In many places where forest carbon projects are implemented, traditional forest use has been blamed for forest loss while the drivers of large-scale deforestation remain unaddressed – and deforestation and the emissions associated with it continue.

This handbook, a cooperation project of the Vasudha Foundation India and the Heinrich Boell Foundation offices in India and North America, has been designed as a guide for civil society groups and other stakeholders in India to understand the various issues around climate finance needs and flows, specific to the Indian context.

Germany has drawn international attention for its energy policies in recent years. The term Energiewende – the country’s transition away from nuclear power to renewables with lower energy consumption – is now commonly used in English. The focus, however, has recently shifted to the role of coal in Germany.

From climate change to ecosystem degradation – the solution to these problems could re-side in an economic valuation of nature and its services. But if the existential benefits that nature provides to humankind are expressed in terms of euros and dollars, can that really give nature any better protection?

This meat atlas published by Heinrich Boell Foundation sheds light on the impacts of meat and dairy production in Europe, across the United States and in the emerging economies of China and India. It aims to catalyse the debate over the need for better, safer and more sustainable food and farming.

Karnataka, Maharashtra, Kerala,Madhya Pradesh and Tamil Nadu are the states with most climate-friendly policies according to this study which focused on policies and programmes of the states from a climate change mitigation perspective in key carbon emitting sectors - electricity, energy, urban development, transport, industry, and water.

This paper by Heinrich Boll Foundation articulates concrete proposals and puts forward ideas for devising smarter strategies that make engagement by civil society in international climate policy more effective.

Climate change has been on the global agenda for over 20 years, but international co-operation has shown mixed results. The collapse of negotiations at Copenhagen contributed to disillusionment in civil society and signaled a gradual retreat from engagement in international climate policy processes.

South Asia will be among the regions hardest hit by climate change. Higher temperatures, more extreme weather, rising sea levels, increasing cyclonic activity in the Bay of Bengal and the Arabian Sea, as well as floods in the region’s complex river systems will complicate existing development and poverty reduction initiatives.

Since the first UN Conference on the Environment and Development in Rio in 1992, all the important environmental trends have taken a turn for the worse. In politics and industry decisions are still taken with scant regard for climate change, biodiversity loss or dwindling resources.

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