Tiempo Climate Cyberlibrary



About the Cyberlibrary

The Tiempo Climate Cyberlibrary was developed by Mick Kelly and Sarah Granich on behalf of the Stockholm Environment Institute and the International Institute for Environment and Development, with sponsorship from the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency.

While every effort is made to ensure that information on this site, and on other sites that are referenced here, is accurate, no liability for loss or damage resulting from use of this information can be accepted.

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Activities of scientific, business, NGO or intergovernmental networks involved in the climate issue — selected resources in the Tiempo Climate Cyberlibrary and on the web

In the Cyberlibrary

Challenge for the Climate Action Network
Astrid Westerlind Wigström tasks the Network with becoming more responsive to developing country interests at international negotiations. Published April 2009

Asia-Pacific Partnership
Christoph Holtwisch analyses the current development of the Asia-Pacific Partnership on Clean Development and Climate, contrasting the Partnership with the traditional climate regime. Published February 2008

Networking in the Horn of Africa
Renee Storteboom discusses the non-governmental organizations of the Horn of Africa and their potential. Published March 2000

Regional Cooperation in the Americas
Eleven American nations signed the Agreement to Establish the Inter-American Institute for Global Change Research in Montevideo, Uruguay, in May 1992. The Inter-American Institute is a regional network of research centres dedicated to the study of global change and its impact on human society. Published June 1995

On the Web

Adaptation Learning Mechanism
The Adaptation Learning Mechanism is mapping good practices, providing information, building knowledge and networks on climate change adaptation. It is developing tools and resources to support: adaptation practices; integration of climate change risks and adaptation into development policy, planning and operations; and capacity building.

AdaptNet is a community of adaptation specialists, sharing the latest information on adaptation strategies, measures, tools, research and analysis, and highlighting best practice and implementation. It focuses on cities in Australia and the Asia-Pacific region, but nested within the global network of cities.

African Forum and Network on Debt and Development
The African Forum and Network on Debt and Development (AFRODAD) is a civil society organization born of a desire to secure lasting solutions to Africa's mounting debt problem.

Alliance of Small Island States (AOSIS)
AOSIS is a coalition of small island and low-lying coastal countries that share similar development challenges and concerns about the environment, especially their vulnerability to the adverse effects of climate change. It acts as an ad hoc lobby and negotiating voice within the UN system.

Anew NZ
Anew NZ is an independent, non-partisan network of motivated and concerned New Zealanders seeking a sustainable future. Anew NZ aims to develop principled, ethical leadership and facilitate dialogue with civil society, business and government (as a network of networks) on key issues that are critical to the future of the country.

Arab Forum for Environment and Development
The Arab Forum for Environment and Development is a civil society initiative based on Beirut, Lebanon, intended to encourage Arab businessmen and economic institutions to collaborate in the direction of opening an Arab common market for products which are friendly to the environment as well as in the direction of harmonizing environmental measures.

Architecture for Humanity
Architecture for Humanity promotes architectural and design solutions to global, social and humanitarian crises. Through competitions, workshops, educational forums, partnerships with aid organizations and other activities, Architecture for Humanity creates opportunities for architects and designers from around the world to help communities in need.

AREED: African Rural Energy Enterprise Development
Initiated by UNEP, AREED assists in developing new sustainable energy enterprises. Offers training, tools, start-up support, seed capital and partnerships with banks and NGOs involved in rural energy.

Asia Pacific Human Development Network
The Asia Pacific Human Development Network (AP-HDNet) is an e-platform where members exchange knowledge, raise and debate issues on human development in the region. The Network is an integral part of the process leading to the preparation of the Asia Pacific Human Development Reports.

Asia Pacific Network for Global Change Research (APN)
APN's primary purposes are to foster global environmental change research in the Asia-Pacific region, to increase developing country participation in that research and to strengthen science-policy links.

Asia-Pacific Mountain Network
The Asia-Pacific Mountain Network (APMN) is a regional node of the Mountain Forum. It was created with the purpose of generating, packaging, disseminating or sharing information on sustainable mountain development in upland and mountainous areas of the Asia-Pacific region as well as facilitating networking among its many members - online as well as offline - as well as subscribers and partners.

