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WBI Climate Change Practice Quarterly e-Bulletin February 2012
  Feb 02, 2012

 
 
 
Foreword
 
 
Dear WBICC e-Bulletin Readers,

Happy New Year! And welcome to this edition of the WBI e-Bulletin. As this journal comes on-line, preparations for the 2012 Africa Carbon Forum - co organized by the Nairobi Framework partners - have already begun. We expect to showcase best practices and lessons learned from the implementation of Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) projects and Programmatic CDM approaches in Africa. There will also be learning events on low emissions development strategies, renewable energy and energy efficiency, climate-smart agriculture and landscape planning, with experts from the public and private sectors.

On December 11, 2011, the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP-17) in Durban concluded. 194 countries agreed on the "Durban Platform for Enhanced Action". The meeting provided assurance of a new commitment period for the Kyoto Protocol, giving a fresh lease of life to carbon markets, especially under the CDM. More importantly, there is finally agreement that all nations will need to commit to climate action by 2020, and that the Green Climate Fund will move forward this year. Together with this, the Climate Change Knowledge Portal was launched by the World Bank in Durban.

COP17 provided us at the World Bank Institute a reinforced mandate for capacity building. One of the key business lines of our capacity building work is knowledge sharing and exchange. We are on the right track with this focus was only recently underlined during a webinar on the outcomes from Durban, where out of 96 participants surveyed more than 80% voted for 'knowledge of regulations and processes' above 'financial resources' as the resource most lacking for individual actors as players in the climate change agenda.

Identifying, developing and delivering just-in-time knowledge products to support capacity building initiatives is as important as ever - particularly in a field as dynamic, fast-moving and crucial as climate change. A lot remains to be done, and we will keep our collective finger on the pulse of developments in the climate change arena as the international community prepares the 2012 'Rio+20' conference and the COP18 in Qatar.

We hope this quarterly edition of the e-Bulletin will continue to provide you important information as we move forward.

WBI Climate Change Practice - wbicc@worldbank.org
 
HIGHLIGHTS
 
 
Signals from Durban: Next Steps for Climate Change
Climate Change Action Needs Knowledge and Learning
Apps for Climate Change: Call for Applications
Africa Carbon Forum 2012
 
VOICES & REFLECTIONS
 
 
Climate Change: An Animation
Why is the Carbon Finance Programmatic Approach Important?
 
 
NEWS FROM OUR Five PROGRAMS
 
Low Emissions and Climate Resilient Development
 
 
In September 2011, we successfully delivered the e-course, 'Low Carbon Development'. Climate practitioners from across the globe participated, including members from the Mitigation Action Implementation Network (MAIN) in Latin America. The next offering is scheduled for March 2012.

After the 2011 launch of MAIN in Latin America and Asia, we are now preparing for the launch of MAIN in the Middle East and North African (MENA) region. The MAIN network provides an opportunity for climate practitioners to engage in discussions and knowledge exchanges which help to identify and design Nationally Appropriate Mitigation Actions (NAMAs) and Low-Emissions Development Strategies (LEDS).

The team is currently also working on a new e-course on 'Investment Planning' scheduled to be available in July 2012.
 
Carbon and Climate Finance
 
 
The e-learning course 'Clean Development Mechanism and Joint Implementation (CDM/JI): Navigating the Kyoto Project-Based Mechanisms' was successfully delivered in October 2011 with participants from around the world.

Thirty participants completed the e-course 'CDM: Program of Activities (CDM: PoA)' and received the certificate. The course helps participants to apply specific knowledge in their respective countries, including preparing Program Idea Notes (PIN) and PoA Design Documents. The next facilitated offering of the course commences on February 20, 2012.

