Disasters & Humanitarian Relief

Roadmap for the Global Framework for Climate Services Adopted [viewed]

gfcs10 July 2013: The first session of the Intergovernmental Board on Climate Services, organized by the World Meteorological Organization (WMO), agreed on an operational roadmap for the Global Framework for Climate Services (GFCS), a country-driven initiative to provide accurate and accessible climate services to users globally, with an initial focus on the agriculture, water, health and disaster management communities.

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Pacific Climate Change Roundtable Stresses Building Resilience through Collaboration [viewed]

spc-unisdr-sprep5 July 2013: The Pacific Climate Change Roundtable (PCCR) brought together over 100 participants and focused on building resilience to climate change through collaboration. The Roundtable was one of a series of Pacific regional meetings for disaster risk management and climate change.

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WMO Report Concludes 2001-2010 Warmest Decade on Record [viewed]

WMO3 July 2012: The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) has released a report, titled 'The Global Climate 2001-2010: A Decade of Climate Extremes,' which concludes that more national temperature records were broken than in any previous decade since measurements began in 1850, and that the world experienced unprecedented high-impact climate extremes during 2001-2010.

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WMO, IFRC to Collaborate on Reducing Risks of Climate-related Hazards [viewed]

IFRC-and-WMO-signed-MOU3 July 2013: Responding to concerns over the increasing frequency, severity and cost of disasters related to extreme weather and climate events, the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) and the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to strengthen their collaboration on reducing the risks of climate-related hazards.

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GEF Approves US$33 Million Grants for Climate Change Adaptation in Africa [viewed]

AFDB GEF2 July 2013: The Global Environment Facility (GEF) Council recently approved several grants for promoting adaptation to climate change in Cameroon, Djibouti, Kenya, Angola and Madagascar. These grants will be channelled through the African Development Bank (AfDB).

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IFAD 2012 Annual Report Stresses Growth, Transparency and Response to Food Security Challenges [viewed]

IFADJuly 2013: In its 2012 Annual Report, the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) documents the growth of the Fund from $7.9 to $11.9 billion since 2009, and highlights the new Adaptation for Smallholder Agriculture Programme (ASAP) as one of a number of new directions and initiatives.

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UNDP Reports on Reforestation Achievements in Haiti [viewed]

UNDP24 June 2013: The UN Development Programme (UNDP) has reported on a series of reforestation projects in Haiti, where less than two percent of the land is forested. The projects are meant to reduce the country's vulnerability to climate change and natural disasters.

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GEO-5 Report Highlights Impacts of a Changing Environment on Business [viewed]

geo521 June 2013: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP), together with SustainAbility and the Green Light Group, has released a report titled 'GEO-5 for Business: Impacts of a Changing Environment on the Corporate Sector.' Based on UNEP's Global Environmental Outlook (GEO-5), the report offers an analysis of specific risks faced by the construction, chemicals, mining, food and other industries, and suggests ways in which businesses can adjust to create long-term competitive advantages.

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ADB Offers Guidance on Urban Water Infrastructure Climate Resilience in China [viewed]

ADBJune 2013: The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has released a guidance publication, titled 'Increasing Climate Resilience of Urban Water Infrastructure,' based on a case study from Wuhan City, China. The guidance focuses on answering questions faced by city planners and managers, including: what changes might be caused by climate change?; how will these affect services and utilities?; and what can we do now to prepare for them?

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UNDP and Government of Japan Launch Second Phase of Satoyama Initiative Project [viewed]

UNDP27 June 2013: The UN Development Programme (UNDP), together with the Government of Japan, have announced the second phase of the Community Development and Knowledge Management for the Satoyama Initiative (COMDEKS), which includes new initiatives in Bhutan, Cameroon, Costa Rica, Ecuador, El Salvador, Kyrgyzstan, Indonesia, Mongolia, Namibia, and Niger. The Programme promotes inclusive, community-based approaches to the sustainable development of landscapes and seascapes, through support for biodiversity conservation, human security, disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation. 

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