Category: Climate and climate change
Project: UN CC:Learn
Organization: Partnership of more than 30 multilateral organizations
Language: English, Spanish, French
Summary: The UN Climate Change Learning Partnership (UN CC:Learn) is a collaborative initiative involving 33 multilateral organizations which supports countries in designing and implementing country-driven, results-oriented, sustainable learning to address climate change. The initiative was launched at the 2009 Copenhagen Climate Change Summit. The overall goal of UN CC:Learn is building sustainable individual and institutional capacities, in developing and transition countries, to plan and implement effective climate change actions. The e-learning platform was launched in 2014 and provides quality e-learning resources on climate change relevant topics like climate change science and finance, international climate negotiations, and adaptation planning and climate change and health, among others. Each course builds on the expertise of relevant UN partners. All courses are freely available as a public good.
Project: MREDD+ Alliance
Organizations: U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID); The Nature Conservancy (TNC); Rainforest Alliance; Woods Hole Research Center; Fondo Mexicano para la Conservación de la Naturaleza (FMCN), A.C.
Summary: The Mexico Alliance for Reducing Carbon Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation (MREDD+) is a coalition of organizations that are promoting an appropriate framework for the implementation of the REDD+ mechanism in Mexico. The Alliance is involved in the creation of the country's national strategy for REDD+ and it provides knowledge and capacity-building in the following areas: policy and legal frameworks, financial architecture, communication strategy, and the establishment of a national system for Monitoring, Reporting and Verification (MRV). The website's "Acerca de MREDD+" section has general information about the project, its components, sub-national initiatives, and early action areas, as well as the staff and members of the Alliance. The "Capacitación" section has information about the initiative's learning communities, grouped according to the Alliance's focal areas, as well as a section for downloading audiovisual and print materials, and a calendar of activities. The "Publicaciónes" section is home to the Alliance's blog, newsroom, a list of recommended links, as well as downloadable audio-visual resources, relevant databases, documents, reports, and more either prepared by the Alliance or related to REDD+.
Project: Blue Carbon Portal
Organizations: United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP); GRID-Arendal
Summary: "Blue carbon" is the carbon stored and sequestered in coastal ecosystems such as mangrove forests, seagrass meadows, and intertidal saltmarshes. Developed by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and co-managed by GRID-Arendal, the Blue Carbon Portal promotes awareness of the importance of blue carbon habitats in mitigating climate change and highlights efforts to support these critical ecosystems. The website features a news section; a global map utility and project directory of blue carbon initiatives; an expert blog; a resources library of publications, presentations, images, and videos; and a calendar of blue carbon events. Conservation professionals can use the website to discuss blue carbon policy and management issues, access relevant information, and share research, ideas, and resources.
Project: Mangrove Alliance
Organizations: BirdLife International, National Audubon Society, Belize Audubon Society, The Bahamas National Trust, Aves & Conservación, Pronatura, Panama Audubon Society, SalvaNatura, Ligue pour la Protection des Oiseaux, Royal Society for the Protection of Birds, Vogelbescherming, Sociedad Ornitológica Puertorriqueña, Inc. (SOPI), Grupo Jaragua, Centro Nacional de Áreas Protegidas
Country/Region: North America, Central America, South America
Summary: The Mangrove Alliance works to conserve, restore, and manage Neotropical mangrove ecosystems throughout the Americas. The Alliance was formed in 2010 when 13 Birdlife International partner organizations created the initiative to facilitate knowledge and experience-sharing, promote collective learning and capacity-building, raise awareness, advocate for mangrove protection, implement on-the-ground actions at Important Bird Areas, and pool resources for long-term mangrove conservation. The Mangrove Alliance website includes information about current projects, news, facts, and case studies related to the preservation of Neotropical mangroves. The "Resources" section contains videos, maps, brochures, and factsheets in both Spanish and English.
