Freshwater

This section covers the threats posed by climate change to the attempts to restore or maintain aquatic ecosystems and the availability of drinking water, such as increase in water temperature, the intrusion of saltwater in aquifers due to sea-level rise, or the melting of glaciers.

December 2014 Climate Finance Update [viewed]

Climate Finance Update19 December 2014: During December 2014, finance for climate change mitigation and adaptation projects was announced by the Asian Development Bank (ADB), the African Development Bank (AfDB), the Global Environment Facility (GEF), the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) and the World Bank. Germany, Norway and the UK also reported on funding for projects to be undertaken in Africa, Asia and Latin America. The Caribbean Catastrophe Risk Insurance Facility (CCRIF), the Climate Investment Funds (CIF), the GEF and IDB released climate-related publications.

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China-Mongolia Climate Change Cooperation Promotes Food Security [viewed]

fao-china-mongoliaDecember 2014: The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) has reported that South-South cooperation on climate change between China and Mongolia has resulted in improved food availability and accessibility for Mongolian consumers. Chinese experts and technicians worked in Mongolia over three years, teaching the use of technologies and techniques for crop and livestock production under extreme climatic conditions.

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ECLAC Warns Against Increasing Climate Change Impacts in LAC [viewed]

ECLAC10 December 2014: A report, published by the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC), warns that climate change impacts in the region are already significant and will likely become more intense in the future. The report, titled ‘The economics of climate change in Latin America and the Caribbean: Paradoxes and challenges of sustainable development,' was presented during the UN Climate Change Conference in Lima, Peru, in December 2014.

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ECLAC, IDB, Peru Study the Economics of Climate Change in Peru [viewed]

eclac-idb10 December 2014: A joint study by the Peruvian Government, the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) and the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) predicts that the fishing, agriculture and livestock in the high Andes sectors will be the most affected by climate change in Peru in the coming years.

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SPREP's EbA, Ridge-to-Reef Approach to Support Resilience, Reforestation in Solomon Islands [viewed]

SPREP8 December 2014: The Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) is implementing an ecosystem-based adaptation (EbA) project to rehabilitate and restore forests in Choiseul province, Solomon Islands. The project will also promote soil stability, reduce sediment flow and support water catchment areas.

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COP 20 Side Event Proposes a New Security Agenda [viewed]

limacop2010 December 2014: The event 'A New Security Agenda: Safeguarding Water, Food, Energy and Health Security in a Changing Climate' emphasized that climate change is multiplying existing threats to sustainable economic growth and people's well-being. Convened on the sidelines of the Lima Climate Change Conference, the event explored natural resource dependencies and synergies and trade-offs among water, energy, food and health security.

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ICLEI, IPU COP 20 Event Highlights National and Local Climate Action [viewed]

limacop209 December 2014: Participants presented local-level climate actions at an event 'From Vision to Action Plan: Raising the Global Level of Ambition through National and Local Action,' organized by ICLEI - Local Governments for Sustainability and the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) on the sidelines of the Lima Climate Change Conference. At the event, panelists pledged their support for the Lima Communiqué to be presented to the High-Level Segment of the 20th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 20) to the UNFCCC.

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UNEP Report Series Link Mangroves, Carbon and Finance [viewed]

UNEP9 December 2014: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) released a set of reports highlighting the extraordinary value of mangroves, including as carbon stores. The reports also note that mangroves, which are disappearing faster than terrestrial forests, are not yet fully benefiting from carbon financing.

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African Delegates Adopt Recommendations for Ecosystem-based Adaptation [viewed]

Unep Logo8 December 2014: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) convened almost 300 policymakers, ecosystems experts and civil society representatives for a workshop on 'Enhancing the Horn of Africa Adaptive and Responsive Capacity to Climate Change Impacts.' Participants shared their experiences and challenges faced in scaling ecosystem-based adaptation (EbA) practices, with a view to finding replicable successes, targeted ecological actions and other avenues for addressing climate change disaster impacts in Africa.

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CIF Releases Semi-annual Report on FIP [viewed]

CIF19 November 2014: The Climate Investment Funds (CIF) has released its semi-annual operational report on the Forest Investment Program (FIP) highlighting the completion of the programming process in eight countries and announcing that US$595 million has been pledged by FIP.

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