Integrated Strategic Environmental Assessments in Post-Crisis Countries

This Guidance Note was drafted to document lessons learned in the three project countries and in doing so, it provides a step-by-step practical guide for countries in post-crisis situations to undertake Integrated SEAs. The Integrated SEA approach builds upon current SEA practices, while placing greater emphasis on integrating disaster risk and climate change impacts into a participatory data collection, mapping and planning process. This publication provides practical guidance on how to manage the process of assembling data and obtaining consensus from a wide range of actors to produce robust and widely accepted ‘Opportunity Maps’ for sustainable reconstruction and development. Recommendations from Integrated SEA processes should aim to be institutionalized into formal land-use planning processes. As such, Post-Crisis Integrated SEAs can be considered a bridge between post-crisis humanitarian action and sustainable development planning.

Bridging funding gaps for climate and sustainable development: Pitfalls, progress and potential

Policy reform is required to more accurately value natural capital and incentivize green investments through aligned subsidies, supportive financial measures, and risk mitigation support.
A centralized system that synthesizes evidence and connects projects to investors would both improve awareness of initiatives and funding sources, and build capacity and financial literacy.
Key information gaps persist in reporting, monitoring and impact assessment. Leveraging a centralized system could reduce redundancies, enhance cost-effectiveness and bridge finance gaps.

Regeneration of soils and ecosystems: The opportunity to prevent climate change

We are probably at the most crucial crossroad of humanity’s history. We are changing the earth’s climate as a result of accelerated human-made Greenhouse Gases Emissions (GHG) and biodiversity loss, provoking other effects that increase the complexity of the problem and will multiply the speed with which we approach climate chaos, and social too.

In this white paper, IDEAA scientifically explains and justifies the need to give absolute priority to the regeneration of soils and ecosystems. The sustainability concept has driven positive changes but has failed on two levels: it has been easy to manipulate because of its inherent laxness, and because of the fact that since the Earth Summit (Rio de Janeiro, 1992) indicators show much worsening and certainly no improvement. Global emissions increase and soil erosion is every year hitting new negative records.

Ecological and agrosystem regeneration necessarily implies a change for the better, a positive attitude and the joy of generating benefits for all living beings, human or not.Ecological and agrosystem regeneration not only aids in reducing emissions to the atmosphere but also allows natural, agricultural and livestock soils to act as carbon sinks, reducing the threats of all too sudden climate change.

Regeneration improves products’ quality, thereby increasing their market value. It improves the properties not just sustaining but carrying them into a future of permanent virtuous processes, in the long and short run. It also tackles increasing intergenerational justice problems. By means of increasing the resilience of the agrosystems, it also substantially contributes to climate change adaptation.
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A review of two payment schemes for watershed services from China and Vietnam: the interface of government control and PES theory

China and Vietnam have developed some of the most ambitious payments for ecosystem services (PES) initiatives for watershed conservation and forest management. These include the Sloping Land Conversion Programme in China and pilot projects designed to implement Decision 380 and the subsequent national PES law in Vietnam. This study reviews how these two government-driven initiatives are achieving their environment and development objectives in terms of their institutional arrangements, implementation in practice, and sustainability prospects. Although it remains too soon to determine the effects of these programs on watershed services, early evidence indicates that they are resulting in vulnerable land being retired from cultivation supported, in some cases, by considerable contributions to household income. A review of these initiatives has revealed two emerging questions that are relevant within the wider discussion on PES theory: (1) What is the ideal role for government in an evolving socio-cultural and political context? (2) What are the implications of a lack of voluntary participation in government administered PES schemes? Future prospects for harnessing the substantial political commitment for watershed protection toward more strategic, flexible, and long-term sustainable outcomes hinge on the ongoing responsiveness of these governments to stakeholder needs and objectives.

Toward viable landscape governance systems: what works?

Communities seeking to govern their landscapes face a variety of challenges. Research on successful governance and management systems has failed to address these challenges at a landscape level. Now, a new LPFN knowledge product connects the dots of landscape governance.

Building a shared vision: scenarios for collaborative land use planning in Central Moluccas Regency, Indonesia

Gender and climate change: Evidence and experience

This set of policy briefs seeks to address some of the most pressing policy issues concerning gender and climate change, by drawing on the extensive experience of each contributing partner organization. Our hope is that the concise and empirically grounded recommendations in each brief can provide guidance to policy makers and programmers to better identify and address gender issues in climate policy and action.

Full-merged PDF also available in Gender and Climate Change : Evidence and experience

Global Landscapes Forum: The Investment Case 2016

The second edition of the Global Landscapes Forum: The Investment Case 2016 will be held at the Royal Society in London on 6 June.

This second edition of Global Landscapes Forum – The Investment Case is an invitation-only event designed to connect key experts from the financial services industry with leaders from the corporate sector, senior government officials, project developers and leading thinkers, to take investments in sustainable landscapes to the next level.

The 2016 gathering offers a unique platform for exploring the potential of private finance in enhancing livelihood, environment and food security benefits.

Morning sessions will look at innovative financial tools and the needs of larger funds. In the afternoon, focus will shift towards conditions on the ground as well as the aggregators, data, monitoring arrangements and verifiers needed to connect funds to farms and forests. The day will end with a pitching session introducing concrete investable opportunities.

Call for an African water revolution

Outcome from the Malin Falkenmark Symposium at World Water Week in Stockholm 2016: A Triple Green Future for Humanity.

Public-private-civic partnerships for sustainable landscapes

Together with IDH, the Sustainable Trade Initiative, we present a “How to… guide” for promoting effective coordinated private, public and civic sector investments in sustainable natural resources management.