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WBI Climate Change Practice Quarterly e-Bulletin June 2012
  Jun 26, 2012

Dear WBICC e-Bulletin Readers,

As we ink this edition of our e-Bulletin, Rio+20, the UN Conference on Sustainable Development has successfully concluded. On the occasion of Rio+20, the City of Rio de Janeiro initiated the Rio+20 LCCD Program with the support of the Carbon Finance-Assist Program (CF-Assist) at the World Bank Institute Climate Change Practice (WBICC) and the Latin America Department of the World Bank. This program was officially launched at Copacabana, Brazil on June 18th by the Mayor of Rio De Janeiro, Mr. Eduardo Paes, and is inching on success after receiving the certification from the DNV (Det Norske Veritas). Mr. Rodrigo Rosa, Special Advisor to the Mayor, explains the relevance of LCCD Program in an interview taken on the occasion of Carbon Expo 2012.

The annual global carbon market fair, the Carbon Expo in Cologne - co-organized by the World Bank (through WBICC/CF-Assist), IETA and Koelnmesse - saw a tremendous participation of climate change stakeholders. From plenary sessions and workshops, to exhibitions and quizzes, this year's Carbon Expo was a highly successful event amidst carbon market uncertainties. Among others, we hosted a pre - expo consultation workshop called the World Bank Carbon Market Expert Group. This workshop spanned over 2 days before the commencement of the main event and discussed a variety of topics on CDM reform issues, new market mechanisms, REDD etc, to name a few. The team also organized the Carbon and Climate Finance Knowledge Corner - in partnership with the Inter-American Development Bank (IADB), FundaciĆ³n Torcuato Di Tella, Greenhouse Gas Management Institute (GHGMI), Climate Finance Options/UNDP and UNITAR - which drew attention to the quiz it held at the Expo. Five successful winners, representing Ethiopia, Nepal, Nigeria, Senegal and Turkey were awarded scholarships by WBICC to take an e-course from the learning portfolio of GHGMI.

We recently added new e-courses to our portfolio, and launched 'TRACE: How to use Tools for Rapid Assessment of City Energy', e-course which saw a successful commencement as did 'Energy Sector Strategies to Support Green Growth' that received an overwhelming registration on its first delivery. Many of the e-courses that had been in pipeline are ready to be presented in the coming months as an integral part of our broader capacity building program.

We hope you enjoy reading this edition of our e-Bulletin as we await your feedback.

WBI Climate Change Practice -
Rio+20 Low Carbon City Development Program
Carbon Expo 2012: Reaffirmed Confidence in Carbon Market Instruments
E-learning; Pilot Delivery - Energy Sector Strategies to Support Green Growth
Low Emissions Development Planning and Financing
At LED, we have advanced in the development of new e-learning courses, such as 'Investment Planning Towards Low Carbon, Climate Resilient Development' and a few others are in the production stage. After the successful initiation of Rio+20 LCCDP and the Carbon Expo, among other initiatives, preparations are underway for India Carbon Conclave and Latin America Carbon Forum, to be held in a few months from now.
  • Rio+20: Launch of Low Carbon City Development Program (LCCDP)
    The City of Rio de Janeiro with support of the Carbon Finance-Assist Program at the World Bank Institute Climate Change Practice (WBICC) and the Latin America Department of the World Bank have pioneered an innovative city level program for Climate Change mitigation. The Rio de Janeiro Low Carbon City Development Program (LCCDP) is a comprehensive, cross-sectoral climate change mitigation program at sub national level. It is a business model for low carbon development at municipal level ready to be applied to cities around the globe. The mayor of the city, Mr. Eduardo Paes, formally launched the program on June 18, 2012 at the Rio+20 Mayors' Summit in Copacabana. Special advisor to the mayor of Rio de Janeiro, Mr. Rodrigo Rosa shares his view.
  • Rio LCCD Program receives certification under the Low Carbon City Development Assessment Protocol: Det Norske Veritas(DNV) has certified that the Rio de Janeiro Low Carbon City Development Program complies with the requirements of the Low Carbon City Development Program (LC Assessment Protocol developed in accordance with ISO 14064-2 and ISO 14001 standards and the GHG Protocol. In the initial assessment DNV concludes that if implemented as designed in the Program Document and supporting documents, the Program is likely to contribute to the achievement of the Rio de Janeiro Low Carbon City Development objectives and targets. The assessment protocol and the Rio program are pioneering efforts to enable cities to access climate and carbon finance resources to invest in low-carbon development.

