Environment and development

Recent Events of the OECD DCD Environment and Development team



16 May 2018

Workshop Managing environmental risks in development banks and DFIs, OECD Boulogne, Paris, France.

15 May 2018

20th ENVIRONET Plenary Meeting, OECD Boulogne, Paris, France.

14 May 2018 

Peer Learning Exercise on Managing and Mainstreaming Environmental Concerns Inception Workshop, OECD Boulogne, Paris, France.



19-20 October

19th ENVIRONEt Plenary Meeting, OECD, Paris, France



26 April 2016

Workshop: linking adaptation to Climate Change with financial protection mechanisms, Bogota, Colombia

The team co-hosted a one-day workshop with the Ministry of Environment. The workshop had approximately 45 participants from key institutions (public and private sector) in the design and development of climate change adaptation, disaster risk management and financial protection activities and plans at the national and subnational level.

2-3 March 2016

The 18th Meeting of the DAC Network on Environment and Development Cooperation (ENVIRONET)OECD, Paris, France

The 18th Meeting of the DAC Network on Environment and Development Cooperation (ENVIRONET) took place on 2 March 2016, focusing on the linkages between the implementation of the Agenda 2030 and the Paris agreement on Climate Change, and biennium work planning for ENVIRONET 2017-18.

The annual meeting was followed by the Informal Working Session on Biodiversity Mainstreaming on 3 March 2016, which centred on exploring biodiversity and development mainstreaming practices and challenges in partner countries. 

1 March 2016

Workshop on Development Co-operation and the Environment: Engaging the Private Sector for Green Growth and Climate Change, OECD, Paris, France

This workshop was a collaborative effort between the OECD Development Assistance Committee (DAC) Network on Environment and Development (ENVIRONET) and the Donor Committee for Enterprise Development (DCED) Green Growth Working Group. The workshop brought together government practitioners and experts who work on environment and private sector engagement within the context of development, to share experience and insights on the following themes: Leveraging investment for low carbon and climate related infrastructure, enabling SMEs to act on climate change mitigation and adaptation and public-private partnerships to promote sustainable forest management and enhance natural capital. 



4-5 November

The Fifth Experts' Meeting of the Joint ENVIRONET-WP-STAT Task Team on OECD Rio Markers, Environment and Development Finance Statistics, OECD, Paris, France

This meeting brought together experts, member and partner countries to: to continue on-going discussions related to its work plan on improving the quality, coverage, communication and use of the Rio marker data for reporting to the Rio Conventions. Key progress was made in refining proposals to improve the Rio marker climate change adaptation and mitigation definitions so as to improve the quality of data collection, where a recommendation to the DAC Working Party on Development Finance Statistics will be made on this item.  

3 November

Joint AFD-IDB-OECD Workshop on Local Financial Institutions (LFIs) and green finance, OECD, Paris, France

In close co-operation with the Agence Française de Développement (AFD), the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), the OECD organised a one day workshop on Local Financial Institutions (LFIs) and green finance. The event focused on experiences and concrete case studies concerning innovative instruments and specifically focused on the key areas of infrastructure, energy efficiency, and small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) and was organised around speakers’ presentations and interactive panel discussions. The workshop brought together practitioners from bi- and multilateral development partners and agencies, LFIs from different regions, as well as interested member delegations and aimed to establish actionable steps for future collaboration and knowledge sharing among participants. 

20-21 May

ENVIRONET-WP-STAT Task Team on Rio Markers: Fourth Experts' Meeting on Environment and Development Finance Statistics, OECD, Paris, France

This meeting brought together experts, member and partner countries to: discuss the implications of the modernisation of the DAC development finance measurement framework for reporting and presenting climate- and environment-related development finance; review progress in members' reporting on environment-related ODA and OOF; consider refined proposals to improve the Rio marker climate change adaptation and mitigation definitions; discuss collaboration between the DAC and the multilateral development banks; and discuss considerations for drawing on Rio marker data for quantitative financial reporting to the Rio Conventions.

19-20 May

Workshop on Partner Country Perspectives for Tracking Domestic and International Climate- and Biodiversity-Related Finance, OECD, Paris, France

This workshop brought together experts, member countries and partner countries to: discuss approaches and challenges for tracking domestic and international climate- and biodiversity-related finance in partner countries; explore the partner country perspective of OECD DAC environmental statistics in areas such as understanding, access and relevance of these data; and to provide insights for discussion on fine-tuning the Rio marker definitions and methodology.

20-21 April

The DAC-EPOC Joint Task Team Meeting on Climate Change and Development Co-operation 2015, OECD, Paris, France

This meeting brought together experts, member countries and partner countries to discuss the wider context that will affect development co-operation in support of adaptation, including adaptation policy developments towards COP21 and the post-2015 sustainable development agenda. The meeting also involved discussions on managing climate risk through ecosystem-based adaptation, and on risk transfer, management, sharing and financing.

