CLIMBIZ Report on Climate Change Impacts, Adaptation and Benefits for the Green Economy in the Black Sea Region

This report creates a synthesis and sound knowledge-base on the impact and vulnerabilities associated with climate change in order to facilitate advances in the Black Sea region in establishing an effective response through adaptation and development of the green economy. The Responses are presented as (i) adaptations to build resilience to the identified Vulnerabilities which are no-regret or low-regret options and (ii) as opportunities and co-benefits predominately in terms of economic opportunities that could change the trajectory of economic development of the Region more towards a green and sustainable economy. A number of strategic elements of a regional climate change adaptation strategy for the Black Sea region were identified from the analyses which represent priority actions over the forthcoming 3 to 5 years. Download the CLIMBIZ Report here

SEED Reports on Social and Environmental Entrepreneurship

• Social and Environmental Enterprises in the Green Economy: Supporting sustainable development and poverty eradication on the ground - Analysis of a 3 year study for policy makers. CLIMBIZ's strategy and knowledge partner SEED has worked closely with the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD) since 2007 on a programme of research to increase technical knowledge and understanding about small-scale social and environmental enterprises. Based on the research and Symposia consultations, SEED was able to publish the following Analysis for Policy Makers, which provides new insights into the role of micro and small social and environmental enterprises as essential actors in building green economies. Download the Analysis for Policy Makers here

• An Investigation Into The Triple Bottom Line Performance Of Micro And Small Social And Environmental Enterprises In Developing Countries: Establishing A Baseline For A Longitudinal Study. The SEED baseline study provides insights into how social and environmental enterprises can achieve their social, environmental and business objectives and how policy makers can create a more enabling environment for such enterprises to thrive. According to the survey, the SEED winners, are bringing change through capacity training and skills development as well as the introduction of new and more environmentally-friendly technologies and production processes. The survey also underlined that two of the biggest obstacles for the success of these enterprises are lack of access to funds and lack of skilled people at the community level. Download the full report here

• Critical Success Factors and Performance Measures for Start-up Social and Environmental Enterprises. Eight critical success factors and fourteen performance indicators are identified through the investigation of SEED Winners and other social and environmental entrepreneurs. The report was subsequently used as the basis for a robust rapid assessment tool for social and environmental enterprises. Such a process can be self-directed by the enterprise leaders to determine in the early stages of their development whether they have the critical elements in place for successful growth. Download the full report here

• Scale-up and replication for Social and Environmental Enterprises. This paper explores how the international development community approaches scale-up and replication, and in particular its role in supporting start-up social and environmental enterprises with a view to expanding their business and their social and environmental impacts. The report examines several aspects of these issues and raises questions about who is responsible for creating the enabling environment and helping a local SMME to scale up. It also examines critically some of the main issues related to replication. Download the full report here

UN Global Compact Report on Policy Measures to Support Inclusive and Green Business Models

Are poverty alleviation and environmental sustainability conflicting objectives? Or do the two goals support each other? Both are traditional domains of policy-makers aiming to promote green growth and pro-poor or inclusive growth. This report looks at the opportunities for green and inclusive innovation, highlights pathways to inclusive and green innovation and recommends policy measures to promote inclusive and green innovation. The report can be downloaded here

UNDP Policy Note on Business Innovation to Fight Climate Change and Poverty

Business has a role to play in finding and implementing these integrated solutions. Private companies are the driving forces in most national economies today. Hence, they must take centre stage in developing sustainable production and consumption patterns. With their capacity to invest and innovate, they are uniquely positioned to create solutions that reduce resource use, while at the same time improve human well-being. Companies and investors are quickly realizing that climate change and poverty are not merely social, political, or moral issues - they present economic and business issues as well. Depending on how proactively a company responds to these issues, they can offer opportunities for future growth rather than merely risks. The policy note can be downloaded here