Access to natural resources has been a constant theme in debates on poverty alleviation strategies. In the last decade, with the renewed international commitment to poverty reduction, there have been significant theoretical and practical advances in the way poverty-environment linkages are considered in mainstream development policy.
The Special Report on Renewable Energy Sources and Climate Change Mitigation (SRREN), agreed and released by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) on May 9th in Abu Dhabi, assesses existing literature on the future potential of renewable energy for the mitigation of climate change. It covers the six most important renewable energy technologies, as well as their integration into present and future energy systems. It also takes into consideration the environmental and social consequences associated with these technologies, the cost and strategies to overcome technical as well as non-technical obstacles to their application and diffusion.
Climate change is causing signifcant mass loss of glaciers in high mountains worldwide. Although glacier systems show a great amount of inherent complexity and variation, there are clear overall trends indicating global glacier recession, which is likely to accelerate in coming decades. Large gaps remain in our understanding and ability to model accurately the key processes and cause-effect relationships driving glacier response to climate change. In addition, a lot of data on glacier mass changes are not available to the public due to national interests concerning water supply.
Gender issues in environmental sustainability and poverty reduction in the community: social and community issuesPosted on: 10 May 2011 - 10:32am
One of the most important lessons we have learned is that the consideration and inclusion of gender issues in environmental management and poverty reduction activities is crucial if development programs are to be relevant and sustainable. This paper explores some Pacific island experiences.
It is important establish a common frame of reference for our discussion of gender-poverty–environment links. To guide our study and begin to capture the dynamics of the links, the team developed a draft action framework which we have continued to refine as the research has progressed. The aim is to identify the key factors that planners and policy makers need to take into account to foster positive synergies in policies and programs.
The Gender, Poverty and Environmental Indicators on African Countries Report is published by the Statistics Department of the African Development Bank Group. The publication provides some information on the broad development trends relating to gender, poverty and environmental issues in the 53 African countries. Gender, Poverty and Environmental Indicators on African Countries 2010 was prepared by the Economic and Social Statistics Division of the Statistics Department.
German climate finance put to the test: An assessment of German financial support for climate-related activitiesPosted on: 25 January 2011 - 1:47pm
Germany performs relatively weak with regard to fulfilment of its commitment to provide 0.7% of its Gross National Income (GNI) for Official Development Assistance (ODA), and there are indications that it is currently losing track of reaching this objective by 2015. On the other hand, its climate-related finance pledges have been relatively reliable so far.