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UNECE Launches Pilot Projects on Adaptation in Transboundary Basins [viewed]

14 May 2010:The UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) has launched a new programme of pilot projects aimed at promoting cooperation on adaptation to climate change under the UNECE Convention on the Protection and Use of Transboundary Watercourses and International Lakes (UNECE Water Convention). The Programme was launched at the workshop “Water and Climate Change- How to Develop an Adaptation Strategy in Transboundary Basins,” which took place from 10-11 May 2010, in Geneva, Switzerland.

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GEF Donors Announce US$4.25 Billion Replenishment [viewed]

12 May 2010: The Global Environment Facility (GEF) has finalized its Fifth Replenishment negotiations, with over 30 countries pledging US$4.25 billion to fund projects with global environmental benefits during the next four years.

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African Climate Change Committee Discusses Cancun Strategies [viewed]

11 May 2010: The Committee of African Heads of State and Government on Climate Change (CAHOSCC) Representatives Meeting took place on 11 May 2010, in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, to take stock of developments so far and chart out strategies in the run up to the 16th session of the Conference of Parties to the UNFCCC (COP 16), in Cancun, Mexico, at the end of 2010.

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Ramsar's Standing Committee Holds 41st Meeting [viewed]

11 May 2010: The 41st meeting of the Standing Committee (SC) of the Rasmar Convention on Wetlands took place in Kobuleti, Georgia, from 26 April-1 May 2010. Opening the meeting, Giorgi Khachidze, Minister of Environment Protection and Natural Resources, Georgia, emphasized the importance of wetlands, especially in the era of climate change and increased potential for disasters.

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Third Global Biodiversity Outlook Highlights the Linked Challenges of Biodiversity Loss and Climate Change [viewed]

10 May 2010: The third edition of Global Biodiversity Outlook (GBO-3), a major assessment of the current state of biodiversity and the implications of its continued loss for human well-being, has been launched. The report notes that the linked challenges of biodiversity loss and climate change must be addressed with equal priority and in close coordination, if the most severe impacts of each are to be avoided.

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Event: Global Forum on Salinization and Climate Change [viewed]

The Global Forum on Salinization and Climate Change will be co-hosted by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) and the University of Valencia. The Forum will constitute an opportunity to discuss, from a multi-disciplinary perspective, the problems associated with salinization and climate change.  

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Event: GEF Replenishment Meeting [viewed]

The last replenishment meeting prior to the GEF Assembly is expected to agree on a final amount for the replenishment of the GEF Trust Fund for the period July 2010- June 2014.  

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Global Oceans Conference Addresses Oceans, Climate and Security [viewed]

7 May 2010: The Fifth Global Conference on Oceans, Coasts and Islands, which took place in Paris, France, from 3-7 May 2010, was organized around three thematic sessions: ensuring survival; preserving life; and improving governance. The theme ensuring survival was sub-titled "Oceans, Climate and Security -  Major Issues in Mitigation, Adaptation, and Financing in the Post-Copenhagen Climate Regime."

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Second Meeting of "Caring for Climate" Initiative Convenes [viewed]

8 April 2010: The UN Global Compact's "Caring for Climate" initiative convened its second conference of signatories and stakeholders from 7-8 April 2010, in Geneva, Switzerland.

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AfDB Supports African Climate Change Institutions [viewed]

4 May 2010: The African Development Bank (AfDB) launched a project to support climate institutions in Africa from 2010-2012, for an estimated total of US$37 million.

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