Capacity Building & Education

FAO and Coalition of Rainforest Nations Sign Agreement on Capacity Building [viewed]

28 January 2011: The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) has signed an agreement on building capacity for systems to measure, report and verify (MRV) greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in the context of reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation in developing countries, and the role of conservation, sustainable management of forests and enhancement of carbon stocks (REDD+).

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World Bank Institute, ASB, CGIAR and FCPF to Release Guidance on REDD+ and Opportunity Costs [viewed]

January 2011: The Forest Carbon Partnership Facility (FCPF), the World Bank Institute, the Partnership for Tropical Forest Margins (ASB) and the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR) are developing a training manual providing guidance on how to estimate the opportunity costs of reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation in developing countries, and conservation, sustainable management of forests and enhancement of carbon stocks (REDD+).

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Event: CBD COP 11 [viewed]

The 11th meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP 11) to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) is organized by the CBD Secretariat. The High Level Segment will be held from 17-19 October 2012. The provisional agenda includes consideration of: the status of the Nagoya Protocol on Access to Genetic Resources and the Fair and Equitable Sharing of Benefits arising from their Utilization; implementation of the Strategic Plan 2011-2020 and progress towards the Aichi Biodiversity Targets; issues related to financial resources and the financial mechanism; issues related to cooperation, outreach and the UN Decade on Biodiversity; operations of the Convention; Article 8(j) and related provisions; in-depth review of the programme of work on island biodiversity; ways and means to support ecosystem restoration; marine and coastal biodiversity; biodiversity and climate change; other substantive issues arising from COP 10 decisions, including dryland, forest, inland waters, mountain, and agricultural biodiversity, protected areas, sustainable use of biodiversity, the Global Strategy for Plant Conservation, biofuels and biodiversity, invasive alien species, the Global Taxonomy Initiative, incentive measures, and biodiversity and development; as well as administrative and budgetary matters.  

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WFP Works to Reduce Emissions from Transportation [viewed]

28 January 2011: The World Food Programme (WFP) has initiated a training programme for its drivers that aims to increase fuel efficiency and safety, and reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and costs.

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CBD Secretariat Circulates December Bulletin of Activities [viewed]

27 January 2011: The Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) has circulated its Monthly Bulletin of Activities for December 2010.

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CBD Secretariat Requests Views on REDD+ Safeguards [viewed]

24 January 2011: The Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) has requested submission of views with regard to relevant safeguards in reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation in developing countries, and the role of conservation, sustainable management of forests and enhancement of carbon stocks (REDD+).

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World Bank and Republic of Korea Strengthen Partnership on Climate Change-Related Disasters [viewed]

24 January 2011: The World Bank signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Republic of Korea's National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) to strengthen cooperation for disaster risk reduction (DRR) and climate change adaptation.

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Event: IEA Fuel Poverty Workshop: Evaluating the Co-Benefits of Low-Income Weatherisation Programmes [viewed]

This workshop, hosted by Sustainable Energy Authority Ireland (SEAI), will be the first of the International Energy Agency (IEA) Energy Efficiency Unit's (EEU) new programmes of work on innovative energy efficiency policies for mitigating fuel poverty, aiming to overcome the problem of return on investments in weatherization by the poor. The workshop will address three categories of non-energy co-benefits (NEBs) for low-income energy efficiency programmes: utility/rate-payer benefits; societal economic benefits; and participant household benefits. In addition, discussions on methodologies for collecting, quantifying and evaluating NEBs are planned.  

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Event: E-Courses in International Environmental Law [viewed]

The International Law Programme of the UN Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) has opened a new series of its e-Courses on International Environmental Law, scheduled from 7 February-3 April 2011. The aim of the e-courses is to provide a broad introduction to the main topics under international environmental law, including its fundamental principles, law-making processes, main actors, implementation and compliance procedures, and negotiations of Multilateral Environmental Agreements based on the current legal challenges in international environmental law. The series comprises four e-courses as follows: International Environmental Law (7-20 February); International Environmental Governance (21 February-6 March); Techniques and Procedures in International Environmental Law (7-20 March); and International Environmental Negotiations (21 March-3 April).  

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CIAT, CCAFS and ICRAF Release Film on Climate Change Adaptation Experiences in Kenya [viewed]

17 January 2011: The third film in the "Two Degrees Up" series, which identifies climate change challenges facing agricultural producers, focuses on challenges in Kenya.

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