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Event: Fifth African Rift Geothermal Conference (ARGeo - C5) [viewed]

The 5th African Rift Geothermal Conference (ARGeo - C5) is being organized to promote the development, exploration, use and financing of geothermal energy projects. ARGeo - C5, themed 'Geothermal: Solution to Africa Energy Needs,' will serve as an information-sharing platform and will facilitate regional cooperation. The main conference, which will take place 29-31 October, will feature a range of sessions geared toward exploring: risk mitigation; how to attract private developers; fast-tracking projects; stimulating the growth of the industry through investment; and the development, construction and operation of geothermal plants. Participants also have the option of participating in short courses, such as 'Improving Success in Drilling' and 'Financing Geothermal Projects' on 27-28 October. After the conference, an optional field trip on 1-2 November is offered. The African Rift Geothermal Development Facility (ARGeo) Project is organizing the conference in partnership with the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and the Government of Tanzania. The UNEP-ARGeo Programme is a project funded by the Global Environment Facility (GEF) that encourages the development of geothermal energy sources in East Africa to realize their untapped potential and reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. It was officially launched in 2010 at ARGeo - C3.  

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ITPGR High-Level Round Table Discusses Climate-Adapted Crops for Food Security [viewed]

ITPGRSeptember 2014: The fourth High-Level Ministerial Round Table on the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (ITPGR) convened under the topic 'The International Treaty, Climate Change and Food Security.' High-level representatives discussed the importance of climate-adapted crops in helping farmers face challenges confronting the global food system.

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UNEP-WCMC Study Predicts Climate Change will Drive Fish Towards the Poles [viewed]

Unep-Wcmc14 October 2014: A study on the impact of climate change on fish stocks by scientists from the UN Environment Programme World Conservation Monitoring Centre (UNEP-WCMC) has identified ocean hotspots for fish extinction and a link between rising temperatures and fish movement. Using the climate change scenarios of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), the study finds that fish could move away from their present-day habitats at rates of 16-26 km per decade.

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EUROCLIMA Seminar Prepares for Lima [viewed]

Euroclima3 October 2014: The ‘IV Seminario EUROCLIMA' brought together more than 60 participants from Latin American countries, regional organizations from the EU and Latin America, and Spanish Government entities to discuss different aspects of the regional cooperation programme on climate change between the EU and Latin America.

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Event: South-South Cooperation on Climate Change Forum [viewed]

The South-South Cooperation on Climate Change Forum is co-sponsored by the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) of China, the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), and the UN Development Programme (UNDP), with support from the Swiss Agency for Cooperation and Development (SDC), WWF-China, UNEP-Tongji-IESD, the UNFCCC Secretariat, and the Chinese Academy of Sciences. The Forum, which will take place in the interval of the 20th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 20) to the UNFCCC, aims to contribute to a successful post-2015 climate agreement by promoting South-South Cooperation as an integral part of global action against climate change. It provides an opportunity for participants to engage in the ongoing climate talks and provide recommendations on a number innovative actions, policy setting, financing and institutional development to enable rapid scaling-up of South-South Cooperation initiatives. The Forum will bring together ten ministers from Africa, Asia-Pacific, and Latin America and Caribbean, representatives from UN agencies, UNEP, UNDP, UNFCCC, the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD), the Global Environment Facility (GEF), the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), development agencies, and international organizations, leaders of science and business communities, and practitioners from around the world.  

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UN-REDD Explores Links with Aichi Biodiversity Targets [viewed]

unreddOctober 2014: The UN Collaborative Programme on Reducing Emissions from Deforestation (UN-REDD) released a policy brief on how REDD+ is contributing to the achievement of the Aichi Biodiversity Targets.

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UNITAR Teaches Permaculture in Bangladesh [viewed]

Unitar25 September 2014: The UN Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) organized a training on permaculture design for members of 42 communities in the Khulna district of Bangladesh. The course included elements of both climate change mitigation and adaptation, covering such topics as sustainable village design, water management and construction of climate changed-adapted houses.

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Disaster Reduction Day Focuses on Contributions of Older People [viewed]

United Nations13 October 2014: This year's International Day for Disaster Reduction (IDDR) focused on the contributions of older people in combating climate change and to the post-2015 disaster risk reduction (DRR) framework. The Day focused on the theme ‘Resilience is for Life,' with celebrations that: called for a more inclusive approach for older people in DRR; emphasized their needs; recognized their role in and contribution to better planning and understanding of disaster risk; and addressed how they can help build resilience in their communities using their experience and knowledge.

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Climate and Development in Africa Conference Focuses on Food Security [viewed]

UNECA10 October 2014: The fourth conference on Climate Change and Development in Africa (CCDA-IV) focused on how the continent can feed itself, especially under a changing climate. The conference addressed the connections between climate and agriculture, examining how climate-smart agriculture can increase resilience, how climate change will affect the livelihoods and food security of vulnerable populations, and how climate knowledge can bolster agricultural productivity.

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FAO Launches Software for Forest Monitoring [viewed]

FAO10 October 2014: The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) announced the launch of Open Foris, a suite of open source software tools to monitor forest inventory. Piloted in ten countries, the tools allow for data entry on smart phones or tablets.

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