The Lower Mekong River Basin (LMB) spans Laos, Cambodia, Thailand and Vietnam, and supports 60 million people. New research shows that climate change could damage $18 billion worth of infrastructure and decrease economic productivity in the region by $16 billion annually by 2050.
WRI's new global director of governance, Mark Robinson, explains why governance is important for sustainable development, and highlights its challenges and opportunities.
Setting an aspirational adaptation goal—and ratcheting efforts up over time to reach it—can catalyze the wide range of actions necessary for all communities, especially the poorest, to have the means to be more resilient.
With 10 months left until the Paris COP, several key issues bear watching this week as negotiators collaborate on a new climate agreement.
All eyes are on India this week, as President Obama is set to make an unprecedented second trip to meet with Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
While the leaders’ discussions will address several issues, including nuclear energy and trade, climate and clean energy will be a central part of the agenda. So it’s a tremendous opportunity for the two countries to make substantive progress on shifting to low-carbon, climate-resilient pathways.
Tracking Adaptation Finance at the Subnational Level
This working paper explores local finance structures in Nepal, the Philippines, Uganda and Zambia.
It highlights challenges and good practices in channeling funding to communities that are vulnerable to climate change.
What is an equitable way of taking action in the context of growing emissions and climate impacts, from water scarcity and depressed agricultural yields to severe weather events?
And how can we reduce emissions and build climate resilience while taking into account varying human development needs?
Adaptation finance accountability is key to addressing obligations of national governments and international organizations to provide support, but actual funding decisions are often made without involving the populations hit first and worst by climate change, or without understanding how communities are vulnerable.
So who is accountable for making good use of adaptation funds, and who should hold whom accountable?
As delegates gather at COP 20 in Lima, it’s a critical moment to think about how countries can build resilience to these impacts.
Negotiators are currently at work on creating an international climate agreement by COP 21 in Paris in 2015—they have an opportunity to craft one that accelerates action on adaptation and makes life better for vulnerable people around the world.
Brazil’s cities, home to 85 percent of the country’s population, are already feeling the effects of climate change in the form of intense rains, temperature spikes, and sea level rise.
But WRI experts recently learned by visiting Rio de Janeiro, Porto Alegre and Brasilia, some cities are also starting to take action to adapt.