Intergovernmental Organization

AU to Establish African Risk Capacity Secretariat [viewed]

African Union (AU)5 August 2012: The African Union (AU) has agreed to establish an African Risk Capacity (ARC) Secretariat, a specialized agency to develop an agreement on a pooled risk insurance facility for droughts, floods, earthquakes and cyclones in Africa.

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APEC Energy Overview 2011 Provides Policy, Market, Investment and Infrastructure Information for APEC's 21 Members [viewed]

2 August 2012: The Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) has released a report, titled “APEC Energy Overview 2011,” which provides an overview of energy data, energy policy information, and new energy developments in its 21 member economies.

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CCAFS East African Workshop Identifies Climate and Agriculture Priorities [viewed]

1 August 2012: As part of its efforts to understand regional research needs and priorities, the Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS) East Africa Program has developed thematic research groups that will integrate climate risk management, adaptation and mitigation in CCAFS work across East Africa. 

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SPREP Begins EbA Project in Solomon Islands [viewed]

SPREP1 August 2012: The Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) is conducting an Ecosystem-based Adaptation (EbA) Project in Solomon Islands, aiming to use biodiversity and ecosystem services as part of an overall strategy to adapt to the adverse effects of climate change.

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CIFOR Releases Guidance on its Global Comparative Study on REDD [viewed]

August 2012: The Center for International Forestry Research's (CIFOR) Global Comparative Study on REDD (GCS-REDD) has released revised guidance on two elements of its research, a Code Book for the Analysis of Media Frames in Articles on REDD and a Guide for Country Profiles.

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IEA Deputy Director Stresses Mitigation Potential of Energy Efficiency [viewed]

IEA31 July 2012: In an interview for the documentary "Switch," which explores what role energy will play in the future, International Energy Agency (IEA) Deputy Executive Director Richard Jones cautions that emitted carbon dioxide will reach 1,000 parts per million, equating to a 6 degree Celsius global temperature increase, if energy polices do not change.

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Event: Fourth IRENA Council Meeting [viewed]

The Council, which meets twice per year, will gather in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates (UAE). The event will bring together members of the Council and other IRENA Member States to discuss the work of the Council and its Administration and Finance, and Programme and Strategy Committees, among other issues. The current Members of the IRENA Council are Antigua and Barbuda, Australia, Denmark, Ecuador, Eritrea, France, Germany, India, Japan, Mali, Mexico, Nigeria, Poland, the Republic of Korea, Senegal, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Tonga, the United Arab Emirates and the US.  

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Event: Forest Day 6: Shaping the Global Agenda for Forests and Climate [viewed]

Forest Day 6 will take place on the sidelines of the 18th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 18) to the UNFCCC. It seeks to inform UNFCCC's global agenda and forest stakeholders on ways to move forward with agreements on REDD+ (reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation in developing countries, and the role of conservation, sustainable use of forests and enhancement of carbon stock) reached at COP 17 in Durban, South Africa, to produce social and environmental benefits, good governance, long-term financing and the integration of forests into adaptation strategies on the ground. Forest Day is hosted by members of the Collaborative Partnership on Forests (CPF) and coordinated by the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) on behalf of and in collaboration with other CPF members.  

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CCAFS Project Demonstrates Positive Impacts of Climate Smart Agriculture [viewed]

26 July 2012: A pilot project carried out by the Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS) programme in the Vaishali district, Bihar, India, has demonstrated the potential for climate-smart techniques, including improved quality of seeds and evenly spaced planting, to more than double productivity.

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CCAFS Reports on African Agricultural Carbon Projects [viewed]

23 July 2012: A new study published by the Research Program on Climate Change Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS) and EcoAgriculture Partners highlights the results of six African agricultural carbon projects. Researchers found that communities are benefiting from a range of activities related to planting and managing trees on farms.

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