Asia-Pacific Partnership on Clean Development and Climate
Founding partners of the Asia-Pacific Partnership, Australia, China, India, Japan, Republic of Korea, and the United States, have agreed to work together and with private sector partners to meet goals for energy security, national air pollution reduction, and climate change in ways that promote sustainable economic growth and poverty reduction.

Biodiversity Conservation Network
The Biodiversity Conservation Network, a component of the Biodiversity Support Program, is a USAID-funded programme working in the Asia/Pacific Region to provide grants for community-based enterprises that directly depend on biodiversity.

Campus Climate Challenge
The Campus Climate Challenge is a project of more than 30 leading youth organizations throughout the United States and Canada. The Challenge leverages the power of young people to organize on college campuses and high schools to win 100% Clean Energy policies at their schools, growing a generation-wide movement to stop global warming.

Canadian Climate Change Scenarios Network
The Canadian Climate Change Scenarios Network consists of separate nodes, representing different regions of Canada and with their own research specialty. Each node is hosted in partnership with our university collaborators and the Adaptation and Impacts Research Section of Environment Canada.

Capacity Strengthening of Least Developed Countries for Adaptation to Climate Change (CLACC)
The CLACC network is a group of fellows and international experts working on adaptation to climate change for least developed countries. The aim is to strengthen the capacity of organizations in poor countries and support their initiatives in sustainable development through the network of fellows. CLACC operates in 15 countries in the South, 12 in Africa and three in South Asia.

The aim of the CARBOAFRICA network is to improve the quantification, understanding and prediction of the carbon cycle, and other greenhouse gas budgets, in Sub-Saharan Africa.

Carbon Connections
The Carbon Connections project aims to enable universities to address the problem of increasing carbon emissions, through the creation of new technologies, improvement of existing technology and innovative approaches to behavioural change.

Carbon Trade Watch
Carbon Trade Watch monitors the impact of pollution trading upon environmental, social and economic justice.

Centre for Rural Technology - Nepal
The Centre for Rural Technology is committed to developing and promoting appropriate rural technologies aimed at improving the quality of life and economic conditions of rural peoples.

Choike: links to southern civil organizations
Choike is the Mapuche word for the Southern Cross. By pointing to the South, Choike helps travellers on the Web find Southern destinations and, therefore, contribute to enhance the visibility and impact of what civil society organizations in developing countries produce and publish.

Climate Action Network, United States
The US Climate Action Network serves as the focal point for global climate change activities in the United States.

Climate and Health Information Exchange
The Climate and Health Information Exchange is an activity of a Collaborative Research Network supported by the Inter-American Institute for Global Change Research.

Climate Collective
The Climate Collective is a broad network of people and groups working to prevent catastrophic climate change.

Climate Justice Action
Climate Justice Action is a global network of people and groups committed to take the urgent actions needed to avoid catastrophic climate change.

Climate Justice Programme
The Climate Justice Programme is a collaboration of lawyers and campaigners around the world encouraging, supporting, and tracking enforcement of the law to combat climate change.

Climate Network Europe
Climate Network Europe is the coordinating office for 75 Western European NGOs working on climate change.

Climate, Community and Biodiversity Alliance
The Climate, Community and Biodiversity Alliance has developed and is promoting rigorous standards for evaluating land-based carbon projects.

Coalition for Rainforest Nations
The objective of the Coalition for Rainforest Nations is that forested tropical countries, partnering with industrialized nations that support fair trade and improved market access for developing countries, should collaborate to reconcile forest stewardship with economic development.

Com+ is an alliance of communicators for sustainable development.

Community Carbon Reduction Programme (CRed)
The aim of the Community Carbon Reduction Programme is to cut carbon emissions by 60% by the year 2025.

Community-Based Natural Resource Management Network (CBNRM Net)
CNBRM Net provides broad, robust and useful networking tools aimed at linking stakeholders involved in Community-Based Natural Resource Management.

