Enabling the Changemakers: Youth in a Just, Green Transition

On this International Youth Day, and every day, young people are speaking out about the urgency of addressing the climate and biodiversity crises facing the world today and they are rising as changemakers to drive and accelerate action. As a society, we must transform the way we live and the way we interact with nature…

Centering Youth in Green Workforce Development

The climate crisis and ability to find decent jobs are two of the most urgent and significant issues facing young people. To address this, Chemonics and Unbounded Associates developed a set of resources to share the youth perspective on facilitating a just transition to the greening economy. These resources aim to provide development organizations with research-based practical guidance for…

World Water Week 2022

During this session our panel of experts will present an overview of prevailing groundwater development and management challenges in the South African Development Community (SADC) region and discuss interventions for groundwater governance through improvement of policy, legal and institutional frameworks, effective groundwater knowledge management, and mainstreaming groundwater governance into River Basin Organizations.      The…

Electromobility and Net-Zero Buildings in Mexico

During the webinar on Electromobility: The Future of Transportation That’s Already Present in Mexico, panelists discussed opportunities in the area of zero-emissions transportation and the feasibility of electrifying transport in Mexico, particularly bus transportation systems as well as taxis and delivery vehicles. During the webinar on Net Zero Buildings: The Future of Construction That’s Already…

Ecological Fiscal Transfers: Tying Ecological Indicators to Fiscal Policies

Governments around the world, from the national to the village level, have been devising, implementing, and regulating innovative tools, like payment for ecosystem services and sustainable production certifications, to combat and adapt to environmental problems like climate change and deforestation. However, despite these innovative tools, sub-national governments face a daunting challenge: They are often responsible…

Conservation Trust Funds and the Cubango-Okavango River Basin

River basins host complex and interrelated natural and human communities which depend on the basins’ resources to survive and thrive. Planning and managing resources at the basin level are critical to understanding interactions and addressing impacts to mutually benefit people, ecosystems, and wildlife. While natural systems know no boundaries, these basins often span national boundaries…

Nik Steinberg

Nik Steinberg is a climate risk and adaptation specialist with over a decade of experience in applied climate research. As part of the Climate Group at Chemonics, he delivers actionable, user-centric climate information while designing analytical approaches to help address decision-making challenges in the face of uncertainty. Prior to joining Chemonics, he served as the…

Why Building Strong Local Finance Skills and Systems is Key to Making Good on the Glasgow Climate Pact

From reversing deforestation to phasing out inefficient fossil fuel subsidies, COP26’s commitments unlocked new pathways for the development community to spur climate action. However, the success of these financial and policy commitments depends on climate-vulnerable countries’ ability to attract and deploy climate finance effectively. Underdeveloped fund management systems and limited financial expertise are common roadblocks…

3 Building Blocks for Mobilizing Inclusive Climate Finance

The private sector, recognizing the economic threat and global calls to climate action, has mobilized corporate pledges to avert climate disaster and bridge the nearly $4 trillion financing gap for climate financing by 2030. At the United Nations Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP26), nearly 500 global financial services firms agreed to align $130 trillion – some…

How Careful Use of Technology Can Guide Climate-Sensitive Peacebuilding

Countries already suffering from conflict and instability are often also on the frontlines of climate change. In Mali, rainfall has decreased by about 30% in the last 40 years, a severe crisis in a country where 80% of people depend on rain-fed agriculture. In Yemen, climate change has increased the country’s vulnerability to droughts and floods, deepening acute…

3 Questions with Chris Perine on Chemonics’ Climate Group

Chemonics has decades of deep climate adaptation, mitigation, and management experience. Our new Climate Group helps us consolidate all of our accumulated experience, coordinate the deployment of our in-house expertise, and more systematically address climate risks and opportunities in our current project portfolio and new business efforts. 1. What do you see as key challenges…

How 58 Policies Are Helping Guide Ecological Restoration in Brazil

Driven by technological advances in soil management, improved seed quality, and modern farming practices, Brazil experienced an agricultural revolution over the past few decades that has transformed the country’s economy, society, and outlook. Brazil’s Cerrado biome, where the rich farmlands of the Matopiba region are located, illustrate, both the benefits and challenges of this transformation.…