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Improvements to the Climate-Smart Planning Platform

April, 22nd 2015 Washington D.C.

We are pleased to announce a significant update to the Climate-Smart Planning Platform. We hope you will find these changes useful.

Overview of the improvements

1. Content

We now have almost triple the content--over 320 products supplied by 58 partner organizations--to help you in your climate-smart planning. Over the coming months, the team will continue to add tools, data, knowledge products and learning initiatives to the platform to extend its coverage on low-emissions development and expand to broader issues of green growth and climate resilient development, so come back and visit us on a regular basis.
The products are classified in three categories:

Tools: Methods, procedures, and analytical models that have proved to be useful in planning for an economic development that is climate resilient, socially responsible, and sustainably low carbon.
Data: Historic and future downscaled climate data; country-specific reports from all our partner organizations; and internationally validated future technology and cost data that strengthens the analysis to build consensus around diverse development scenarios 30-40 years into the future.
Knowledge: Guidance and learning initiatives that helps the user to effectively utilize the tools and data, and to develop climate-smart plans that lead to better policy and investment implementation.

2. Fast-track help

For first-time users, we have added to the home page a “Start here” tab. This guides the user through the different steps to make best use of the CSPP:

  1. How to get historical and future GCM climate data, climate impacts, and vulnerabilities for a selected country or territory.
  2. How to get the 100 top-ranking documents about the country from all the web sites of all our partner organizations and how to refine the search to get documents that are more specific to your analysis or project.
  3. How to look for the tools, data and knowledge that you need for your specific project or task by using the five built-in filters:
    1. Focus Area (Climate Resilient Development / Low Carbon Development and Screening, Monitoring & Evaluation)
    2. Product Type
    3. Scope/Extension
    4. Sector
    5. Planning Process Steps
  4. How to fine-tune the results to narrow down your selection:
    1. by partner
    2. by product type
    3. by tags
    4. by focus area
    5. by scope / extension
    6. by sector
    7. by methodological step
    8. by license

3. Home page navigation

We have added “Browse the Platform” and “Find All>>” links that give you access to all the products together.

Using “Browse the Platform” lets you further refine your search using these filters

  1. Focus Area (Climate Resilient Development / Low Carbon Development and Screening, Monitoring & Evaluation)
  2. Scope/Extension
  3. Sector
  4. Planning Process Steps

Using “Find All >>” lets you fine-tune the results to narrow down your selection:

  1. by partner
  2. by product type
  3. by tags
  4. by focus area
  5. by scope / extension
  6. by sector
  7. by methodological step
  8. by license

4. Climate page

The built-in Climate Change Knowledge Portal now has historical and future GCM climate data, climate impacts, and vulnerabilities for all countries and territories. The results are being updated to include all the AR5 GCM analyses as well

5. Tools / Data / Knowledge page navigation

In each of these three pages we are now showing a complete alphabetical listing of all the respective Tools / Data / Knowledge products and give examples of currently available products.

Contact us

Feel free to contact us with your ideas, suggestions, tools and data at climatesmartplanning@worldbank.org

Climate-Smart Planning Platform mission statement

December, 19th 2015 Washington D.C.

Mission of the Climate-Smart Planning Platform

The mission of the Climate-Smart Planning Platform (CSPP) is to help developing-country practitioners strengthen their climate-smart planning so that it leads to better policy and investment implementation. The CSPP does this by making it easier for practitioners to locate and access the tools, data, and knowledge that they need for climate-smart planning.

Multi-partner initiative

The CSPP is a multi-partner initiative that currently has about 60 leading organizations brought together by the World Bank. These partners provide the trusted, proven, tools, data, and knowledge products that can be accessed through the CSPP. The platform’s team is actively expanding partnerships with other leading institutions to broaden the offering of products. Over the coming months, the team will continue to add tools, data, knowledge products and learning initiatives to the platform to extend its coverage on low-emissions development and expand to broader issues of green growth and climate resilient development.

Guiding Principals

The CSPP is constructed under the following principles:

Neutral

The mission of the platform is to help users identify the best tools and datasets for their needs through impartial advice and guidance

Quality

The platform is actively curated to maintain quality. All the content will be supported by accredited contributors and the platform’s partners. The Secretariat function is currently provided by the World Bank

Collaboration

The platform helps generate discussion amongst a community of practitioners around climate-resilient and low-carbon development tools. It promotes the sharing of informed comments and ratings on each item of content between users, and incorporates a semantic wiki that lets users share modified tools, relevant datasets, and to edit user content.

