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Financing Urban Adaptation to Climate Change

European Environment Agency (EEA) Report No. 2 (2017) Municipalities across Europe increasingly acknowledge the need to adapt to climate change and have begun to adopt various measures. Meeting the costs of adaptation measures for climate change is, however, a major challenge. Municipalities have found innovative ways to overcome that challenge and have started implementing measures. These solutions could be relevant for other cities, towns and smaller municipalities too, and examples are collected and presented in this publication as an inspiration. It offers insights into lessons learned on the ground regarding the most successful approaches, the difficulties encountered and overcome and the key success factors in financing local adaptation action.

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Delivering Real Change: Getting International Climate Finance to the Local Level

M. Soanes et al., International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED), Working Paper (2017) Evidence shows climate finance reaching the local level delivers effective, efficient and sustainable results that enhance the impact of each dollar disbursed. This working paper explores the flows of climate finance within the main international climate funds, to understand how effective they are in getting finance to the local level and what design features enable or prevent local financing. It distils lessons from development funds that are experienced in local financing. It concludes by highlighting the ways in which local climate financing can be enhanced – to further improve the effectiveness of aid.

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From Challenges to Solutions: How to Improve Integration of Climate Change Aspects into Urban Development Instruments, Strategies and Initiatives

Cities Fit for Climate Change Project (GIZ) and German Federal Ministry for Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety (BMUB) (2017) This is the report of one of the International Learning Exchange Workshops organized by Cities Fit for Climate Change in partnership with Connective Cities in order to facilitate peer-to-peer knowledge exchange about climate-appropriate urban development among its three partner cities (Santiago, Chennai and Durban) and German and further cities. The workshop, held in Durban from 14 to 16 February 2017, pulled together a number of urban practitioners and gave them the opportunity to glean appropriate ideas from the workshop participants and to develop action plans for their own cities.

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Greening Africa´s Cities: Enhancing the Relationship between Urbanization, Environmental Assets and Ecosystem Services

The World Bank Group (2017) A fast urbanizing Africa is rapidly degrading the environmental assets of its cities. Protecting those assets can increase the productivity and livability of these cities, improve tourism opportunities, and enhance resilience to the impacts of extreme weather events. This World Bank report highlights the opportunities and actions to change the current environmental trajectory towards a more harmonious relationship between urbanization, environmental assets and ecosystem services.

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Smallholder farming systems in coastal Kenya: Key trends and innovations for resilience

IIED (2017) Smallholder farmers in coastal Kenya are already significantly affected by climate change, particularly in semi-arid and dryland areas. They have developed a number of innovations to enhance resilience and productivity, eg. crop diversification using resilient local varieties, new planting techniques and wild tree domestication. This report explores key trends in climate, livelihoods, food security, crop diversity and social capital in five Mijikenda communities, as well as traditional knowledge-based innovations to address climatic and socioeconomic challenges. It presents findings from the SIFOR project (Smallholder Innovation for Resilience).

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Resilient Cities Report 2017 – Tracking local progress on the resilience targets of SDG 11

ICLEI (2017) The report ‘Tracking local progress on resilience targets of SDG 11’ reflects the outcomes of the Resilient Cities 2017 congress and captures broader developments in the field of urban resilience and climate adaptation. It is based on the expertise of international experts and practitioners who participated at the congress, July 6-8 in Bonn, Germany. The report features case studies from around the world, highlights newly available tools and solutions, and provides an overview of the state of urban resilience globally by exploring new directions and innovations in the field.

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Turning up the volume: financial aggregation for off-grid energy

IIED (2017) Investing in the decentralised renewable energy sector presents significant challenges. Financial aggregation – innovative ways of bundling together energy opportunities to lower transaction costs, risks, and the cost of capital – is emerging. This paper explores the benefits and challenges of aggregation through five case studies, highlighting lessons learned as well as the need for further experimentation in this growing sector.

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Handbook for a successful project (french version)

Platforma, Abigaïl Faure, Mireille Van der Graaf; Platforma (2016) This practical guide was conceived in the spirit of the mission for easier access to financing opportunities. It helps elected representatives and local civil servants to build solid projects and attractive applications. You can find useful information on EU Member States’ funding agencies and multilateral organisations.

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Handbook for a successful project

Platforma, Abigaïl Faure, Mireille Van der Graaf; Platforma (2016) This practical guide was conceived in the spirit of the mission for easier access to financing opportunities. It helps elected representatives and local civil servants to build solid projects and attractive applications. You can find useful information on EU Member States’ funding agencies and multilateral organisations. The handbook is also available in French.

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Integrated Framework to Support Local Governance and Local Development

UNDP, UNV, UNCDF (2016) The Integrated Local Governance and Local Development (LGLD) Framewor was developed jointly by UNDP with its associated funds and programmes, UNV and UNCDF. This framework supports partners across societies and economies, i.e. governments at all levels, civil society, private sector, and development agencies, at different stages of development to design strategies to localise the 2030 Agenda and its Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

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