Freshwater

UNESCO Sponsors Pan-African Workshop Aimed at Fostering Modeling Capacities [viewed]

18 February 2010: The Pan-African Workshop on “Decision-Making Support for Coastal Zone Management, Water Resources and Climate Change in Africa” was held in Cotonou, Benin, from 15-17 February 2010.

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Joint Afro-Arab Ministerial Meeting on Agricultural Development and Food Security Addresses Climate Change [viewed]

16 February 2010: The Joint Afro-Arab Ministerial Meeting on Agricultural Development and Food Security, held on 14-16 February 2010, in Sharm El Sheik, Egypt, agreed on an action plan to guide their collaboration in agriculture and food security, including climate change-related elements.

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ECLAC's MDGs Study Highlights Latin America's Growing Deforestation and GHG Emission Rates [viewed]

17 February 2010: The UN Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) has published a report titled "Millennium Development Goals: Advances in Environmentally Sustainable Development in Latin America and the Caribbean."

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UN Secretary-General's Advisory Board on Water and Sanitation Releases Hashimoto Action Plan II [viewed]

9 February 2010: The UN Secretary-General's Advisory Board on Water and Sanitation (UNSGAB) has released the Hashimoto Action Plan II (HAP II), which aims to motivate, convene and galvanize its partners to achieve the water-related Millennium Development Goals over the next three years in five key areas: financing; sanitation; monitoring and reporting; integrated water resources management (IWRM); and water and disaster.

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Guest Article #33: Chemicals management and climate change [viewed]

Chemicals are an integral part of the daily life with over 100,000 different substances in use. There is hardly any industry where chemical substances are not implicated and there is no single economic sector where chemicals do not play an important role. While chemicals are a major contributor to national economies, their sound management throughout their lifecycle is essential in order to avoid significant risks to human health and ecosystems along with their associated economic costs. Sound management of chemicals is also critical in order to optimize the operation of chemical and related industries, and to develop sustainable patterns of production.

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International Basin Organizations Network Meeting Examines Effects of Climate Change on Hydrological Cycles [viewed]

23 January 2010: The eighth World General Assembly of the International Basin Organizations Network was held in Dakar, Senegal, from 20-23 January 2010, and brought together over 260 water experts from 41 countries to focus on effective management of Africa's 59 trans-frontier river basins and the positive economic benefits of harnessing their waters for hydropower and irrigation.

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Event: 33rd Session of IFAD's Governing Council [viewed]

The 33rd session of the Governing Council of the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) will include a high level panel on: "From summit resolutions to farmers' field: climate change, food security and smallholder agriculture." The panel will discuss how to transform summit declarations into reality. Side events will focus on managing water resources in the context of climate change, natural resource management in sub-Saharan Africa, IFAD's Rural Poverty Report 2010, and smallholder farming in Asia and Latin America.

 

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UN Secretary-General Visits Biofarm Project [viewed]

30 January 2010: During a visit to an integrated bioeconomy system project in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon underscored that Ethiopia is one of the countries that has suffered the consequences of climate change, in particular due to deforestation.

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World Wetlands Day Focuses on Role of Wetlands in Addressing Climate Change [viewed]

2 February 2010: World Wetlands Day was celebrated on 2 February 2010 around the theme “Wetlands, Biodiversity and Climate Change,” with the slogan “Caring for wetlands: an answer to climate change.”

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FAO's Silva Mediterranea Newsletter Focuses on Forest Genetic Resources for Climate Change Adaptation [viewed]

31 January 2010: Silva Mediterranea, a statutory body of the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) that provides a forum for discussion on forestry issues in Mediterranean countries, has released its second newsletter. This issue focuses on forest genetic resources as a key issue for adaptation of Mediterranean forests to climate change.

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