Cool Climate Network
The Cool Climate Network makes available various tools to enable you to limit your greenhouse gas contribution.

Davos Climate Alliance
The Davos Climate Alliance is an Initiative of the World Economic Forum to promote sound measures and best practice aimed at mitigating carbon related risks.

e8 Network of Expertise for the Global Environment
The e8 is a non-profit international organization, composed of ten leading electricity companies from the G8 countries, whose mission is to play an active role in global electricity issues within the international framework and to promote sustainable energy development through electricity sector projects and human capacity building activities in developing and emerging nations.

Earth Day Network
The Earth Day Network provides support for all governments, businesses, schools and other groups wanting ideas or collaboration for activities on Earth Day, April 22nd. There are over 184 countries in the Network.

Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Network
Comprehensive resource for US Department of Energy's energy efficiency and renewable energy information.

The EnviroLink Network is a non-profit organization which provides access to thousands of online environmental resources, including environmental news.

Environmental Justice and Climate Change Initiative
The Environmental Justice and Climate Change Initiative is a diverse coalition environmental justice, religious, climate justice, policy and advocacy networks in the United States working for climate justice.

ESCANDA, Social Collective Space for Self-Management, Diversity and Autonomy is a space for the intersection of knowledge and experiences, for the collective interchange that will help us to self-manage our lives and materialize viable and sustainable alternatives to neoliberal capitalism.

European Environmental Citizens Organisation for Standardisation
ECOS is a consortium of environmental NGOs created to enhance the voice of environmental protection in the standardization processes.

European Network on Debt and Development
The European Network on Debt and Development (EURODAD) is a network of non-governmental organizations in 15 European countries. The network aims to coordinate the activities of groups working on the issues of debt, structural adjustment, financial flows and markets in developing countries to ensure that their views be brought to bear on decision makers in Europe.

European Re-Islands
The aim of European Renewable Energy Islands is to increase the commitment of European citizens in energy-sustainable communities, such as small islands.

European Tropical Forest Research Network
The European Tropical Forest Research Network is a forum for communication between European organisations, researchers, institutions and others concerned with (sub-)tropical forest research. The site contains a theme page on climate change and forests.

FAO Fisheries Global Information System
FIGIS (FAO Fisheries Global Information System) provides latest news, resources,fact sheets and mapping systems relating to aquaculture and marine issues.

Forest, Trees and People Programme and Network
The aim of the Forest, Trees and People Network is to share information about improving community forestry activities. The site includes on-line publications (including an excellent mixed media account of the Masai people's objections to the new management plan for the Ngorongoro Conservation Area in Tanzania), links to other networks, and a newsletter.

Future International Action on Climate Change Network
The purpose of the website is to provide an interactive international platform for discussion on future international action on climate change, including approaches of a post-2012 commitment regime under the UNFCCC and the Kyoto Protocol.

Genanet - focal point gender, environment, sustainability
genanet provides information on gender and climate change in industrialized countries.

GenderCC - Women for Climate Justice
GenderCC is a global network and platform of gender activists and experts from all world regions working for gender and climate justice. The website provides access to news, information and other resources.

Global Development Research Center
A virtual organization carrying out initiatives in education, research and practices in spheres of environment, urban, community and information with focus on the micro scale.

Global Forum on Oceans, Coasts, and Islands
The Global Forum on Oceans, Coasts, and Islands provides information on global developments related to oceans, coasts and Small Island Developing States, particularly activities aimed at achieving oceans-related targets from the World Summit on Sustainable Development and from the Millennium Development Goals through policy analyses, multi-stakeholder dialogues, working groups, roundtables and other approaches.

Global Monitoring for Environment and Security
Joint initiative of the European Union and European Space Agency, to be fully functional by 2008. Intended to support sustainable development goals and to integrate environmental and security dimension in European policies.

Global Mountain Biodiversity Assessment
Supporting a global network on mountain biodiversity research, the site details planned activities including database development and future workshops.

Global Village Energy Partnership
Partnership includes developing and industrialized country governments with public, private and multilateral institutions ensuring access to modern energy services for the poor.