Upcoming Knowledge Exchange Events
  • From February 14th - 17th 2012, WBICC will co-organize, and deliver a Workshop on 'Climate Finance for Development' at St. Lucia in the Caribbean. The course targets policy makers and energy sector planners of member countries of the Organization of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS). The objective of the workshop is to raise awareness and share information on World Bank tools, instruments and best practices on financing climate change adaptation and sustainable energy. The workshop will help to identify knowledge gaps and capacity building needs of the Caribbean region in the context of climate change and discuss types of financial mechanisms suitable for OECS countries.
  • Africa Carbon Forum: The 4th Africa Carbon Forum will take place from 18-20 April, 2012 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. The 2011 Africa Carbon Forum brought together more than 1,000 participants representing private- and public-sector stakeholders to tap the potential of greenhouse gas emission offset projects in Africa. Being a trade fair and knowledge sharing platform for carbon investments in Africa it also includes matchmaking and deal facilitation sessions where carbon project developers can showcase their projects to investors and carbon buyers. Thus, providing a stage for international organizations, governments and private companies with the perfect setting to exhibit and showcase their projects.
  • Carbon Expo 2012: Preparations are underway for the Carbon Expo 2012, the World's leading international trade fair and conference for emissions trading, carbon abatement solutions and clean technologies. This year it will be hosted in Cologne from 30 May – 1 June 2012. The three-day program will feature over 250 speakers in plenaries and workshops. The conference will provide insights into national situation reports, latest knowledge and trends, and discuss links between trading and other international policies and developments.
  • Registration Link- Africa Carbon Forum 2012
  • Registration Link-Carbon Expo 2012
  • Apply by February 13, 2012: CDM Programme of Activities e-Learning Course
  • Ongoing delivery: e-Learning Course on CDM/JI: Navigating the Kyoto Project-Based Mechanisms
 
 
Energy
 
 
Several e-courses on energy and climate change are under development. The first one upcoming is "Saving Energy Through Energy Savings Performance Contracts" in April 2012. Four more courses are in progress and expected to be available later this year.

Knowledge Exchange

WBICC will deliver a regional workshop for Eastern-European countries on "Energy Efficiency Planning for Buildings" from 7 -9 February 2012 in Vienna, Austria. The workshop is part of a series of training events that have been organized under the program 'Climate Friendly Energy Efficiency Policies across South-East Europe'. The event will focus on the energy efficiency planning cycle for buildings and will cover a range of topics - from diagnostics, to auditing, budgeting and planning for energy efficiency activities. A special emphasis will be given to the opportunities and challenges in the implementation of energy efficiency programs and projects in the context of South East Europe.
 
Cities and Climate Change
 
 
The e-course 'Cities and Climate Change Leadership' was successfully delivered to over 100 participants. Next delivery is planned for the month of March.

Knowledge Exchange
 
Climate-Smart Agriculture and Forestry
 
 
The WBI e-learning courses on climate-smart agriculture provide practical knowledge about how climate change is likely to impact food production and security; how best to increase agriculture productivity; how to build resilience to mitigate the negative impacts of climate change; and how best to reduce greenhouse gas emission. The second delivery of the e-course 'Public Private Partnerships (PPP) - Improving Performance of Irrigation Services Provision' was successfully delivered in December 2011. The next upcoming e-course is on "Water Footprint- Concept and Application" scheduled to be delivered from 13-24 February 2012.

WBICC and the African Institute for Capacity Development (AICD) are organizing a face-to-face learning event end of February on, 'Sustainable Land-Water Management: Towards a Climate- Smart Agriculture (CSA).' It is a regional Training-of-Trainer event and is planned to take place at AICD in Nairobi, Kenya. The five-day course will include updates from the COP17 and a field trip. The focus will be on climate-smart agriculture practices through land-water management. It will explore the triple wins of CSA – food security, climate adaptation and mitigation- and will feature case studies, interactive exercises and innovative learning experiences.

Our program team along with Agro Forestry and the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences is organizing a training program on 'Carbon Monitoring of Smallholder Agricultural Projects' in Western Kenya. The three-day workshop is taking place from 1-3 February 2012. The objective of the training is to build hands–on capacity and know how to establish monitoring systems and model derived emission factors for smallholder carbon monitoring of agricultural carbon projects. The workshop is also expected to provide a platform for networking and sharing experiences among participants during and beyond the workshop.

Taking a leap with regard to Forestry, several new courses are in different stages of development. The e-courses 'Applying Safeguards for Risk Reduction in REDD+ Activities' and 'Carbon Monitoring in CDM Afforestation/Reforestation Projects' are expected to be launched in summer 2012.
 
 
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USEFUL LINKS
 
 
 
 
 
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