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Innovation for a More Resilient World: Climate Change Innovations in 3 Key Development Areas

On November 16, 2016, with COP22 on-going and as part of the Earth To Marrakech campaign, Climatelinks hosted a Twitter chat on innovations and tools that are being used to address climate change impacts in three key development areas: clean energy; agriculture; and natural resources.

 
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    Whether it’s drought-resistant rice strains or using reverse auctions to attract investment for clean energy projects, innovative solutions to adapt to and mitigate climate change are being developed, tested and implemented around the world.

    For vulnerable developing countries, long lasting innovative solutions are critical, as climate change increasingly threatens food security, public health, natural resources, energy, and infrastructure.

    During this Twitter chat, participants highlighted innovative solutions that are helping developing countries adapt to and mitigate climate change. Below you will find some resources participants shared followed by the full Twitter chat discussion.

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    Climate Innovations and Tools: Clean Energy

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    The Greening the Grid Toolkit offers technical assistance to energy system planners, regulators and grid operators to overcome challenges associated with integrating variable renewable energy into the grid.
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    Wind and solar forecasts help reduce the uncertainty associated with variable renewable energy generation by enabling more efficient integration of renewable energy into electrical grids. See Greening the Grid's webinar on this topic.
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    Auctions can be used to attract finance for clean energy investment. See USAID's guidance.
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    Batteries store renewable energy, provide back-up power and increase grid resilience. Tesla is an example of one company working on improving this technology.
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    Climate Innovations and Tools: Agriculture

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    Index insurance and index-based disaster risk management help farmers in developing countries build resilience. Index insurance is one of IRI's most successful resilience initiatives.
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    IRI's SoilDoc project - "a lab in a box" - links climate services and soil diagnostics and helps reduce fertilizer waste, increase yields and save farmers money.
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    Climate-Smart Agriculture: Linking Climate Services and Soil Diagnostics
     
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    The CGIAR CCAFS climate-smart agriculture 101 guide helps practitioners, decision-makers and researchers navigate the climate-smart agriculture approach to food security and sustainable development.
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    Soil management, reduced residue burning and alternate wetting/drying of irrigated rice are three ways emissions are reduced from the agriculture sector in Ghana. Read more in this CGIAR CCAFS info note.
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    Higher precision climate change modeling helps smallholder farmers survive/thrive during devastating weather phenomena. Check out other climate-smart agriculture best practices and lessons learned from Fintrac.
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    Drought forecasting systems and text message alerts help farmers adjust planting and harvesting schedules to save crops, investments and livelihoods in the face of climate change impacts. Read USAID's Frontlines story to see how this is happening in the Caribbean.
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    Climate Innovations and Tools: Natural Resources

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    Agriculture open data sets can help track levels of emissions and reductions. Check out GODAN (Global Open Data for Agriculture & Nutrition) to learn more.
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    Global Forest Watch (GFW) is an interactive online forest monitoring and alert system designed to empower people with information they need to better manage and conserve forests. The GFW Climate application provides timely and credible data and analytical tools that widen access to useful information about greenhouse gas emissions from tropical deforestation and its effects on global climate change.
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    The AFOLU Carbon Calculator allows users to estimate the absorption and storing of carbon dioxide benefits, and emissions reduction potential of eight different types of land-use and management project activities.
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    The CLEER Tool provides simple, standardized methodologies for calculating emission reductions from clean energy activities.
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    Climate and Weather Services

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    USAID & NASA's SERVIR Global satellite program provides critical data and images to help countries fight climate change through flood predictions and monitoring.
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    SERVIR: Connecting Space to Village
     
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    The Western Amazon Fire Forecast - IRI's new tool for the Western Amazon that predicts fire activity based on climate.
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    New Maproom for Amazon Fires
     
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    Read on to explore the full chat conversation:

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    Welcome to today’s #EarthToMarrakech chat, part of a 12 hr global digital surge to highlight climate solutions around the world!
     
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    We'll be discussing innovative climate solutions in 3 key int'l dev. areas: clean energy; agriculture & natural resources. #EarthToMarrakech
     
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    Let’s get started w/ clean energy. We know some barriers to clean energy include access to finance & grid integration. #EarthToMarrakech
     
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    But there are a lot of innovative ways these barriers are being tackled...#EarthToMarrakech
     
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    Question 1: What are effective & efficient financial instruments supporting & scaling up clean energy implementation today?