Carbon Expo: Upcoming Events
Capacity for Sustainable Energy
The Energy program seeks to support the global efforts as part of the UN year of Sustainable Energy for All. The program supports open knowledge through webinars, e-learning courses, knowledge exchanges and enables development of innovative approaches. We seek collaborations and inputs with energy sector practitioners and stakeholders and we would welcome your feedback to enhance our work.
  • Energy at the Carbon Expo: The Carbon Expo 2012 hosted a number of plenary sessions and workshops and parallel side-events. Out of the many, our team organized a plenary session on "Sustainable Energy for All: A Corporate perspective". The eminent panelists included private sector and government and the discussion focused on the aspirations and reality of achieving the goal of sustainable energy by 2030. The team also organized a workshop on, 'Green Power Market for Renewable Energy'. The panel broadly discussed the opportunities and challenges on market instruments created by countries to promote renewable energy, based on the prevailing regulatory systems and national priorities. Yet another workshop held on the last day of the Expo, discussed, 'Innovative Financial Instruments for Energy Efficiency Projects' and a side-event brought together large lighting companies to discuss the opportunity to achieve market transformation to energy efficiency.
  • Webinar: June 12th 2012 saw a webinar on 'Achieving Low Carbon Growth: From Innovation to Market Expansion'. Dan Kammen, Professor of Energy Policy at the University of California, Berkeley was the webinar discussant who shared his discourse about renewable energy and energy efficiency technologies as an important element in low carbon development strategies.

Upcoming Events - Energy Portal
  • We are developing a dedicated energy portal as part of our efforts to promote open knowledge to achieve the goals of sustainable energy. The Energy Portal will provide access to knowledge on Energy Efficiency, Renewable Energy and Electrification to relevant stakeholders. As a pilot initiative, ESMAP supported CFL toolkit is being converted into an EE household lighting knowledge center to help stakeholders understand how to develop large-scale EE lighting programs. The technologies being considered for future addition include EE street lighting, municipal water pumping, solar home systems and solar lanterns. The portal seeks to bring together knowledge and experience on implementation mechanisms for deployment of existing technologies. Our team would appreciate your feedback on the technologies that should be included in this portal. Please write to us with your suggestion - Please stay tuned to our next bulletin for further information on the launch of the portal.
Climate-Smart Agriculture in Landscape Management
The Climate-Smart Agriculture program currently focuses on organizing workshops and training events for trainers, policy makers and development officials in Africa. We are at our best efforts in developing e-learning courses along with new products to capture and disseminate experiences and innovations on Climate-Smart Agriculture. Together with this, the team is continuing to facilitate south-south knowledge sharing to scale up impacts of successful land-water management practices.
  • Workshop: Towards the end of May 2012, in collaboration with African region, and African Union (AU), through its African Climate Policy Center (ACPC) we delivered a workshop on a new Regional Project in Climate Change Risk Management for Green Growth (CCRMGG) at Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. The 50 participants were representatives from the African Union Commission (AUC), Africa Climate Policy Center (ACPC), Regional Economic Communities (RECs), River Basin Organizations (RBOs), Regional Power Pools, regional agencies working on climate-related fields, regional training institutions, the Global Fund for Disaster Reduction and Recovery (GFDRR), other Development Partners and the World Bank. WBICC team would be in charge of the capacity building component of the above mentioned project and in the coming months two regional training workshops, one on Hydromet and the other on Agricultural Water Management would be organized.
  • Training Event: 'Sustainable Land-Water Management: Towards Climate-Smart Agriculture' course was delivered in Lilongwe, Malawi from May 29 - 31, 2012. It was in association with Africa Region Environment Unit (AFTEN) and University of Malawi's, Bunda College of Agriculture. The course included modules on climate change, variability and impact; addressing food security; climate resilience and mitigation; assessing climate risks and investments; climate-smart agriculture in a landscape approach. It also comprised new modules on water harvesting, watershed/landscape approaches, agro-forestry, weather index crop insurance, as well as climate change negotiations in agriculture. The course received good participation from Government departments, NGOs, Training Institution and Media. With positive feedback for the course, WBI in collaboration with University of Malawi will organize training of trainer event and thereafter the WBI content on 'Sustainable Land-Water Management: Towards Climate-Smart Agriculture' is also invited to be added in their study curriculum.

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