Capacity Building & Education

Event: Disaster Risk Reduction, Response and Sustainable Reconstruction: Capacity Building for Equitable Planning and Development [viewed]

This conference will provide a forum for examining the efficacy of national strategies for capacity-building measures related to disaster risk reduction (DRR), with a focus on cross- and multi-disciplinary training efforts, education and professional development. While capacity building is critical to disaster preparedness, response and sustainable post-disaster reconstruction programmes, no agreed definition of the term currently exists. Thus, this conference will explore what the term “capacity building” means.  

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Event: 2016 GEF ECW for the Southern Africa Constituency [viewed]

Expanded constituency workshops (ECW) aim to keep Global Environment Facility (GEF) national focal points, convention focal points and other key stakeholders, including civil society, abreast of GEF strategies, policies and procedures and to encourage coordination. They provide an opportunity for focal points to meet with their counterparts from other countries in the region and GEF partners to review policies and procedures and share lessons and experiences from the development and implementation of GEF projects and their integration into national policy frameworks.  

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Event: 16th Meeting of the Consultative Group of Experts on National Communications from Non-Annex I Parties to the UNFCCC [viewed]

The 16th Meeting of the Consultative Group of Experts (CGE) on National Communications from Non-Annex I Parties to the UNFCCC will meet in Bonn, Germany. The CGE was established by the Conference of the Parties (COP) to the UNFCCC in order to improve national communications and the Biennial Update Reports (BURs) from developing countries through technical advice and support. This group is the main technical support element under the Convention to assist developing country Parties in meeting reporting obligations. The CGE meets to develop its work programme, revise its rules of procedure, assess progress in implementing its work programme and provide recommendations. It also organizes workshops for the preparation of national communications and BURs using CGE training materials.  

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UNEP Releases Guide on Environmental Assessment Frameworks [viewed]

UNEPDecember 2015: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) has released a guide for policy makers for selecting and implementing appropriate environmental assessment frameworks. The brochure, titled 'An Introduction to Environmental Assessment,' gives an overview of available frameworks, including those most commonly used by UNEP, provides guidance on selecting appropriate frameworks, introduces common terms and concepts and provides illustrative examples.

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Event: Resilient Cities 2016: 7th Annual Global Forum on Urban Resilience and Adaptation [viewed]

This Forum, which is expected to bring together together over 400 experts and practitioners, will focus on a range of issues related to urban resilience and climate change adaptation, including inclusive resilience strategies, financing the resilient city, measuring and monitoring progress, resilience and adaptation planning, governance and collaboration, resource management, and resilient infrastructure. Participants will be able to network, build new partnerships, and exchange ideas and best practices. Participants will include: elected officials, including mayors; academics, researchers and students; private sector and NGO representatives; urban and regional planners; water and sanitation specialists; civil engineers; financial institution representatives; disaster risk and emergency managers; and climate change and adaptation experts. The Forum, which is meeting for the seventh year, is organized by ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability and co-hosted with the City of Bonn, Germany. Resilient Cities focuses on solutions for local governments, including cities and small island states.  

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WMO Reports on Second Iteration of METAGRI Operational Project [viewed]

WMO6 January 2016: The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) has reported some of the main outcomes from the four-year METAGRI Operational Project. During this second iteration of the Project, which ran from 2012-2015 in 17 West African countries, over 10,600 farmers took part in 260 roving seminars aimed at helping them access and use meteorological tools and information. WMO also announced that over 4,500 rain gauges were distributed, along with training on basic weather principles and observation.

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Malawi, First African Country to Undergo DRR Peer Review [viewed]

UNISDR6 January 2016: In December 2015, specialists from Mozambique, South Africa and Zimbabwe conducted a ten-day assessment of Malawi's disaster risk reduction (DRR) policies and actions, launching a process that will conclude in the coming months with Africa's first DRR peer review report.

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Event: UNFCCC COP 23 [viewed]

The 23rd session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 23) to the UN Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) will will meet in Asia at a location to be determined.  

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Event: World Meteorological Day [viewed]

World Meteorological Day has, since 1961, commemorated the entry into force of the Convention establishing the World Meteorological Organization (WMO), which occurred on 23 March 1950. It also celebrates the important contribution that National Meteorological and Hydrological Services make to the safety and well-being of society. This year's theme, 'Hotter, drier, wetter. Face the Future,' was chosen to illustrate the reality of climate change. It highlights that, without urgent action to cut emissions, the trend of increasing temperatures and the frequency and intensity of extreme events will accelerate. A 2016 calendar with the same theme is also available for download, and includes photographs from around the world based on a WMO Facebook competition.  

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Event: Disaster Relief Asia [viewed]

This conference and exhibition will address the need for governments and international agencies to implement appropriate warning systems and response procedures to deal with the increasing number of disasters in Asia. It will explore different areas of disasters, including: search and rescue operations and cooperation among agencies; airlift support; humanitarian aid and planning for displaced civilians; and future warning systems under development for different disasters. The conference will also look at recent natural catastrophes in Asia and evaluate the subsequent response and humanitarian efforts. This will be the inaugural Disaster Relief Asia conference and is being hosted by Intelligence-Sec Limited.  

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