European Capacity Building Initiative

ecbi provides sustained capacity building for climate change negotiators, to promote a level playing field between governments in the international climate negotiations. The Initiative aims to facilitate mutual understanding and trust – among developing countries, and between developing and European countries.


Reflecting on the ideas put forward in the OCP/ecbi Discussion Note on " A Share of Proceeds for Adaptation (SOPA) in the Voluntary Carbon Market (VCM) ", and the OCP blog post on " Safeguarding Social Integrity in the Voluntary Carbon Market ," the ecbi Programme Heads facilitated a letter by lead representatives of the Climate Vulnerable Forum (CVF), the UNFCCC Least Developed Countries (LDC) Group, and the West African Alliance on Carbon Markets and Climate Finance to the members...
08 June 2022
Social responsibility is one of the key motivators of voluntary corporate action. It is therefore valuable to harness carbon markets to promote multiple co-benefits in addition to mitigation, including adaptation co-benefits, particularly if they promote global equity by generating resources to support those who suffer most from adverse impacts of climate change while having contributed least to causing it - for example through a Share of Proceeds for Adaptation (SOPA). A new OCP/ecbi Discussion Note argues that the Voluntary Carbon...
16 March 2022
In a webinar held on 3 March 2022 and attended by more than 70 people from around the world, contributors to ecbi’s latest policy brief COP26 Key Outcomes discussed the key elements of the brief which evaluates the major outcomes of UNFCCC COP26 and looks to the year ahead. Webinar speakers urged more action in areas like financing, loss and damage, and adaptation. The summary of the webinar discussions can be found here.
15 March 2022
A letter of appreciation has been received by Professor Benito Müller from Minister Simonetta Sommaruga, Switzerland, for his “ high level of engagement leading up to COP26 in Glasgow, ” in particular with regard to the conclusion of the issue of Common Time Frames for NDCs, which had been outstanding ever since the adoption of the Paris Agreement in 2015. Minister Sommaruga and Minister Mujawamariya of Rwanda had been asked by COP26 President Alok Sharma to “consult with ministers on...
24 February 2022