Mitigation

Event: Earth Observation Support for Sustainable Tourism in Small Island States [viewed]

This third regional workshop in the Workshop Series of the GEO Coastal Zone Community of Practice (CZCP) will focus on the Caribbean and will be organized in partnership with the Caribbean Regional Association (CaRA) for the Caribbean Integrated Coastal Ocean Observing System (CarICOOS), the Global Ocean Observing System (GOOS), the Global Terrestrial Observing System (GTOS), the UN Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), and the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC). Specific objectives of the regional workshop will include: using Earth observations to improve sustainability of tourism; managing coastal tourism assets; planning for and adapting to coastal change; sustaining tourism under a changing climate; assessing and preparing for climate change and its impact on coastal zones; and tourism and ecosystems.  

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UNFCCC Executive Secretary Calls for Turning Cancun Agreements into Action [viewed]

1 March 2011: Addressing the media in Tokyo, Japan, UNFCCC Executive Secretary Christiana Figueres called on governments to transform the Cancun Agreements into tangible action on the ground, and provide clarity on the future of the Kyoto Protocol.

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IEA Expert Discusses Energy Poverty [viewed]

1 March 2011: The International Energy Agency (IEA) has published a short piece titled “Energy Poverty: The Missing Millennium Development Goal (MDG)?” which discusses the social and environmental consequences of energy poverty, and the urgency to achieve universal energy access.

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CPF Calls for Greater Role for Women in Forest Management [viewed]

1 March 2011: In advance of International Women's Day, celebrated on 8 March, the Collaborative Partnership on Forests (CPF) has issued a press release highlighting that women are the main users of forests in developing countries, but that they are often not included in management decisions.

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World Bank Supports Distance Learning Course on Climate Change Science and Policy [viewed]

March 2011: The World Bank through its Global Development Learning Network is supporting the organization of a distance learning course on “Science and Policy of Climate Change” from 8 April-8 June 2011.

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CSD Intergovernmental Preparatory Meeting Addresses SIDS Issues [viewed]

28 February 2011: Addressing the opening session of the week-long Intergovernmental Preparatory Meeting (IPM) for the Commission on Sustainable Development's (CSD) 19th session, Sha Zukang, Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs, underscored that the effects of the global energy crisis, the ongoing food crisis, freshwater scarcity and the “overwhelming impact” of climate change continue to be challenges.

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SPREP and UNESCO Train Environmental Reporters in Vanuatu [viewed]

28 February 2011: The Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP), with support from the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), is conducting a training session to strengthen environmental reporting skills in the media sector, from 28 February-4 March 2011, in Vanuatu.

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ITTO Calls for Proposals on Reducing Deforestation and Enhancing Environmental Services [viewed]

24 February 2011:  The International Tropical Timber Organization (ITTO) has released a call for proposals for its Thematic Programme on Reducing Deforestation and Forest Degradation and Enhancing Environmental Services (REDDES).

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IRENA Reports on Recent Ratifications [viewed]

23 February 2011: Since 1 January 2011, seven countries have ratified the International Renewable Energy Agency's (IRENA) treaty, bringing the total number of its member States to 57.

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Stockholm Convention Releases Climate Change and POPs Study [viewed]

21 February 2011: The Stockholm Convention Secretariat, in conjunction with the Arctic Monitoring and Assessment Programme, has released a report titled "Climate Change and POPs: Predicting the Impacts."

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