Climate Finance Fundamentals – Series of Short Issue Briefs

February 11, 2011

In cooperation with ODI, the Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung is offering a new series of short introductory briefing on various aspects of climate financing. Called “Climate Finance Fundamentals” the short briefs, which include tables and graphs, are meant for those readers new to the debate on global climate change financing and its myriads of facets and needing a quick overview.  In light of the fast pace of developments in climate finance, the briefs will allow the reader to gain a better understanding of not only the quantity but also the quality of existing financial flows for adaptation and mitigation.

The briefs focus on the principles for a normative framework of public climate finance, the emerging global climate finance architecture  and addresses instruments, needs and actual funding amounts in the action areas of adaptation, mitigation and forest protection (reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation, REDD).  Several  also looks specifically at the climate funding situation for specific regions of the world.

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A Normative Framework for Climate Finance
Climate Finance Fundamentals 1, November 2010
Liane Schalatek, Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung North America and Neil Bird, Overseas Development Institute

This Brief looks at the three sequential phases relating to the mobilization, administration and the disbursement of climate change funding. Taken together, they offer a minimum guiding framework for climate finance, based on the principles and criteria briefly examined here.

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Evolving Global Climate Finance Architecture
Climate Finance Fundamentals 2, November 2010
Alice Caravani and Neil Bird, Overseas Development Institute and Liane Schalatek, Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung North America

This Brief investigates the evolution of climate finance, describing the main actors and initiatives that have been active to-date. The proposed global climate fund, to be discussed at Cancun, offers potential to make climate finance more effective.

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Adaptation Finance
Climate Finance Fundamentals 3, November 2010
Alice Caravani and Neil Bird, Overseas Development Institute and Liane Schalatek, Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung North America

This Brief looks at the challenge for the international community to ensure adequate levels of funding for adaptation activities in vulnerable developing countries. The five main multilateral adaptation finance instruments that have disbursed funds to-date are described.

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Mitigation Finance
Climate Finance Fundamentals 4, November 2010
Alice Caravani and Neil Bird, Overseas Development Institute and Liane Schalatek, Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung North America

This Brief describes the funds that have been created by industrialized countries to finance emission reductions in developing countries and examines how these funds can work with private capital to secure the level of funding needed.

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REDD-plus Finance
Climate Finance Fundamentals 5, November 2010
Alice Caravani and Neil Bird, Overseas Development Institute and Liane Schalatek, Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung North America

REDD-plus finance has received a lot of attention over the last two years. This Brief describes the funding initiatives in support of this major international mitigation strategy and raises some ongoing challenges for the equitable delivery of climate finance.

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Climate Finance Regional Briefing: Latin America
Climate Finance Fundamentals 6, November 2010
Alice Caravani and Neil Bird, Overseas Development Institute and Liane Schalatek, Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung North America

This Brief describes international climate finance that is being channelled to countries in Latin America to fund national climate change actions . It looks at funding across the major themes of adaptation, mitigation and REDD-plus, as well as identifying the principal actors within the region.

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Climate Finance Regional Briefing: Africa

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Climate Finance Regional Briefing: Asia

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Climate Finance Regional Briefing: Middle East and Northern Africa

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