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Environment, Biodiversity & Green Economy

Environment and ecosystem management are key to ensuring urban and rural development and meeting the Sustainable Development Goals.



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Blending is an instrument for achieving European Union (EU) external policy objectives, complementary to other aid modalities and pursuing the relevant regional, national and overarching policy priorities. It is the combination of EU grants with loans, risk capital or guarantees from public and private financiers. The idea behind the instrument is that the EU grant element can be used strategically to attract additional financing for important investments for development in EU partner countries.


Tools and Methods Series, Reference Document No 21

Version November, 2015

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This document focuses attention on the use of codes of conduct and partnership principles as instruments of coordination and not as tools for common pool funding or delegated cooperation or agreements on division of labour.


Tools and Methods Series, Reference Document No 11

Version October, 2010

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At the end of the e-Learning, participants will be introduced to the information, tools and skills available to effectively promote Green Economy.

Duration: 1 hour

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The training aims at strengthening capacities of stakeholders for the sustainable management of land and natural resources. Thus, the focus is on how to formulate and implement operational activities to prevent and address conflicts over natural resources within a development framework.
The course is particularly relevant for staff assigned to a fragile or crisis-affected country (HQ and DELs) where the conflict has been exacerbated by issues over natural resources.

Duration: 3 hours

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This study was jointly commissioned by the African Development Bank and the European Commission. The report comprises a synthesis based on a literature review and case studies of sector approaches in the water sector in seven countries: Bolivia, Burkina Faso, Jordan, Lesotho, Senegal, South Africa and Uganda.


Tools and Methods Series, Reference Document No 16

Version November, 2011

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The purpose of this document is to highlight common principles and synergies between sector-wide approach (SWAP) and Integrated Water Resource Management (IWRM) in order to show how these two processes can make a joint contribution to the development of the sector.


Tools and Methods Series, Reference Document No 7

Version December, 2009


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