Synthesis report: Exploring the conflict blind spots in climate adaptation finance

This synthesis report explores whether and how climate adaptation programmes have been conflict-sensitive in fragile and conflict-affected situations. It also examines the barriers and enablers to increasing adaptation finance to these contexts and refers to these two issues as the ‘conflict blind spots’ in climate adaptation finance.

The analysis is based on an analysis of donors’ approaches to conflict...

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Enabling Climate Science Use to Better Support Resilience and Adaptation Practice

I led a wonderful team for LTS International to undertake an initial scoping study addressing the following question: “Within the process of enabling climate science to better support resilience and adaptation practice and achieve internationally agreed commitments, what is working and what is missing in its use, and which people and institutions are key contributors in this field?”

The team, which...

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Dock Place Swing Bridge

Posted to the Friends of the Water of Leith Facebook page.

The swing bridge, turning platforms and lock gates at former East dock, just by the Teuchters Landing, are local icons of notable national importance. As Historic Environment Scotland note: “The swing bridge is of the John Rennie/Ralph Walker design of circa 1803 and is among the earliest surviving examples of a cast-iron swing bridge in the UK by one of Britain foremost engineers of the 19th centur

Teuchters Landing, of course, was a port of call for the ferry to Aberdeen, keenly remembered by many in the neighbourhood. One Friend remembers his father describing the drunken scenes aboard the ferry he used to catch from there to Aberdeen with both crew and passengers making the most of being off shore.

As we’ve commented on before, FOWL.b was concerned about the steady decay and recently called Historic Environment Scotland to find out what could be done about their state of repair. They cannot confirm ownership of the bridges (which would breach the data protection act), although we have heard that Forth Ports is responsible for them. We’ve had little luck getting a response to ask what the future holds for the bridge. This is unexpected given the company’s pride in winning a prestigious award for community engagement and work across the UK, including Leith.

Since our unanswered requests, the bridge has been closed off completely given safety issues yet there are no obvious efforts to re-open the structure or restore it to an acceptable state. We’d encourage readers to contact Forth Ports themselves to ask what is going on. Their media contact is available via this link:

As ever, please also give a nudge to the councillors to ask what they can do to maintain and enhance the bridge to better show pride and responsibility for Leith’s heritage. It might also be useful to highlight this issue to the Scottish Cabinet Secretary for Culture, Tourism and External Affairs.

Please let us know if you get any responses and let’s work together to improve our neighbourhood!

Thanks to The Leith Trust and Teuchtars Landing.

Flood risk and the Water of Leith

Posted to the Friends of the Water of Leith Facebook page.

SEPA, the Scottish Environment Protection Agency, classified the Water of Leith basins as a flood risk in 2016, echoing its comment that “Edinburgh has a long history of flooding from the Water of Leith”. This is affecting residents, who report having difficulty finding affordable, if any, flood insurance for property and goods.

Before Forth Ports installed...

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Changing business as usual: How sustainable investment promotes sustainable land use

Sustainable investments make good business sense. Investing in sustainable production reduces the risk of supply chain disruptions. Incorporating environmental, social and governance (ESG) factors into investment decisions contributes to improved corporate financial performance and risk-adjusted returns on medium to long term.


  • Pioneering companies and financial institutions are taking a lead in sustainable agriculture and forestry investment, yet progress has been slow and...
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Water of Leith basins deteriorating

Posted to the Friends of the Water of Leith Facebook page

The state of the Water of Leith Basins continues to make a mockery of efforts by people, businesses and the council to improve our environment. Aside from the eyesore of litter and badly neglected ships, siltation in the basin is causing risk and expense to residents along the water.

Old time residents recall that when Forth Ports stopped the natural flow of...

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Evidence, urbanisation and ecosystems services in Asia

Land use change underpins urbanisation, the growth of peri-urban areas, and degradation of surrounding ecosystems. Across all countries, concern is increasing about urban expansion into hazardous areas including wetlands, floodplains, coasts and slopes. This conversion is worsening ecosystem-related risks that are in turn being exacerbated by the effects of climate change. Throughout the region, the poor and vulnerable are affected the worst as they rarely possess the means to protect their...

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Towards the New Urban Agenda: Where are “people” in delivering inclusive, safe, resilient cities?

New visions for how cities will look in the future are increasingly criticized by NGOs and other civil society organizations for not focusing on the rights of urban citizens, particularly those increasingly “left behind”.

Many ACCCRN members and partners are therefore focused on a “New Urban Agenda” to be agreed by the Habitat III cities conference in October 2016.

The agenda is ambitious, calling for fair and inclusive urbanization. Yet even though it is being developed...

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Urbanization, inclusion and social justice

With cities recognized as being at the forefront of addressing global climate change, it is clear that urbanization of the future will need to be very different from urbanization of the past, and from current trajectories. There is an urgent need for a transformative urban future that is socially just, inclusive, and ecologically viable.

The biggest challenge to this transformative urban agenda is improving governance to achieve sustainability goals in places where it currently is...

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Inclusive governance and urban resilience: Challenges at the nexus of urbanization and climate change

The developing world is urbanizing rapidly. However, this urban growth is leading to increased inequity and vulnerability, particularly for the marginalized poor. Climate change further compounds these problems.

Asia showcases these challenges and highlights warnings to be heeded elsewhere.

Urbanization is causing unprecedented and rapid change of ecological landscapes, social values and economic relations. Cities, in particular smaller cities with populations under 500,000, are...

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