Men sit around a board game on a table and point at it.
The top blogs on Climatelinks in 2019 featured a variety of topics, including the development and use of a board game in Ghana for improving stakeholders’ understanding of climate change, water management, and sustainable development.

Top 5 blogs of 2019

By Stephan Hardeman

During 2019, the Climatelinks community contributed over 100 resources on a wide range of topics, from clean cook stoves to sustainable forest management. Climatelinks blogs are an opportunity to learn about USAID’s work on climate change in a specific context or sector. They are also frequently associated with the Climatelinks monthly themes, which are selected to highlight the work of ongoing programs and activities. Below are the five most visited blogs of 2019.

5. Hydropower in Tanzania looks at an approach called Integrated Resource and Resilience Planning (IRRP) and how it can be used to assess the performance trade-offs of potential energy investment plans under different future scenarios. The blog covers the use of IRRP in Tanzania and how it was used in determining whether hydropower was the best available option, given the potential of future drought. The blog also introduces a Resources to Advance LEDS Implementation (RALI) Series case study about IRRP in Tanzania.

4. What’s in a Game? Helping Improve Livelihoods – and an Ecosystem – with a Game tells the story of the ECO Game: Northern Ghana, a product of USAID and Winrock International’s Agriculture and Natural Resource Management project. The ECO Game was successfully used to teach players concepts related to land use planning and ecosystem services, and was so well-received that a follow-up game is currently under development.

3. A Systems Perspective to Climate Services presents outcomes of the final workshop of the USAID-sponsored Learning Agenda on Climate Services. At the workshop, attendees shared their perspectives on current and future priorities for climate services in sub-Saharan Africa.

2. Generating Electricity from Biogas from Palm Oil Mill Effluent details efforts undertaken through the Green Prosperity Project for biogas capture and electricity generation at Musim Mas palm oil mills in Indonesia. The blog also introduces a RALI Series paper that presents lessons learned from these efforts, as well as the potential benefits of replicating the process at additional mills.

1. New USAID Ecosystem-based Adaptation Evidence Summary and Case Study Series introduces a series of documents produced as part of the Biodiversity Results and Integrated Development Gains Enhanced (BRIDGE) project, which works to build the evidence base for biodiversity integration. The blog summarizes and links to both the evidence summaries and case studies that were released as part of the series.

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Strategic Objective
Adaptation, Integration
Adaptation, Biodiversity, Low Emission Development, Climate Change Integration, Climate Policy, Energy, Clean Energy, Forestry, Health, Infrastructure, Land Use, Sustainable Landscapes, Weather

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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