CEADIR-Climatelinks Webinar Series


In the last half of 2020, Climatelinks and the Climate Economic Analysis for Development, Investment and Resilience (CEADIR) Activity collaborated on a series of webinars presenting work completed during CEADIR’s final year. This continuation of CEADIR's Navigating the Climate Economy Series hosted discussions of:

  • A guide for preparing a distributed energy resources plan or roadmap
  • Creating a level playing field for battery energy storage systems through policies, regulations, and renewable energy auctions
  • A cost-benefit analysis of improved livestock management practices in Ethiopia
  • Parametric insurance for renewable electric power producers
  • A cost-benefit analysis of mangrove restoration versus shrimp aquaculture in Indonesia
  • Scaling up financing for clean energy, sustainable landscapes, and climate adaptation

More information on each webinar can be found below.

Recommendations for Preparing Distributed Energy Resources Roadmaps and Plans

December 17, 2020

CEADIR and Climatelinks hosted a joint event on December 10, 2020 to explore the findings in their report, Recommendations for Preparation of a Distributed Energy Resources Plan or Roadmap.


  • Dorian Mead (USAID)
  • Patrick Doyle (CEADIR)
  • Pablo Torres (CEADIR)

Creating a Level Playing Field for Battery Energy Storage Systems

November 19, 2020 

The Climatelinks and CEADIR teams hosted a joint event on November 19, 2020 to explore findings and recommendations to help policy makers, regulators, utilities, and clean energy developers create a fair landscape for procuring utility-scale battery energy storage systems.


  • Andrew Fang (USAID, Office of Energy and Infrastructure) 
  • Patrick Doyle (CEADIR) 
  • Luiz Maurer (CEADIR) 
  • Pablo Torres (Crown Agents USA and CEADIR) 

Improved Livestock Management for Higher Productivity and Climate Resilience in East Africa

October 29, 2020

The Climatelinks and CEADIR teams hosted a joint event on October 29, 2020 to discuss how this research and other findings can inform future initiatives for improved livelihoods for pastoralists and agro-pastoralists, as well as for natural resource management.


  • Dr. Polly Erickson (International Livestock Research Institute, ILRI)
  • Dr. Stanley Karanja (International Center for Tropical Agriculture, CIAT) 
  • Dr. Gordon Smith (CEADIR)
  • Dr. Todd Crane (ILRI) 
  • Laurie Ashley (USAID Bureau for Resilience and Food Security)

Using Parametric Insurance to Reduce Climate Risks of Renewable Energy Resources

October 1, 2020

This webinar discussed a report by CEADIR titled Parametric Insurance for Renewable Power Producers in Central America, and was jointly organized with Climatelinks and Marketlinks. Panelists from two leading international reinsurance companies, MunichRe and SwissRe, discussed their experiences with parametric insurance for utility-scale variable renewable energy throughout the world.

Moderator: Pablo Torres (Chief of Party, CEADIR)


  • Santiago Enriquez (Abt Associates) 
  • Álvaro Núñez Andrada (Munich Re Trading LLC – Capital Partners)
  • Sebabrata Sarkar (Swiss Re)

Cost-Benefit Analysis: Mangrove Conservation versus Shrimp Aquaculture in Indonesia

August 20, 2020

This webinar was led by two authors of a cost-benefit analysis by the USAID-funded Climate Economic Analysis Development, Investment, and Resilience (CEADIR) Activity, which shed light on the financial and economic value of mangrove conservation, including impacts on near-shore fishing and greenhouse gas emissions. The study focused on Bintuni Bay and Mimika District in Papua and West Papua in Indonesia. 

Moderator: Dr. Juliann Aukema (Senior Climate Change and Sustainable Landscapes Advisor, USAID’s Global Climate Change Office) 

Speakers included:

  • Benjamin Brown (Senior Advisor, Blue Forests)
  • Dr. Gordon Smith (CEADIR Technical Lead for the Sustainable Landscapes and Director of Ecofor, LLC)

Scaling up Financing for Clean Energy, Sustainable Landscapes, and Climate Adaptation

August 6, 2020

This webinar presented highlights from the USAID-funded Climate Economic Analysis, Development, Investment, and Resilience (CEADIR) Activity’s Climate Finance Assessment: Opportunities for Scaling Up Financing for Clean Energy, Sustainable Landscapes, and Adaptation. It described experiences of USAID and other development assistance organizations to expand investment from the private sector and other sources. The webinar also highlighted options for improving enabling environments, strengthening information and capacity, and creating or strengthening financing mechanisms and instruments.

Moderator: Pablo Torres (Chief of Party, CEADIR)


  • Glen Anderson (Senior Development Economist, Winrock International) 
  • Eric Hyman (Economist, USAID Economics and Market Development Center) 
  • Charlotte Mack-Heller (Director of Natural Capital, Resonance Global)