UNESCO

Workshop Seeks to Guide Research, Science-Based Adaptation Strategies in the Andean Region [viewed]

UNESCO-IHE28 November 2013: 'The Science Policy Workshop: Impacts of Global Climate Change on Snow, Glaciers and Water Resources in the Andes: Policy Recommendations for Adaptation Strategies' addressed the optimization of research efforts and identified science-based policy needs for climate change adaptation strategies in the Andean region, with a focus on its water resources.

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UNESCO Panel Recognizes Critical Role of Mountain Regions in Water Security [viewed]

Unesco14 November 2013: Water resources in mountainous areas play a critical role in agriculture, biodiversity, hydroelectricity and water supply, according to a High Level Panel Session organized during the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization's (UNESCO) 37th General Conference. The panel, titled ‘Climate Change Impacts on Water Resources and Adaptation Policies in Mountainous Regions,' recognized the high sensitivity of mountains to climate change and discussed strategies for coping with climate change impacts on water resources in mountainous areas.

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Ocean Acidification Report Highlights Climate Change Link and Need for Greater Observation and Coordination [viewed]

UNESCO IOC18 November 2013: During a side-event to Warsaw Climate Change Conference, the UN Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) launched a publication titled 'Ocean Acidification: Summary for Policymakers,' the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) presented its Ocean Acidification Coordination Centre, and recent Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) findings on ocean acidification were discussed.

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UNESCO Report Highlights Social Sciences' Role in Addressing Environmental Change [viewed]

UNESCO15 November 2013: The UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) launched a new report on social sciences and global environmental change, titled 'World Social Science Report: Changing Global Environments.' The report was released during the 37th session of the UNESCO General Conference in Paris, France.

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Side Event in Warsaw Discusses Education and Public Awareness [viewed]

education-and-public-awarness16 November 2013: The UN Alliance on Climate Change Education, Training and Public Awareness moderated a side event on addressing climate change through education and training. The event consisted of a joint panel representing fourteen different organizations, who highlighted the importance of education and training and the key role young people are playing in advancing knowledge on mitigating and adapting to climate change.

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African Experts Review Upcoming UNESCO Guide on Climate Change Reporting [viewed]

UNESCO29 October 2013: The UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) held an expert meeting for African academics and journalists to review a manuscript for a forthcoming UNESCO publication, titled 'Reporting on Climate Change in Africa: A Practical Guide for Journalists.'

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Event: Training Course for Island and Coastal Area Biosphere Reserves Managers [viewed]

The Training Course for Island and Coastal Area Biosphere Reserves Managers is co-organized by the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and the island of Jeju. The course aims to deepen the understanding of biosphere reserve managers regarding the concept and vision of biosphere reserves, raise their awareness of the vulnerability of island and coastal biosphere reserves to climate change, and transfer technical knowledge. Created in 2009, the World Network of Island and Coastal Area Biosphere Reserves aims to study, implement and disseminate island and coastal strategies to preserve biodiversity and heritage, promote sustainable development, and adapt to and mitigate the effects of climate change.  

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First Water and Sea Workshop Discusses Water and Marine Ecosystem Management [viewed]

UNESCO16 October 2013: The first edition of the Water and Sea Workshops brought together participants from diverse backgrounds with an interest in exchanging experiences and improving their practices towards a more responsible management of water and marine resources.

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Event: International Conference on Climate Change, Water Resources and Disasters in Mountainous Regions: Building Resilience to Changing Climate [viewed]

This Conference will provide scientists, engineers, planners and development workers with a platform to present their research outcomes, observations, findings and innovative ideas. Conference themes include: climate variability and changes; water resources management; transboundary issues of water resources; cryospheric changes and its impacts on water resources; land degradation, hazards and disaster risk reduction (DRR); river basin modeling for impact assessment; watershed management and ecosystem services; renewable energy and food security; climate services for building resilience; and adaptation strategies for building a resilient society. The conference is jointly organized by the Society of Hydrologists and Meteorologists Nepal (SOHAM-Nepal), the Department of Hydrology and Meteorology (DHM) of the Government of Nepal, and the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) International Hydrological Programme Nepal (IHP) National Committee.  

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World Irrigation Forum Highlights Agriculture and Water Linkages [viewed]

worldirrigationforum10 October 2013: Agricultural water management stakeholders, including smallholder farmers, discussed food insecurity challenges at the First World Irrigation Forum (WIF), which took place in Mardin, Turkey. The Forum focused on water challenges affecting the agricultural sector, with the aim of discussing agricultural concerns not traditionally emphasized in other fora, such as the World Water Forums (WWFs).

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