s economy along a low-emission and climate-resilient pathway towards sustainable development.” She also noted that one of the objectives of developing a CP that articulates priority climate change-related needs is to foster country ownership, built through an inclusive process driven by national stakeholders. Ms. Beverly Wade from Belize’s newly-formed Ministry of Blue Economy and Civil Aviation also opened the event by articulating the ministry’s mandate with ongoing GCF activities, acknowledging that Belize’s ocean health was a major contributor to Belize’s wealth and economic development. 

Over the three days, attendees had the opportunity to engage in frank exchanges amongst each other and the NDA on the contents of the updated CP, including its new pipeline of projects for submission to GCF, and Belize’s national climate circumstances and policy goals.

Discussions during the Dialogue highlighted and welcomed the robust support provided by the GCF, while exploring through group discussions the challenges and opportunities to further strengthen the country’s access to climate finance. Ministerial stakeholders, such as the NDA and the National Climate Change Office (NCCO) of Belize, shared the priority areas under Belize’s new administration, such as working with the private sector and increasing agriculture’s climate resilience amongst others, and provided updates on critical national climate documents being updated, such as the updated Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC) which is being finalised for eventual submission to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).

On the last day, stakeholders were presented with each other’s comments that were collected on the updated draft CP and were invited to share their feedback with the audience which ensured that the updated document embodied national agreement through an inclusive and multi-stakeholder process.

In response to the challenges that arose from COVID-19 travel restrictions, the virtual Dialogue employed a mix of plenary presentations from guest speakers, the use of real-time online collaboration tools to comment on the CP, as well as takeaway preparation materials for attendees. Additionally, a poll was administered after the event which found that stakeholders found the process to be inclusive and allowed them as national stakeholders to validate the update of Belize’s CP. This reflects the team’s efforts to ensure national stakeholders’ ownership of the process, despite the challenges arising from the pandemic.

At the end of the event, Mr. Leroy Martinez, Economist and the NDA’s GCF Focal Point, provided closing remarks and thanked all participants, reminding that the group had a shared goal to advance Belize’s national climate change goals. The CRH team will integrate the validated stakeholder feedback from the event into the Country Programme, and share it with the NDA for approval, which will in turn submit it to the GCF in the coming months.

* A Country Programme is a document that establishes the basis for a country’s engagement with the GCF which includes the country’s profile (climate-related impacts, development challenges and climate priorities), the country’s engagement with the GCF (a  GCF project portfolio  and prospective pipeline), and the continuous monitoring and evaluation of the document. As such, the Country Programme provides investment guidance to GCF to support countries achieve low-carbon and climate-resilient development.

** The GCF is the largest public fund dedicated to financing climate change action in developing countries.

Event: Online ADB Sanitation Dialogue 2021

Event: Online ADB Sanitation Dialogue 2021

The Online ADB Sanitation Dialogue 2021 (ASD 2021) is the prime platform for sanitation practitioners, decision-makers and policymakers, and development partners to convene and discuss the challenges, solutions, and strategies that will lead to systemic change toward inclusive sanitation. ASD 2021 is an opportunity to raise awareness and action on increasing access to sanitation that is safe, equitable, sustainable, and inclusive. The aim is to flush away business as usual and ensure that investments are directed toward communities who need interventions the most. Learn more

Adapting to the new normal, this event has been designed as a series of webinars and interactive workshops over the course of two weeks.

Click here to register.

Who should join

If you are involved in improving sanitation and public health, through any of the following roles, then this online event is a must for you: Ministry Senior Executives and Middle or Technical Managers • City/Town Mayors and Senior Officials • Project Managers • Development Partners • Private Sector • Think Tanks • Academia • Civil Society and NGOs • Sanitation Consultants • Utility Management and Associations

New Report: Climate Change Risk Assessment for the Insurance Industry

New Report: Climate Change Risk Assessment for the Insurance Industry

The Geneva Association Task Force on Climate Change Risk Assessment for the Insurance Industry

The Geneva Association’s new report offers the insurance industry an integrated, decision-making framework for designing climate risk assessment and scenario analysis.

