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Bulletin No.4 by Providers of Readiness and Capacity-Building Support for Adaptation. CTCN Submission

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Capacity building activities during the period 1 July 2020 – 30 April 2021 

Harnessing Climate Technologies and Practices to Strengthen Nature-based Resilience

The CTCN led a ‘Technologies & Practices’ session for the Nature-based Resilience Stream at the 7th Asia-Pacific Adaptation Forum. The session was held online on 11th March 2021 at 14:00 - 15:30 (Bangkok time), exploring the growing evidence that is being generated in the region on the use and effectiveness of nature-based resilience approaches, in particular those leveraging innovative adaptation technologies and practices, to strengthen both resilience of human and natural ecosystems. The keynote speaker, Dr. Rose Mwebaza, highlighted the important role that Nature-based Solutions (NbS) play in climate change response, and indicated that international cooperation is required for developing countries to facilitate the use of nature-based climate technologies and practices as well as share knowledge and lessons learned from their usage.

During the session, it was agreed that NbS are increasingly used and are demonstrating their effectiveness in different areas, including disaster risk reduction, climate resilience, water resource management and biodiversity. Technologies and practices for nature-based resilience could contribute to building back a better society. However, more efforts and attention are required to facilitate the use of NbS and the engagement of stakeholders, including private sector, in building nature-based resilience.

For more information, please visit https://www.ctc-n.org/news/ctcn-7th-asia-pacific-adaptation-forum-apan-summary-event

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High-Level Launch of the Circular Economy Coalition in Latin America and the Caribbean 

The LAC region has been very active promoting circular economy. Countries are interested in, are developing, or have already developed their national circular economy strategies, plans and/or roadmaps. However, there is still a need to increase cooperation, scale up initiatives and strengthen public-private partnerships, as well as finance for innovation and capacity development. 

The idea of a coalition started by the end of 2019, responding to the great interest and initiatives on circular economy promoted by governments, private sector research institutes and other stakeholders in the regional, as well as by the multiple initiatives regional and international organizations providing technical support for the innovation, circular approaches, and the transition to circular economy.

The Circular Economy Coalition brings together the unique expertise, mandate, and knowledge of eight strategic and permanent partners, who came together to build cooperation, identify synergies, and deliver a more coherent support to countries and to the LAC region, creating a bigger impact, while avoiding duplications.  The strategic and founding partners are: the Climate Technology Centre & Network (CTCN), the Ellen MacArthur Foundation, the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), the Konrad Adenauer Foundation (KAS), the Platform for Accelerating the Circular Economy Coalition (PACE), the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) and the World Economic Forum (WEF). 

For more information, please visit https://www.ctc-n.org/news/high-level-launch-regional-circular-economy-coalition-join-event

CTCN Youth Climate Innovation Labs 

Six teams from Africa and seven from Asia will advance their development of promising cleantech solutions through an upcoming Innovation Academy. The teams were participants of the Youth Climate Innovation Labs, a fast paced three-day event that brought together selected youth, small and medium enterprises (SMEs), and climate technology experts in Africa and Asia-Pacific respectively to explore innovative design thinking tools, flex their entrepreneurial muscle and create solutions for enhanced climate action.

“It is very important to support young people to engage in climate action, and this programme provides them with the tools and diverse partnerships to create solutions. We were pleased to see such a high level of interest and engagement in the Climate Innovation Labs and look very much forward to working closely with the selected startups as they further develop their ideas during the Innovation Academy,” noted  Dr. Rose Mwebaza, CTCN Director. 

For more information, please visit https://www.ctc-n.org/news/13-startups-africa-and-asia-are-tackling-climate-change-through-cleantech-innovation

Technology Mechanism: Fostering Innovation to Help Countries Build Climate Resilience and Reduce GHG Emissions

The event was held online on 25th November 2020 at 13:00 – 14:30 (CET) during the UN Climate Dialogues 2020. The TEC and the CTCN reported their activities, and presented common trends, challenges and gaps identified across various climate technology areas, namely, innovation, implementation, enabling environment and capacity building, stakeholder engagement and support. A panel discussion elaborated on how the Technology Mechanism could foster innovative approaches for a faster diffusion and upscaling of climate technologies and building back better climate resilient systems in post COVID-19 pandemic.

For more information, please visit https://www.ctc-n.org/news/technology-mechanism-event-un-climate-dialogues-join-us

Virtual Joint Launch Event on the Adaptation Fund Climate Innovation Accelerator

The launch of the new USD 10 million pilot small grants programme (Adaptation Fund Climate Innovation Accelerator, AFCIA) was announced at COP25 in Madrid. UNEP/CTCN and UNDP have received USD 5 million each to administrate the AFCIA, and offer, respectively, technical assistance and grant funding to developing countries.

