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Climate change - Briefs

[Updated: October 16, 2013]

This is a new section of the DDRN website where you can find briefs on climate change - one of the current focal themes of DDRN.


NEW: Wanted: A Climate Agency for a Bottom-Up World—A Proposal for a New Arm of the World Bank. Center for Global Development (CDG) Brief, by Nancy Birdsall and Lawrence MacDonald, January 2013. 


NEW: Climate Finance: Challenges and Responses. Climate and Development Knowledge Network (CDKN) Briefing Paper, by Ari Huhtala, Neil Bird, and Ciline Herweijer, February 2013. 


NEW: Sustainable water management through green economy? German Development Institute (DIE) Briefing Paper 5/2012, by Annabelle Houdret,  Elke Herrfahrdt-Pähle, Waltina Scheumann,  and Ines Dombrowsky, 2012.


NEW: The eight unmet promises of fast-start climate finance. International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED) Briefing Paper, by David Ciplet et al, November 2012.


NEW: The practical challenges of monitoring climate finance: insights from Climate Funds Update. Overseas Development Institute (ODI) briefing paper, by Charlene Watson, Smita Nakhooda, Alice Caravani and Liane Schalatek, May 2012.


NEW: Low-Greenhouse-Gas Consumption Strategies and Impacts on Developing Countries. Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI) policy brief, by Elena Dawkins, Peter Erickson, and Anne Owen, 2012.


NEW: Children, Climate Change and Disasters. Institute of Development Studies (IDS) In Focus Policy Briefing, by Tom Tanner and F. Seballos, April 2012.


NEW: Dealing with climate change conflicts: Recommendations for development cooperation. Danish Institute for International Studies (DIIS) Policy Brief, by Signe Marie Cold-Ravnkilde and Mikkel Funder, April 2012.


An energy vision for a planet under pressure. World Climate Research Programme (WCRP) et al. Policy brief, by D.P. van Vuuren et al., March 2012.


NEW: Water in a Low-Carbon Economy: Resource Scarcity, Climate Change and Business in a Finite World. Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI) Policy brief, by Victoria Clark, Amanda Fencl, Vishal Mehta and David Purkey, 2012.


NEW: Biomass in a Low-Carbon Economy: Resource Scarcity, Climate Change, and Business in a Finite World. Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI) Policy brief, by Amanda Fencl, Sivan Kartha and Eric Kemp-Benedict, 2012.


NEW: Metals in a Low-Carbon Economy: Resource Scarcity, Climate Change and Business in a Finite World. Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI) Policy brief, by Matthew Chadwick, Elena Dawkins, Richard Falk and Katy Roelich, 2012.


The Political Economy of Climate Change and Development. Institute of Development Studies (IDS) Policy Briefing 20, by T. M. Tanner, October 2011.


Climate Change Latin America and the Caribbean: Risks for the Microfinance Sector and Opportunities for Adaptation, Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) Brief, by María Elena Gutierrez and Xavier Mommens, 2011.


Ecology, equity and economics: reframing dryland policy. International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED) Briefing Paper, by Ced Hesse, November 2011.


Getting African climate change research recognised. International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED) Briefing Paper, by Fatima Denton, Simon Anderson, and Jessica Ayers, November 2011.


Japan’s private climate finance support: mobilising private sector engagement in low carbon development, Overseas Development Institute (ODI) Background Note, by Shelagh Whitley, February 2012.


The design of the Green Climate Fund. Overseas Development Institute (ODI) Briefing Paper, by Liane Schalatek, Heinrich Böell Stiftung, Smita Nakhooda and Neil Bird, February 2012.


Scoring fast-start climate finance: leaders and laggards in transparency. International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED) Briefing Paper, by David Ciplet, J. Timmons Roberts, Martin Stadelmann, Saleemul Huq and Achala Chandani, September 2011.


