Disasters & Humanitarian Relief

CARIBSAVE, CCRIF Announce Climate-Related Scholarships for Caribbean Nationals [viewed]

CARIBSAVE - CCRIF23 February 2012: The CARIBSAVE Partnership ("CARIBSAVE") and the Caribbean Catastrophe Risk Insurance Facility (CCRIF) have announced postgraduate scholarships for Caribbean nationals for studies related to climate change.

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IICA Symposium Reviews Agriculture Insurance's Role in Mitigating Climate Risks [viewed]

17 February 2012: The Inter-American Institute for Agricultural Cooperation (IICA) convened a symposium to discuss the current state of agriculture insurance schemes and products in the Americas, as well as their role within a broader risk management framework to address the effects of climate change.

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Event: Greater Horn of Africa Climate Outlook Forum [viewed]

This meeting is co-hosted by the Inter-Governmental Authority on Development (IGAD) and IGAD's Climate Prediction and Applications Centre, and supported by the UN Strategy on Disaster Reduction (UN/ISDR) and the World Meteorological Organization (WMO). The Forum will discuss the prospects for the March-to-May rainy season and consider measures to ensure that early warning leads to early action in the event of a failure of the rains. In addition, ICPAC and UN/ISDR will hold joint training sessions to help strengthen the existing cooperation between climate scientists and disaster risk managers to advance information sharing for disaster risk reduction (DRR) in the region.  

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IFAD Supports Investments in Improved Seed Varieties in Sudan [viewed]

24 February 2012: The International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and Sudan have signed a grant agreement for $10.7 million to improve food security and smallholder production through investment in improved seed varieties.

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CAF Supports Brazil's Disaster Early Warning System [viewed]

22 February 2012: The Latin American Development Bank (CAF) has signed a framework cooperation agreement with Brazil's Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation (MCTI) to support the development and strengthening of monitoring, early warning systems and response systems for natural disasters.

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UNESCAP Convenes South-East Asian Flood Risk Reduction Forum [viewed]

20 February 2012: The UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP), together with the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency and the International Centre for Water Hazard and Risk Management, convened the South-East Asia Flood Risk Reduction Forum, which focused on lessons learned from the 2011 South-East Asian flooding and ways to increase resilience to future floods.  

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World Radiocommunication Conference Addresses Weather Forecasting and Climate Monitoring [viewed]

17 February 2012: The World Radiocommunication Conference 2012 (WRC 12) concluded with the signing of the Final Acts revising the Radio Regulations, including updating the Resolution on radiocommunications use for Earth observation applications and reaffirming their considerable societal and economic value.

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Global Organic Market Access Conference Examines Barriers for Access in Developing Countries [viewed]

GOMA14 February 2011: The Global Organic Market Access Conference focused on challenges facing organic agriculture in emerging markets, noting the large impact that minor differences in organic standards can have on accessing markets.

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UNDP Funds Climate Change Awareness Raising in Trinidad and Tobago [viewed]

16 February 2012: The Caribbean Natural Resources Institute (CANARI), with funding from the UN Development Programme (UNDP) Small Grants Programme (SGP), is working in rural Trinidad and Tobago to build awareness on climate change, assist residents in identifying vulnerability to climate change, and develop plans to reduce vulnerability.

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CARICOM, Chile Strengthen Cooperation on Sustainable Development [viewed]

CARICOM4 February 2012: The Second Meeting of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM)-Chile Joint Commission agreed to intensify political dialogue and cooperation to achieve sustainable development and greater well-being for their peoples.

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