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FAO Publishes Study on Small-Scale Bioenergy Production for Rural Development [viewed]

© FAO8 April 2009: The UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the UK's Department for International Development have published a study on the role of small-scale bioenergy production in local communities for rural development. The study, titled “Small-Scale Bioenergy Initiatives: Brief Description and Preliminary Lessons on Livelihood Impacts from Case Studies in Latin America, Asia and Africa,” reports on a series of 15 case studies of start-up bioenergy projects covering a range of bioenergy resources, such as residues from agriculture and forestry and liquid biofuels.

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UNITAR and UNEP Collaborate on Climate Change Capacity Building [viewed]

© UNITAR6 April 2009: The UN Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) and the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) have entered into a collaborative effort to help build capacity for climate change adaptation. Under the partnership, UNEP's Division of Early Warning and Assessment will develop a joint module, based on the training resources developed under the UNITAR's Climate Change Capacity Development project. The new module will then be included in UNEP's Integrated Environmental Assessment (IEA) training manual.

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UNITAR Centre Holds Climate Change Training Workshop for Latin American Local Authorities [viewed]

2 April 2009: The International Training Centre for Local Authorities/Actors (CIFAL), a training center affiliated to the UN Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR), held a training workshop on local governments and climate change in Curitiba, Brazil, from 24-27 March 2009.

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UNEP Finance Initiative Announces e-Learning Course on Climate Change Risks and Opportunities for the Financial Sector [viewed]

© UNEPApril 2009: The e-Learning course “Climate Change: Risks and Opportunities for the Finance Sector,” run by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) Finance Initiative Climate Change Working Group, will take place from 8-26 June 2009.

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UN/ISDR Asia Partnerships Meeting Addresses Disaster Risk Reduction and Climate Change Adaptation [viewed]

© UNI/ISDRApril 2009: A meeting of the UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UN/ISDR) Asia Partnership convened from 23-24 March 2009, in Bangkok, Thailand. The meeting was a follow-up action to the Third Asian Ministerial Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction, which called on the UN/ISDR Asia Pacific Office, in consultation with the Asian Partnership on Disaster Reduction (IAP), to develop an Action Plan to the Kuala Lumpur Declaration.

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Event: 20th Session of the FAO Committee on Forestry (COFO)/2nd World Forest Week [viewed]

COFO 2010 will focus on, inter alia: the Global Forest Resources Assessment; forest biodiversity, fire and water in the context of climate change; emerging opportunities and challenges in forest finance and forest governance; programme priorities for FAO's forestry activities; and the International Year of Forests 2011.  

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WHO and WMO Draw Linkages between Risks and Climate at World Health Day [viewed]

© WHO7 April 2009: The World Health Organization (WHO) and international partners, including the World Meteorological Organization (WMO), celebrated World Health Day on 7 April 2009, in Beijing, China, focusing on the theme “Save lives. Make hospitals safe in emergencies.”

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UNEP Warns of Collapse of Antarctic Ice Bridge [viewed]

© UNEP7 April 2009: According to the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) Division of Early Warning and Assessment (DEWA), the collapse of an ice bridge linking the Wilkins ice shelf to two Antarctic islands may indirectly influence sea level rise, as the decay of the ice shelf will reduce the stability of the glaciers that are feeding it.

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UNECE, FAO Hold Workshop on Estimating Sustainable Wood Supply for Energy [viewed]

3 April 2009: The UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) and the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) held a one-day workshop on estimating how much wood is available in Europe on a sustainable basis, including for use as biomass for energy. The workshop, held in Geneva, Switzerland, on 30 March 2009, aimed to address gaps in knowledge, including considering socioeconomic and bio-technical constraints to theoretical wood availability when assessing wood supply.

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Adaptation Fund Board Agrees on Operational Policies and Guidelines for Parties to Access Resources [viewed]

3 April 2009: The Adaptation Fund Board (AFB) convened for its fifth meeting from 24-27 March 2009, in Bonn, Germany, during which Jan Cedergren (Sweden) was elected Chair and Farrukh Iqbal Khan (Pakistan) was elected Vice-Chair. The Board also considered a number of issues to ensure that the Fund can start processing, and subsequently fund, adaptation projects and programmes.

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