Beyond rhetoric: South-South collaboration for REDD+. International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED) Briefing Paper, by Isilda Nhantumbo and Duncan Macqueen, November 2011.


REDD+: Ready to engage private investors? International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED) Briefing Paper, by Isilda Nhantumbo, November 2011.


Better economics: supporting adaptation with stakeholder analysis. International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED) Briefing Paper, by Muyeye Chambwera, Ye Zou and Mohamed Boughlala, November 2011.


Aren’t we all vulnerable: why do vulnerability analysis? International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED) Sustainable Development Opinion Papers, by Marcus Moench, November 2011.


Adaptation: resources now to plan and implement. International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED) Sustainable Development Opinion Paper, by Saleemul Huq, November 2011.


Improving the evidence for ecosystem-based adaptation. International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED) Sustainable Development Opinion Papers, by Hannah Reid, November 2011. 


Costing agriculture’s adaptation to climate change. International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED) Briefing Paper, by Muyeye Chambera, Tom Downing, Jillian Dyszynski and Courtenay Cabot Venton, November 2011.


Adaptation finance: How can Durban deliver on past promises. International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED) Briefing Paper, by David Ciplet, J. Timmons Roberts, Mizan Khan, Linlang He and Spencer Fields, November 2011. 


Climate change: an issue for parliamentarians in Southern Africa. International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED) Briefing Paper, by Achala Chandani, Simon Anderson, Corinne Schoch and Barry Smith, November 2011.


Changing focus? How to start taking adaptive capacity seriously. Overseas Development Institute (ODI) Briefing Paper 71, by Eva Ludi, Lindsey Jones and Simon Levine, January 2012.


Climate finance in Sub-Saharan Africa. Overseas Development Institute (ODI) Climate Finance Policy Brief, by Smita Nakhooda et al., November 2011.


Water and climate change in Africa – from causes to consequences. Nordiska Afrikainstitutet (NAI) policy note 4, by Terje Oestigaard, November 2011.


Burden-sharing and allocation criteria under the UN climate regime: neither fair nor effective. German Development Institute (DIE) briefing paper 15, by Britta Horstmann and Imme Scholz, 2011.


Improving information for community-based adaptation. International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED) Opinion, by Saleemul Huq, October 2011.


Rethinking climate change as a security threat. International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED) Briefing Paper, October 2011.


Carbon righteousness: how to lever pro-poor benefits from REDD+. International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED) Briefing Paper, July 2011.



Climate Change and Poverty Reduction. International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED) and Climate and Development Knowledge Network (CDKN) policy brief, by Simon Anderson, August 2011.


Integrating climate change into agricultural research for development in Africa. International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED) Briefing Paper, by Muyeye Chambwera and Simon Anderson, September 2011.


Strengthening local resistence to climate change. PROmoting local INNOVAtion (PROLINNOVA) policy brief, June 2011.


The 'mainstreaming' approach to climate change adaptation: insights from Ethiopia's water sector. Overseas Development Institute (ODI) background note, by Naomi Oates, Declan Conway and Roger Calow, April 2011.


Climate Finance in Bangladesh: Lessons for Development Cooperation and Climate Finance at National Level. European Development Co-operation to 2020 (EDC2020) policy brief 14, by Merylyn Hedger, March 2011.


Mainstreaming environment and climate change: Agriculture. International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED) brief, April 2011.


Improving leadership on climate change. International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED) brief, by Achala Chandani, March 2011.


Gender and climate change. Indigo Adaptation and beyond reader No 4, by Wendy Anneck, 2011.


Leveraging private investment: the role of public sector climate finance. Overseas Development Institute (ODI) Background Note, by Jessica Brown and Michael Jacobs, April 2011.


Carbon finance and dryland afforestation. NCCR North-South Regional Edition Central Asia policy brief No. 1, by Henri Rueff and Inam-ur-Rahim, September 2010.


