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Environment and climate change integration in Sida’s development cooperation

This report is the briefing paper that Sida prepared as part of an OECD/DAC Peer Learning Review on environment and climate change mainstreaming, where Sida, Canada, the EU Commission and the European Investment Bank volunteered to engage. The report describes the Swedish policy context, Sida’s approach to integration, achievements and lessons learned. The purpose of the learning process was to assess how environment and climate issues are integrated or not in DAC members’ development strategies, policies and programmes, identifying what worked and what did not, and how to approach remaining and emerging challenges. The OECD/DAC Peer Learning exercise is one of the evaluations in Sida’s Strategic Evaluation Plan, as a utilisation focused review of a priority perspective in Sweden’s development cooperation. The report with the findings and lessons from the visit to Sweden and the synthesis report comprising lessons learned from all three visits will be available later this year.

Authors: Lisa Åhrgren , Emelie Cesar , Gunilla Öhlund-Wingqvist , Göran Ek , Maria Göthberg , Eva Stephansson , Anders Ekbom, Hanna Wolf

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Green Economy Information Brief

The current global economic growth path is ecologically unsustainable. Production and consumption degrade and deplete many of the world’s environmental resources. There is thus a need for new approaches that can promote inclusive and environmentally sustainable economic development – a green economy. Working towards a green economy (GE) offers such approaches. It conforms with Agenda 2030, Sweden’s policy framework for international development cooperation1 and Sida’s Environmental Policy. It also promotes broad-based employment and reduction of poverty in its various dimensions. This brief explains why green economy is needed, what it is, how it can be done, and what Sida does, and can do, to promote it.

Green economy information brief (2017)

Green economy seminar at Sida

The Sida Helpdesk for Environment and Climate Change gave a presentation on Green Economy and Green Growth at a seminar at Sida on the 21st of April. The purpose of the seminar was to build capacity among Sida staff on green economy/green growth issues and also to identify and promote areas of work to operationalize Green economy at Sida. Over 35 participants from Sida and Swedish Embassies (Kenya, Rwanda, Liberia, Mali, Zimbabwe and Uganda.) attended the seminar.

Presentation Green Economy Sida seminar 2016-04-21

Report on management of pesticide related health and environmental risks

This report identifies shortcomings in the identification, monitoring and management of pesticide related risks in the reviewed Swedish supported programmes, and provides recommendations. Findings was presented by the Sida Helpdesk for Environment and Climate Change at a meeting at Sida on April 19, 2016.

Assessment of safeguarding systems for the use of pesticides within Swedish financed programmes in Tanzania
Presentation of report on management of pesticide related health and environmental risks April 19, 2016


Categorisation of bilateral and regional contributions in the Climate Change Initiative

In 2013 the Climate Change Initiative (CCI), including the bilateral and regional part channelled through Sida, is to be evaluated. The purpose of the evaluation is to assess the attainment of the overall objective of the special climate change funding, to draw lessons that can be utilised in future climate change initiatives, as well as to investigate effective ways of channelling funds. Authors: Gunilla Ölund Wingqvist, Emelie César and Susanne von Walter.

Categorisation of bilateral and regional contributions in the Climate Change Initiative (2013)

Implementing environmental commitments in selected African countries

Worldwide there is a growing gap between the environmental commitments made and the actual implementation to improve environmental outcomes. Therefore, it is interesting to assess the level of implementation of international environmental commitments at national levels. This assignment relates to a brief investigation of national implementation of international environmental commitments in selected East African countries. Authors: Gunilla Ölund Wingqvist and David Nilsson

Implementing environmental commitments in selected African countries (2013)

Information Brief Human Rights Based Approach to Sustainable Development

This brief was produced for Sida in 2012 by Sida’s Helpdesk for Environment and Climate Change in collaboration with Annika Nilsson, NIDS Development Services. Authors: Anja-Christina Beier, Hanna Wolf and Annika Nilsson

Information brief HRBA and Sustainable Development (2012)

Summary HRBA and Sustainable Development (2012)

Information briefs on support to water and sanitation, including hygiene

These briefs were launched at the World Water Week in Stockholm 2012. Six briefs with different themes present what Sida is supporting in the water and sanitation sector, including hygiene.
Authors: Gunilla Ölund Wingqvist, Olof Drakenberg, Hanna Wolf, and Emelie César

Theme 1 – Water supply and waste water treatment

Theme 2 – Governance

Theme 3 – Risk reduction and resilience

Theme 4 – Water management and food security

Theme 5 – Resource efficiency

Theme 6 – Sustainable sanitation

Swedish Bilateral Support to Environmental Capacity Development

The purpose of this study is to document and analyse key results and lessons learned from Swedish bilateral support to environmental capacity development. The study was commissioned by Sida and fed into Sida’s results analysis for 2009, which had a particular focus on environmental and climate change issues. It also served as a background document for the development of a new Swedish policy for the environment and climate change in development cooperation, Author: Daniel Slunge and, Emelie César

Swedish Bilateral Support to Environmental Capacity Development Overview of Key Results and Lessons Learned (2012)


What have different actors done to increase the benefits of commercial agriculture investments for poor people?