Join their #RiskConversations webinar on 3 March for a discussion of the report’s findings.
Dramatic changes are still needed to pivot the world economy away from carbon-intensive sectors and to reach the climate change goals of the Paris Agreement.
To guide different industries in taking action, the Task Force on Climate-Related Financial Disclosure (TCFD) raised the need for decision-relevant, consistent and comparable climate information. There is considerable work ahead for the insurance industry to make headway on the TCFD’s recommendations.
In response, The Geneva Association has mobilised a task force of leading experts from the world’s largest insurers, representing the companies of our CEO members. The initiative is working to develop methodologies and tools for climate risk assessment – and build engagement with regulators, rating agencies and the scientific community – to identify the most viable ways forward.
This first report of the task force finds that:

  1. For both P&C and life re/insurers, climate change presents different levels of physical and transition risk to both sides of the balance sheet (liabilities and assets).
  2. Developing climate risk assessment methodologies and tools for insurers is a work in progress, requiring qualitative and quantitative approaches over different time horizons.
  3. Uncertainties associated with transitioning, related to public policies, regulations, technological advancement and markets, will increasingly affect levels of climate change risk and the future risk landscape.
  4. Robust dialogue across insurance companies and with all stakeholders is increasing climate risk awareness, strengthening collaboration and ensuring effective actions are taken.

The task force will continue its work, analysing the insurance regulatory landscape related to climate risk, and conduct a technical ‘deep dive’ to develop methodologies and tools for scenario analysis for the insurance industry.

Read the report here.

Register for the webinar here.

Webinar: Business Unusual for Resilient Urban Infrastructure

Webinar: Business Unusual for Resilient Urban Infrastructure

Thursday, 25 February 2021 from 2:00-3:30pm, Manila Time

The first webinar of the Virtual Dialogues on Resilient Infrastructure for 2021 will be on “business unusual for resilient urban infrastructure”.

The interactive session will bring together experts and practitioners to discuss opportunities to accelerate new ways of advancing resilience of urban infrastructure and share new approaches and pilots on resilience in the urban space ready to be mainstreamed. Regional and global experts will share brief ‘burst’ talks followed by participant break-out groups to explore opportunities for ADB DMCs. Open to DMCs, ADB staff and consultants.

To check the program and register for the event, click here.

Registered participants will receive an email confirming their registration, and two days before the webinar, another email will be sent with the Zoom link and password.

Cover photo by Charles Wiriawan on Flickr.
Online event: Building climate resilience through insurance: Lessons from the InsuResilience Investment Fund’s first six years

Online event: Building climate resilience through insurance: Lessons from the InsuResilience Investment Fund’s first six years

The InsuResilience Investment Fund (IIF) is hosting an event at this years’ InsuResilience Global Partnership Annual Forum. The virtual side event “Building climate resilience through insurance: Lessons from IIF’s first six years” will take place on the 10th of December 2020 at 15:15 – 16:30 CET.

In addition to the side event, IIF will participate on Day 4 of the Annual Forum. Maria Teresa Zappia, Chief Impact & Blended Finance Officer of the IIF Fund Manager BlueOrchard Finance, will participate in a panel discussion on “Impacting lives”.

Learn more about the event below and register today to guarantee your place.

Session description

How can we mobilize private finance to achieve real and lasting impact through offering climate insurance in developing countries? Join the IIF for a stimulating discussion to learn from its experience after six years of building climate resilience through climate insurance in Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Caucasus.

On the day that the IIF launches its new report “Protecting low-income communities through climate insurance: Achievements from the InsuResilience Investment Fund” authored by IIF, Acclimatise and Climate Finance Advisors, the panel will discuss how the IIF has used a blended finance approach to direct private capital towards building climate resilience through insurance. We will hear directly from two of IIF’s investees about how the Fund‘s investment and support has helped them to launch and grow climate insurance products, in Nigeria and in Pakistan.