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    A1: There are a # of potential instruments. Key is to tailor instruments to local community’s needs & capabilities. #EarthToMarrakech (1/3)
     
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    A1: @EPA has developed a Financing Program Selection Tool for use by domestic states and localities. #EarthToMarrakech (2/3)
     
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    A1: A version of this EPA tool, modified for different international contexts could be used. #EarthToMarrakech (3/3)
     
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    A1 Reverse auctions = competitive procurement 4 lowest cost 4 renewables. See @USAID guidance:  https://goo.gl/xs2PGz  #EarthToMarrakech
     
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    Question 2: What are challenges to integrating viable renewable energy into the grid and how are these being addressed?

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    A2 Variability of renewables=challenge. Increasing energy plng footprint= 1 solution. Learn more:  https://goo.gl/Qrdx3H  #EarthToMarrakech
     
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    A2: Variability of wind/solar creates challenges for integrating electricity from these sources into existing power grids. #EarthToMarrakech
     
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    A2 Primary challenge is grid mgmt services. Wind/solar are “variable energy resources” which challenges trad'l grid mgmt. #EarthToMarrakech
     
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    A2 1 way to meet aspects of the challenge is increased energy storage. 1 ex. is Tesla's Powerwall:  https://www.tesla.com/powerwall  #EarthToMarrakech
     
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    @climatelinks A2: Policy both local and national (and international!)
     
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    A2: One way to alleviate this is by using wind & solar forecasts & analyzing meteorological data  http://ow.ly/NpcL306ekys  #EarthToMarrakech
     
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    A2: Greening the Grid provides technical assistance in integrating RE in developing country grids  http://ow.ly/XVxK306ekJi  #EarthToMarrakech
     
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    Now let’s turn to climate solutions in the agriculture sector. #EarthToMarrakech
     
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    Question 3: How is climate smart agriculture increasing resilience and reducing agricultural emissions?

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    When part of a suite of financial tools, #indexinsurance protects farmers from setbacks in the worst drought years. #EarthToMarrakech
     
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    @climatelinks A3 In Rwanda, key success factor is to involve farmers from start + incorporate their knowledge.  http://bit.ly/1MBsN3W 
     
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    .@climatesociety The big challenge we have now in #indexinsurance is how to scale up while truly helping farmers. #EarthToMarrakech
     
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    A3 For that we need local partnerships. We’re starting to really see this in many place-eg in Senegal. #EarthToMarrakech
     
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    A3 Soil mgmnt, redu'd residue burn'g, alternate wetting/drying=3 ways emissions reduced in Ghana  https://goo.gl/rOCjsN  #EarthToMarrakech
     
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    A3: Climate change increases the severity of weather events, e.g. droughts, floods, etc. #EarthToMarrakech (1/3)
     
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    A3: Climate smart agriculture aims to reduce the agricultural sector from pests, droughts, disease & other shocks. #EarthToMarrakech (2/3)
     
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    A3: Crop rotation, drip irrigation increase yields and decrease production cost and use land effectively. #earthtomarrakech
     
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    A3 (2): Expanded capacity in remote weather stations, disease modeling improves pest and disease forecasting and control #earthtomarrakech
     
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    A3 (3): Higher precision climate change modeling helps smallholders survive/thrive during devastating weather phenomena #earthtomarrakech
     
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    A3 (4): Check out more from Fintrac on our #CSA goals and achievements in our infographic:  http://bit.ly/2fVrzIf  #earthtomarrakech
     
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    A3: Another simple but effective project is #SoilDoc - a "lab in a box" that we are now integrating with climate info. #EarthToMarrakech
     
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    A3: Helps reduce fertilizer waste, increase yields and save farmers money! Video here:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ceXWPt7r6vU  #EarthToMarrakech
     
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    YES. And, once you have that high-quality data, applications extend beyond agriculture too. Health is another key sector. #EarthToMarrakech
     
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    @climatelinks And for that, strong relationships needed w/ nat'l met services, esp. in Africa:  http://bit.ly/1TSM8ms  #climatedatamatters
     
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    A3: Climate smart ag uses drought-resistant seeds to help farmers maintain a harvest/income even during drought. #EarthToMarrakech
     
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    A3 Increasing CO2 sequestration in soil/biomass can reduce emissions while often increasing yields  http://ow.ly/53dP306elMb  #EarthToMarrakech
     
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    For farmers, access to high-quality weather-related data & climate services, also helps agriculture become resilient. #EarthToMarrakech
     
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    Question 4: What are some successful initiatives improving climate services & information?

