Disasters & Humanitarian Relief

ILRI Documents Index-based Livestock Insurance for African Herders [viewed]

26 October 2011: The International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) has released two short films on livestock insurance for Kenyan pastoralists.

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2011 Human Development Report Focuses on Sustainability and Equity [viewed]

2 November 2011: The 2011 Human Development Report, titled "Sustainability and Equity: A Better Future for All,” highlights that equity and sustainability are inextricably linked. It notes that, if bold actions are not taken, environmental damage, including climate change effects, can slow or reverse development progress made in recent years. 

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UNDP Releases Guide on Climate-Proofing Infrastructure [viewed]

31 October 2011: The UN Development Programme (UNDP) has launched a guide titled "Paving the Way for Climate-Resilient Infrastructure: Guidance for Practitioners and Planners," which aims to help decision makers in developing countries adapt their national public infrastructure to climate change. 

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UN/ISDR Announces Launch of SADC Platform for DRR [viewed]

26 October 2011: The UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UN/ISDR) has announced the launch of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) Regional Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR).

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IPCC Awards Nine Scholarships for 2011-2012 [viewed]

7 October 2011: The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has announced that nine students and researchers from developing countries have been awarded scholarships for postgraduate studies or research on climate science for 2011-2012.

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Guest Article #68: The Importance of Standards for Green ICT…and the World [viewed]

Nothing defines our era more than Information and Communication Technology (ICT). It is central to every facet of modern life and yet, despite its all-encompassing application, remains on the fringes of debates concerning climate change and sustainable development. ITU, however, remains committed to its view that ICT has an essential role to play in efforts to mitigate and adapt to climate change. 

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Climate Research Conference Considers Human Impacts [viewed]

28 October 2011: The World Climate Research Programme's (WCRP) Open Science Conference brought together over 1900 scientists from 86 countries to share research on the impacts of rising temperatures on polar regions, glaciers, ice caps and the oceans.

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UN Launches Flash Appeals to Address Flooding in Central America [viewed]

28 October 2011: The UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UN/ISDR) has announced that the UN has launched two flash appeals to provide emergency assistance to the Central American countries of Nicaragua and El Salvador. Both countries are facing the highest rainfall in 50 years, due to Tropical Depression 12-E.

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IDB Paper Highlights Microfinance Potential to Support Climate Change Adaptation [viewed]

October 2011: The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) published a brief, authored by María Elena Gutierrez and Xavier Mommens, which highlights the potential for microfinance to support climate change adaptation, as well as the risks that climate change imposes on microfinance schemes.

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ILRI-Backed Adaptation Insurance Programme Pays Herders in Kenya [viewed]

21 October 2011: The International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) has reported that the first payments for the index-based livestock insurance programme piloted in Kenya's Marsabit District have been provided to 650 insured herders.

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