Disasters & Humanitarian Relief

World Bank's Environmental Strategy Aims at Green, Clean and Resilient Development [viewed]

World Bank5 June 2012: The World Bank has released its new Environment Strategy for 2012-2022 with the aim of supporting countries' efforts to secure a sustainable future through initiatives that are green, clean and resilient.

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EEA "Signals 2012" Focuses on Consumption and Production Patterns [viewed]

EEA5 June 2012: The European Environment Agency (EEA) has released the 2012 edition of its "Signals" report, titled "Building the Future we Want," which focuses on the impacts of consumption and production patterns, and ways to reduce their impact on the environment. 

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IDB, ECLAC Assess Costs of Climate Change Damages in LAC [viewed]

IDB5 June 2012: The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), together with the UN Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) and the World Wildlife Fund (WWF), have released a new report on the vulnerability to large economic damages resulting from climate change in Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC).

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SPC Provides GIS Training for Monitoring Climate Change, Risks for Agriculture and Forestry [viewed]

1 June 2012: The Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) convened a training session and consultation with Fiji's Ministry of Primary Industries, as well as agriculture and forestry personnel, on spatial information needs to inform decision making. The session covered information and best practices in applying Geographical Information Systems (GIS) to help identify and monitor climate change and disaster risks in the agriculture and forestry sectors.

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IDB Loan Finances Disaster Risk Management in Panama [viewed]

IDB31 May 2012: The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) has approved a US$100 million loan to support Panama in its efforts to reduce vulnerability to natural disasters and climate change.

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World Bank Publishes Paper on Inclusive Green Growth in LAC [viewed]

31 May 2012: The World Bank has released a new publication on inclusive green growth in Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC), highlighting experiences in promoting low-carbon growth within the region.

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UNESCO Releases Meeting Report on Climate Change Education for Sustainable Development in SIDS [viewed]

UNESCO1 June 2012: The UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has released the report and recommendations of an experts meeting on Climate Change Education for Sustainable Development in small island developing States (SIDS), which was held in Nassau, the Bahamas, from 21-23 September 2011. The meeting addressed the role of education in helping populations from the Caribbean, Pacific and Indian Oceans adapt to climate change.

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Event: IPCC Side Event: Applying Science to Sustainable Development [viewed]

This side event at the Forum on Science, Technology and Innovation for Sustainable Development will involve IPCC Bureau members and authors, and is called " Applying Science to Sustainable Development: How the IPCC brings science to the policy-makers". During the side event, IPCC Bureau members and authors will discuss how the IPCC works and supports decision-makers and present findings of two recent Special Reports on managing the risks of extreme events and disasters to advance climate change adaptation (SREX) and renewable energy sources and climate change mitigation (SRREN). A panel discussion with authors and users will follow.  

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Ibero-American Union of Municipalities Joins UNISDR Making Cities Resilient Campaign [viewed]

1 June 2012: The UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UNISDR) has announced that the Ibero-American Union of Municipalities (UIM) is now an official partner of UNISDR's Making Cities Resilient Campaign.

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Caribbean Experts Study Climate Change in Pacific Atoll Countries [viewed]

Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA)29 May 2012: Two Caribbean climate experts are visiting the central Pacific island of Kiribati to study and learn lessons from the climate challenges faced by atoll countries. The visit was arranged as part of the UN Development Programme's (UNDP) project on “South-South Cooperation between Pacific and Caribbean small island developing States (SIDS) on Climate Change Adaptation and Disaster Risk Management."

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