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5 Blogs You May Have Missed in 2020

By Stephan Hardeman

In 2020, the Climatelinks community focused on a broad range of monthly themes, including disaster risk management, private sector engagement, energy, and sustainable landscapes.

These themes provide a wide selection of stories and experiences from USAID-funded programs and activities around the world. However, due to a variety of reasons, some stories always get more attention than others. Below you’ll find a selection of great stories that were not as heavily viewed, and that you may have missed when they were originally posted:

Pulling for Forests in Vietnam provides an overview of Vietnam’s innovative Payments for Forest Ecosystem Services (PFES) system, which is implemented by Winrock International’s Vietnam Forests and Deltas project. The system’s innovation stems from adoption of e-payments in place of cash, which allows for speedier transactions and more transparency. Through easy and predictable transactions, the system is creating $125 million per year for forest conservation.

Reliable Electricity is Critical to a Pandemic Response looks at the importance of electricity from the standpoint of healthcare providers, especially in light of the 2020 coronavirus pandemic, where reliable electricity can mean life or death. The blog summarizes the Powering Health Toolkit, a guide to healthcare facility electrification. The toolkit can assist users in conducting an energy audit and features a Hybrid Optimization Model for Multiple Energy Resources (HOMER) tool to help energy industry practitioners design electric power systems for specific contexts.

Assessing Opportunities to Accelerate Climate Finance features the USAID-funded Climate Economic Analysis, Development, Investment, and Resilience (CEADIR) Activity’s Climate Finance Assessment: Opportunities for Scaling Up Financing for Clean Energy, Sustainable Landscapes, and Adaptation. This report, released in early 2020, describes a range of approaches for development assistance organizations to help accelerate financing for climate mitigation and investments, and draws on USAID’s substantial experience in supporting investments in clean energy, sustainable landscapes, and climate adaptation.

Local Commercial Lending for Commercial and Industrial Solar PV in Rwanda, another blog featuring the work of the CEADIR Activity, details a collaboration with Power Africa for identifying opportunities to promote local bank lending for solar photovoltaic (PV) systems for commercial and industrial customers. This blog is the second blog in a two-part series on solar PV systems—the first blog focuses on solar PV systems for households beyond the power grid.

Seeds of Hope in Bangladesh shares the work of Winrock International’s USAID-funded Climate Resilient Ecosystems and Livelihoods (CREL) project. The blog shares the stories of four villagers who have contributed to the project by participating in mangrove restoration efforts and protecting the newly planted mangroves through community patrols, The CREL project, which began in 2014, now works in four ecosystems and three ecologically critical areas of the country and has created diversified incomes for 500,000 people in 50,000 households.

Adaptation, Biodiversity, Climate Finance, Coastal, Clean Energy, Forestry, Health, Private Sector Engagement, Self-Reliance

Stephan Hardeman

Stephan Hardeman is the Site and Community Manager for Climatelinks. He draws on more than five years of experience in communications for international environmental trust funds to support Climatelinks through USAID’s Sharing Environment and Energy Knowledge (SEEK) initiative by engaging the Climatelinks community and featuring its work. Stephan has MAs in International Affairs (American University) and Natural Resources and Sustainable Development (United Nations University for Peace) and BAs in English and Anthropology from the University of Texas at Austin.

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