1 April

Green Finance for Climate Action Pre-Forum Breakfast Event, OECD, Paris, France

This breakfast event considered effective means to mobilise all financial resources to support climate action and sustainable development, taking into account the role of domestic enabling conditions and key policy reforms, and where learning from past development experiences can inform actions for both climate and sustainable development benefits.

18 February

OECD Workshop on Biodiversity and Development: Mainstreaming and Managing for Results, OECD, Paris, France

This workshop brought together over 85 representatives from the biodiversity and development co-operation communities to share experiences and insights on the key opportunities and challenges to mainstreaming biodiversity into development policies and planning and into development co-operation.

16-17 February

The 17th DAC Network on Environment and Development Co-operation (ENVIRONET) Meeting, OECD, Paris, France

This meeting brought together representatives and experts from the Environment and Development Co-operation Committees to discuss a) Engaging the Private Sector in Action on Climate Change, Green Growth and Development and b) Building Resilient, Sustainable Cities



10 December

Climate Finance Tracking - Learning from this year, challenges identified and topics for discussion amongst climate practitioners, OECD-EIB-CPI Informal Meeting at UNFCCC COP20, Lima, 11:00-13:00, EU Pavilion. This meeting was an informal exchange of ideas and concrete proposals for 2015, focusing on the fruitful collaborations throughout 2014 on climate finance tracking, between MDBs, IDFC, UNFCCC, OECD, CPI and others, and following on from the recent publication of a number of important climate finance reports.

4 December

Tracking public and private climate finance - Towards improved data and increased transparency, Side event at UNFCCC COP20, Lima, 13:00-15:00, EU Pavilion. With the objective to outline recent initiatives and collaborations in tracking public and private climate finance, this event included presentations and updates from the OECD Development Assistance Committee, the OECD-led Research Collaborative on Tracking Private Climate Finance, international finance institutions, country delegates and non-governmental representatives.

The role of the 2015 agreement in mobilising climate finance and enhancing action on adaptation, Side event at UNFCCC COP20, Lima, 15:30-17:30, EU Pavilion, Room Brussels. This event discussed two central pillars of the post 2015 agreement: mobilising climate finance and the role of climate change adaptation. In the first half of the event, the OECD/IEA Climate Change Expert Group presented new analysis showing how the agreement could address challenges in the following areas: (i) current international institutional arrangements, (ii) in-country policy and regulatory environments, (iii) financial instruments and tools, and (iv) methodologies for transparency. The second half of the event included a presentation and panel discussion on how the 2015 agreement can support climate change adaptation, building on OECD’s work in this area. This focused on: i) progress of national initiatives to set goals and strategies for adaptation; ii) overcoming key barriers to building climate resilience; and iii) the evolving role of development co-operation in supporting adaptation. Contact: jane.ellis[at]oecd.org; michael.mullan[at]oecd.org; jan.corfee-morlot[at]oecd.org

22 September  

OECD and CPI dialogue: Improving transparency and accountability through improved tracking of climate finance flows, New York, United States. The OECD and CPI hosted this event, which aimed to help boost transparency and accountability in the tracking of climate-related development finance from public and private sources. 

18 September 

Third Experts' Meeting of the Joint ENVIRONET-WP-STAT Task Team to improve the Rio Markers, Environment and Development Finance Statistics, Paris, France. This mini-meeting reviewed progress against the Task Team’s work programme, in particular reviewing the status of reporting on Rio marked ODA disbursements and OOF, considering proposals for “fine tuning” the Rio marker definitions, and took stock of progress on capturing “green” multilateral flows within the DAC statistical system.  The future work plan and extension of the Task Team mandate for 2015 was also discussed. For information on the Task Team see here.

Training workshop with partner countries and interested parties on accessing and using OECD DAC Rio marker and environment-related development finance statistics, Paris, France. This interactive session will highlight the tools available on the OECD website to analyse external financing for development targeting environmental concerns in developing countries. Participants will be invited to share comments and suggestions on possible ways to improve accessibility and use of Rio marker data.  

26 August

African regional dialogue on climate finance, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia: a session was organised by the Partnership for Climate Finance and Development during the Africa Platform of the Low Emission Development Strategies (LEDS) Global Partnership on 26 August 2014 in Addis Ababa. The session gathered government representatives from African countries to share their experiences in accessing, managing and using climate finance and gauged potential interest in creating an on-going, country-led dialogue on climate finance in Africa. For more information, contact:and juan.casadoasensio[at]oecd.org. 

3 June

Second Experts' Meeting of the ENVIRONET- WP-STAT Task Team on OECD Rio Markers, Environment and Development Finance Statistics, Bonn, Germany. This meeting discussed progress on improving the quality, coverage, use and communication of the Rio markers and the environment marker, and discussed proposals for future work. Discussions included reporting on ODA disbursements and OOF, improving Rio marker definitions, identifying and measuring green multilateral flows within DAC statistics, and drawing on Rio markers for reporting to the Rio Conventions. For information on the Task Team see here.

