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Fiscal Instruments in INDCs: How Countries are Looking to Fiscal Policies to Support INDC Implementation

International Institute for Sustainable Development  
Policy Initiative: Climate Action
21. January 2016

Countries are increasingly turning to the use of fiscal instruments to support low-carbon development and efforts to reduce emissions. This is evidenced in the proliferation of the references to these instruments within the Intended Nationally Determined Contributions (INDCs) that were submitted and examined in advance of COP 21. With that in mind, IISD and GIZ (on behalf of the German Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development) have undertaken a rapid review of INDCs to highlight countries that have identified these…

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Adapting from the Ground Up : Enabling Small Businesses in Developing Countries to Adapt to Climate Change

World Resources Institute  
Policy Initiative: Climate Action
13. January 2016

Small businesses are critical yet often overlooked players in climate change adaptation. This report from the World Resources Institute offers specific policy interventions for policymakers, climate finance providers, and large corporations to engage small businesses in adaptation efforts, enabling them to build their own resilience as well as the resilience of their communities. WRI | Adapting from the Ground Up : Enabling Small Businesses in Developing Countries to Adapt to Climate Change

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Shock Waves : Managing the Impacts of Climate Change on Poverty

World Bank  
Policy Initiative: Climate Action
12. January 2016

Ending poverty and stabilizing climate change will be two unprecedented global achievements and two major steps toward sustainable development. But the two objectives cannot be considered in isolation: they need to be jointly tackled through an integrated strategy. This report brings together those two objectives and explores how they can more easily be achieved if considered together. It examines the potential impact of climate change and climate policies on poverty reduction. It also provides guidance on how to create a…

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Green Energy Choices: The Benefits, Risks and Trade-Offs of Low-Carbon Technologies for Electricity Production

United Nations Environment Programme  
Policy Initiative: Energy Policy
12. January 2016

This summary report highlights key findings from the report of the International Resource Panel: Green Energy Choices: The Benefits, Risks and Trade-Offs of Low-Carbon Technologies for Electricity Production. Meeting the rising energy demands of a growing world population presents an ideal opportunity to make technology choices that take into account, and to the extent possible, mitigate negative impacts on the climate, environmental and human health. The report examines the main commercially available renewable and non-renewable power generation technologies, analysing their…

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Asian Economic Integration Report 2015: How Can Special Economic Zones Catalyze Economic Development?

Asian Development Bank  
Policy Initiative: Regional Integration
12. January 2016

Economic zones have played a key role in economic development in many Asian economies. Special economic zones (SEZs) can play a catalytic role in economic development, provided the right business environment and policies are put in place. In Asia, SEZs can facilitate trade, investment, and policy reform at a time the region is experiencing a slowdown in trade and economic growth. The Asian Economic Integration Report is an annual review of Asia’s regional economic cooperation and integration. It covers the…

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