Project: REDD Plus México
Organizations: Comité Técnico Consultivo (CTC)
Summary: The REDD plus Mexico website provides information on activities that reduce greenhouse gas emissions by preventing deforestation and forest degradation (REDD) and contributing to the conservation and sustainable management of forests and the enhancement of forest carbon stocks (+), which have the potential to generate significant social and environmental benefits for Mexico. The website is divided into several major areas: organizations that comprise the Comité Técnico Consultivo (CTC) of Mexico; REDD plus actions in Mexico; the definition of REDD from a forest and climate change perspective with concepts and statistics; a section on policies (national and international); a digital library where you will find the CTC's publications and documents; and finally, the Online Community section with more than 500 members.
Project: The REDD Desk
Organizations: Global Canopy Programme, Woods Hole Research Center
Summary: The REDD Desk is a collaborative platform for REDD (Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation). Sections of the website include: REDD Basics, an introduction to REDD; Little REDD Book, a non-technical guide to the United Nations negotiations on REDD; WikiREDD, a platform for knowledge-sharing; Resource Desk, a collection of relevant documents and multimedia; and news. There is also a section on the Readiness Forum, which was established in 2008 to help REDD stakeholders build capacity and increase South-South dialogue, information exchange, and collaboration and consensus-building on the implementation of readiness activities.
Organizations: Island Press, EcoAdapt
Summary: The Climate Adaptation Knowledge Exchange (CAKE) website features comprehensive in-depth information and resources related to climate change adaptation. The project's goal is to build a shared knowledge base for managing natural systems in the face of rapid climate change, and is intended to support individuals interested in developing climate change adaptation projects by vetting and organizing the best information available, building an online community, creating a directory of practitioners to share knowledge and strategies, and identifying and explaining data tools and information available on other websites. CAKE includes a collection of case studies of on-the-ground adaptation projects and a "virtual library" of literature and information focusing on adaptation.
Organizations: Rainforest Alliance, The Nature Conservancy, Conservation International, World Wildlife Fund, and The Climate, Community & Biodiversity Alliance
Summary: As 20 percent of global carbon emissions come from deforestation, Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation, or REDD, is a crucial component to reducing and mitigating climate change. ConservationTraining.org offers a free, interactive online course that presents a comprehensive introduction and background on REDD. The course is global in scale and is comprised of 14 lessons divided into four modules: 1) Background on Climate Change, 2) International Considerations, 3) National Considerations, and 4) Project Considerations.
Summary: The Climate, Community and Biodiversity Alliance (CCBA) is a partnership between companies, NGOs and research institutions that has developed voluntary standards for evaluating carbon sequestration projects that minimize climate change, support sustainable development, and conserve biodiversity. Each project is evaluated by a third-party auditor that uses specific indicators to determine if the necessary criteria are satisfied. The project's Web site features information about its members and advising institutions; its goals and objectives; a link to the standards in PDF format, available in English, Spanish, French, and Chinese; and information about how the projects are evaluated. Finally, the Web site features a list of projects currently using the CCB standards, links to each project's design documents in PDF format, and allows users to submit comments about each project.
Project: Climate Hot Map
Organization: Environmental Defense Fund, Natural Resources Defense Council, Sierra Club, Union of Concerned Scientists, United States Public Interest Research Group, World Resources Institute, World Wildlife Fund
Summary: Global warming is a hot topic, and this site attempts to define the local impacts of global warming and the impending consequences of climate change. Users may click on icons pitched on regional maps of the world and retrieve clear explanations of the effects of unusually warm weather under two categories: "fingerprints" and "harbingers." According to the Web site and projected by models of a changing climate, "fingerprints" are direct outcomes of a widespread and long-term trend toward warmer global temperatures and "harbingers" identify events that foreshadow the types of impacts likely to become more frequent and widespread with continued warming. The site's "Hotspot Selection Criteria" defines the organizations' methodology of choosing and displaying the impacts. A PDF version is available of a world map with icons that symbolize the impacts of global warming, i.e. coral reef bleaching, spreading disease, and droughts and fires. The site's section of "Impacts of Climate Change in the United States," added in November 2000, explores regions and sectors of the environment such as agriculture, human health, and coastal areas. The site also provides a list of almost 90 references to consult for supplemental information on climate change. Educators may access a curriculum guide to the Climate Impacts Map and download activities for the classroom.