Capacity Building & Education

August Water Finance Update [viewed]

erdb-wb-gef-adb-afdb31 August 2014: During the month of August, the World Bank, the Global Environment Facility (GEF), the African Development Bank (AfDB), the Asian Development Bank (ADB) and the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) issued loans or grants for projects in Laos PDR, Cameroon, South Africa, Armenia and Romania. The World Bank also reported on the implementation of projects in Viet Nam, Zimbabwe and India.

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Event: CGIAR Development Dialogues [viewed]

The Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR) is holding its inaugural 'Development Dialogues' to discuss forestry, agriculture, livestock, fisheries, landscapes and food systems in the context of climate change and sustainable development. The event will explore integrated landscape approaches for agriculture, forestry and other land uses in support of efforts to develop sustainable food systems in the midst of climate change, population growth, increasing poverty and the feminization of agriculture. Panelists will include: Manuel Pulgar-Vidal, Minister for Environment of Peru and President of the 20th session of the Conference of the Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC COP 20), and Kwesi Atta-Krah, Director of CGIAR's Research Program on Integrated Systems for the Humid Tropics. Panel discussions will aim to move beyond the “land sparing” versus “land sharing” debates by exploring the geographic, ecological, social and political contexts that influence land use policy. The Development Dialogues will take place during Climate Week NYC alongside the UN General Assembly and the UN Climate Summit. Participants will engage in debates on the following themes: prosperous, food-secure and resilient livelihoods; healthier, innovative, capable and inclusive communities; new partnerships for development impact; and climate change-resilient agro-ecosystems.  

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WMO Launches SIDS Partnership to Strengthen Climate Services [viewed]

WMO2 September 2014: The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) launched a Global Framework for Climate Services (GFCS) partnership for strengthening weather and climate services in small island developing States (SIDS). The launch took place during the Third International Conference on SIDS taking place in Apia, Samoa, from 1-4 September.

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WMO Launches Weather Reports from 2050 [viewed]

WMO1 September 2014: The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) has asked television weathermen and women from all over the world to prepare a daily weather report for the year 2050 depicting likely local impacts of global climate change.

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SPREP, Germany Sign €5 Million EbA Project [viewed]

SPREP31 August 2014: The Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) and Germany's Federal Ministry of the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety (BMUB) signed a five-year, €5 million project ahead of the Third International Conference of Small Island Developing States (SIDS). 'Natural Solutions to Climate Change in the Pacific Islands Region: Implementing Ecosystem-based Adaption' will strengthen Ecosystem based Adaptation (EbA) through activities in Fiji, Solomon Islands and Vanuatu as a way to adapt and build resilience to climate change.

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US, Hawaii Announce Aloha+ Challenge for Sustainability [viewed]

1sep.sids1 September 2014: The Aloha+ Challenge has been announced in Apia, Samoa, following its launch in Hawaii, US, on 7 July 2014. The joint sustainability commitment includes targets on: clean energy transformation; local food production; natural resource management; waste reduction; smart growth and climate resilience; and green jobs and education.

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UN-REDD Newsletter Highlights Processes for Participation [viewed]

unredd1 September 2014: The UN Collaborative Programme on Reducing Emissions from Deforestation (UN-REDD) has released the September edition of its newsletter, which highlights stakeholder engagement and the recognition of the rights of indigenous peoples in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and Cote d'Ivoire.

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Major Groups Focus on Durable Partnerships for Sustainable Development [viewed]

sids.conference.iisdrs29 August 2014: The Third International Conference on Small Island Developing States (SIDS) pre-conference for Major Groups and other Stakeholders Forum focused on identifying durable partnerships to promote sustainable development. The Forum resulted in an outcome statement, titled ‘The SIDS Accelerated Modalities of Action (S.A.M.O.A) Pathway: Engaging for a Sustainable Future,' which calls on governments to use a human rights and development framework to underpin all action plans, and underscores environmental sustainability, economic justice, gender equality and human rights as critical components in pursuing sustainable development.

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UNEP Online Course Focuses on Disaster Risk, Ecosystem-Based Solutions [viewed]

UNEP28 August 2014: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) has unveiled the first-ever 'Massive Open Online Course' (MOOC) on how to minimize disaster risk through natural or ecosystem-based solutions. The MOOC, titled ‘Disasters and Ecosystems: Resilience in a Changing Climate,' which was introduced during the 5th Annual International Disaster Risk Conference (IDRC), aims to broaden awareness on a range of tools for eco-disaster risk reduction and adaptation by demonstrating how climate change, disasters and the environment are linked.

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Mountain EbA Pilot Project in Peru Reports Lessons Learned [viewed]

undp.unep.iucn20 August 2014: The global Ecosystem-based Adaptation (EbA) Flagship Programme's Mountain Ecoosystems Programme has issued a project brochure outlining EbA work underway in the Nor Yauyos Cochas Landscape Reserve (RPNYC) in the Peruvian Andes and its buffer area, as well as lessons learned so far from the project.

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