Capacity Building & Education

UN Marks International Day of Forests with Special Session [viewed]

international_forests_day_21_march21 March 2015: The UN celebrated the annual International Day of Forests on 21 March with a special event at Headquarters in New York, US. The theme of the celebration, 'Create a Climate Smart Future,' focused on the intersection of forests with resilience, adaptation, mitigation and the global climate and development discussions.

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Event: Désertif'actions 2015: 'Climate Change and the Preservation of Drylands - Time to Act!' [viewed]

This international civil society forum is organized by Centre d'Action et de Réalisations Internationales (CARI) under the motto ‘Climate change and the preservation of drylands: time to act!'. The event is expected to bring together stakeholders from more than 100 countries to share their concerns and build common positions on desertification and land degradation under a changing climate and its consequences. The conference will address the three themes of: desertification and land degradation; development sustainability in drylands – creating greater synergy between the three Rio Conventions; and a pluralistic and organized civil society – 'having a true impact and doing what needs to be done'. Désertif'actions 2015 will be preceded by preparatory meetings at the national level, and a multilingual online forum in April and May 2015. It will close with a day of cultural and scientific events in Montpellier, France, to raise public awareness on these issues.  

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GFIA Focuses on Sustainable and Climate-Smart Agriculture [viewed]

gfia11 March 2015: To help meet the goal of increasing agricultural production while minimizing environmental damage, the 2nd Global Forum for Innovations in Agriculture (GFIA) met to showcase sustainable agriculture innovations and solutions. The forum featured, inter alia: a Global Climate-Smart Agriculture (CSA) Summit; a solutions conference on ‘Food Losses and Waste Initiative: From Prevention to Valorisation'; a two-day conference on ICT for Sustainable Agriculture; a session on ‘Edible Cities: Building Resilience with Urban Agriculture'; and an Innovations Programme, with sessions on agribusiness, water, mechanization, renewable energy and agroforestry.

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CGIAR Members, Partners Establish Climate Research Centers in Africa [viewed]

logos_cifor_itta11 March 2015: The Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) and Germany's Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) have announced the establishment of the Congo Basin's first center for excellence in climate change research. A greenhouse gas (GHG) laboratory was established in Yaoundé, Cameroon, in 2014 and represents the beginning of the partners' effort to develop a network of expertise and facilities to strengthen climate change research across Africa.

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Climate Knowledge Brokers Annual Workshop Report Released [viewed]

reep-cdkn-ckb2 March 2015: The Climate Knowledge Brokers (CKB) Group Coordination Hub, the Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Partnership (REEEP) and the Climate and Development Knowledge Network (CDKN) have released the report from their 2014 annual workshop, which sought to strengthen collaboration among knowledge brokers working in the climate and development fields.

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Event: Climate and Sustainable Energy Finance Summer Academy 2015 [viewed]

Taking place for the sixth time, the 2015 Climate and Sustainable Energy Finance (CSEF) Summer Academy is organized by the Frankfurt School of Finance and Management within the framework of the Frankfurt School (FS) - UN Environment Programme (UNEP) Collaborating Centre for Climate & Sustainable Energy Finance. The 2015 Summer Academy will seek to provide participants with extensive knowledge on public and private sector climate finance on theoretical classroom learning, enhanced by practical sessions in financial modeling and case studies. The CSEF Summer Academy is part of UNEP-FS Centre's Development Finance Summer Academy series and will also include a panel discussion, two social programmes and a field trip.  

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FAO Reports Address Disaster Risk Management in Fisheries and Aquaculture [viewed]

FAOMarch 2015: The Fisheries and Aquaculture Department of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) has published a number of reports addressing climate change vulnerability in fisheries and aquaculture based on six regional studies, and disaster risk management (DRM) in fisheries and aquaculture in the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) and the wider Caribbean region.

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Policy Update #20: Learning the Politics of the Possible: An E-Course on the International Environmental Law Protecting the Ozone Layer [viewed]

The Montreal Protocol is highlighted as a successful international multilateral environmental agreement (MEA) through which international cooperation has led to the reduction of ozone depleting substances. The Vienna Convention for the Protection of the Ozone Layer, its Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer and several subsequent amendments are noted to exhibit two types of multilateral success – reaching agreement among states with varied interests and achieving real-world reductions of harmful pollutants.

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Senior Arctic Officials Discuss Development for the People of the North [viewed]

Arctic Council5 March 2015: The Senior Arctic Officials (SAOs) and Permanent Participant organizations of the Arctic Council met in Whitehorse, Canada, to hear progress updates from the Council's working groups and task forces, and to approve projects for delivery to the Council's next Ministerial meeting.

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UNFCCC Releases MRV Handbook for Developing Countries [viewed]

UNFCCC5 March 2015: The UNFCCC Secretariat has released a handbook outlining the key concepts, elements and requirements of the international climate change measurement, reporting and verification (MRV) framework. The handbook is intended to help developing countries efficiently and effectively implement the MRV framework.

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