Greenhouse Gas Protocol Initiative
The Greenhouse Gas Protocol Initiative (GHG Protocol) is a multi-stakeholder partnership of businesses, non-governmental organizations, governments and others whose mission is to develop internationally accepted greenhouse gas (GHG) accounting and reporting standards for business and to promote their broad adoption.

Gross International Happiness
A new concept in economic thinking aimed at replacing the western paradigm of economic productivity and well-being. Proponents suggest that GNP and per capita income does not properly reflect the true well-being of a nation and that the economic model of Gross National Happiness will.

Harvesting Rainwater
A domestic rainwater collection and storage system in Eugene, Oregon, United States, is investigated in detail, focusing on water quality at various points.

HELIO International
HELIO International is an international non-governmental network incorporated in France. It created Sustainable Energy Watch to assess and monitor the contribution of energy policies and systems to sustainable development.

Helio International
HELIO International is an independent, international network of leading energy analysts whose objective is to identify, assess, measure and publicize the contribution of energy systems and policies to sustainable and equitable development. HELIO's core activity is Sustainable Energy Watch

ICLEI - Local Governments for Sustainability
ICLEI - Local Governments for Sustainability is an international association of local governments and national and regional local government organizations that have made a commitment to sustainable development. ICLEI is a partner with the Clinton Climate Initiative.

Indochina Global Change Network
The goal of the Indochina Global Change Network is to strengthen the scientific capacity of Cambodia, Laos and Vietnam and hence the ability of these nations to respond to the threat posed by global environmental change and related hazards. Network activities include policy-relevant information provision, training and research on global change issues.

Inter-American Biodiversity Network (IABIN)
IABIN is an intergovernmental initiative aimed at promoting greater coordination within the Americas in collecting, sharing and using biodiversity-related information.

International Arid Lands Consortium
The International Arid Lands Consortium (IALC) is an independent nonprofit organization dedicated to exploring the problems and solutions unique to arid and semiarid regions. IALC promotes cooperative research and practical application of new knowledge to develop sustainable ecological practices.

International Council for Local Environmental Initiatives
ICLEI helps local governments promote environmental and sustainable development initiatives through technical assistance, campaigning and training. Also works with UN-HABITAT and UNEP.

International Network for Sustainable Energy (INforSE)
Worldwide NGO network promoting research and implementation of sustainable energy systems.

International Network on Small Hydropower
International Network on Small Hydropower (IN-SHP) is an international coordinating and promoting organization for the global development of small hydropower.

Introduction to Rainwater Harvesting
Overview of methods of rainwater harvesting, including discussion of strengths and limitations. Includes links to on-line resources and organizations.

Investor Network on Climate Risk
The purpose of the Investor Network on Climate Risk is to promote better understanding of the risks of climate change among institutional investors.

Lanka Rainwater Harvesting Forum
The Lanka Rainwater Harvesting Forum website makes available information about Sri Lankan projects, publications and a newsletter.

Low Carbon Societies Network
The Low Carbon Societies Network aims to facilitate information flows between civil society organizations and research institutes working on low carbon energy scenarios and technologies and to develop low carbon scenarios for Germany and France for the year 2050 with an ambitious greenhouse gas emission reduction target.

Mangrove Action Project
The Mangrove Action Project builds grassroots networks with the aims of raising public awareness about mangrove forests, helping protect and restore the world's remaining mangrove forests and protect and promote the rights of indigenous coastal peoples. The site contains information about campaigns and briefing papers on mangrove ecology and related issues.

Many Strong Voices
Many Strong Voices brings the Arctic and Small Island Developing States together to take collaborative and strategic actions on climate change mitigation and adaptation. Programme participants include international organizations, government agencies, non-government organizations, Indigenous Peoples' organizations, research institutes, communities and individuals.

Medical Alliance to Stop Global Warming
The Medical Alliance to Stop Global Warming is working with student leaders to bring the critical issue of global warming to medical schools around the nation and to encourage health professionals young and old to adopt energy-efficient lifestyles.