15 April

The Partnership for Climate Finance and Development hosted a focus session on "Climate finance and development: challenges, priorities and ways forward in the post-2015 era" at the Global Partnership for Effective Development Co-operation (GPEDC) High-Level Meeting in Mexico City. The focus session analysed the emerging priorities for effective climate finance and development co-operation. Participants discussed how activities related to effective climate finance and development co-operation can support the pursuit of UNFCCC objectives, Sustainable Development Goals and the broader post-2015 agenda.  

9-10 April

OECD DAC-EPOC Task Team on Climate Change and Development Co-operation Meeting, Zurich, Switzerland. This meeting examined approaches to monitoring and evaluation of climate change adaptation at the methodological and the national level. Participants also explored possible priorities for future work of the Task Team in the next biennium, should there be support by the Environment Policy Committee (EPOC) and the Development Assistance Committee (DAC) to continue this joint work.

20-21 March

First Experts' Meeting of the ENVIRONET-WP-STAT Task Team on OECD Rio Markers, Environment and Development Finance Statistics, OECD, Paris, France. This meeting reviewed results of the stock take of members' reporting practices to the OECD DAC on environment-related Official Development Assistance and Other Official Flows, discussed further outreach and communication, considered options to improve the Rio marker methodology, and discussed improving the reporting of multilateral climate finance. 

20 February

OECD ENVIRONET Expert Workshop: Green Growth, Development Planning and Policy, Paris, France. The objective of this Workshop was to share experience, identify lessons and promote good practice among development partners on how to advance country-led inclusive green growth through in-country development planning and policy processes. 



2-3 December

Global Forum on Using Country Systems to Manage Climate Change Finance, Incheon, Republic of Korea. Organised by the Korean Ministry of Strategy and Finance and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in collaboration with the OECD and IBON International, and facilitated by the Partnership for Climate Finance and Development.

5-6 December

Green Growth and Sustainable Development Forum: How to unlock investment in support of green growth?, Paris, FranceThe Forum is organised by the OECD and participation is open to a wide range of stakeholders from OECD Committees, agencies, government officials, civil society, academics and the private sector.     

19 November

OECD-CPI Consultation lunch on Development and Climate Change, COP19 side-event, Warsaw, Poland. The consultation was co-organised by the OECD and the Climate Policy Initiative (CPI) and had two sessions, (i) on tracking climate finance and (ii) on strengthening development co-operation for adaptation.

3-4 October

3rd Annual Meeting of the San Giorgio Group on Expanding Green, Low-Emissions Finance, Island of San Giorgio Maggiore, Italy. The OECD is a partner organisation in the San Giorgio Group, along with Climate Policy Initiative (CPI), the World Bank and China Light and Power.

16 September

OECD DAC ENVIRONET and WP-STAT Working Session with IFIs and DFIs on Alternative Approaches to Track Climate Finance, Paris, France. Following the OECD Workshop with International Financial Institutions (IFIs) on Tracking Climate Finance held in February 2013, this working session studied, based on concrete examples, the possibilities to incorporate MDB data into the OECD Creditor Reporting System database.

7 July

G20 Development Working Group Workshop on Inclusive Green Growth, Moscow, Russian Federation. This Workshop expanded the G20 Development Working Group's (DWG) dialogue with representatives from developing countries on the lessons learned from their own experiences in designing and implementing inclusive green growth strategies.

4-5 July

National Scoping Workshop on Inclusive Green Growth in Zambia, Chisamba, Zambia. The event was organised by the government of Zambia, with support from the OECD, the African Development Bank (AfDB) and the International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED) to improve the knowledge base to help the government engage with local stakeholders to plan a transition towards an inclusive green economy. The Workshop report is available here

24-25 June

OECD DAC ENVIRONET and WP-STAT Workshop on Rio Markers, Climate and Development Finance Statistics, Paris, France. Workshop participants presented and discussed developments on the use and methodology of the Rio Marker system; and updates and facilitates member exchange on other climate-relevant OECD work.

3-4 April

Annual OECD DAC Senior Level Meeting, Paris, France. Officials from Cambodia and China presented their countries' green growth approaches in the context of national development planning and their challenges in promoting this policy agenda. DAC Senior officials exchanged experiences and shared agency strategies on their support to devleoping countries on green growth.

12 February

OECD DAC ENVIRONET and WP-STAT Workshop with International Financial Institutions (IFIs) on Tracking Climate Finance, Paris, France. The Workshop shared recent experience and views on methodologies for tracking climate finance, including the Multilateral Development Banks (MDBs) joint approach for tracking mitigation and adaptation finance, exploring how compatible this approach is with the OECD DAC Rio Marker system, and how MDB data could be reconciled through the DAC statistics system. 

15-18 January

Regional Workshops on Enabling Green Growth in Africa, Lusaka, Zambia. The Government of Zambia hosted two back-to-back workshops in January 2013 under the theme “Green Growth in Africa: Concepts, Tools and Strategies for Building Greener Economies and a Sustainable Future” in partnership with the African Development Bank, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Finland, and the OECD. The workshops presented conceptual issues and policy tool kits on implementing green growth policy measures and strategic environmental assessments.




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