Posted by Ian Hamilton on Tue 08/11/2015
The Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) is often known for political instability, civil strife and poverty.  However, for many, DRC is better known for its vast forest resources. The country is home to Africa’s largest biome, covering nearly two-thirds of its landmass. 60%, or 155 million hectares, of the Congo Basin Forest system falls within the borders of DRC. This area of tropical forest, roughly the same size as France, is the world’s second largest forest system. It is responsible for the storage of 8% of the carbon contained in the Earth’s living forests.
Posted by Rocio Sanz Cortes on Tue 08/04/2015

A couple days ago, some friends asked me about my recent trip to Democratic Republic of Congo for the Forest Investment Program (FIP). I enthused about the forest investment projects I visited, the dedicated colleagues I met, and the value of monitoring and reporting or “M&R.” Pardon? Come again? M&R? Clearly, I had lost my friends.  

Posted by Kanta K Rigaud on Tue 07/28/2015

What do Zambia, Dominica, and Niger have in common? 

All three countries are benefitting from the Pilot Program for Climate Resilience (PPCR), a dedicated fund of the Climate Investment Funds which helps countries integrate climate resilience into development planning. To galvanize the planning process, the program also supports a range of priority investments from improving agricultural practices and food security, building climate-resilient water supplies and sanitation infrastructure, monitoring and analyzing weather data, and conducting feasibility studies for climate-resilient housing in coastal areas. 

It’s work that is making a difference. I have seen first-hand how the PPCR engagement has helped bring transformative action in each of these countries. I visited Zambia and saw how communities in the Barotse sub-basin of the Zambezi floodplain are standing up to the challenges of climate change. These are communities who’ve had to deal with wild swings in weather patterns that has led to drought and the loss of maize crops on one hand while fluctuating rain patterns have challenged rice planting in another area.

Posted by Rocio Sanz Cortes on Mon 07/20/2015

Logging industry workers, Mexico.Approximately one-third of Mexico’s total territory—64 million hectares— is covered by tropical and temperate forest ecosystems. It is estimated that about 10 million people live in and around forested areas, many of who directly depend on forest resources for maintaining their livelihoods1.

Posted by Stephen O'Connor on Tue 07/14/2015

In Kenya, only 65% of Kenyans have access to basic energy services; however, in recent years the Kenyan government has made plans to capitalize on the country’s untapped store of geothermal electricity. Kenya’s current geothermal capacity is 241 MW, but the government hopes to increase capacity to 5,530 MW by 2030 – close to a 21-fold increase in the country’s geothermal output.  

Posted by Martin Craig Hall on Tue 07/07/2015

FIP Pilot Countries meeting participantsIt was a welcome and a reunion.  The Forest Investment Program (FIP) met in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) from June 23rd to 25th, and new countries, existing countries, FIP Observers, Multilateral Development Banks, representatives from Indigenous People, the private sector, and civil society all came together to share knowledge and experiences as part of the FIP family.

Posted by Thomas Legrand on Mon 06/22/2015

Payment for Environmental Services (PES) has been already explored widely as a promising tool for natural resources management, particularly for forest conservation in the context of REDD+; but there has been little exploration of its potential for Africa.

Posted by Asian Developme... on Fri 06/05/2015

We were delighted last month to learn that the committee members of the Climate Investment Funds (CIFs) have decided to extend support to an additional 16 countries, expanding CIF operations to 72 developing and middle-income countries – among them several in Asia and the Pacific.

Posted by Kruskaia Sierra... on Mon 05/18/2015

South Africa’s First Concentrated Solar Power Plant Comes to Life 
Supported by IFC and  Clean Technology Fund

For years, concentrated solar power (CSP) was mostly viewed as a clean-tech curiosity, a technology whose theoretical promise was bogged down by high costs and high risks. But in many markets, that is changing—and changing fast. In March 2015, the 100MW, $891 million KaXu CSP plant in South Africa completed construction and has started producing power, thus becoming the first utility-scale CSP plant to operate in the developing world.