Adaptation

CBD Calls for Views on Ways to Integrate Biodiversity Considerations in Climate-Change Related Activities [viewed]

21 August 2008: In accordance with COP Decision IX/16, the

Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) has issued a

notification to request Parties to submit views on ways to integrate

biodiversity considerations into climate-change related activities by 1 October

2008.

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CBD Caribbean Workshop on Capacity-Building for the Integration of Climate Change Announced [viewed]

Regional and Sub-Regional Capacity-Building Workshops on Implementing NBSAPs and Mainstreaming Biodiversity 20 August 2008: The Secretariat of the Convention on

Biological Diversity (CBD) has announced that a regional workshop for countries

of the Caribbean region on capacity-building for national biodiversity

strategies and action plans, mainstreaming of biodiversity and the integration

of climate change will be held in Trinidad and Tobago, from 3-7 November 2008.

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CBD Outlines Climate-Related Activities in Quarterly Report [viewed]

18 August 2008: The Secretariat of the Convention on

Biological Diversity (CBD) has published a joint-quarterly report on the

administration of the Convention, which contains a summary of key activities

implementing the decisions of the Conference of the Parties and other relevant

matters from 1 January-31 March and from 1 April-30 June 2008.

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UN to Assist in Establishment of Inter-Agency Climate Change Centre for Pacific Countries [viewed]

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon 19 August 2008: In a message delivered by Noeleen Heyzer, Executive Secretary, Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific, to the Pacific Islands Forum summit meeting, which is taking place until 21 August 2008 in Alofi, Niue, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has announced the creation of an Inter-Agency Climate Change Centre for coordinated UN support to Pacific Island Countries and regional organizations, in partnership with the Government of Samoa.

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FAO Calls for Information on Underutilized Bioenergy Crops [viewed]

Global Partnership Initiative for Plant Breeding Capacity Building August 2008: The Global Partnership Initiative for Plant Breeding Capacity Building (GIPB), a platform and partnership of public, private and civil society institutions hosted by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), in collaboration with the FAO Inter-Departmental Working Group on Bioenergy, has called for expanded, up-to-date information on genetic resources and breeding of selected underutilized species, together with detailed analysis of their potential as bioenergy crops adaptable to sustainable smallholder production systems.

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Preliminary Findings of World Bank Study on Water and Climate Change Released [viewed]

A World Bank study looks at the impact of climate change on water systems. 18 August 2008: In an interview, Vahid Alavian, World Bank

water adviser, who is attending the Stockholm World Water Week that focuses on

sanitation and will conclude on 23 August 2008, reports on progress and

preliminary findings of a two-year World Bank study on water and climate

change.

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“New-look” UNFCCC Newsletter Published [viewed]

New-look UNFCCC newsletter

August 2008: The UNFCCC Secretariat has released a new-look

newsletter, which, in addition to sections on mitigation, adaptation, finance

and technology, includes a special focus on reducing emissions from

deforestation and forest degradation in developing countries, and a summary of

key UNFCCC statements.

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UNCCD Launches Webpage on Land and Climate [viewed]

Focus on both land and climate. Photo credit, UNCCD 13 August 2008: The Secretariat of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) has launched a new webpage on the

interrelationship between land and climate. The webpage highlights that soil

can make a difference in addressing climate change issues, and presents

information on land and climate change, land degradation and poverty, energy

security, food security, and UNCCD processes to address climate change and

soil.

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IAEA Deputy Director General Stresses the Potential Role of Induced Mutations in Plants in Curbing Climate Change Effects [viewed]

Mr. Werner Burkart, IAEA Deputy Director General, Head of the Department of Nuclear Sciences and Applications. Photo credit, IAEA 12 August 2008: In a speech delivered during the opening of the Food and Agriculture Organization/International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) International Symposium on Induced Mutations in Plants, Werner Burkart, IAEA

Deputy Director General, noted that in 2008, the international community became conscience of the links between climate change, the food and energy crises and hunger.

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Young Somalis Should Engage in Tackling Climate Change [viewed]

Youth can help curb climate change effects in Somalia

12 August 2008: On the occasion of International Youth Day,

celebrated on 12 August, the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) Somalia Deputy

Representative, Hannan Sulieman, underscored the role young people can play in

helping to tackle climate change.

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