Stephan is the Site and Community Manager for Climatelinks. He draws on more than three 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.
Top 5 resources on Climatelinks in 2018
Climatelinks hosts more than 1,500 documents, tools, and other resources to support the climate community. Climate Risk Profiles and Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Emissions Factsheets are regularly among the most viewed and downloaded resources on Climatelinks.
There are currently more than 116 Climate Risk Profiles on Climatelinks. Climate Risk Profiles provide a short overview of the country, as well as a summary of the country’s climate, potential impacts from climate change, and vulnerabilities by sector. They also feature a selection of recent and ongoing donor-funded programs that provide an overview of climate adaptation and other related efforts.
So far, 84 Greenhouse Gas Emissions Factsheets are available on Climatelinks. A User Guide explains key terms and interpreting data from the factsheets. Each 2-3 page Factsheet includes sections that break down emissions by sector, change in emissions over time, emissions relative to gross domestic product (GDP), and climate change mitigation targets and plans.
Check out the top five most accessed resources below.
These USAID tools support climate risk screening and management in strategy, project, and activity design. They aim to improve the effectiveness and sustainability of development interventions by helping the user assess and address climate risk. Sector-specific annexes offer examples of potential impacts, as well as questions that practitioners can ask to better understand climate risk factors.
This paper, produced by the CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security, presents methodology used to estimate impacts of agricultural interventions on GHG emissions and carbon sequestration. The paper concludes that investments in sustainable food systems provide opportunities for reducing future increases in GHG impacts from a growing global population and changing consumption patterns.
South Africa’s Greenhouse Gas Emissions Factsheet was the most viewed resource of 2018. This factsheet breaks down GHG emissions in South Africa in 2012 by sector, emissions trends, how emissions relate to GDP and the country’s mitigation strategies. South Africa emitted 464 million metric tons (MtCO2e) in 2012, with the energy sector contributing 84 percent to overall emissions. Greenhouse gas emissions grew 44 percent from 1990 - 2012, with the energy sector increasing emissions by 127 MtCO2e in the same time period.
This factsheet provides information on 2012 GHG emissions in the Philippines. The Philippines total GHG emissions in 2012 were 157.6 MtCO2e. In the Philippines, 54 percent of GHG emissions came from the energy sector, followed by the agriculture which contributed 33 percent to GHG emissions.
This profile provides an overview of how climate change will potentially impact agriculture, water, energy, coastal ecosystems, infrastructure/ services and human health in the Philippines. The Philippines is highly vulnerable to the impacts of climate change, including sea level rise, increased frequency of extreme weather events, rising temperatures and extreme rainfall. This is due to its high exposure to natural hazards, dependence on climate-sensitive natural resources and vast coastlines where all major cities and the majority of the population reside.
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