The panel also includes representatives from IIF’s fund managers as well as its public and private investors, who will provide insights into how the IIF has raised USD 167 million and invested USD 133 million in 21 companies from across the insurance value chain. Through its unique model, the IIF has extended climate insurance cover to 25 million poor or climate vulnerable people in developing countries.

The session will give participants the opportunity to learn about the IIF’s strategic approach to developing an emerging ecosystem of insurance entities in developing countries and delivering real resilience benefits to poor and climate vulnerable people, and at the same time, delivering value for its investors.

The panel: Moderated by Lea Mueller, Head of Consulting at CelsiusPro, the panel will include:

  • Stefan W. Hirche is Principal Portfolio Manager at KfW, Germany
  • Chukwuma Kalu, Head, Agric Insurance & Emerging Business, Royal Exchange General Insurance Co. Ltd, Nigeria
  • Qasim Raza, Associate Principal, Investment Team, Open Society Foundation, UK
  • Zainab Saeed, Head of Research & Development at Kashf Foundation, Pakistan
  • Maria Teresa Zappia, Chief Impact & Blended Finance Officer, Deputy CEO BlueOrchard Finance, Switzerland
UNDRR’s International Day for Disaster Risk Reduction – 2020 Edition

UNDRR’s International Day for Disaster Risk Reduction – 2020 Edition

Tomorrow marks the UNDRR’s International Day for Disaster Risk Reduction. Held every 13 October, the day celebrates how people and communities around the world are reducing their exposure to disasters and raising awareness about the importance of reining in the risks that they face.

This year’s edition continues as part of the “Sendai Seven” campaign, focusing on Target E: “Substantially increase the number of countries with national and local disaster risk reduction strategies by 2020.”  This year’s theme is about conveying that many disasters can be avoided if there are disaster risk reduction strategies in place to manage and reduce existing levels of risk.

You can find dedicated resources, stories, articles and events taking place around this day, here.
Acclimatise to speak at Climate Week Colombia 2020

Acclimatise to speak at Climate Week Colombia 2020

Acclimatise is excited to announce its presence at Climate Week Columbia 2020, an official event of The Climate Group in partnership with the Green Chamber of Commerce, KIMSA and Brigard Urrutia, with the support of the U.S. Green Chamber of Commerce, Grupo Doble Ele, LIM (Leadership in Motion), Peace Startup Foundation, Sostenerte, Agenda Ambiental and Conscious Global Market. Acclimatise Business Development Associate, Dr Laura Canevari, will be speaking at the event, at 11:40 AM (COT) on the opening day, September 21st.

During this event attendees will learn about innovative climate solutions from scientific research and ancestral knowledge, sustainable companies and enterprises and cultural and artistic manifestations promoted by NGOs and social and environmental movements of civil society. The purpose of this event is to motivate participants to generate new ideas, change their lifestyles and, through new sustainable consumption habits, influence production and marketing patterns in the Columbian economy that affect the climate.

Around 60 representatives of pioneering organisations who seek to scale their impact on the economy and society will take part in the conferences, panels and cultural and artistic activities to contribute effective solutions to the climate emergency.

Dr Canevari will reflect on the global experience of Acclimatise supporting businesses and financial institutions integrating climate change considerations into their governance and risk management practices, and introduce her own venture ITACA aimed at accelerating climate adaptation in the Caribbean.

Register for the event here.

Webinar: Risk-Informed Investment for Macro-Economic Financial Stability

Webinar: Risk-Informed Investment for Macro-Economic Financial Stability

The UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNDRR) is hosting a webinar on Tuesday the 15th of September from 14:00-15:15 CET.

This is the first in a series of four webinars examining the case for risk informed investment as a critical element of macro-economic financial stability and the achievement of the SDGs. It will look at examples where we can draw lessons from progress to date, identify the gaps and explore opportunities to address them. This series builds on a report on the integration of disaster risk reduction and climate action into sustainable financing published by UNDRR in 2019 in the European context, and accompanies the development of a new global study to identify concrete actions, evidence and tools to integrate multi-hazard and systemic risk approaches into the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development in support of more risk-informed investment and finance.

