In Focus

"The costs of the status quo of water management in Central Asia are very significant"

The costs of the status quo of water management in Central Asia are very significant, and every country in the region – Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan – loses out from lack of cooperation over water. In an interview with NEXUS, Benjamin Pohl describes how much better Central Asia could do through closer water cooperation.

Planetary Security Conference ends with 6 recommendations for action

This year’s Planetary Security Conference set a concrete agenda for action on climate and security with the launch of The Hague Declaration. The six-point plan, which has been signed by almost 80 high profile experts in the field, from ministers to ambassadors, mayors, generals and academics, seeks to move the agenda from knowledge to action.

Digital change must be designed sustainably

Self-driving cars, robots performing surgeries, algorithms issuing verdicts — all of this is to become possible through the increasing connectivity of our world. Digital change permeates and transforms our society. How we understand and shape this change will have a significant impact on how we will evolve as a society and whether we will be able to deal with the great environmental and development challenges of our time.

G7 Lake Chad Risk Assessment Project

The Lake Chad Basin is currently suffering one of the world’s greatest humanitarian crises with approximately 10.7 million people in need of immediate humanitarian assistance. The G7 Lake Chad Risk Assessment Project is a concerted effort to address critical knowledge gaps on climate and fragility risks in the region.

Four ways to help save the planet with more sustainable supply chains

With globalization under attack now more than ever, companies — supported by governments, consumers, and civil society — need to show in a convincing manner that they can manage their supply chains in an effective way and act like responsible global citizens, writes Daniel Weiss in his blog post for Devex.

Why wastewater? Don’t let it go down the drain!

This year’s theme for World Water Day is wastewater – and rightly so: globally, over 80% of the wastewater generated by society flows back into the ecosystem without being treated or reused, entailing major health risks and causing significant environmental pollution. Elsa Semmling points out three insights that could improve the situation in developing countries.

Negotiating the future of international chemicals governance beyond 2020

250 delegates are discussing the future United Nations framework to deal with hazardous chemicals and waste in Brasilia. Nils Simon (adelphi) spoke to stakeholders about why we need an enhanced framework and how it should look like.

Integrating Climate & Water Diplomacy For Rivers

The Mekong River is vital, serving more than 66 million people. As the changing climate is likely to intensify water-related challenges in the river basin, more time and resources are needed to support adaptation. But instead the Mekong River Commission (MRC) is seeing funding cuts. Sabine Blumstein shares three reasons for more climate diplomacy in her recent article for China Water Risk

We need a global treaty on plastics. Here’s what it should look like.

There is a strong economic argument for taking on the plastics challenge: Not only are environmental and health damages of untreated plastic pollution extremely costly, there is also huge savings potential, writes Nils Simon in an article for ensia

Paris oblige: Germany must lead the G20 on climate and energy policy

With Donald Trump threatening to back away from climate action, Germany needs to save the Paris momentum. A clear roadmap must thus be developed for turning away from fossil fuels and creating an equivalent renewable energy substitute, write Lina Li, Julia Melnikova and Dennis Tänzler in a recent blog post for Thomson Reuters News.

China in international climate politics: a U-turn?

China is deeply engaged in shaping the international climate regime, and is engaging in domestic climate actions and an energy transformation. However, even the most optimistic observers would call Paris just a first step. In this regards, China still has a lot more homework to do, says Lina Li (adelphi) in her blog article for the IPG Journal.

Climate policy outside the comfort zone

As long as international climate negotiations did not move forward, they served as a convenient alibi for insufficient climate change mitigation. Now there's no longer any excuse for the international community's inaction, note Dennis Tänzler and Rocio Garcia in advance of the climate conference in Marrakesh (COP22).

Habitat III in Quito – where the future of cities will be decided

In 2050, more than 70 percent of the world’s population will live in cities. This enormous growth means that the equivalent of a new city for one million people will have to be built every week. How this extraordinary social and ecological challenge can be met will be discussed at the UN Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development (Habitat III) from 17th to 20th October 2016 in Quito, Ecuador.

Energy Efficiency – the new big business for Sri Lankan banks?

Sri Lanka has a very competitive banking sector. Despite its small economy, it counts 35 banks and nearly twice as many non-bank financial institutions. To set themselves apart from competitors, banks need to find a niche. Financing energy efficiency seems like a promising new way. | By Johannes Alexeew and Isabell Kleitsch.

Why urban planners make a difference in achieving social cohesion in times of diversity

Cities are not only growing in population, but also becoming increasingly diverse and ethnically heterogeneous. Franziska Schreiber explains the pivotal role of urban planners in fostering social cohesion and advancing sustainable urban development.

What country do we want to be?

The refugee issue and the threat of terrorism both raise the same question. A nationwide debate was set off on the 27th November 2015 that is seeking answers in all the larger cities in Germany.

The Paris Agreement - Climate Diplomacy as a Learning Process

The new global pact to fight climate change has the potential to be a global solidarity contract for the 21st century. This will occur if the demands to promote decarbonisation and strengthening of resilience are pursued equally, immediately and systematically during implementation.

Loss and Damage: Tackling climate change-induced risks

All scenarios for mitigation and adaptation have one aspect in common: They all share the view that the impacts of climate change come with unavoidable risks of loss and damages. This is where the concept of "Loss and Damage" (L&D) steps in. adelphi is actively supporting the further development of the L&D concept and is conducting comprehensive L&D assessments.

adelphi at COP21: Join us in Paris!

From 30 November to 11 December 2015, adelphi's experts on carbon markets, climate diplomacy, climate finance, local climate action and more were in Paris for all of the COP21 discussions, including several key events.

India: Research and Consulting for Climate Protection and Resilience

The Indian government has been increasing their efforts at improving climate mitigation since the beginning of 2015. adelphi has been engaged for many years with the challenge of combining India’s rapid economic growth with sustainable resource management, developing solutions and implementing them locally.

Climate risks and fragility

When climate change exacerbates conflicts and crises, resilience must be the compass for foreign policy. A report to the G7 Member States identifies seven compound climate-fragility risks and recommends concrete actions to address them.

Vulnerability and Adaptation

Flooding, storms, droughts, heat waves – all are clear forewarnings of the possible effects of climate change. It is apparent that emerging economies and developing countries are worst affected. Yet industrialised nations increasingly need to adapt to changing climatic conditions

Climate Finance

When it comes to financing climate mitigation and adaptation measures, the central question in international climate negotiations is how to provide 100 billion USD on a yearly basis from 2020 onwards. As adelphi’s work on the issue shows, however, this is not the only interesting question by far.

Emissions trading and carbon markets

In global efforts to combat climate change, individual states employ a variety of different measures. Market-based instruments, particularly emissions trading, are the most notable examples.

Water Diplomacy

Water diplomacy is crucial for preventing conflict and harnessing the benefits of cooperative water management. On Sept 3 2014, adelphi released an expert report at the World Water Week on how to enhance hydro-diplomacy.

Sustainability Entrepreneurship

Sustainability entrepreneurship contributes to solving social and environmental problems, particularly in emerging and developing countries. adelphi supports the development of sustainable business models.

Local Climate Action

Climate mitigation in cities and municipalities plays an important role in the fight against climate change. In Germany, it is mainly promoted through the National Climate Protection Initiative and as a cornerstone of the energy transition.