Economics, Trade & Investment

Guest Article #86: Seizing the Ecosystem Based Adaptation Opportunity: Buffering Climate Change Impacts Now and Beyond COP 18 [viewed]

In a few weeks, delegates from around the world will gather for the next UN climate change talks (COP 18) in Doha, Qatar, to chart the way forward on the modalities of adaptation. The changing climate is happening at an unprecedented rate and impacting a lot of people across the globe.[1] The rising sea levels, longer and more frequent droughts, heightened hurricane activity and floods are increasingly affecting livelihoods. 

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African Climate Change and Development Conference Urges Guidelines for African Policymakers [viewed]

UNECE20 October 2012: The Second Conference on Climate Change and Development in Africa (CCDA-II), “Advancing Knowledge, Policy and Practice in Climate Change and Development,” was organized around three sub-themes: climate services delivery for development; Sustainable Energy for All (SE4ALL), with a focus on Africa; and outstanding issues in climate negotiations.

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Economics of Land Degradation Meeting Agrees on Methodology, Working Groups for Initiative [viewed]

ELD5 October 2012: The joint meeting of the Economics of Land Degradation (ELD) initiative gathered academics, political decision makers, local administrators and private sector representatives to consider a methodological approach and scientific baseline for the valuation of land and land-based ecosystem services in the course of the ELD initiative.

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ESMAP Report Outlines Global and National-Level Policy Lessons for Low-Carbon Development [viewed]

October 2012: According to a report from the Energy Sector Management Assistance Program (ESMAP) of the World Bank, countries seeking to balance economic growth with carbon reduction can achieve both. The report details case studies on low-carbon development in Brazil, China, India, Indonesia, Mexico, Poland and South Africa.

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Event: Agriculture, Landscapes and Livelihoods Day 5 [viewed]

Agriculture, Landscapes and Livelihoods Day 5: Solutions for People in Drylands and Beyond provides an opportunity for the natural resource and agriculture community to share solutions for climate change adaptation and mitigation in agricultural landscapes. The event will provide a venue to engage with key stakeholders and decision makers, and develop solutions that can feed into 2013 UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) discussions. The event will take place alongside the 18th session of the Conference of Parties (COP 18) to the UNFCCC, in Doha, Qatar, on 3 December 2012. This year's event aims to identify: existing, large scale solutions to specific mitigation and adaptation challenges that can benefit farmers, in particular small scale farmers; gaps where there are limited existing solutions or limited available knowledge; and potential trade-offs in implementing existing, known solutions. The Day is co-hosted by, inter alia, CGIAR and the World Bank, and co-organized by, inter alia, IFAD, FAO and WFP.  

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Green Climate Fund Board Selects Host [viewed]

20 October 2012: During its second meeting, the Board of the Green Climate Fund (GCF) selected Songdo, Incheon City, Republic of Korea, as the host city of the Fund.

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NEFCO Workshop Discusses Financing NAMAs [viewed]

NEFCO4 October 2012: The Nordic Environment Finance Corporation (NEFCO) hosted an international workshop on financing Nationally Appropriate Mitigation Actions (NAMAs) to discuss key issues, share experiences and provide practical insights for climate negotiators and financing institutions.

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AfDB Publishes First CIF Report [viewed]

AfDB18 October 2012: The African Development Bank (AfDB) has released its first semi-annual report on the Climate Investment Funds (CIF) in Africa, titled “CIF in Action.” The report highlights projects and investment plans in 15 African countries and the Middle East and North African region (MENA) that aim to support transformations in clean technology, climate-resilient development, increased energy access through renewable energy and sustainable management of forests.

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Rio Conventions Pavilion Convenes for REDD+ Day [viewed]

16 October 2012: The Rio Conventions Pavilion at the 11th meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP 11) to the UN Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) in Hyderabad, India, convened for REDD+ Day on 16 October 2012.

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Second Committee Holds Substantive Discussion on SDGs [viewed]

16 October 2012: The UN General Assembly's (UNGA) Second Committee convened a special event on “Conceptualizing a Set of Sustainable Development Goals” (SDGs) at UN Headquarters in New York, US, on 16 October 2012. The event served as an initial opportunity for participants to discuss the SDGs, in light of the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20) outcome decision to develop a proposal for SDGs to be considered during the UNGA's 68th session.

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