Capacity Building & Education

Last Update of 2013 [viewed]

IISD Happy Holidays CardWe at IISD RS wish you all the best for this holiday season and throughout the coming year. We will resume publication on our knowledgebases on 6 January 2014. Thank you for your support during 2013.

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New Plant Breeding Academy to Improve Food Security in Africa [viewed]

World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF)10 December 2013: To improve Africa's resilience to climate change, pests and disease, the African Plant Breeding Academy (APBA) has announced that it will train scientists and technicians to breed plants and trees that have previously received little scientific research attention because of their low market value. The APBA was established to boost the profile and production of "orphan crops," which are neglected but nutritious crops.

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UNGA's Oceans and Law of the Sea Resolution Focuses on Marine Debris, Climate Change [viewed]

UNGA9 December 2013: The UN General Assembly (UNGA) has adopted, by a recorded vote of 115 in favor to one against (Turkey), with two abstentions (Colombia, Venezuela), its annual omnibus resolution on oceans and the law of the sea (Resolution A/RES/68/70).

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Central American Ministers Adopt Efficient Lighting Strategy, Action Plan [viewed]

sica-meso-unep-enlighten6 December 2013: The energy ministers of all of the countries in Central America, the Dominican Republic, Colombia and Mexico have adopted a regional strategy on efficient lighting that will phase out incandescent bulbs, mercury content in other lamp types, increase lighting efficiency and lead to a common approach to handling lighting waste.

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FCPF 2013 Annual Report Focuses on Readiness [viewed]

Forest CarbonDecember 2013: The Forest Carbon Partnership Facility (FCPF) has released its 2013 Annual Report, which offers a strategic review of FCPF's main achievements related to intermediate impacts, strategic outcomes, and short-term outputs in its fifth year of implementation.

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WMO Workshop Expores Urban Early Warning Systems in Central America [viewed]

WMO13 December 2013: A workshop on Multi-Hazard Early Warning Systems (MHEWS) for Urban Areas in Central America explored the challenges, gaps, needs and opportunities for strengthening EWS and climate resilience in large and medium-sized cities in Central America.

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FAO Holds African Workshop on GHG Monitoring [viewed]

FAO13 December 2013: The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) held a workshop that brought together high-level staff of 21 African Ministries of Agriculture or Agricultural National Statistical Agencies and Bureaus responsible for national greenhouse gas (GHG) reporting under international climate policy processes, to build their capacity in GHG monitoring.

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GEF, Montreal Protocol Support ODS Reduction Efforts in the Gambia [viewed]

mp-gef-unido9 December 2013: The Global Environment Facility (GEF) has approved a project aimed to reduce emissions of greenhouse gases (GHG) and ozone-depleting substances (ODS) in the Gambia's industrial refrigeration and air-conditioning sector.

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LAC Countries Discuss Experiences in Low Emission Development Strategies [viewed]

LEDS9 December 2013: The Second Workshop of the Latin American and Caribbean Regional Platform on Low Emission Development Strategies (LAC LEDS) of the Global Alliance on Low Emission Development Strategies (LEDS Global Partnership) convened jointly with the annual InterClima meeting for climate change management in Peru.

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Northeast Asian Countries Enhance Low Carbon Urban Development Cooperation [viewed]

UNESCAP9 December 2013: The UN symposium on 'Realizing Low Carbon Cities in North-East Asia: Bridging Science, Policy and Promoting Cooperation' focused on sharing lessons learned on low carbon city (LCC) development and improving subregional cooperation on LCC strategies.

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