Planning climate compatible development: lessons from experience. Climate and Development Knowledge Network (CDKN) Policy Brief, by N. Kaur and J. Ayers, December 2010.


Defining climate compatible development. Climate and Development Knowledge Network (CDKN) Policy Brief, by T. Mitchell and S. Maxwell, November 2010.


Climate Change Challenges for European Development Cooperation: Issues Towards 2020. European Development Co-operation to 2020 (EDC2020) Policy Brief No 15, by Merylyn Hedger and Neil Bird, March 2011.


The Poverty Impacts of Climate Change. World Bank (WB) Economic Premise Note Number 51, by Emmanuel Skoufias, Mariano Rabassa, Sergio Olivieri, and Milan Brahmbhatt, March 2011.


Linking Climate Change Adaptation Policies and Practice. Danish Climate Change Task Force policy brief, February 2011.


Design challenges for the Green Climate Fund. Overseas Development Institute (ODI) & Heinrich Böll Stiftung North America Climate Finance Policy Brief No. 4, by Neil Bird, Jessica Brown and Liana Schalatek, January 2011.


Towards a characterisation of adaptive capacity: a framework for analysing adaptive capacity at the local level. Overseas Development Institute (ODI) Background Notes, by Lindsey Jones, Eva Ludi and Simon Levine, December 2010.


Fast-start adaptation funding: keeping promises from Copenhagen. International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED) briefing paper, by David Ciplet et al., November 2010.


Cancun Climate Conference: Some Key Issues. South Centre Climate Policy Brief 3, November 2010.


Climate watchlist: key issues for Cancun Negotiations. International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED) briefing paper, by Achala Chandani and Linda Siegele, November 2010.


Agriculture at the Crossroads: Guaranteeing Food Security in a Changing Global Climate. United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) Policy Brief no 18, December 2010.


Disaster risk management and climate change adaptation in South Asia. Bangladesh Online Research Network (BDresearch) brief issue 3, December 2010.


Climate Finance Fundamentals. Overseas Development Institute (ODI) series of briefing papers, November 2010.


Beyond forestry: why agriculture is key to the success of REDD+. International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED) briefing paper, by Maryanne Grieg-Gran, November 2010.


Counting the Carbon Emissions from Agricultural Products: Technical Complexities and Trade Implications. International Food & Agricultural Trade Policy Council policy brief, by Ronald Steenblik and Evodkia Möisé, 2010.


Indirect Land-Use Change from Biofuels: Recent Developments in Modeling and Policy Landscapes. International Food and Agricultural Trade Policy Council policy brief, by Sonia Yeh and Julie Witcover, 2010.


Climate change from the bottom up. Brooks World Poverty Institute (BWPI) policy briefing issue 5, by Manoj Roy and David Hulme, September 2010.



Can Carbon Labeling Be Development Friendly? Recommendations on How to Improve Emerging Schemes. World Bank (WB) note, by P. Brenton, G. Edwards-Jones and M. F. Jensen, August 2010.


Overcoming social barriers to climate change adaptation. Overseas Development Institute (ODI) background note, by Lindsey Jones, July 2010.


Climate finance additionality: emerging definitions and their implications. Overseas Development Institute (ODI) climate finance policy brief 2, by Jessica Brown, Neil Bird and Liane Schalatek, June 2010.


Beyond cost-benefit: Developing a complete toolkit for adaptation decisions. International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED) briefing paper, by Rachel Berger and Muyeye Chambwera, June 2010.


Agricultural technologies for climate change mitigation and adaptation in developing countries: policy options for innovation and technology diffusion. International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development (ICTSD) issue brief no. 6, by Travis Lybbert and Daniel Sumner, May 2010.


Baseline for trust: Defining 'new and additional' climate funding. International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED) briefing, by Martin Stadelmann, J. Timmons Roberts and Saleemul Huq, June 2010.