Support

The platform provides a help desk function to guide users on how to use different tools and application features. It promotes peer-to-peer knowledge sharing and, through partners, help users obtain expert advice on how to strengthen their climate-smart planning process, their selection of tools and datasets and knowledge of how to best apply them.

Content

1. Country-specific information
The CSPP gives easy access to historical and future GCM climate data, climate impacts, and vulnerabilities for any selected country or territory. It gives the 100 top-ranking documents about the country from all the web sites of our partner organizations and allows you to refine the search to access the documents that are most specific to your analysis or project. 2. Tools, Data and Knowledge
The CSPP also gives easy access to the products supplied by our partner organizations--to help you in your climate-smart planning. The list of products is continually being enhanced. More tools, data, knowledge products and learning initiatives will be added to extend its coverage on low-emissions development and expand to broader issues of green growth and climate resilient development, so come back and visit us on a regular basis. The products are classified in three broad categories:
  • Tools: Methods, procedures, and analytical models that have proved to be useful in planning for an economic development that is climate resilient, socially responsible, and sustainably low carbon.
  • Data: Historic and future downscaled climate data; country-specific reports from all our partner organizations; and internationally validated future technology and cost data that strengthens the analysis to build consensus around diverse development scenarios 30-40 years into the future.
  • Knowledge: Guidance and learning initiatives that helps the user to effectively utilize the tools and data, and to develop climate-smart plans that lead to better policy and investment implementation.

Social Integration and the Climate-Smart Planning Wiki

The CSPP integrates the Climate-Smart Planning Wiki which allows countries and individual users to:

  • a. Share reports, case studies, and experiences
  • b. Share models, methods and procedures,
  • c. Discuss problems, solutions, and findings
  • d. Give and get help from other practitioners and experts

Users are invited to share the CSPP with friends and colleagues using its built-in social media. Users are also invited to rate and leave comments on all the products on the CSPP. These user ratings will provide much needed assistance to other users who are considering multiple choices for their modeling needs.


Implementing Partners

The World Bank and the Global Green Growth Institute are implementing partners of the Platform, as an affiliated program of the Green Growth Knowledge Platform and of the LEDS Global Partnership. Seed funding has been provided by the World Bank, the Global Green Growth Institute, and the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development, and discussions are on-going with other funding partners.

History

The prototype of the Climate-Smart Planning Platform was launched at the 2nd Annual Conference of the Green Growth Knowledge Platform in Paris in April, 2013, and the 3rd Global Green Growth Summit in Korea in June, 2013, as a static website containing a pilot set of about 30 well-established modeling tools, methods, and with support from 10 initial partners.

In June 2014, a new version was launched that was built around a leading open-source data management system. At this point in time the CSPP had 50 organizations as partners and 120 products (tools, datasets and knowledge products).

In December 2014, the CSPP was re-launched with the included Climate-Smart Planning Wiki to enhance the user integration. The 58 partner organizations then offered 320 products.

Contact Us

Feel free to contact us with your ideas, suggestions, tools and data at climatesmartplanning@worldbank.org

Climate-Smart Planning Platform (CSPP) featured at the Global Green Growth Summit 2013

By John Rogers

John Rogers, co-manager for the Climate-Smart Planning Platform along with Ana E. Bucher, introduces the new initiative and outlines its core founding principles of open source development and open data. The Climate-Smart Planning Platform, together with the GGKP, GGBP and REEEP organized a side event around these principles at the Global Green Growth Summit 2013

John RogersUnder the umbrella of the Green Growth Knowledge Platform (GGKP), the World Bank and the Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI) are developing, with a number of interested partners, the Climate-Smart Planning Platform (CSPP), a new initiative that seeks to foster climate change mitigation and resilience planning in developing countries.  The Platform addresses an existing gap in knowledge with toolkits and capacity for climate-smart planning and supports efforts to enhance investment readiness through the identification of financeable programs for climate action.

The CSPP was featured at this year’s Global Green Growth Summit (GGGS) 2013 during a side event on “The Future of Green Growth Knowledge: Sharing Open Data and Tools". The side event was hosted jointly by the Green Growth Knowledge Platform, the Green Growth Best Practices Initiative (GGBP), the Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Partnership (REEEP), and CSPP. It provided an opportunity to learn about and discuss current green growth knowledge management and knowledge sharing activities, and to consider ways in which we can maximize the sharing of knowledge globally in the future.  It focused on two main topics, which are also core principles of the side event’s organizers: open source development and how collaborative, community-based initiatives can help refine and expand tools for green growth, as well as the open data movement and how to make the most of it to mobilize relevant and up-to-date information for green growth.

