Capacity Building & Education

Nominees for Future Policy Award Announced [viewed]

21 March 2011: Nineteen forest policies from 16 countries have been nominated for this year's Future Policy Award, which is granted by The World Future Council in collaboration with the Secretariats of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) and the UN Forum on Forests (UNFF).

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UNECE, FAO Launch PhD Thesis Award on Forest Management [viewed]

21 March 2011: The Forestry and Timber section of the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) launched a PhD Thesis Award to promote scientific research on sustainable forest management.

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Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre Launches Newsletter [viewed]

11 March 2011: The Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre (CCCCC) has launched a new weekly newsletter publication titled "CCCCC News Update," which contains a review of climate change news and events relevant to the Caribbean region.

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Adaptation Fund Board Approves Projects in Solomon Islands, Eritrea and Ecuador [viewed]

18 March 2011: The Adaptation Fund Board has approved funding for projects in Eritrea, Ecuador and the Solomon Islands totaling US$19.5 million. The decisions were taken during the Board's 13th meeting, in Bonn, Germany, on 17-18 March 2011. The Board also approved a project concept from Uruguay that uses the Adaptation Fund's direct access modality for countries to access financing directly.

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IPC-IG Discusses Climate-Compatible Development at AfricaAdapt Meeting [viewed]

March 2011: The International Policy Centre for Inclusive Growth (IPC-IG) presented at the AfricaAdapt Climate Change Symposium 2011, held from 9-11 March 2011, in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, on the topic “Reconciling participation and benefit-sharing: implications for how Africa adapts to climate change.” 

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IPC-IG Releases Paper on Delivering for the Poor in International Climate Policy [viewed]

February 2011: The International Policy Centre for Inclusive Growth (IPC-IG) has published a working paper titled "Mitigation of What and by What? Adaptation by Whom and for Whom? Dilemmas in Delivering for the Poor and the Vulnerable in International Climate Policy."

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UNFCCC Secretariat Produces CDM Radio Stories for Africa [viewed]

17 March 2011: The UNFCCC Secretariat has produced five ‘broadcast-ready' radio stories about the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) for dissemination to radio stations in Africa. The purpose of these stories is to make the CDM understandable and accessible to a broad audience, including community stakeholders, potential project participants and policy makers.

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UNESCO Convenes Caribbean Conference on Climate Change and Ethics [viewed]

10 March 2011: The Caribbean Conference on Climate Change and Ethical Principles, which was held from 8-9 March 2011, in Saint Kitts and Nevis, concluded with policy makers and other delegates vowing to intensify efforts to raise their populations' awareness of climate change and promote behavioral change on related issues.

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UNDP and UNITAR to Strengthen African Participation in Multilateral Negotiations [viewed]

March 2011: The UN Development Programme (UNDP) and the UN Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) have launched a joint initiative to train over 1,100 African negotiators and decision makers on four priority areas related to economic and social development of Africa: financing for development; regional investment and integration; climate change; and peace and security.

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Guest Article #57: Communicating Clearly: Writeshops for Developing Country Scientists [viewed]

Over the last decade there have been numerous calls of alarm at how few peer-reviewed journal articles on environment and development issues are actually authored by developing country scientists. Without doubt, writing an article for peer-reviewed journals is a challenge for everyone. The process is competitive and at times very critical, and many academics decry it as the one of the tortures that comes with the profession. Most of us need years of practice before we can pull off the perfect paper – if we ever reach that stage. But developing country scientists are faced with additional challenges.

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