Disasters & Humanitarian Relief

GEF Climate Change Fund Supports Weather Risk Insurance in the Balkans [viewed]

GEF10 November 2011: The Special Climate Change Fund (SCCF), administered by the Global Environment Facility (GEF), is providing a US$5.5 million grant to develop the disaster and weather-risk insurance market and mitigate the negative impacts of climate change in Albania, FYR Macedonia, and Serbia.

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Guest Article #69: Adapting Decision Making for a Warming World [viewed]

The world must start adapting now to a very different, much hotter tomorrow, one in which business as usual policies and practices will simply not suffice. The extreme weather events over the past two years provide a foretaste of what is to come. But dealing with more frequent and intense disasters (to use an apt metaphor) will be only the tip of the iceberg.

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Report of the 15th Adaptation Fund Board Meeting Released [viewed]

Adaptation Fund14 November 2011: The Adaptation Fund has released the report of the 15th meeting of the Adaptation Fund Board (AFB), which was held from 15-16 September 2011, in Bonn, Germany. At the meeting, the AFB discussed issues related to accreditation of Regional Implementing Entities (RIE) and National Implementing Entities (NIE), as well as the application of a cap on funding for projects proposed by Multilateral Implementing Entities (MIE). 

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Central Asian Experts Identify Challenges to Adaptation in Mountain Regions [viewed]

14 November 2011: Experts from Azerbaijan, Iran, Kyrgyzstan, Nepal, Mongolia and Tajikistan recently convened to explore how best to address evidence of climate change impacts on mountain regions in international discussions. Delegates noted the importance of Tajikistan as a source of water for Central Asia, China and the Russian Republic, with 8,000 glaciers and extensive high altitude lakes. 

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ITPGR Celebrates Tenth Anniversary, Releases List of Benefit-sharing Grantees [viewed]

14 November 2011: On the occasion of the 10th anniversary of the adoption of the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (ITPGR), a high-level celebration was hosted by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO), and the ITPGR Secretariat released the list of new projects to be funded under the Treaty's Benefit-sharing Fund, to support farmers and breeders to adapt key crops to climate change.

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WMO Symposium Focuses on Improving Drought Information Systems [viewed]

WMO11 November 2011: The International Symposium on Integrated Drought Information Systems aimed to help countries, regions and communities move toward approaches that embrace drought preparedness and mitigation. Participants focused on the need for more coordinated polices to manage the risks of drought.

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Japan to Hold Third World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction [viewed]

9 November 2011: The UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UN/ISDR) has announced that the Government of Japan will host two meetings related to disasters, including an international conference to share lessons from the Great East Japan Earthquake in late 2013, and the Third World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) in 2012.

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UNDP Releases First Baobab Journal on Africa Adaptation Programme [viewed]

November 2011: The UN Development Programme (UNDP) has released the first edition of The Baobab Coalition Journal, a publication that reports on the community activities and efforts under the Africa Adaptation Programme (AAP). The Journal features articles on progress of each of the national AAP teams, introductions to new tools and techniques, papers analyzing issues of concern, reports on recent meetings, and a calendar of upcoming activities.

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FAO Assesses Impacts of Climate Change on Aquaculture [viewed]

9 November 2011: The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has released the "World Aquaculture 2010" report, which identifies various external pressures on the sector, including climate change, the global economic crisis, and pandemic diseases. 

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UNFCCC Releases Report on Work Programme on Loss and Damage [viewed]

9 November 2011: The UNFCCC Secretariat has published a report (FCCC/SBI/2011/INF.13), which synthesizes the views and information submitted by parties and relevant organizations on various thematic areas to be addressed in the implementation of the work programme on loss and damage.

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