Agriculture & Food Security

November 2014 Climate Finance Update [viewed]

adb-eib-idb-wb-ifad-unidoNovember 2014: During November 2014, the African Development Bank (AfDB), the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), the UN Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) and the World Bank reported on project approvals and progress in ongoing projects in Africa and Asia. AfDB, the Asian Development Bank (ADB), the European Investment Bank (EIB), the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) and the World Bank launched publications on, inter alia, climate adaptation technologies, urban climate resilience and climate finance.

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FAO Launches Index for Risk Management [viewed]

FAO27 November 2014: The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) has launched a tool that will use data from a range of international organizations and academic institutions to help countries prevent and respond to crises. The Index for Risk Management (InfoRM) currently covers 191 countries.

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Climate Services Board Reviews GFCS Progress [viewed]

gfcs10 November 2014: A meeting of the Intergovernmental Board on Climate Services reviewed progress and challenges in the provision and use of climate services, including seasonal forecasts and drought and flood management tools. Growing climate impacts highlight the “urgent need” for more cross-cutting climate services and partnerships to help communities adapt to extreme weather and increase disaster resilience.

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CCXG Publishes Papers Relevant to 2015 Climate Agreement [viewed]

OECD_NEWNovember 2014: The Climate Change Expert Group (CCXG) has released four papers examining technical issues relevant to the negotiations towards a 2015 climate change agreement under the UNFCCC.

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World Bank Report: 'New Climate Normal' Severe Risk to Development [viewed]

World Bank23 November 2014: Warming nearing 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels “is already locked into the Earth's atmospheric system by past and predicted greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions,” according to the third installment in the World Bank's ‘Turn Down the Heat' series. ‘Turn Down the Heat: Confronting the New Climate Normal' examines the risks increased climate change poses to development across Latin America and the Caribbean, Eastern Europe and Central Asia and the Middle East and North Africa.

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Central American Legislators to Strengthen IWRM [viewed]

GWP Global logotype17 November 2014: The Global Water Partnership Central America (GWP-CA) and the Legislative Assembly of El Salvador organized the 8th Legislators Conference on Water Resources. The meeting addressed issues including: food security, risk management and energy; experiences with water, climate change and development; institutional reform for integrated water resources management (IWRM); and where countries are in the process of adopting or implementing national water laws.

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ESCAP, RIMES Warn Pacific Islands of Extreme Weather Risks [viewed]

unescap-rimes21 November 2014: Through a joint press release, the UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) and the Regional Integrated Multi-Hazard Early Warning System for Africa and Asia (RIMES) have warned that extreme weather conditions predicted for the Pacific Ocean pose a significant threat for the industry and infrastructure of island States, and encourages establishing a regional mechanism for better preparedness.

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Samoa Launches Largest-Ever GEF LDC Fund Adaptation Project [viewed]

GEF UNDP7 November 2014: Samoa launched a US$12.3 million project on climate adaptation, the largest national project to be funded under the Least Development Countries Fund (LDCF) of the Global Environment Facility (GEF).

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South East Europe to Improve Provision of Climate Services [viewed]

gfcs24 November 2014: A regional workshop in South East Europe (SEE) discussed pooling knowledge and expertise to improve the provision of user-friendly climate services in order to increase resilience against weather and climate extremes. Attendees included meteorologists, hydrologists, disaster, health, water and agricultural managers, as well as representatives of the World Meteorological Organization (WMO), the World Health Organization (WHO) and the UN Development Programme (UNDP).

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Nepalese Communities to Form Civil Society Mountain Initiative [viewed]

Mountain Partnership21 November 2014: Participants called for addressing climate change and improving the livelihoods of mountain peoples in the Rara Declaration, which was agreed upon at a conference in Rara, Nepal. Participants also agreed to form the Nepalese Civil Society Mountain Initiative (NCSMI), which will, inter alia, advocate for mountain issues in discussions on the post-2015 development agenda and UN meetings on biodiversity, climate change and desertification.

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