Disasters & Humanitarian Relief

GEF-LDCF Funded Project Reduces Climate Vulnerabilities in Bhutan [viewed]

December 2011: The Global Environment Facility (GEF), through its Least Developed Country Fund (LDCF), has reported on its support of an initiative with the Ministry of Trade and Industry of the Government of Bhutan to reduce climate change induced risks and vulnerabilities from glacial lake outburst in two of the country's most vulnerable areas.

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GEF Project Builds Resilience to Climate Change and Disasters in West Rwanda [viewed]

GEFDecember 2011: The Global Environment Facility (GEF) has reported on a project in Rwanda titled “Reducing Vulnerability to Climate Change by Establishing Early Warning and Disaster Preparedness Systems and Support for Integrated Watershed Management in Flood Prone Areas,” which is financed through its Least Developed Countries Fund (LDCF).  

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GEF-SCCF Project Increases Resilience to Drought and Climate Change in Zimbabwe [viewed]

GEFDecember 2011: In Zimbabwe's rural District of Chiredzi, the Special Climate Change Fund (SCCF) of the Global Environment facility (GEF) has supported a project to enhance the capacity of farmers to adapt to climate variability and change through the adoption of gender-sensitive approaches.

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World Bank, GEF Support Flood and Land Degradation Risk Management in Togo [viewed]

World Bank20 December 2011: The World Bank has approved a $16.9 million grant to assist with implementation of the Integrated Disaster and Land Management Project in Togo. The project is funded by several trust funds, including the Least Developed Countries Fund for Adaptation to Climate Change, the Global Environment Facility (GEF), the Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery, and TerrAfrica.

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World Bank Scales Up Support to Kenya Health Sector Project [viewed]

World Bank20 December 2011: The World Bank has approved the scaling up of its support to Kenya to address the impacts of the current drought by $56.8 million. Support to the Kenya Health Sector Support Project is expected to benefit 90,000 pregnant and lactating women, and nearly 400,000 malnourished children in the affected areas.

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UNECE Convenes Europe-Asia Transboundary Water Cooperation Conference [viewed]

UNECE19 December 2011: The UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) organized the International Conference on “Europe-Asia transboundary water cooperation” to promote dialogue and cooperation on the management and protection of transboundary waters among Afghanistan, China, Iran, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Mongolia, the Russian Federation, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan.

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UN/ISDR Calls for Increased Education on Disasters and Climate Change [viewed]

19 December 2011: In acknowledgement of the impacts of Typhoon Sendong, which recently hit the south of the Philippines, Margareta Wahlström, UN Secretary-General's Special Representative on Disaster Risk Reduction and Chief of the UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UN/ISDR), offered her sympathy to the people affected, and stressed there are lessons to be learned from the tropical storm.

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Event: UNU Conference on Earth System Governance [viewed]

The Earth System Governance Tokyo Conference will be jointly hosted by the UN University Institute of Advanced Studies (UNU-IAS), the International Environmental Governance Architecture Research Group and the Tokyo Institute of Technology on behalf of the Earth System Governance Project. It will focus on the following five thematic areas: architecture of Earth system governance in the 21st century; climate governance architecture; the nexus between architecture and the other “As”; political dynamics on emerging agencies and architecture; and nuclear safety and post-disaster governance.  

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World Bank Outlines Steps to Increase Drought Resilience in Africa [viewed]

World Bank19 December 2011: The World Bank has released a policy paper titled "The Drought and Food Crisis in the Horn of Africa: Impacts and Proposed Policy Responses for Kenya," which highlights four broad policy changes that can be taken by Kenya to reduce its vulnerability to future droughts as climate change continues to reduce rainfall in the region.

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WMO, UNCCD Organize Planning Meeting for High-Level Meeting on National Drought Policy [viewed]

16 December 2011: The Secretariats of the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) and the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) have convened an international organizing committee to prepare for a March 2013 High-Level Meeting on National Drought Policy.

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