CSPP's participation in this side event follows from the launch of a prototype of the Platform last April at the 2nd Annual Conference of the Green Growth Knowledge Platform in Paris, around a pilot set of approximately 30 well-established modeling tools, methods, and approaches from 10 initial partners.

The CSPP seeks to provide a neutral forum where developing countries engaged in Climate-Smart planning can freely access: (i) a suite of open global, regional and country datasets; (ii) a set of road-tested, linked, open tools, methods and approaches (with methodologies and user guidance) that span a country's modeling needs; and (iii) knowledge products and capacity support.  It will additionally provide a collaborative space where developing-country practitioners and providers of data and tools can engage and exchange knowledge and experience. 

During the GGGS side event, Mattia Romani, Deputy Director General and Chief Economist of the Global Green Growth Institute highlighted that the Platform is using cutting-edge technologies to provide easily accessible tool, data, and knowledge products and establish a community of practice to exchange experience and provide opportunities to improve tools and data and support users in an open and transparent fashion. The Platform has also partnered with LEDS GP, who will participate in supporting the Platform’s help desk to ensure timely advice and assistance to users on methods, data, and tools.

The Platform will integrate tools, data, knowledge products, technical assistance, and a collaborative environment to assist in the formulation of local strategies to mitigate GHG emissions, through energy systems--covering both the promotion of energy efficiency measures and adoption of clean energy technologies—and non-energy measures such as industrial process emissions, waste, agriculture, and forestry.

As the Platform matures, it will be possible to expand to broader issues of macroeconomics and resilience. Further, the platform could potentially expand beyond Climate-Smart Planning to encompass more general ‘readiness support’: tools, data, policies, capabilities and financing for Green Growth. The Platform is expected to promote the move towards the refinement and convergence of datasets, a better-connected set of open-access and open-source tools and methodologies that exploit synergies, and to stimulate the development of tool enhancements and additional complementary tools.

The Platform welcomes new partners, collaborators and organizations to join and help develop and expand the range of toolkits, data and knowledge products that will be available. If you would like to share ideas or suggest products please contact us at

climatesmartplanning@worldbank.org.

Reposted from Insights, a blog series of the Green Growth Knowledge Platform.

Website Prototype of a Climate-Smart Planning Platform Launched

4th April 2013, Paris France

The Platform for Climate-Smart Planning intends to provide a virtual space to host, maintain, and develop climate-resilient and low-emissions development tools and data, and offer capacity-building and knowledge support to apply toolkits locally. The Platform’s prototype was launched on April 4th, 2013 in Paris on the sidelines of the 2nd Annual Conference of the Green Growth Knowledge Platform (GGKP), where more than 300 representatives from private sector, academia, governments, and international organizations met to discuss two issues - greening global value chains and measurement and reporting for green growth.

The Platform aims to gradually facilitate access to well-established climate-smart planning toolkits developed worldwide and provide guidance on their use to support developing countries in creating viable plans for low-emissions and climate-resilient growth agendas which are tailored to local needs, capacities, and challenges. Launching the Platform’s prototype website, Marianne Fay - Chief Economist, Sustainable Development Network, the World Bank,- emphasized that the Platform addresses an existing gap with toolkits and capacity for climate-smart planning and supports efforts to enhance investment readiness through identification of financeable programs for climate action.

The Platform’s prototype currently hosts close to 30 tools, accommodating the modeling needs of developing countries which are on a path towards climate-resilient and low-carbon development.  These tools are arranged into five different clusters, spanning different scales project, sector and multi-sector as well as data visualization and guidance needs.  All available tools are tested in developed and developing countries, and have been maintained and designed to ensure quality, reliability, and relevance.  The initial offering is set to be continuously expanded and updated in order to match the entire set of needs of countries. The Platform also thrives to collect, integrate, and evaluate open data sets that facilitate and test the use of tools.

The Platform is a partnership among several institutions that contribute tools, data and capacity support. Several of the 10 initial partners were present at the launch and commented on their contribution. Mattia Romani -- Chief Economist, Global Green Growth Institute--, thought that the Platform is using cutting-edge technologies to provide tools and data, establish a community of practice to exchange experience and provide opportunities to improve or further develop tools, and support users in an open and transparent fashion. Ron Benioff,- Director, Low Emissions Development Strategies Global partnership (LEDS GP)--, announced that the LEDS GP will support the Platform’s Help Desk function, an essential functionality that will ensure that advice and assistance on methods and tools for the assessment of LEDS options and the design of effective LEDS planning processes is provided timely and at no cost to interested developing countries.

The Platform welcomes new partners, collaborators, and organizations to join and help develop and expand the range of toolkits that are available. If you would like to share ideas or suggest toolkits, contact us at climatesmartplanning@worldbank.org.