Agriculture & Food Security

Global Commission Outlines Steps for Achieving Food Security in the Face of Climate Change [viewed]

Achieving Food Security in the Face of Climate Change16 November 2011: The Commission on Sustainable Agriculture and Climate Change, an independent commission of scientists, has released a summary for policy makers, including a set of seven recommendations. Among the recommendations, the Commission calls for significantly raising global investments in sustainable agriculture, intensifying agricultural production on existing land base while reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, and reducing losses and waste in the food system.

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UNEP Releases Post-Conflict Assessment Report of Rwanda [viewed]

UNEP Releases Post-Conflict Assessment Report of Rwanda16 November 2011: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) has led a comprehensive, national-scale post-conflict environmental assessment of Rwanda. The resulting report on Rwanda's post-conflict sustainable development urges the country to create opportunities for a transition towards a green economy.

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UNICEF Studies Children's Vulnerability to Climate Change [viewed]

14 November 2011: The UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) has released a report on the climate change challenges that children face in East Asia and the Pacific. The report indicates that climate change will exacerbate the living conditions of millions of children in the region, who already suffer from a lack of access to clean water and proper sanitation and are vulnerable to malnutrition and diseases.

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Guest Article #69: Adapting Decision Making for a Warming World [viewed]

The world must start adapting now to a very different, much hotter tomorrow, one in which business as usual policies and practices will simply not suffice. The extreme weather events over the past two years provide a foretaste of what is to come. But dealing with more frequent and intense disasters (to use an apt metaphor) will be only the tip of the iceberg.

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Report of the 15th Adaptation Fund Board Meeting Released [viewed]

Adaptation Fund14 November 2011: The Adaptation Fund has released the report of the 15th meeting of the Adaptation Fund Board (AFB), which was held from 15-16 September 2011, in Bonn, Germany. At the meeting, the AFB discussed issues related to accreditation of Regional Implementing Entities (RIE) and National Implementing Entities (NIE), as well as the application of a cap on funding for projects proposed by Multilateral Implementing Entities (MIE). 

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Central Asian Experts Identify Challenges to Adaptation in Mountain Regions [viewed]

14 November 2011: Experts from Azerbaijan, Iran, Kyrgyzstan, Nepal, Mongolia and Tajikistan recently convened to explore how best to address evidence of climate change impacts on mountain regions in international discussions. Delegates noted the importance of Tajikistan as a source of water for Central Asia, China and the Russian Republic, with 8,000 glaciers and extensive high altitude lakes. 

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ITPGR Celebrates Tenth Anniversary, Releases List of Benefit-sharing Grantees [viewed]

14 November 2011: On the occasion of the 10th anniversary of the adoption of the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (ITPGR), a high-level celebration was hosted by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO), and the ITPGR Secretariat released the list of new projects to be funded under the Treaty's Benefit-sharing Fund, to support farmers and breeders to adapt key crops to climate change.

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GEF Council, LDCF and SCCF Approve Projects on Climate Change and Blue Carbon [viewed]

10 November 2011: The Global Environment Facility (GEF) Council, at its 41st Council Meeting, approved decisions on the administration of the GEF as well as a work programme of 40 stand-alone projects and nine programmatic approaches amounting to US$516.40 million, including several climate change and energy-related projects. Projects were also approved within the Special Climate Change Fund (SCCF) and Least Developed Countries Fund (LDCF).

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UNEP, UNDP Assist Sierra Leone in Restoring Climate Services [viewed]

11 November 2011: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and the UN Development Programme (UNDP) are supporting the restoration of weather and climate services in Sierra Leone. The country's meteorological infrastructure was severely damaged during the civil war.  

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UNDP Releases First Baobab Journal on Africa Adaptation Programme [viewed]

November 2011: The UN Development Programme (UNDP) has released the first edition of The Baobab Coalition Journal, a publication that reports on the community activities and efforts under the Africa Adaptation Programme (AAP). The Journal features articles on progress of each of the national AAP teams, introductions to new tools and techniques, papers analyzing issues of concern, reports on recent meetings, and a calendar of upcoming activities.

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