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Business case for the Bangladeshi private sector to invest in climate change and access international climate finance

A new paper by Acclimatise, IIED and ICCCAD with support from CDKN finds that the private sector in Bangladesh is beginning to recognize that climate change presents a number of significant opportunities. Although several challenges stand in the way of businesses scaling up their climate-related initiatives and seizing further opportunities, steps can be taken to create an enabling investment environment.

Business Opportunities in a Changing Climate

Firms see climate change opportunities as well as risks 

A new report from the Environment Agency reveals how businesses view the risks and opportunities presented by future climate change and severe weather. 

The report’s key findings include: 

86% of companies identified one or more climate-related risks 34% of the climate risks identified are being managed using a low-cost, ‘business-as-usual’ approach 33% of the opportunities identified are expected to arise within 3 years Approximately 1 opportunity was identified for every 3 risks reported 

Adapting to Climate Change in China (Phase I): Resource Manual

This Resource Manual reviews the approach, methods and lessons from the first phase of the Adapting to Climate Change in China (ACCC) project. ACCC brings together Chinese policy makers, research and policy institutions, as well as international organisations and experts, to develop practical approaches to climate change adaptation policy planning. 

ACCC phase I (2009-2013) was designed as a "research-into-use" project, and focused on developing evidence-based climate change adaptation policy in China, at both the national and provincial levels.

Climate Adaptation Activity: Motivation, Support And Assessment

While there have been a number of surveys regarding climate adaptation activity and attitudes, and considerable research on financial flows for climate finance, many questions remain regarding support and assessment of adaptation.  To fill this gap, The Higher Ground Foundation prepared this report based on a survey of climate adaptation stakeholders.

Research looking at how different sectors (e.g., “business”, “local government”, “development agencies”) view climate adaptation gives evidence that:

Assessing Mali’s Direction Nationale De La Météorologie Agrometeorological Advisory Program: Preliminary Report On The Climate Science And Farmer Use Of Advisories

In June 2011, USAID organized a West African Adaptation Workshop under the Adaptation Partnership in Dakar, Senegal. The workshop had several goals, including improving the awareness of and demand for climate services in the region among decision-makers in various sectors, improving climate service providers’ understanding of decision-makers’ needs, identifying opportunities to design and deliver climate services for decision making, and sharing information on good practices and models.

An Assessment of Water Security, Development, and Climate Change in Iloilo, Philippines, and the Tigum-Aganan Watershed

In 2013, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) expects to release guidance on a climate resilient development framework (USAID 2013a) as well as an annex to that framework specific to climate change and water (USAID 2013b). This case study is the first to use the concepts in these guidance documents for an on-the- ground assessment of water security.

Gender and Climate Change in Agrarian Settings

The impacts of climate variability and change on the rural poor in the Global South become more pronounced with each passing year. While entire communities and regions will be exposed to the same changing temperatures and precipitation, the ways in which they are vulnerable to these changes will vary greatly. As the contemporary literature on adaptation now acknowledges, the patterns of vulnerability to climate change impacts we see today are largely, if not principally, shaped by social factors ranging from gender roles to class to ethnicity.

The Value of Climate Services Across Economic and Public Sectors: A Review of Relevant Literature

Weather services (including current meteorological information and forecasts for hours and days ahead) and basic climate services have been available in most parts of the world for more than half a century. However, it is only over the last few decades that a full suite of climate services (including provision of comprehensive historical observational data, climate system monitoring, monthly, seasonal and inter-annual climate predictions, and long-term climate change projections) have become available in many countries. 

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