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    A5: We’ve got a brand new tool for Western Amazon that predicts fire activity based on climate:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=irGM_LbExqc  #EarthToMarrakech
     
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    @climatelinks A4 Filling in data climate data gaps, building quality controlled historical records is key first step  http://bit.ly/1TSM8ms 
     
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    A4: Text msg alerts help Caribbean farmers protect crops from climate change impacts  http://ow.ly/nTt9306ennh  #EarthToMarrakech
     
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    A4: The Climate Services Partnership encourages sharing of knowledge & best practices  http://ow.ly/6ypC306enwV  #EarthToMarrakech
     
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    A4 @SERVIRGlobal satellite images & data help countries fight CC w/ flood predictions, monitoring  http://ow.ly/fVv9306enTh  #EarthToMarrakech
     
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    @climatelinks #EarthToMarrakech food security may be a helpful way to frame gcc work for decision makers averse to the term
     
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    Forests & natural landscapes are carbon sinks. As a result, it’s important we monitor & protect these resources. #EarthToMarrakech
     
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    Question 5: What are new and useful tools & resources for forest and landscape monitoring and management?

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    A5 @globalforests offers real-time global forest loss&gains, maps, statistics, infographics -see  https://goo.gl/8tBg4v  #EarthToMarrakech
     
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    A5 @globalforests Watch is useful monitoring/alert system for better mgmt/conservation of forests  http://ow.ly/9bwR306eoBc  #EarthToMarrakech
     
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    A5 @globalforests Watch is useful monitoring/alert system for better mgmt/conservation of forests  http://ow.ly/9bwR306eoBc  #EarthToMarrakech
     
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    A5 @globalforests offers real-time global forest loss&gains, maps, statistics, infographics -see  https://goo.gl/8tBg4v  #EarthToMarrakech
     
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    Question 6: What are key tools & resources for tracking greenhouse gas emissions reductions?
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    A6 @USAID’s AFOLU estimates CO2 benefits, emissions reduced from 8 land use/management activities https://t.co/VpoQgadlth #EarthToMarrakech https://t.co/Vo30tTRIRi
    A6 @USAID’s AFOLU estimates CO2 benefits, emissions reduced from 8 land use/management activities  https://goo.gl/KkLtO7  #EarthToMarrakech pic.twitter.com/Vo30tTRIRi
     
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    A6: Agriculture open data sets can help track levels of emissions (and reductions) -  http://www.godan.info  #EarthToMarrakech @climatelinks
     
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    A6: CLEER is a user-friendly tool for estimating & reporting emissions reductions from CE projects  http://ow.ly/paBc306epKE  #EarthToMarrakech
     
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    Question 7: Are there any other climate innovations in these 3 development areas you would like to share?

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    @climatelinks Q7 Our approach to climate resilience, built on 20yrs of strong partnerships w/ @USAID @NOAAClimate  http://bit.ly/2fFFUIg 
     
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    A6 @USAID’s AFOLU estimates CO2 benefits, emissions reduced from 8 land use/management activities https://t.co/VpoQgadlth #EarthToMarrakech https://t.co/Vo30tTRIRi
    A6 @USAID’s AFOLU estimates CO2 benefits, emissions reduced from 8 land use/management activities  https://goo.gl/KkLtO7  #EarthToMarrakech pic.twitter.com/Vo30tTRIRi
     
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    A6: CLEER is a user-friendly tool for estimating & reporting emissions reductions from CE projects  http://ow.ly/paBc306epKE  #EarthToMarrakech
     
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    Q6: What are key tools & resources for tracking greenhouse gas emissions reductions? #EarthToMarrakech
     
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    That concludes our chat! Thank you for joining! Tune into the rest of the #EarthToMarrakech digital surge here:  http://ow.ly/FFrF306errm 
     
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Strategic Objective
Mitigation, Adaptation
Topics
Weather, Training, Sustainable Landscapes, Resilience, Monitoring and Evaluation, Mitigation, Land Use, Insurance, Grid Integration, Forestry, Emissions, Climate Science, Climate Finance, Clean Energy, Carbon, Adaptation
Region
Global

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