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FAO Releases Survey on Water Scarcity and Food Production [viewed]

9 June 2011: The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) has released a report titled "Climate Change, Water and Food Security," which is a survey of existing scientific knowledge on the anticipated consequences of climate change for water use in agriculture. The report highlights the likelihood of increased water scarcity in the Mediterranean region, as well as semi-arid areas of the Americas, Australia, and Southern Africa.

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UNEP Hosts Faith Groups' Meeting on Climate Justice [viewed]

9 June 2011: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) hosted an event organized by the Southern African Faith Communities Environment Institute (SAFCEI), the All Africa Churches Conference (AACC) and the Programme for Christian-Muslim Relations in Africa (PROCMURA) to discuss the position of faith groups on the environment and humanity, in particular climate change and its effects on Africa.

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IDB Launches Initiative to Support Sustainable Aviation Biofuels [viewed]

8 June 2011: The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) has launched an initiative to support the development of a sustainable biojet fuels industry employing different kinds of local organic feedstock.

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FCPF/UN-REDD Stakeholder Engagement Guidelines Open for Comment [viewed]

6 June 2011: The UN-REDD Programme and the World Bank's Forest Carbon Partnership Facility (FCPF) have called for public comments on jointly developed guidelines on stakeholder engagement in REDD+ (reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation, sustainable management of forests, and conservation and enhancement of forest carbon stocks in developing countries) readiness, with a focus on the participation of Indigenous Peoples (IPs) and other forest-dependent communities.

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IDB Launches Carbon Finance Portal for Latin America [viewed]

2 June 2011: The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), with support from the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and the World Bank, has launched a web portal called "Finanzas Carbono," which is designed to provide a platform for dissemination of information on carbon markets to the Spanish-speaking world.

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UNEP Launches Guide to Ecosystem-Based Management [viewed]

8 June 2011: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) has launched a report titled "Taking Steps Toward Marine and Coastal Ecosystem-Based Management: An Introductory Guide." The report highlights how planners and policy makers in local, national and regional governments can adopt an ecosystem-based management (EBM) approach to help ensure sustainable development for marine and coastal environments and the livelihoods that depend on them.

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World Meteorological Congress Sets Priorities for Next Four Years [viewed]

3 June 2011: At the end of its two-week quadrennial meeting, the World Meteorological Congress identified the top five priorities for the World Meteorological Organization (WMO), endorsing the Global Framework for Climate Services (GFCS), which will increase the availability of climate information for policy-makers to plan and make decisions to adapt to a changing climate.

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UNCHR Calls for Measures to Cope with Climate-Induced Displacement [viewed]

6 June 2011: In his address to the Nansen Conference on Climate Change and Displacement in the 21st Century, UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) António Guterres urged countries to adopt new measures to cope with climate-induced displacement within and across borders.

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World Environment Day Celebrations Focus on Forests [viewed]

5 June 2011: Millions of people celebrated World Environment Day (WED) around the theme, "Forests: Nature at Your Service," which highlights the ecosystem services provided by the world's forests. People across the world took part in WED activities, from litter clean-ups around Mount Everest to mini-marathons in India, the host country for 2011. 

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Rainforest Basins Summit Calls for South-South Cooperation [viewed]

3 June 2011: The Summit of the Heads of State and Government of the Three Rainforest Basins, namely the Amazon, Congo, and Borneo-Mekong basins, took place in Brazzaville, Congo, from 27 May-3 June 2011, to establish new ways to increase technical cooperation on forest matters, and adopted a joint statement on tropical forests, climate and sustainable development.

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