Adaptation

UNGA Second Committee Discusses Disaster Risk Reduction [viewed]

9 November 2012: The 67th Session of the UN General Assembly Second Committee convened a two-day dialogue on disaster risk reduction (DRR).  According to the UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UNISDR), many states made reference to the need for sustainable development to be approached holistically, incorporating DRR.

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UNEP Releases Report on Thawing Permafrost, Warns of Increased GHG Emissions and Threats to Ecosystems [viewed]

UNEP27 November 2012: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) has released a report, titled “Policy Implications of Warming Permafrost,” which aims to highlight the potential hazards of carbon dioxide and methane emissions from warming permafrost. The report also underscores the impacts of decreasing permafrost to ecosystems, and recommends an Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) assessment on permafrost.

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Event: Africa Adaptation Knowledge Network (AAKNET) Workshop [viewed]

This workshop will be convened under the theme "Convening Adaptation Knowledge Networks and Platforms in Africa". The Africa Adaptation Knowledge Network is facilitated by UNEP under the umbrella of the Global Adaptation Network (GAN). It is based on the recognition that: Africa is particularly vulnerable to the impacts of climate change; adaptation is a knowledge-intensive undertaking; and access to relevant and usable knowledge is an important prerequisite for successful adaptation efforts. The Network functions as a knowledge hub on adaptation, promoting cooperation and collaboration in seeking robust solutions to climate change impacts using experiences and lessons learnt from the implementation of independent actions in different locations. It also seeks to convene existing adaptation knowledge networks and platforms in Africa to open a window of opportunity for taking stock of the state of adaptation knowledge mobilization on the continent.  

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Event: Group of Experts on Climate Change Impacts and Adaptation for International Transport Networks: Fifth Session [viewed]

The Fifth Session of the Group of Experts on climate change impacts and adaptation or international transport networks will convene 7 December 2012 in Geneva, Switzerland. Items on the provisional agenda include, inter alia: discussion on the Report of the Group of Experts; and Replies to the Questionnaire for collecting information on existing and potential climate change impacts on transport, as well as degree of preparedness and relevant policies for adaptation.  

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COP 18 Side Event Discusses Viet Nam's Policy Responses to Climate Change [viewed]

26 November 2012: A panel on Viet Nam's policy responses to climate change and preparations for nationally appropriate mitigation actions (NAMAs) convened during a side event held at the 18th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 18) to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) in Doha, Qatar. The panel also heard about the Joint Crediting Mechanism (JCM) and Bilateral Offset Credit Mechanism.

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WEF, UNFCCC Launch Initiative on Innovative Financing for Climate-Friendly Investment [viewed]

UNFCCC27 November 2012: The World Economic Forum (WEF) and UNFCCC Secretariat have announced an initiative to showcase successful public-private financing mechanisms and approaches to supporting climate change adaption and mitigation activities. The initiative, called “Momentum for Change: Innovative Financing for Climate-friendly Investment,” will inform governments, investors, business, public finance agencies and the media about opportunities to leverage innovative finance for sustainable growth.

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OECD Study Discusses Mobilizing LCR Investment [viewed]

OECD23 November 2012: The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) has published a working paper on “Mobilising Investment in Low Carbon, Climate Resilient Infrastructure.” The paper discusses how governments can encourage private investment in low-carbon, climate resilient (LCR) infrastructure by improving projects' risk-return profile.

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IICA Calls for Priority Attention to Agriculture in Climate Talks [viewed]

20 November 2012: The Director General of the Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture (IICA), Victor Villalobos, circulated a "technical note" to Agriculture Ministers throughout the Americas regarding the place of agriculture in the climate change negotiations during the 18th meeting of the Conference of Parties (COP 18) of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). 

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Adaptation Fund Board Accredits National Implementing Entities in Costa Rica, Morocco [viewed]

Adaptation Fund21 November 2012: The Adaptation Fund Board (AFB) has accredited two new entities as a National Implementing Entities (NIEs): the Fundecooperacion for Sustainable Development of Costa Rica, and the Agency for Agricultural Development (ADA) of Morocco.

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GWF Paper Discusses Climate Change Impacts on Blue Nile Hydropower Dams [viewed]

Global Water Forum27 November 2012: A paper contributed to the Global Water Forum (GWF) website by the International Water Management Institute (IWMI) evaluates the impact of climate change on irrigation and hydropower schemes in the Ethiopian portion of the Blue Nile River.

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