The main focus of this report is large-scale agriculture investments in developing countries. The report should contribute to Sida’s B4D initiative “Special focus on land related investments”, that aims to find ways to make land related investments in Sub-Saharan Africa benefit poor people to the largest extent possible. Author: Jesper Karlsson

What have different actors done to increase the benefits of commercial agriculture investments for poor people? (2012)

Strategic Environmental Assessment and Biofuel Development

The purpose of this Advisory Note is to illustrate how SEA can be used as a tool to facilitate sound decision-making through the identification of some of the wider environmental and social considerations associated with the different stages of biofuel development (land acquisition and preparation; feedstock systems selection; cultivation and harvesting; processing, marketing and consumption). SEA can reveal some of the necessary trade-offs to be made to ensure long term sustainability, avoiding costly downstream mitigation measures and contributing to climate change adaptation.

Strategic Environmental Assessment and Biofuel Development (2011)

Environment and climate change indicators

This guidance is a part of Sida’s ongoing effort to focus on development results related to environmental sustainability. Given the cross cutting character of environment and climate change the guide provide indicators for a range of different sectors and areas relevant for donor agencies and collaboration partners alike.

Environmental and Climate Change Indicators – Guidance at Country and Sector Level (2010)

Funding for environment and climate change - the role of development cooperation

Available funding for addressing climate change and other environmental issues is but a fraction of what is needed. Old, New and Future Funding for Environment and Climate Change – the Role of Development Cooperation is a background study, commissioned by Sida that feeds into the ongoing work on Swedish Government Policy on Environment and Climate Change. The report seeks to discuss how Swedish development cooperation can contribute to an adequate and equitable supply of financing and how development cooperation best can reduce bottlenecks that can prevent necessary financial transfers. Author: Olof Drakenberg and Emelie César

Old, New and Future Funding for Environment and Climate Change – the Role of Development Cooperation (2009)

Mapping of donor agency training initiatives on climate change

This report focuses on how to improve staff capacity to deal with climate change and builds on a survey of a number of donor agencies training activities. It gives a brief introduction to training events and how they fit within a broader framework to increase capacity for addressing climate change. It also includes examples of lessons learned and reflections on opportunities for increased cooperation in line with the Paris declaration. Author: Emelie César and Olof Drakenberg

Mapping of Donor Agency Training Initiatives on Climate Change (2009)

Liquid biofuels - opportunities and challenges in developing countries

This Summary Report is the result of a literature overview forming the background material for the fact sheet “Biofules – Opportunities and Challenges for Developing Countries” commissioned by Sida. The opinions presented do not necessarily reflect Sida’s views. Author: Linda Engström

Liquid Biofuels – Opportunities and Challenges in Developing Countries (2009)

Economic growth, environment and climate change

The purpose of this paper is to shed light on the links between economic growth, environment and climate change, as an analytical input to Sida’s (the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency) strategy on growth in development cooperation. The summary of evidence is primarily based on recent research and focus on issues addressed in the research literature. Authors: Anders Ekbom and Emelie César

Economic Growth, Environment and Climate Change (2008)

Greening Development Planning

How can you make the economic case for better management of environment and natural resources in poverty reduction strategies and other national planning documents? This important question is addressed in the new Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) working paper “Greening Development Planning – A Review of Country Case Studies for Making the Economic Case for Improved Management of Environment and Natural Resources”. Approaches from five countries are reviewed (Lao People’s Democratic Republic, Mozambique, Peru, Tajikistan and Uganda). The report has been produced by a team from the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida), the Swedish Environmental Protection Agency and the Sida Helpdesk for Environmental Economics. Authors: Olof Drakenberg, Sandra Paulsen, Jessica Andersson, Emelie César, Kristoffer Darin Mattsson, Elisabeth Wikström

Greening Development Planning – A Review of Country Case Studies for Making the Economic Case for Improved Management of Environment and Natural Resources (2008)

Managing cultural landscapes in the EIA process in Sida projects

This state-of-the-art study is carried out by the EIA Centre at the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU). The aim is to look at how cultural environment is assessed in current EIA practice (Environmental Impact Assessment) in Sida supported development projects. The cultural environment is identified according to Sida policy guidelines (Guidelines for the Review of EIA Assessments, Sustainable Development?, 2002 and Caring for Cultural Heritage, Guidelines for Sida’s Development Co-operation, Draft 2004). The scope is on project documentation presented to the Sida Project’s Committee (PC). Authors: K. Isaksson, K. Litzitzin, E. Stephansson

Managing cultural landscapes in the EIA process in Sida projects – A state of the art survey (2005)

Guidelines for review of environmental impact assessment

Making EIAs, environmental impact assessments, is one of the most important methods for reviewing environmental aspects of development projects – and thereby determining whether proposed projects contribute to or counteract sustainable development – and they shall therefore be made for all Sida’s contributions. Sida has worked with EIAs since 1991, and has gradually acquired experience and developed its use of EIAs over the years. Sida’s experience has been incorporated in these guidelines and the authors have tried to create a flexible working tool for Sida’s programme officers. In the guidelines the authors have also tried to clarify the links between environmental issues and social and economic development issues.

Guidelines for the Review of Environmental Impact Assessment (2002)

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