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This paper highlights how civil society organizations can play critical roles in establishing transparent and accountable climate finance systems that put communities at the center of decision-making. It draws from the Adaptation Finance Accountability Initiative’s experiences in Ethiopia and Uganda as well as lessons learned from similar efforts in Bangladesh, Kenya, and the Philippines. It offers valuable information to help civil society organizations build their engagement and capacity on climate adaptation finance.

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Coastal areas are at risk as rising populations and growing urbanization prompt significant losses and damages to coastal habitats, impacting coastal and climate resilience. A new paper by the High Level Panel for a Sustainable Ocean Economy explores four opportunities to ensure sustainable and resilient coastal zones.

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Climate change is already affecting crop production, and in some cases is undermining the viability of current crop systems. The paper explains why transformative adaptation is needed in cropping systems, how seeds systems play a key role in these systemic shifts, and what changes are needed in crop research and development to enable climate-resilient transformations.

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A new report from World Resources Institute and the Amazon Geo-Referenced Socio-Environmental Information Network (RAISG) reveals that mining operations in the Amazon basin now cover more than 20% of Indigenous lands, threatening hundreds of Indigenous communities and endangering critical ecosystems across 450,000 square kilometers.

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Un nuevo informe del World Resources Institute y la Red Amazónica de Información Socioambiental Georreferenciada (RAISG) revela que las operaciones mineras en la cuenca del Amazonas cubren ahora más del 20 % de los territorios indígenas, amenazando así a cientos de comunidades aborígenes y poniendo en peligro a ecosistemas críticos en una superficie de 450.000 kilómetros cuadrados.

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Join activists from the US, Indonesia, and Mongolia as they describe how their voices have been excluded in decision-making on water, air, or land pollution in their communities. Panelists will share what they have done to change this dynamic and highlight how the other organizations can support their efforts.

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The high-level session will draw on experiences of countries on the front lines of the climate crisis and engage the international community in a forward-looking, action-oriented discussion. The session will explore existing climate-induced risks and challenges faced by the world’s most vulnerable and identify solutions and opportunities for climate-resilient development that can be scaled and sustained.

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This virtual event will highlight the latest research and practice from Cities4Forests, an initiative led by more than 60 cities around the world, to better conserve, manage, and restore forests and other natural infrastructure. The event will showcase city leadership from Medellín, Colombia which has implemented an award-winning Green Corridors program.

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Integrating adaptation across sustainable development initiatives can spur resilient growth, safeguard development gains from climate change impacts and help decision-makers avoid investments that unintentionally increase vulnerability. New research from WRI shines a spotlight on how two counties in Kenya are using innovative, local-level climate funds to move from mainstreaming adaptation planning to action.

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This paper examines case studies from three regions— Bangladesh, Malabon City (Philippines) and Cartegana (Colombia) —that are making progress on integrating climate adaptation into planning and implementing on-the-ground actions to build coastal resilience. The enabling factors and challenges shared by these locations can serve as models and inspiration to policy makers and other stakeholders in other countries that are grappling with similar issues as they work to narrow the “implementation gap” between planning and action.

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This paper proposes a framework with four important areas that we need to focus on to build an enabling ecosystem for a linked energy and development agenda. The paper also details actions that energy and development sector actors—specifically, African governments, the donor community, the private sector, and civil society can take to create better links.

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