Speakers include:

Mami Mizutori – UN Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Disaster Risk Reduction

Steve Waygood – Chief Responsible InvestmentOfficer, Aviva Investors

Sirpa Pietikäinen – Member of the European Parliament

Felix Suntheim – Financial Sector Expert, IMF

Register here.

European Space Agency’s EO4SD climate cluster offers free webinar series on using Earth Observation to tackle climate change

European Space Agency’s EO4SD climate cluster offers free webinar series on using Earth Observation to tackle climate change

The European Space Agency’s Earth Observation for Sustainable Development (EO4SD) Climate Resilience Cluster is hosting a free webinar series to provide insight about the potential of Earth Observation (EO) to support climate-resilient decision making at the regional and national scale. The seven-part series is will be hosted every Thursday at 16:00 (CEST) starting 11th June 2020. The series is aimed at all those interested in developing a foundational knowledge of EO and how it can be applied practically in the context of climate-resilience projects and programmes.

Registration is now open. Sign up for one or more webinars in the series here. More information about the individual sessions can be found below.

Drawing on the EO4SD Climate Resilience Cluster’s extensive experience working with leading international finance institutions including the Asian Development Bank, The World Bank, the International Finance Corporation, Africa Risk Capacity and the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, the webinar series will provide ‘hands-on’ sessions and guided tutorials for existing climate resilience platforms.

Over the course of the series, participants will: understand the basics of EO data in the context of climate resilience, learn how, why and when to use EO data to inform decision making, learn about applying EO data to manage key climate risks including flooding and drought, and learn practical skills about accessing and using EO data tools and platforms.

Registration is free with registration closing the night prior to each webinar at midnight (12 a.m. CET).

Webinar 01: Setting the Scene: The climate resilience challenge and how ESA is responding – 11th June 2020/16:00 CEST.

The first webinar of this series will set the scene by summarising the European Space Agency’s current and planned activities in the climate domain, introduce the nature and scope of the ESA E04SD Climate Resilience Cluster, and provide an overview of the scientific and policy context to climate action.

To download and share the webinar invitation, click here.

Register for the webinar here.

Webinar 02: The how, when, and why of using EO data in Climate resilience decision-making Showcase 1: Agricultural livelihoods & water 18th June 2020/16:00 CEST.

As one of the most climate-dependent sectors, agriculture can be highly vulnerable to the impacts of slow-onset climate change and the increasing frequency of high-magnitude events. In economies highly dependent on agriculture, climate impacts can elevate risks of food insecurity, loss of livelihoods and export revenue, and heightened competition among water users (among others). All of these can elevate both social and macroeconomic instability that place constraints on prosperity and development. The second webinar of this series aims to introduce the use and benefits of EO-derived data and services in climate resilience decision making in climate resilience decision-making in the agriculture and water sectors.

Register for the webinar here.

Webinar 03 The how, when, and why of using EO data in Climate resilience decision-making Showcase 2: Urban resilience & environmental & natural resources – 25th June 2020 at 16:00 CEST.

Climate change is putting considerable stress on urban areas, driven by hazards such as increasing extreme heat, fluvial flooding and sea level rise. These hazards can increase risks to human health, property, and the performance of critical urban infrastructure. At the same time, the environmental services on which such areas depend are also being impacted. EO data can be used to bring high-resolution insight anywhere in the world to inform a range of decisions, from informing ‘climate-adaptive’ building design to helping to identify opportunities for climate resilient development and economic activities in coastal areas. The third webinar of this series aims to introduce the use and benefits of EO-derived data and services in climate resilience decision-making in the areas of urban resilience and environmental & natural resources.

Register for the webinar here.

Webinar 04 – Water world: How EO data is deepening our knowledge of flood risk and water resource management – 2nd July 2020/16:00 CEST.