Climate change and conflict: moving beyond the impasse. Institute of Development Studies (IDS) In Focus policy briefing issue 15, by J. Lind, M. Ibrahim and K. Harris, May 2010.


Reforming climate change finance. Overseas Development Institute (ODI) Policy Brief, by Neil Bird, May 2010.



Disaster risk and climate change in Africa. Joto Afrika Briefing Series, Issue 3, April 2010.


The Role of Collective Action and Property Rights in Climate Change Strategies. CGIAR Systemwide Program on Collective Action and Property Rights (CAPRI) Policy Brief No. 7, by Ruth Meinzen-Dick, Helen Markelova and Kelsey Moore, February 2010. 


Climate change: Effective ways of cutting greenhouse gas emissions. International Initiative for Impact Evaluation (3ie) Enduring Questions Brief No 3, December 2009.


Copenhagen's climate finance promise: six key questions. International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED) Briefing Paper, by J. Timmons Roberts, Martin Stadelmann & Saleemul Huq, February 2010.


Radical Simplicity in Designing National Climate Institutions: Lessons from the Amazon Fund. AccountAbility Climate Policy Briefing 2, by Simon Zadek et al., December 2009.


Managing Africa's water in a changing climate. Joto Afrika Briefing Series, Issue 2, November 2009.


Intellectual Property Rights and Climate Change: Principles for Innovation and Access to Low-Carbon Technology. Center for Global Development (CGD) note, by Thomas J. Bollyky, December 2009.



Global Climate Risk Index 2010. Germanwatch briefing paper, by Sven Harmeling, December 2009.


The costs of REDD: lessons from Amazonas. International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED) briefing, by V. Viana et al., November 2009.


Natural resilience: healthy ecosystems as climate shock insurance. International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED) briefing, by H. Reid, J. Phillips & M. Heath, December 2009.


Big emitters: how growth in consumption drives climate change. International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED) briefing, by David Satterthwaite, December 2009.


Accounting for Results: Ensuring Transparency and Accountability in Financing for Climate Change. International Budget Partnership brief no. 9, by Athena Ballesteros & Vivek Ramkumar, December 2009.


Counting Carbon in the Marketplace - and at the Border. Danish Institute for International Studies (DIIS) policy brief, by Simon Bolwig & Peter Gibbon, December 2009.


Africa’s biocarbon experience: Lessons for improving performance in the African carbon markets. World Agroforestry Centre Policy Brief 06, by Susan Chomba and Peter A. Minang, 2009.


Global survey of REDD projects: What implications for global climate objectives? Partnership for the Tropical Forest Margins (ASB) Policy brief 12, by G. Cerbu, P. Minang, B. Swallow and V. Meadu, 2009.


Perceptions on Fairness and Efficiency of the REDD Value Chain: Methods and results from pilot analyses in Indonesia and Peru. Partnership for the Tropical Forest Margins (ASB) Policy brief 14, by S.J. Velarde, M. van Noordwijk and Suyanto, 2009.


If we cannot define it, we cannot save it: forest definitions and REDD. Partnership for the Tropical Forest Margins (ASB) Policy brief 15, by M. Van Noordwijk and P.A. Minang, 2009.


Reducing Emissions from All Land Uses: The case for a whole landscape approach. Partnership for the Tropical Forest Margins (ASB) Policy brief 13, by M. van Noordwijk, P.A. Minang, S. Dewi, J. Hall and S. Rantala, 2009.


Trees on farms: Tackling the triple challenge of mitigation, adaptation and food security. World Agroforestry Centre Policy Brief 07, by H. Neufeldt et al., 2009.


Copenhagen: Key Issues Facing Developing Countries. South Centre climate policy brief, by Martin Khor, December 2009.


Reducing poverty through low carbon development: Recommendations for development cooperation in Least Developed Countries. Danish Institute for International Studies (DIIS) Policy Brief, by M. Funder, H.M. Ravnborg, J. Fjalland, and H. Egelyng, December 2009.


