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Financing the Energy Transition: Are World Bank, IFC, and ADB Energy Supply Investments Supporting a Low-Carbon Future?

Finance provided and catalyzed by multilateral development banks (MDBs) will help pay for implementation of the UN Sustainable Development Goals and the Paris Climate Agreement in many developing countries. Although MDBs already track and report on their climate finance, less is known about how...

The Future of Disaster Risk Pooling for Developing Countries: Where Do We Go from Here?

Climate-related disasters are increasing in frequency and severity and both economic and human losses are climbing. Unfortunately, developing countries, which are the least equipped to deal with disasters, are often impacted the most. Over the past two decades, new financial tools have emerged...

Data and Ambition Loops for Enhanced Climate Action: Potential Drivers and Opportunities in Asia

For the public to have confidence that progress is being made towards national climate goals, countries need to be up front and transparent about reporting on their greenhouse gas emissions. But governments cannot transparently report their emissions on their own: they often need to turn to the...

Green-Gray Assessment: How to Assess the Costs and Benefits of Green Infrastructure for Water Supply Systems

A growing body of research shows that healthy watersheds are a vital component of a well-functioning water supply infrastructure system. WRI’s Green-Gray Assessment (GGA) method allows stakeholders to value the costs and benefits of integrating green or natural infrastructure into water supply...

Volumetric Water Benefit Accounting (VWBA): A Method For Implementing and Valuing Water Stewardship Activities

WRI and partners at Quantis, LimnoTech and Valuing Nature have developed a new approach for implementing and valuing water stewardship activities. The Volumetric Water Benefit Accounting (VWBA) meets a critical need in corporate water stewardship: a common method for assessing the benefits of...

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Unaffordable and Undrinkable: Rethinking Urban Water Access in the Global South

In 2015, UNICEF and the World Health Organization reported that over 90% of the world’s population used improved drinking water sources. But new research suggests the indicators used by UNICEF/WHO grossly overestimated the state of water access, especially in cities of the global south. Analysis...

Assessing the Effectiveness of Climate Resilience Grants to Local Governments in Least Developed Countries

Building resilience to increasingly intense climate change impacts requires effective, urgent adaptation action at the local level. While much progress has been made within the international and national arenas, efforts to successfully implement adaptation at the subnational level remains uneven...

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