mitigation banking Articles

  • What is wetland mitigation banking?

    A mitigation bank is a wetland, stream, or other aquatic resource area that has been restored, established, enhanced, or (in certain circumstances) preserved for the purpose of providing compensation for unavoidable impacts to aquatic resources permitted under Section 404 or a similar state or local wetland regulation.  The concept has been around since the 1970’s.  In 1995 U.S. federal agencies ...


    By Common Sense Solutions, LLC

  • Ethiopia’s seed banks and the search for food security

    The community seed bank in Chefe Donsa, a village two hours’ drive east of the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa, collects and preserves the seeds of local crops to ensure farmers have a steady supply of seeds to sow each year. The Chefe Donsa seed bank is just one of 13 established in different climatic areas of the country. The nation’s central seed bank, which the Ethiopian Institute ...


    By SciDev.Net

  • Leading banks commit to valuing natural capital

    Leading banks commit to Valuing Natural Capital Risk at Rio+20, but why, and how will this translate into action? The CEOs of 37 major financial institutions announced that they would be integrating natural capital considerations into their products and services as a result of their commitment to the UN backed Natural ...


    By Trucost Plc

  • Climate change mitigation’s best-kept secret

    Methane is a potent greenhouse gas — but there’s a lot we can do about it. At Blue Spruce Farm in Bridport, Vt., the black-and-white dairy cows are used to the routine. In what looks like a choreographed dance, 1,400 milk cows delicately step over the scrapers that run along the concrete floors and collect their ...


    By Ensia

  • Adapting to climate change : assessing the World Bank Group experience - phase three of the World Bank Group and climate change

    This paper constitutes the third and final volume of a series of assessments of the World Bank Group's engagement with climate change issues. The first focused on World Bank involvement in policy issues related to greenhouse gas mitigation. It was mainly concerned with the potential for energy price reform and energy efficiency policies to yield dividends in growth, fiscal savings, and climate ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • Flood modeling and mitigation measures in an urban environment – a Case Study, Victoria, Australia

    Introduction: Flooding on urban basins is intensifying due to rapid urbanization. Flooding primarily occurs because of drainage congestion of inland flow and/or over bank flow of rivers during severe rainfall events. Rapid urbanization is causing a major change in rainfall-runoff phenomenon and the drainage system as well. The overland flow pattern is becoming complex due to huge structural ...


    By XP Solutions

  • What stops banks from lending to energy efficiency projects?

    Four years after the US credit market crashed, energy efficiency projects continue to struggle to secure financing. What’s the problem? A slow economy, of course. But when it comes to energy efficiency – and on-site renewable energy – the problem runs deeper. It’s not lack of interest in green energy. To the contrary, says Angela Ferrante, director of alternative energy ...

  • Corporate governance, relational banking and R&D: evidence from Japanese large firms in the 1980s and 1990s

    We investigate the effects of the Japanese corporate governance structure on corporate investments, especially R&D, dividing Japanese high R&D firms into two groups, i.e. young growing firms and old mature firms. The main bank relationship mitigates the asymmetric information problem for young growing firms. R&D expenditure in the 1990s. Portfolio investors strengthen the cash constraints on R&D, ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Exploring nature-based solutions - The role of green infrastructure in mitigating the impacts of weather- and climate change-related natural hazards

    Natural resource scarcity, climate change impacts, continued employment crises, public budget debts and economic recovery plans are some of the challenges that governments in Europe currently face. Moreover, Member States in the European Union (EU) need to continue building or rebuilding roads, sewage systems, levees, etc. (also known as grey infrastructure). Despite being essential for economic ...

  • Unlocking Private Climate Investment: Focus on OPIC and Ex-Im Bank`s Use of Financial Instruments

    As global mean temperatures rise, governments and public financial institutions are seeking ways to mobilize the several hundred billion dollars of finance required to limit the growth of greenhouse gas emissions in developing countries and develop climate-resilient economies. This working paper is one in a series of papers that examines how public funds can mobilize private investment to help ...

  • World Bank green bonds surpass us$4 billion mark – reflections five years on

    Since the launch in 2008, the World Bank’s green bonds have grown quickly and reached an important milestone in August. Earlier, this month, the World Bank launched a US$550 million green bond bumping the total amount of World Bank green bonds issued to over $4 billion dollars since the green bond program began. This milestone ...


    By The World Bank

  • Correcting the world`s greatest market failure: climate change and the multilateral development banks

    Correcting the World’s Greatest Market Failure: Climate Change at the Multilateral Development Banks is a new analysis by the World Resources Institute that examines the challenges of mainstreaming climate change at the Multilateral Development Banks (MDBs). In the lead up to the 2005 G8 Gleneagles Summit, WRI analysis found that climate change had been considered in less than 20 percent of ...

  • Payment systems, risk assessment and business continuity management in South Africa

    Business continuity management is a common business practice in a number of private sector business entities. Less is known about how public sector entities such as central banks ensure business continuity. This paper provides an analysis of the impact of financial and economic risks on the operation of payments systems in an emerging economy. A number of practical business continuity management ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Nudging effective climate policy design

    This paper applies insights from behavioural economics literature to design options in climate policy in order to make suggestions on how to create and pass effective climate regulation. It posits that policymakers can have a more comprehensive toolkit for tackling climate change by utilising knowledge of flawed human behaviour. It makes three main suggestions. First, when pricing carbon, the use ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • The Environmental Assessment Process

    The Pollution Prevention and Abatement Handbook is intended to be used principally as input to the World Bank Group’s Environmental Assessment (EA) processes. This note outlines the key features of the EA procedure for World Bank projects. The IFC and MIGA follow the same overall policies but have somewhat different environmental analyses and review procedures (for details contact IFC’s or MIGA’s ...


    By The World Bank

  • Greenhouse Gas Abatement and Climate Change

    This note describes the World Bank’s involvement in efforts to reduce emissions of greenhouse gases and to promote energy efficiency. The objective of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (FCCC) is to achieve 'stabilization of greenhouse gas concentrations in the atmosphere at a level that would prevent dangerous anthropogenic interference with the climate system.' The Convention is also ...


  • SW Highway Resettlement Action Plan

    Huckbody Environmental extended the services provided to the World Bank for the SW Highway Project in Kazakhstan by preparing the Resettlement Action Plan (RAP). The RAP preparation included discussions with the Committee for Roads (Ministry of Transport and Communication) and Design Engineers to establish the type and number of land owners and land users potentially affected by land acquisition ...


    By Huckbody Environmental

  • Will the Financial Industry Lead the U.S. to Green?

    This seems a bit of an oxymoron. After all, how much can banks contribute to environmental sustainability? Banks do not require a lot of water to operate or release toxic pollutants into the air. To my knowledge the printing of money does not have a large carbon footprint. While banks and all office-based enterprises can be made more energy and paper-efficient, saving significant expense, it ...


  • The nuclear energy non-proliferation link and what the IAEA can do now

    Projections of the World Bank indicate that world energy demand is increasing and may more than double by 2050. Several political leaders have recognised the importance of nuclear energy to meet growing energy needs. Indeed, availability of a secure, economically viable energy source is a major factor in the developing world's progress. This expansion, with the potential spread of sensitive ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Assessing infrastructure interdependencies: the challenge of risk analysis for complex adaptive systems

    Infrastructures are a complex set of interconnected, interdependent, adaptive systems on which the nation, manufacturing systems and individuals depend. Understanding the potential consequences of infrastructure interdependencies, as the infrastructures evolve and the regulations governing their operation change, is at the heart of our infrastructure interdependencies research program. This ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

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