Billions at stake in climate finance: four key lessons. International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED) briefing paper, by Peter Newell, J. Timmons Roberts, Emily Boyd and Saleemul Huq, November 2009.


Integrating Agriculture in a Global Climate Deal. Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy brief, by Anne Laure Constantin, October 2009.


Eye of the Storm: Integrated Solutions to the Climate, Agriculture and Water Crises. Institute for Agriculture and Trade brief, by Shiney Varghese, November 2009.


Harvesting agriculture’s multiple benefits: Mitigation, Adaptation, Development and Food Security. Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO) policy brief, December 2009.


Climate and Agriculture: A Just Response. Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy brief, by Ben Lillison, December 2009.


Are Soil and Water Conservation Technologies a Buffer Against Production Risk in the Face of Climate Change? Insights from Ethiopia’s Nile Basin. International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) and Ethiopia Development Research Institute (EDRI) Research Brief 15-17, by E. Kato, C. Ringler, M. Yesuf, and E. Bryan, November 2009.


Mapping the South African Farming Sector’s Vulnerability to Climate Change and Variability: A Subnational Assessment. International Food Policy Research Institute ( IFPRI) and Center for Environmental Economics and Policy in Africa (CEEPA) Research Brief 15-3, by Glwadys Aymone Gbetibouo and Claudia Ringler, 2009.


Seeing REDD in the Amazon: a win for people, trees and climate. International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED) Sustainable Development Opinion Paper, by Virgilio M. Viana, March 2009.


COP15 for journalists: a guide to the UN climate change summint. International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED) Briefing Paper, by Mike Shanahan, November 2009.


Africa’s Biocarbon Interests – Perspectives for a new climate change deal. World Agroforestry Centre policy brief 05, July 2009.


The Business of Adaptation. AccountAbility and International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED) Climate Policy Briefing 1, by Maya Forstater, Saleemul Huq and Simon Zadek, November 2009.


Africa's biocarbon interests - perspectives for a new climate change deal. World Agroforestry Centre ICRAF Policy Breif No. 5, by B. Swallow, P.A. Minang, V. Meadu, and S. Chomba, 2009. French.


The case for investing in Africa's biocarbon potential. World Agroforestry Centre ICRAF Policy Brief No. 4, by B. Swallow, P.A. Minang, V. Meadu, and S. Chomba, 2009. French.



Cultivating success: the need to climate-proof Tanzanian agriculture. International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED) Briefing Paper, by Muyeye Chambwera and James MacGregor, September 2009.


Agriculture and climate change: an agenda for negotiation in Copenhagen. International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) “2020 Vision for Food, Agriculture, and the Environment” Focus 16, May 2009.


After 2015: Pro-poor low carbon development. Institute of Development Studies (IDS) In Focus Policy Briefing 9.4, by F. Urban and A. Sumner, July 2009.


The Adaptation Fund: a model for the future? International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED) briefing, by Achala Chandani, Sven Harmeling and Alpha Oumar Kaioga, August 2009.


Climate change and the threat to African food security. Joto Africa: adapting to climate change in Africa, Briefing series, Issue 1, July 2009.


Climate Science 2008 - Major New Discoveries. World Resources Institute (WRI) brief, by Kelly Levin and Dennis Tirpak, July 2009.


Migration, climate change and the environment. International Organization for Migration (IOM) Policy Brief, May 2009.


Community-based adaptation to climate change: an update. International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED) Briefing Paper, by Jessica Ayers and Saleemul Huq, June 2009.


How can African Agriculture Adapt to Climate Change? Insights from Ethiopia and South Africa. 20 International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) Research Briefs, October 2008.


Fisheries and aquaculture in a changing climate. Policy brief by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC), the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), the World Bank, the WorldFish Center and 11 other organizations, June 2009.


Anchoring Agriculture within a Copenhagen Agreement. Policy brief for UNFCCC parties by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), 2009.


