For data exchange about climate projects, science and economics, information models are absolutely essential to deploy public information sharing by geographic location.

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Abstract

The deployment of real-time global climate information sharing can provide dissemination of local knowledge from hands-on experience, as well as established climate science. Most countries are responding to climate change with specific activities addressing agriculture, horticulture, silviculture, and aquaculture as well as improvements to local ecosystems.

There is a unique opportunity to provide real-time geographically connected data for a wide range of climate mitigation/adaptation/remediation activities, fostering collaboration and knowledge-sharing of solutions for particular problems in respect to maintaining human habitat while enhancing regional biodiversity.  

A common climate information model can ensure application of climate science, and economic data in the context of climate projects, by ensuring that local and global knowledge is widely, publicly accessible. This common model is essential to ensure the rapid delivery of climate related information. A standard software-as-a-service (SaaS) cloud-hosted approach accelerates development of information dissemination to people and organisations involved in addressing climate adaptation, mitigation, risk and disaster management 

Human timescale (rapid response) data exchange depends on using a combination of high speed search technology indexed by a common information integration model. This is an efficient and effective way to deliver meaningful global climate information from distributed Information and Communications Technology (ICT) cloud data centres.

Pathways to Climate Finance Mobility

New directions are required for adaptation and mitigation of climate change. Positive action and enhancement to current finance processes has to take place.  We cannot fit sustainable technology projects to set guidelines, as we do not have the depth of knowledge or experience to do so. The approach has to be to fit the governance to the projects. We must adapt.

The winds of change for financing developing country climate change projects are blowing strongly.  The UN FCCC Scaling Up Climate Finance meeting participants at Incheon, Republic of Korea, September 2013, seem united on that count. There have to be new pathways for mobilising climate finance, and agreement is going to be sought at COP 19 in Warsaw in November 2013.

Trust and confidence, open conversation on the strategies for adaptation is required. Donor countries have different national systems for accounting. We have to streamline the accountability. Better, lighter weight governance can have positive effects, as climate finance money becomes less scarce. Micro finance can encourage the sharing of roles between donor and developing countries.

Guidance and governance

There is no single answer for the enabling environment for climate finance. Flexibility and agility have to be the watchwords to allow human beings to do what we have been doing for several hundred thousand years, and that is adapt to change.  

We know that there is a correlation between the levels of greenhouse gas in Earth's atmosphere, temperature, and that at a certain point feedback loops can tip the balance of life supporting ecospheres.  Backtracking from the CO2e ppm, the clear pathways to support slowing the rate of change are to increase renewable energy, to introduce low carbon supply chains, and to make buildings and habitats energy efficient.  And there is plenty of expertise, case studies and metrics in all of these fields to develop simple governance for new sustainability technology projects. 

 This is largely true for both developed and developing world countries.  Biospheres do not have national borders, all of the earth's micro climates are inextricably linked to the 'Gaia', or the whole planetary ecology.  Rather than just focusing on national approaches to climate policy, and imbuing climate projects with cultural values that have no concept of urgency, the next step has to be large scale enabling of projects that can pass the science.  Governance mechanisms advised by climate and low carbon professional organisations can empower direct action projects not only in the developing world, but also in donor countries, where the politics are also infiltrated with vested interest. 

Key outcomes

Everyone is pretty much agreed on the outcomes of the low carbon economy, where clean, green sustainable business provides social and fiscal benefits for the many. 
There is room for multiple approaches to ensuring real projects with real merit in reducing greenhouse gas emissions can get off the ground, rather than the situation commented upon by one delegate to the September 2013 meeting in Incheon, Republic of Korea ' We create so many plans, frameworks and policies, that we do not have the capacity to implement real solutions'.

Positive action and enhancement to current finance processes has to take place.  We cannot fit sustainable technology project to set guidelines, as we do not have the knowledge or experience set in stone. The approach has to be to fit the governance to the projects.

Climate Finance

Take into account local emissions factors and select the right technology to solve problems on the ground.  Improve measurement of emissions. Share knowledge about climate ecosystems uninhibited by geography and national borders.  Foster the funding of projects, not only with country ownership and national fiscal frameworks, but also allow individual projects and local eco groups to apply for climate finance directly, free of national agendas.  Prevent greenwashing by developing a network of ecology, climate, technology professionals and organisations to serve on governance panels for particular categories of projects, within their sphere of expertise. Abandon the approach of applying traditional economic indicators to climate sustainable technology (which do not work, as the environment does not have a value), and instead focus on reduction of greenhouse gas emissions as the key success factor as a measured and measurable result. 

Donor communities may be looking for traditional metrics, based on statistical series collected over time, to provide evidence of strategic value.  A more agile process is required, given the urgency indicated by the overwhelming evidence collected by climate science organisations.

Innovation and Ingenuity

 Above all we have to develop the habit of rewarding innovative methods of doing business, as it is only lateral thinking and new approaches that can save us from short-term thinking. The predominant glacier rate of melt is increasing world-wide, and the major factor appears to be ocean warming.  UNFCCC Framework too cumbersome?  change the framework! Flexible approaches are needed. Maybe we require not only country based priorities, but strategic global approaches as well. One of the human shortcomings of any program is that agendas can be skewed.  

Decision Time

Economic transformation has to accompany adaptation and mitigation strategy. Direct access has to accompany country based finance. The most important enabler is a strong policy signal from leaders to take action, and that a price on carbon takes the impetus away from donor countries directing action, usually from an incomplete picture of the problems, based on political concerns, rather than a global view of the health of the planet's ecosystems.

Lessons can be learnt to apply to the climate finance agenda. Most countries have highlighted the importance of direct access to climate finance.  Aid effectiveness analysis does not necessarily lead to better outcomes. Policy frameworks focus on sustainability, and this is a field that is qualitative.  Greenhouse Gas emissions are quantitative, and the clock is ticking away on the energy balances on our blue planet.

Social media, and the setting up of better communication between climate science and climate finance people can be a very powerful tool to ensure that news, views and experiences on the ground can be exchanged between climate sustainability projects and financiers. The human race has survived extreme climate events over several hundred thousand years.  We did not survive because of protocols, rules and regulations.  We survived because of our innate ability to adapt to changing conditions!