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Last week, the Green Climate Fund (GCF) Board met for its last meeting before the upcoming climate talks in Paris. Countries created the GCF to be the main global fund for climate finance, and as such, it could play a vital role in delivering the goals of an agreement in Paris. If the GCF is to be a key player in the future climate regime, it needs to show that it can effectively spend money. Is it up to the task?

The Economic Costs and Benefits of Securing Community Forest Tenure

Evidence From Brazil and Guatemala

This Working Paper presents the economic costs of benefits of securing community forestland rights in Brazil and Guatemala.

The UNFCCC secretariat released a major report aggregating greenhouse gas emission reductions captured from 146 countries that submitted their national plans (or INDCs) as of October 1, 2015. These countries represent 86 percent of global emissions. Additional countries have submitted their national plans since October 1 and will continue to do so. The report finds that the INDCs represent a substantial slowdown in emissions growth achieved in a cost-effective way. Yet, countries will need to take additional actions to reduce emissions further before 2030.

Driving Transformative Change: The Role of the Private Sector in Advancing Short-term and Long-term Signals in the Paris Climate Agreement

The upcoming decisions at COP21 present an opportunity to put our global community on the right path, providing appropriate short-term signals for investors and innovators as well as a strong long-term signal that guides the phase out of greenhouse gas pollution. The private sector can play a...


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