National adaptation funding: ways forward for the poorest countries. International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED) Briefing Paper, by A. Abdullah, R. Muyungi, B. Jallow, M. Reazuddin, M. Konate, April 2009.


Climate Change Challenges for European Development Co-operation: Emerging Issues. European Development Co-operation to 2020 (EDC2020) Policy Brief No. 3, by L. Peskett, N. Grist, M. Hedger, T. Lennartz-Walker and I. Scholz, March 2009. 


The role of social protection in adapting to climate change. Climate lite (Climate Change and Development Centre at IDS) brief by Katy Oswald, February 2009.


Financing adaptation to climate change through budget support. German Development Institute Briefing Paper 2/2009, by Britta Horstmann, Stefan Leiderer, and Imme Scholz, 2009. 


Adaptation in Africa: the global failure to deliver funding. International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED) Briefing Paper, by Simon Anderson and Achala Chandani, December 2008.


Beyond borders: the need for strategic global adaptation. International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED) Sustainable Development Opinion Paper, by Ian Burton, December 2008.


Principles for Delivering Adaptation Finance. Institute of Development Studies (IDS) briefing by Tom Mitchell, Simon Anderson, and Saleemul Huq, December 2008.


Disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation: Closing the gap. id21 Development Research Reporting Service, id21 highlights by Paul Venton and Sarah La Trobe, December 2008.


Climate change and transfer of technology: Are patents part of the problem or part of the solution? A DanChurchAid input to the international Climate Change negotiations, by Stine Jessen Haakonsson (DIIS) and Mattias Söderberg (DanChurchAid), 2008.


Fairer flying: an international air travel levy for adaptation. International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED) Briefing Paper, by Muyeye Chambwera and Benito Muller, December 2008.


Disaster Risk Reduction and Climate Change Adaptation: Closing the Gap. id21 Climate Change Highlights, Institute of Development Studies (IDS), December 2008.


Against the tide: climate change and high-risk cities. International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED) Briefing Paper, by David Dodman, November 2008.


Building resilience: how the urban poor can drive climate adaptation. International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED) Sustainable Development Opinion Paper, by Sarah Swalheim, David Dodman, November 2008.


Taking steps: mainstreaming national adaptation. International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED) Briefing Paper, by Saleem Huq and Jessica Ayers, November 2008.


Adaptation funding and development assistance: some FAQs. International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED) Briefing Paper, by Saleem Huq and Jessica Ayers, November 2008.


Climate Change Adaptation, Disaster Risk Reduction and Social Protection. Centre for Social Protection / Institute of Development Studies (IDS) Briefing Note, by Mark Davies, Katy Oswald, Tom Mitchell, and Thomas Tanner, November 2008.



Migration and Climate Change: How will Climate Shifts Affect Migration Trends? Development Research Centre on Migration, Globalisation and Poverty (Migration DRC) Briefing No. 12, by Jon Sward, September 2008.


ICTs, Adaptation to Climate Change, and Sustainable Development at the Edges - An IISD Commentary. International Institute for Sustainable Development, by Don MacLean, August 2008.


Survival of the fittest: Pastoralism and climate change in East Africa. Oxfam Briefing Paper 116, by Mary Kirkbride and Richard Grahn, August 2008.


Climate Change and Global Governance. Global Environmental Governance (GEG) Briefing Paper #2, by John Drexhage, published by the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD), April 2008.


Reducing poverty and hunger in Asia. Climate change in the context of Asia: pro-poor adaptation, risk management, and mitigation strategies. International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) Brief No 11, by Gary Yohe, Ian Burton, Saleemul Huq, and Mark W. Rosegrant, March 2008.


The trouble with travel and trees. International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED) Sustainable Development Opinion by Hannah Reid and Dilys Roe, September 2007.



People-centred climate change adaptation: integrating gender issues. Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations brief, 2007.

     
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