Methane to Markets
The Methane to Markets Partnership is an international initiative that advances cost-effective, near-term methane recovery and use as a clean energy source.

Model and Data Group
The Group's mission is to provide central support for the German and European climate research community, with an emphasis on the application of climate models and data.

Mountain Forum
The Mountain Forum promotes the sustainable development of mountain areas and, as well as supporting networking, has developed an electronic information service, including discussion lists, on-line library and events listing.

Mountain Partnership
The Mountain Partnership is a voluntary alliance of partners dedicated to improving the lives of mountain people and protecting mountain environments around the world.

Nature & Poverty Knowledge and Learning Network
The Nature & Poverty Knowledge and Learning Network provides a platform for practitioners working on ecosystem management and poverty alleviation. Practitioners can connect with people and organizations, share experiences and find tools and resources, gain easy and timely access to experts and benefit from field-based knowledge and insights.

OneWorld Network
The OneWorld network spans five continents and produces news and information content in 11 different languages, published across its international website, regional editions, and thematic channels. Many of these are produced from the South to widen the participation of the world's poorest and most marginalised peoples in the global debate. Recent news stories on climate change from organizations promoting human rights awareness and fighting poverty are listed.

Partnerships for Sustainable Development
An online database of multi-stakeholder initiatives involving partnerships sharing knowledge and experience with the intent to promote and implement sustainable development practices.

PREDAC: European Actions for Renewable Energies
Coordinated by the Comite de Liaison Energies Renouvelables the PREDAC consortium is made up of 23 organizations from 10 European countries. Communication tools include work packages, training, employment, workshops and methodological guides.

ProVention Consortium
The ProVention Consortium is a global partnership dedicated to disaster reduction. Site contains information about ProVention activities and links to useful resources for disaster risk reduction.

Rainforest Action Network
The Rainforest Action Network is a coalition of organizations in North and South dedicated to protecting the world's forests and their inhabitants. Sites includes resources for teachers and students.

RANET is an international collaboration to make weather, climate and related information more accessible to remote and resource poor populations.

REN21 is a global policy network that provides a forum for international leadership on renewable energy. Its goal is to bolster policy development for the rapid expansion of renewable energies in developing and industrialised economies. It publishes the Renewables Global Status Report.

Science and Development Network
The aim of the Science and Development Network (SciDev.Net) is to enhance the provision of reliable and authoritative information on science- and technology-related issues that impact on the economic and social development of developing countries. The SciDev.Net website contains news, editorials, features and comment and the network also builds regional networks of individuals and institutions and organises capacity-building workshops and other events.

Share The World's Resources
Share The World's Resources is a non-politically affiliated network that campaigns for equitable distribution and sharing of the world's resources. Principles based on the 1980 Brandt Report resulting from the Independent Commission on International Development Issues.

Small Islands Voice
Small Islands Voice provides an interactive forum for people on small islands. The programme also provides resources, publications and multimedia tools and organizes workshops.

South Pacific Regional Environment Programme
The mission of the South Pacific Regional Environment Programme is “to promote cooperation in the South Pacific region and to provide assistance in order to protect and improve its environment and to ensure sustainable development for present and future generations.” There is a US mirror site.

Southeast Asian Deltas
A research and reference site with access to studies, research projects, resource people, and publications related to the four deltas of Southeast Asia. The Ayeyarwady in Myanmar, the Chao Phraya in Thailand and the Mekong and Red River Deltas in Vietnam.

Southern African Renewable Energy Information Network (SAREIN)
SAREIN is a joint initiative between Southern Africa and the European Union and is currently operational in six countries: Botswana, Lesotho, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Swaziland and Zimbabwe. Operates through providing information about technology, markets, financing and opportunities, raising awareness of the potential of renewable energy and establishing links between industry and the public sector, amongst other activities.

The SouthSouthNorth project recognises the vital need for finding viable economic solutions that are sustainable to meet the climate challenge and builds capacity among all stakeholders in the South for the success of one solution, the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) of the Kyoto Protocol.

SPARE attracts youth energy efficiency activities and promotes sustainable energy. The idea is to transform a global concern into practical school activities.