The CTCN organised a joint launch event on the AFCIA, together with the Adaptation Fund, UNEP and UNDP, with the objective of introducing the AFCIA to developing countries and climate technology providers. In consideration with the COVID-19 pandemic, two sessions of the joint launch event were held online on 18th November 2020 at 6:00 – 7:30 (CET) for Asia-Pacific and at 15:00 – 16:30 (CET) for America, Europe and Africa.

Overall information on the AFCIA administrated by UNEP/CTCN and UNDP was provided in the virtual joint launch event. The participants were potential grantees (e.g., the national focal points to the Adaptation Fund and the CTCN, local communities of developing countries, etc.) and technology providers (e.g., public/private companies, research and academic institutions, non-governmental organisations (NGOs), civil society organisations (CSOs), etc.).

For more information, please visit https://www.ctc-n.org/news/usd-10-million-foster-innovation-adaptation-practices-vulnerable-countries-now-available

Virtual Inception Workshop on the Adaptation Fund Climate Innovation Accelerator

The launch of the new USD 10 million pilot small grants programme (Adaptation Fund Climate Innovation Accelerator, AFCIA) was announced at COP25 in Madrid. UNEP/CTCN and UNDP have received USD 5 million each to administrate the AFCIA, and offer, respectively, technical assistance and grant funding to developing countries.

The CTCN organised an inception workshop on the UNEP/CTCN programme in the AFCIA, together with UNEP, with the objective of introducing the programme to developing countries and climate technology providers. The inception workshop was held online on 28th October 2020 at 13:00 – 14:30 (CET) during the 4th Global Sustainable Technology and Innovation Community (G·STIC) conference.

Overall information on the programme, as well as details on the application process to the programme through the CTCN were provided to audience in the virtual inception workshop. With this, experts in the field of climate technology policy, international cooperation and governance in a developing country context were invited to discuss adaptation innovation in climate change vulnerable countries.The audience consisted of participants registered in the G·STIC conference, as well as the national focal points to the Adaptation Fund and the CTCN, and a climate technology provider (e.g., the Network Member of the CTCN).

For more information, please visit https://www.ctc-n.org/news/new-programme-adaptation-fund-climate-innovation-accelerator-presentations

Publications

  • Public–Private Partnerships for Climate Technology Transfer and Innovation: Lessons from the Climate Technology Centre and Network. This paper reviewed and analysed the role of the private sector in facilitating technology transfer in CTCN’s Technical Assistance. The shared interest for partnership between the CTCN and the private sector was evaluated by analysing in-depths interviews with major CTCN stakeholders. Several recommendations were made to enhance public–private partnerships. https://doi.org/10.3390/su13063185
  • The Role of the Climate Technology Centre and Network as a Climate Technology and Innovation Matchmaker for Developing Countries. In this paper, the role of the CTCN, as a matchmaker in transferring climate technologies to developing countries, was explored from the perspective of open innovation.https://doi.org/10.3390/su12197956
  • Accomplishments of Gender Just Climate Solutions Award Winners.  For the last three years, the CTCN has collaborated with the WGC to provide capacity development and mentoring support to the winners of this programme as well as other organisations addressing gender and climate change. Through the mentoring programme, participants increase their understanding of climate negotiations, meet with climate change representatives from their countries as well as UNFCCC bodies, and engage in in-depth capacity building on advocacy, entrepreneurship, project design & planning, technology needs & prioritization, and financing. They also exchange experience on their projects and identify synergies for future collaboration and multi-country projects that can fuel ambitious climate action.https://www.ctc-n.org/news/gender-just-climate-solutions-showcased-upscaled-through-ctcn-and-women-gender-constituency

Upcoming events

April and May 2021, Emerging Lessons from the Adaptation Fund Climate Innovation Accelerator: Results of the Call for Submission of Applications

The CTCN will organise a webinar, together with UNEP, with the objective of sharing early lessons from the first call for submission of applications in the Adaptation Fund Climate Innovation Accelerator (AFCIA). UNEP/CTCN and UNDP, co-administrator of the AFCIA, will present brief overview of the programme implementation as of now, and provide findings from the first call. Moreover, experts in the field of climate technology policy, technology development and transfer, and governance in a developing country context will be invited to discuss innovation in adaptation technology and associated best practices in developing countries.https://www.ctc-n.org/news/join-events-emerging-lessons-adaptation-fund-climate-innovation-accelerator-afcia

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