Economics, Trade & Investment

IFAD Launches Risk Management Platform [viewed]

IFAD2 December 2013: The International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) has launched a four-year Platform for Agricultural Risk Management (PARM) to help smallholder farmers in developing countries access risk management products, such as insurance, to cope with climate change and variability.

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ADB, DFID and Rockefeller Foundation Launch Urban Climate Proofing Project [viewed]

ADB29 November 2013: The Asian Development Bank (ADB), the UK Department for International Development (DFID) and the Rockefeller Foundation launched ‘Managing Climate Risks for the Urban Poor,' a programme to help secondary cities in Asia address climate change impacts.

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Event: Workshop on The Future of Social Housing: Environmental and Social Challenges [viewed]

The UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) and UN-HABITAT, in cooperation the European Federation of Public, Cooperative and Social Housing (CECODHAS), will hold a workshop exploring the future of social housing in UNECE member states. The second day of the event will focus on environmental sustainability issues of social housing, including energy efficiency, resource efficiency, climate neutrality and "green social housing." Case studies will be examined from Sweden, Trento, Italy and Quebec, Canada.  

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Event: Improving the Quantification of Agriculture Emissions in Low-Income Countries [viewed]

The Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security Program (CCAFS) of the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR) will be hosting a web-based seminar that describes the Standard Assessment of Mitigation Potential and Livelihoods in Smallholder Systems, or SAMPLES approach to quantifying agriculture emissions. SAMPLES addresses knowledge gaps related to greenhouse gas (GHG) sources and sinks in smallholder agricultural systems. The uncertainty in understanding agriculture emissions compromises up-scaling of low-emissions agricultural development solutions, constrains smallholder participation in the emerging green economy, and weakens low-income countries' contribution to global climate negotiations. SAMPLES applies newly-developed and existing methods to generate novel, rigorous, and comparable data on GHG balances and livelihood-climate trade-offs due to smallholder farming.  

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CGIAR-led SAMPLES Project Focuses on Mitigation Potential from Agricultural Landscapes [viewed]

CCAFSDecember 2013: Aiming to better understand livelihoods and climate systems in agriculture landscapes, the Standard Assessment of Mitigation Potential and Livelihoods in Smallholder Systems (SAMPLES) project is developing tools and methodologies to support pro-poor climate change mitigation options through protocol development, global priority setting, capacity building and field-testing and research.

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WIPO Online Marketplace Promotes Green Technologies [viewed]

Wipo28 November 2013: The World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) has launched WIPO GREEN, an online database and network to promote the diffusion of green technologies. WIPO GREEN matches technology owners with individuals or companies seeking to commercialize, license or distribute green technologies, particularly in order to support developing countries' efforts to address climate change.

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World Bank, WMO Call for Improved Weather and Climate Forecasting [viewed]

worldbank-wmo27 November 2013: A World Bank report, titled 'Weather and Climate Resilience: Effective Preparedness through National Meteorological and Hydrological Services (NMHSs),' urges countries to modernize and invest in well-equipped and fully staffed meteorological and hydrological agencies to better prepare for natural hazards, which could save an average of 23,000 lives annually and provide up to US$30 billion a year in economic benefits.

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Mexico Launches Voluntary Carbon Credit Exchange [viewed]

mexlogo26 November 2013: Mexico has launched a voluntary carbon credit exchange with assistance from the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and the UK Government.

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ADB Assesses Economic Losses from Climate Change in the Pacific [viewed]

ADB26 November 2013: The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has released a report, titled ‘Economics of Climate Change in the Pacific,' which estimates the total climate change cost in the Pacific to range from 2.9% to 12.7% of annual GDP by 2100.

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ECPA Newsletter Highlights Clean Energy, Sustainable Cities, Climate Science Initiatives [viewed]

ECPA logo18 November 2013: The Clearinghouse for the Energy and Climate Partnership of the Americas (ECPA) has released the latest issue of its ECPA Clearinghouse Newsletter, providing briefs on several recent regional events related to energy and climate issues.

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