Spirit in Business
Stated mission is to connect leaders in the global community with the intent to empower and enable them to maximize their being "great leaders, good leaders" for the benefit of the whole.

Stakeholders Forum Earth Summit 2002
News, information and networking in support of the World Summit On Environment and Development.

Stop Global Warming
Stop Global Warming is a collective working to encourage governments, corporations, and politicians take the steps necessary to stop global warming. It is organizing the Stop Global Warming Virtual March.

Towards Ecological Recovery and Regional Alliance (TERRA)
TERRA focuses on issues concerning the natural environment and local communities within the Mekong Region. TERRA works to support the network of NGOs and people's organisations in Burma, Cambodia, Lao PDR, Vietnam and Thailand, encouraging exchange and alliance-building.

United for Climate
Unite for Climate is your entry point into the world of youth action on climate change. You can join the community, participate in global campaigns, and work to extend the impact of the COP 15.

Wind Turbines
Wind Turbines is a social network for the wind energy community and a source of news and information.

World Business Council for Sustainable Development
The World Business Council for Sustainable Development is a coalition of over one hundred companies committed to the principles of economic growth and sustainable development. Many favour joint implementation, emissions trading and similar responses to the greenhouse problem. The site contains a section on energy and climate.

World Deltas Network
The World Deltas Network is a data, information, and research support service for deltas, to advance integrated science in the coastal zone, spanning physical, biological, and sociological disciplines.

World Mountain People Association
The World Mountain People Association builds on partnerships between mountain populations to share experience and develop cooperation on common issues.

Youth and Environment Europe (YEE)
The umbrella organization for over 40 regional and national youth organizations. Common interest is protection and care of the environment. Study and work on projects in foreign countries exchanging ideas and experience.

Zero Emissions Research & Initiatives (ZERI) is a global network of creative minds seeking solutions to world challenges. The common vision shared by the members of the ZERI family is to view waste as resource and seek solutions using nature's design principles as inspiration. ZERI has identified 100 innovations that within a decade could generate 100 million jobs.

Zero Waste International Alliance
The Zero Waste International Alliance has been established to promote positive alternatives to landfill and incineration and to raise community awareness of the social and economic benefits to be gained when waste is regarded as a resource base upon which can be built both employment and business opportunity.

Autogenerated: 15 May 2015

Bright Ideas

GE cuts solar costs

General Electric plans to cut solar installation costs by half

Project 90 by 2030

Project 90 by 2030 supports South African school children and managers reduce their carbon footprint through its Club programme

Smart street lighting

Bath & North East Somerset Council in the United Kingdom has installed smart LED carriageway lighting that automatically adjusts to light and traffic levels

Longwood Gardens

The United States National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the American Public Gardens Association are mounting an educational exhibit at Longwood Gardens showing the link between temperature and planting zones

Crowne Plaza Copenhagen Towers

The energy-efficient Crowne Plaza Copenhagen Towers hotel is powered by renewable and sustainable sources, including integrated solar photovoltaics and guest-powered bicycles

El Hierro

El Hierro, one of the Canary Islands, plans to generate 80 per cent of its energy from renewable sources

Remarkables Primary School green roof

The green roof on the Remarkables Primary School in New Zealand reduces stormwater runoff, provides insulation and doubles as an outdoor classroom

Weather Info for All

The Weather Info for All project aims to roll out up to five thousand automatic weather observation stations throughout Africa


SolSource turns its own waste heat into electricity or stores it in thermal fabrics, harnessing the sun's energy for cooking and electricity for low-income families

Wave House

The Wave House uses vegetation for its architectural and environmental qualities, and especially in terms of thermal insulation

Mbale compost-processing plant

The Mbale compost-processing plant in Uganda produces cheaper fertilizer and reduces greenhouse gas emissions

Frito-Lay Casa Grande

At Casa Grande, Frito-Lay has reduced energy consumption by nearly a fifth since 2006 by, amongst other things, installing a heat recovery system to preheat cooking oil

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Updated: May 15th 2015