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Top 5 Climatelinks blogs of 2018

By Stephan Hardeman

The Climatelinks community produced nearly 90 blogs during 2018. Blogs are the backbone of Climatelinks because they serve so many purposes – driving dialogues around monthly themes, showcasing the work of the climate professionals across the community, and underscoring the constant innovation associated with the work of Climatelinks’ partners and the climate community at large. Below are the five most visited blogs of the year.

The Role of Public-Private Partnerships in Delivering Climate Information Services in Africa

Public-private partnerships (PPP) are an increasingly popular topic and are being utilized in a variety of contexts to strengthen public services through private investment. This blog broadly defines PPPs and explores them in the more specific context of the Sustainable CIS project. It also highlights the Sustainable CIS consortium and its work to examine the role of the private sector and PPPs for sustainable and useful climate service provisions.

USAID Launches New Climate Risk Management Portal

August welcomed the Climate Risk Management Portal to Climatelinks. This blog gives an overview of what the portal offers to visitors. It serves as a one-stop shop for USAID’s expanding library of resources and tools related to climate risk management.

BreatheLife: Global Campaign to Reduce Air Pollution for our Health and Climate

In May, the BreatheLife challenge encouraged citizens to choose to leave their cars at home and instead walk, bicycle, or use public transport for the distance equivalent to a marathon. The goal of the campaign is to replace the more than 7 million kilometers of automobile driving with cycling, walking, or public transport – one kilometer for each of the 7 million lives lost to air pollution every year.

SERVIR Women Scientists Build Resilience Around the World

This blog commemorated International Women’s Day in March. It showcases the work of two of the more than thirty women scientists and experts who are part of the SERVIR initiative. SERVIR is a global partnership that helps countries use information provided by Earth-observing satellites and geospatial technologies to manage climate risks and land use.

Strengthening Climate Information Services in Africa: Where are the Opportunities?

This blog features the Assessing Sustainability and Effectiveness of Climate Information Services in Africa (Sustainable CIS) project and provides an overview of best practices for climate information services (CIS). These are based on information taken from the African Ministerial Conference on Meteorology (AMCOMET) – Africa Hydromet Forum, which took place in late 2017 and brought together more than 500 policy makers to discuss and identify priority areas for improving CIS and building regional climate resilience.

If you have a favorite blog on Climatelinks, please add a comment in the comments section. You can also find more information on how to contact us here if you have specific ideas on what you would like to see featured in the new year.

Gender and Social Inclusion, Climate Information Services
Africa, Global

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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