Earth Observation (EO) data and services are vital tools for the water sector, supporting flood events, and conducting wetland inventory status in rural and urban areas. EO provides valuable information (Flood extent, historical flood events etc.) with the aim to assist authorities to prepare the most effective actions to manage flood risk and develop plans to tackle disasters. The fourth webinar of series will present in detail how Earth Observation data with different spatial and temporal resolution can contribute to flood risk, water and wetness management.

Register for the webinar here.

Webinar 05 – Is this drought normal? How EO data can help you understand drought hazard and benchmark your risk – 9th July/16:00 CEST.

Drought is one of the main natural causes of agricultural, economic, and environmental damage. The effects of drought on the environment and agriculture are evident after a long period with a shortage of precipitation, making it very difficult to determine the onset of drought, its extent and end. The EO time-series datasets can build understanding about the scale of effects associated with different drought impacts, helping to develop early food security assessments in specific geographic areas or contingency planning and emergency preparedness for future shocks in a country. It can also improve understanding of the drivers and causes of food insecurity in areas and identify which investments or risk management strategies are best. The fifth webinar of this series will present how Earth Observation data with different spatial and temporal resolution can provide information on drought events.

Register for the webinar here.

Webinar 06 – ‘How to’ Session: Using the EO4SD CR Platform to access EO data (hands-on) – 16th July 2020/16:00 CEST.

The EO4SD Climate Resilience cluster project has deployed a web based (EO4SD CR) platform to provide climate action programmes with enhanced climate risk management capabilities allowing users to explore the data and apply on demand analytics. This sixth webinar of this series will comprise of a hands-on session and a guided tutorial in which structured exercises will enable participants to familiarize, navigate and extract the information required in their assessments.

Register for the webinar here.

Webinar 07 – ‘How to” Session: Using Jupyter Notebook to access EO data (hands-on) – 23rd July 2020/ 16:00 CEST.

An extension of webinar 06, webinar 07 will be a hands-on session and guided tutorial for advanced users to explore how to use the EO4SD CR platform Jupyter Notebook, including structured exercises of how to access EO data, conduct analyses and extract data time series.

Register for the webinar here.

Background to EO and climate change resilience

EO has a considerable potential to inform and facilitate climate resilient development around the globe. ESA’s Climate Change Initiative provides stable, long-term, satellite-based “Essential Climate Variables” data products for climate modellers and researchers.

EO data facilitates effective climate change planning and response by providing timely and accurate data about the Earth’s atmosphere, landmasses, and oceans. This insight, combined with information about society, can paint a powerful picture about climate risks and resilience building opportunities, and help drive better decisions.

To download and share the overview of the webinar series, click here.

Upcoming IIGCC webinar launches new guidance on physical climate risks for investors

Upcoming IIGCC webinar launches new guidance on physical climate risks for investors

An upcoming webinar, led by the Institutional Investors Group on Climate Change (IIGCC) with Acclimatise and Chronos Sustainability, will launch guidance for investors to help them get started in understanding, assessing and managing physical climate-related risks. The webinar, ‘Understanding Physical Climate Risk for Investors’ will be held on May 26th 2020 at 14:00 BST/15:00 CEST/ 9:00 EDT.

As the impacts of climate change become more apparent, the physical risks by this new climate reality has significant implications for performance of investment portfolios. A changing climate is impacting portfolios now and can impair value over time. This places a growing urgency on the need for investors to understand, assess and report on physical-related climate risks and opportunities. Acclimatise led the development of the new guidance document, available immediately after the webinar, with input from Chronos Sustainability and IIGCC members and staff.

In this webinar, participants will hear from keynote speaker Emma Howard-Boyd, Chair of the Environment Agency, on the growing impacts from physical climate risks that investors need to manage. John Firth, CEO and Co-Founder of Acclimatise, will present the guidance developed for investors, outlining the key steps in a risk assessment and management process to help investors begin to understand and assess the risks to their portfolios. There will also be a panel discussion and Q&A with three investors who have taken steps to address physical risks and identify opportunities to demonstrate how investors can get stared and key issues to consider.

Register for the webinar here.

Visit the event website here.

Cover photo by Jeff Brown on Unsplash.