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In the last days of the annual UN climate summit, COP22, NDF participated in events particularly focusing on the financing and implementation of the national commitments made in Paris.

"From commitments to actions" was the theme of an event that focused on Latin America.


At the ongoing climate summit in Marrakesh, Morocco, NDF presents its activities and achievements in selected climate finance events, together with its co-financing partners, and with particular focus on Nordic climate solutions.

At a side event organised by the Nordic Council, the parliamentary assembly of the Nordic countries, on Tuesday, discussions focused on climate investments and resilience in African LDCs.

Photo: NIRAS

The Nordic Partnership Initiative Pilot Programme for Supporting Up-Scaled Climate Change Mitigation Action in Vietnam’s Cement Sector, also called the Cement NAMA (Nationally Appropriate Mitigation Action) project was completed in June 2016. The results were presented in a UNFCCC side event at the COP22 in Marrakesh in November 2016.

The cement NAMA project has established a database for Vietnam’s cement sector and defined main components of the NAMA conceptual framework which includes baseline and mitigation options, Measurement, Reporting and Verification (MRV) set-up, lega

Bridge collapse at Licungo river in Mozambique during the floods in 2015

Release of new report co-financed by he Nordic Development Fund (NDF) on the implications of climate change on transport infrastructure in Sub-Saharan Africa

Roads are a key asset for Africa. They connect villages to economic centres, people to hospitals, children to schools and goods to markets facilitating trade.

An illustration from the cover of the newsletter Climate in Focus 2/2016.

NDF has published Climate in Focus 2/2016

This issue of the Newsletter focuses on the outcomes of NDF projects around the world as NDF's climate-related portfolio matures and results become visible.

Photo: Magnus Fröderberg/norden.org

Secretary General of the Nordic Council of Ministers writes in his blog "Climate finance and the path to green transition"


Today marked the official launch of the project: Resilience of the Blue Economy and the Coastal Ecosystem in Northern Honduras—MIPESCA

Tegucigalpa 1 November 2016.

Photo: Erick Kaglan, Togo

The regional platform will bring together expertise and funding to manage the West African coastline.

The coastal area of West Africa is home to 31% of the West African population and produces 56% of the sub-region’s GDP.

Photo: Produkt Herkunft, Creative Commons

Private sector involvement will stimulate job creation and income generation for smallholder farmers.

Last Friday in Washington, NDF’s Managing Director and IDB’s Manager for Outreach and Partnerships Director for Partnerships signed the financing agreement for NDF support to the Climate-Smart Agriculture Fund, an initiative led by the IIC to sti

Photo: Neil Palmer (CIAT), Creative Commons. http://bit.ly/2eubOdC

African Water Facility (AWF) releases a new publication featuring its co-finance collaboration with NDF to build climate resilience in the water sector across Africa.

NDF grant financing has enabled AWF to assume a leadership position on building climate resilience in the water sector across Africa.

Farmers’ group in Nalang Village, Dhading District learn how to make biochar

Green growth and climate resilient development – these goals were not foremost in the minds of pumpkin farmers in Nalang Village, Dhading District when they agreed to join field trials for producing and applying their own organic fertilizer.

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Several hundred experts and decision-makers from the fields of transport and international development gathered last week in Manila, Philippines, for the biennial Transport Forum arranged by the Asian Development Bank (ADB). The theme of this year’s forum was sustainable transport.

As part of its climate change and development mandate, NDF has over a number of years focused on sustainable transport including both mitigation and adaptation-related activities.

Photo: ADB

New multi-donor fund will help ADB prepare climate responsive infrastructure investment projects in Southeast Asia

During a visit to the ADB, NDF Vice President and Deputy Managing Director, Leena Klossner, and ADB Director General for the Southeast Asia Department, James Nugent, inaugurated the Project Readiness Improvement

Coastal fishers in Mozambique. Photo: Stig Nygaard, CCL

African Ministers, World Bank and Partners Meet in Mauritius to Catalyze Investments for the Ocean Economy

About one third (31%) of West Africa’s population lives on the coast, where the oceans are drivers for growth and prosperity. They provide jobs, food security and remain an important source of leisure and spiritual value.

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Climate finance readiness is a key issue as the two organisations look to help low-income countries.

A delegation from NDF consisting of Mr Pasi Hellman, Managing Director and Ms Leena Klossner, Deputy Managing Director visited the Green Climate Fund (GCF) in Songdo, Republic of Korea, last week to discuss areas

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A fruitful NDF-backed project in Nepal has demonstrated how charcoal fertiliser made from waste biomass can greatly increase farmers’ yields in regions where conventional manufactured fertilisers are a costly luxury.

A workshop organised by NDF in Helsinki on August 22nd spotlighted the many benefits of biochar, aiming to increase donors’ interest in supporting the replication and scaling up of successful work done in Nepal, where an NDF/Asian Development Ban

Photo: Mai Ky Vinh, ICEM

One of the key results of the project is the toolkit for climate resilient urban planning.

Many cities all over the world are vulnerable to climate change and face multiple risks from severity of floods and storms related to, for instance, infrastructure and increasing populations.


The position offers challenging and varying tasks in a stimulating working environment and requires a fair amount of travelling. The person will be based in NDF's office in central Helsinki. NDF offers a two year contract with the possibility for extension or to be made permanent.

For more information about the position can be found in the job announcement.

The deadline for applying is 25 August 2016.

Photo: NDF

In May this year, NDF and the Multilateral Investment Fund (MIF) launched the Climate Resilience Markets Project during a large international conference focusing on climate change and the private sector in Cartagena, Colombia.

Photo: Neil Palmer (CIAT). The picture is from the Mount Kenya region.

The shortlist for the Nordic Climate Facility’s sixth call for proposals is completed and fourteen applicants will be invited for contract negotiations

The sixth NCF call addresses the theme of “green growth for sustainable livelihoods”. Emphasis is on projects with possibilities to create climate-related business opportunities and sustainable green jobs.