Adaptation

UNW-DPAC Reviews UN Publications on Water and Sanitation [viewed]

January 2013: The UN-Water Decade Programme on Advocacy and Communication (UNW-DPAC) has published its Bimonthly Publications Review, which presents the latest publications from UN agencies and programmes on issues related to water and sanitation from September through January 2012. These publications address a range of issues, such as climate change, child survival, city resilience and cultural diversity.

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ESCAP/WMO Typhoon Committee Considers Climate Change Impacts [viewed]

6 February 2013: The 45th session of the UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP)/World Meteorological Organization (WMO) Typhoon Committee considered, inter alia, urban flood risk management, cyclone renaming, severe weather forecasting, an assessment report on the influence of climate change on tropical cyclones.

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UNEP Riso Releases Coastal Hazard Assessment Tool [viewed]

6 February 2012: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) Riso has released the Coastal Hazard Wheel, a tool for coastal hazard assessment. The tool is intended to assist coastal planners and developers in assessing the hazard profile of coastal stretches under changing climatic conditions.

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Event: 14th Meeting of the BASIC Group [viewed]

The 14th meeting of the BASIC Group -- Brazil, South Africa, India and China -- will meet in Chennai, India, from 15-16 February, to discuss climate change related issues, including how to take forward the decisions taken at the Doha Climate Change Conference. The group meets four times a year, once in each of the BASIC countries by rotation. The BASIC Group also invites representatives of other countries from the Group of 77/China.  

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FAO, OECD Releases Workshop Report on Agricultural Adaptation to Climate Change [viewed]

February 2013: The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) and the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) have released the proceedings from their joint workshop on Building Resilience for Adaptation to Climate Change in the Agriculture Sector, which was held from 23-24 April 2012, in Rome, Italy.

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CGIAR Launches Global Research Programs on Grain Legumes and Dryland Cereals [viewed]

7 February 2013: In an effort to boost food and nutrition security of the poor, the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR) has launched two ten-year research programmes with combined three-year budgets of US $225 million to improve food security in the drylands. 

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World Bank Report Reviews MENA's Water Demand and Options [viewed]

World Bank1 February 2013: A new World Bank report, titled “Renewable Energy Desalination: An Emerging Solution to Close MENA's Water Gap,” indicates that water demand in the Middle East and North of Africa (MENA) countries will quintuple by 2050. The study highlights that a water demand gap might persist even after applying all demand management options, and suggests that "new" water produced through desalination and greater investment in renewable energy are required.

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AAKNet Adopted as African Adaptation Network [viewed]

AAKNET5 February 2013: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) convened an Africa Adaptation Knowledge Network (AAKNet) workshop under the theme “Convening Adaptation Knowledge Networks and Platforms in Africa,” from 5-6 February 2013, in Nairobi, Kenya. The participating representatives from regional adaptation knowledge platforms agreed to adopt AAKNet as the continental network responsible for coordinating adaptation knowledge.

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Event: Second Session of the Ad Hoc Working Group on the Durban Platform for Enhanced Action [viewed]

The second session of the Ad Hoc Working Group on the Durban Platform for Enhanced Action (ADP) will be held in Bonn, Germany, from 29 April-3 May 2013. The ADP will meet in accordance with the ADP conclusions adopted at the Climate Change Conference held in December 2012, in Doha, Qatar. Workstream 1 discussions are expected to continue addressing the 2015 agreement, including its scope, structure and design, as well as the application of the Climate Change Convention principles. Workstream 2 is expected to address the pre-2020 ambition, which may include discussions on mitigation and adaptation benefits to the impacts of climate change, finance and capacity building to support implementation of the Convention.  

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UNFCCC Releases ADP Report from Doha [viewed]

UNFCCC7 February 2013: The UNFCCC Secretariat has released the report of the second part of the first session of the Ad Hoc Working Group on the Durban Platform for Enhanced Action (ADP) (FCCC/ADP/2012/3), which was held in December 2012, in Doha, Qatar. The report indicates that during the session, the ADP continued exchanges of views under a roundtable setting and agreed to hold a number of meetings during 2013, with the aim of advancing its substantive discussions on a 2015 agreement and raising ambition in the post-2012 period. 

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