At the beginning of 2016, the World Meteorology Organization (WMO) officially announced that 2015 was the hottest year ever recorded. It was therefore added to the list of the 16 hottest years, 15 of which have been in the 21st century. The WMO notes that this is the first time temperatures have exceeded those of the pre-industrial period by almost 1°C. These figures unequivocally confirm the global warming trend.
The 5th report of the 830 experts of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) confirmed that climate change is deepening inequalities and exacerbating existing vulnerabilities, particularly through hindering the economic growth of countries already experiencing chronic poverty. While many States in the world are seeking solutions to consume less energy, 1.3 billion people, 19% of the global population, still have no access to electricity.
While today 842 million people are suffering from hunger and more than 180 million children are malnourished, the report publishes worrying figures concerning the impact of climate change on health, access to water resources, agricultural yields, food security and security in general.
These observations highlight the interconnections between the fight against climate change and the struggle for sustainable, fair development.
The climate & development service we offer
Assessments, monitoring and evaluation
Drawing on 10 years’ experience with climate issues, GERES has developed specific tools:
- Energy assessment: an adaptable tool helping to describe and analyse the territory through the prism of energy. It takes account of productive, domestic, family and professional uses of energy, the production and institutional environment and the supply chains.
- Territorial climate/energy appraisal (a tool developed in connection with the Energy Assessment of the Linguère and Ranérou-Ferlo departments in Senegal)
- Evaluation of Climate Vulnerability and Resilience (ECVR): GERES relies on this methodology of territorial assessment through the prism of climate, a valuable tool in getting to know a territory and highlighting its characteristics and interdependencies, whether spatial or between its major internal components.
Supporting institutions and public policy
- Training of territorial players in climate change issues and incorporation of climate issues in development strategies (e.g. ClimTerr)
- Development and support of national and local strategies to combat climate change (e.g. INDC Guinea)
- Stakeholder mobilization (e.g. World Wide Views)
- Support in territorial climate/energy planning
- Public awareness-raising, environmental education and training on climate change issues
Implementation of projects via the CEMAATERR programme
- Access to rural energy
- Energy efficiency in housing
- Resilient, adapted farming practices
- Agro-forestry, forestry
Training and supporting stakeholders in both North and South
- COP21 self-training module
- Integration of climate change adaptation in development projects – Benin (2015)
- Capacity-building for local policymakers in connection with preparation of the territorial climate plan for the Ferlo – Senegal (2012 -2014) with the creation of pedagogical tool intended for Senegalese territorial staff
- Capacity-building for local policymakers in Bamyan province – Afghanistan (2015 – 2016)
- Capacity-building for Guinean officials with a view to producing Guinea’s national contribution – Guinea (2015)
- Organization of the world consultation on climate and energy in Afghanistan: World Wide Views (2015)
- Technical assistance to the government of Guinea in preparing its INDC in connection with COP21
- Preparation of a NAMA in Cambodia on sustainable solid biomass fuels in partnership with the Ministry of the Environment
- Energy Information Centres in France (PACA) and related concepts in Morocco and Tajikistan
Leader of the Climate and Development Committee of Coordination SUD
In this connection, carrying out various deciphering and advocacy activities on climate and development issues, as well as baseline studies:
The leaflet: Territorial approach to climate change
An agro-economist specializing in rural development and international co-operation, Aurélie Reibel has six years’ field experience (France, Africa and South-East Asia). Amongst other things, she has worked on collective projects in the fields of agricultural methanation and ground-based photovoltaic solar farms combined with agriculture and on the development of agro-ecological practices helping both to mitigate climate change and to tackle the major challenge of food security by adapting agricultural production to the new climate situation.
Aurélie is now working on projects in France while continuing to deal with the “climate and agriculture” theme in her role as associate expert on the association’s cross-cutting programmes.
The holder of a Master’s degree in development project analysis, Camille is a trained economist specializing in development economics. Since 2014, Camille has developed particular expertise within GERES in the field of advocacy and awareness-raising concerning the fight against climate change within the framework of the activities of the Climate and Development Committee of Coordination SUD. In addition, Camille has worked in Afghanistan on the “climate” theme, organizing the planet-wide citizens’ debate on climate and energy in Kabul, in partnership with the local GERES team and putting together the content of climate and environment training for various local stakeholders. He is presently working on a variety of topics within the “Expertise” team: capitalization, training and support for cross-cutting programmes.
The holder of a diploma in urban/landscape planning and international relations, Clémentine has for nine years been supporting decentralized authorities and local players to implement concerted territorial strategies and policies and natural resource management plans. She has worked in urban and rural settings as well as on the outskirts of protected areas in the Mediterranean and West Africa, especially Lebanon, Burkina Faso, Benin, Togo, Ghana and Niger. Clémentine joined GERES in 2017 to co-ordinate the cross-cutting CEMAATERR programme with its territorial approach to combating climate change in rural areas and secondary towns.