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GCF launches global network of climate change expertise

The Green Climate Fund has today announced the launch of a new partnership of climate experts. The new Communities of Practice (CoP) will tap the expertise of globally renowned organisations to deliver climate knowledge in support of GCF’s activities. The CoP will play a crucial role in driving transformative actions in support of GCF’s mandate. In creating this network, GCF is leveraging cutting edge climate knowledge to increase the impact of GCF’s climate finance investments.

As a relatively young organisation in the global climate finance framework, GCF is constantly learning and expanding its internal capacity. Being able to tap into global expertise and thought leadership on climate change and climate finance is critical to continue the Fund’s development and strengthen its ability to deliver ambitious results.

To continue moving forward as a growing institution, GCF is launching a framework for Communities of Practice (CoP). The framework will involve a network of globally renowned expert organisations who will provide GCF with technical advisory services in core sectoral and key thematic areas, such as forestry, energy efficiency, urban development, health, and others. To this date, 28 organisations covering 14 core sectoral and key thematic areas have been selected to be eligible for the programme. The participating organisations represent a wide range of climate finance stakeholders, such as international organisations, think tanks, consultancies and research institutes.

Communities of Practice will include regular engagement between external global experts and GCF specialists, both individually and institutionally. CoP will be convened and coordinated by lead experts within the GCF Secretariat, who will identify and guide priorities for specific sector-wide and/or support areas engagement. The key goals of the Communities of Practice include:
 

  • ensuring that the best global knowledge and expertise on climate change guides the Fund’s operations;
  • leveraging the capabilities and expertise of partner organisations to maximise GCF internal capacity;
  • positioning GCF as a thought leader by integrating global climate knowledge and advancing its executional capacity;
  • supporting complementarity and exchanging information with other organisations working in the field of climate finance.

Selected organisations for each Community of Practice:
 

Organisation Area
Agriconsulting Europe SA (AESA) Forests
Apec Climate Center Climate information and early warning
Asian Institute of Technology (AIT) Climate economics and economic analysis of climate projects
Center for Clean Air Policy (CCAP) Climate technologies
Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) Adaptation planning
Agriculture and food security
Climate economics and economic analysis of climate projects
Ecosystems
Forests
CowaterSogema International Agriculture and food security
Climate economics and economic analysis of climate projects
Ecosystems
Innovative financial instruments, project structuring and finance
Water
COWI A/S Climate economics and economic analysis of climate projects
Climate technologies
Energy efficiency
Forests
Innovative financial instruments, project structuring and finance
Urban development
Water
Deltares Adaptation planning
Ecosystems
Water
Eco Ltd. Adaptation planning
Climate economics and economic analysis of climate projects
Renewable energy
Ernst & Young LLP Innovative financial instruments, project structuring and finance
Transport
GHD Centre Renewable energy
Water
GreenMax Capital Advisors Energy Efficiency
Institute for Transportation & Development Policy Transport
Urban development
Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture (IICA) Agriculture and food security
Forests
International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT) Agriculture and food security
Climate information and early warning
International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD) Ecosystems
KnowlEdge Srl, Italy + International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD), Switzerland + Stellenbosch University, South Africa Climate Information and Early Warning
Health
Met Office Adaptation planning
Agriculture and food security
Climate information and early warning
Water
Navigant Europe Climate technologies
Energy efficiency
Transport
Urban development
One World Group Adaptation planning
Swedish Meteorological and Hydrological Institute (SMHI) Climate Information & Early Warning
The Carbon Trust Climate technologies
Energy efficiency
Innovative financial instruments, project structuring and finance
Renewable energy
The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) Climate Economics and Economic Analysis of Climate Projects
The Whitelum Group Health
Urban development
UN-Habitat Adaptation planning
Transport
Urban development
World Health Organization (WHO) Health
World Resources Institute Adaptation planning
Agriculture and food security
Climate information and early warning
Ecosystems
WYG International B.V. Ecosystems
Transport
Urban development