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World Bank Global Development Marketplace Awards US$4.8 Million to Innovative Adaptation Ideas [viewed]

developmentmarketplacelogo13 November 2009: The World Bank awarded close to US$5 million to 26 innovative climate adaptation projects, through a contest for community-based ideas to tackle the effects of climate change.

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RAMSAR STRP Releases Briefing Note on Wetlands and Climate Change [viewed]

Ramsar13 November 2009: The Secretariat of the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands has announced that its Scientific and Technical Review Panel (STRP) has compiled a briefing note based on recent decisions adopted by Ramsar contracting parties and on recent information and recommendations provided by the STRP in relation to wetlands and climate change.

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Ramsar Co-organizes Workshop on Wetlands and Carbon Offsets [viewed]

Ramsar6 November 2009: The Danone-IUCN-Ramsar partnership hosted a three-day expert workshop on “Achieving carbon offsets through mangroves and other wetlands,” from 9-11 November 2009, in Gland, Switzerland.

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UNEP Co-Hosts Workshop on Climate Impact in Kenya [viewed]

workshop-on-climate11 November 2009: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and the Swedish Government co-hosted a climate change conference on 11 November 2009, in Nairobi, Kenya, to raise awareness of the implications of climate change for Kenya's economy and vulnerable groups.

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CBD Stresses Threat Posed to Ecosystems by Climate Change-Induced Invasive Species [viewed]

threat-posed-to-ecosystems11 November 2009: Scientists and Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) officials have stressed that, as global warming alters temperatures and precipitation patterns around the world, the threat posed by invasive species is rising.

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Experts at UN Press Conference Discuss Climate Change's Effects on Water [viewed]

Unlogo6 November 2009: Speaking at a UN Headquarters press conference, in New York, US, on 6 November 2009, Colin Chartres, Director General of the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CIGAR) at the International Water Management Institute (IWMI), warned that although some countries might get more rainfall as a result of climate change, those depending on snowmelt could expect water levels to drop by up to 30%.

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Ramsar Calls for “Wet Carbon” Project Proposals [viewed]

dfnNovember 2009: The Secretariat of the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands, together with the Danone Groupe and IUCN, has called for “wet carbon” project proposals, or projects with wetland, community and climate impacts.

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UN General Assembly Panel Discussion Addresses Responses to Climate Change Through Water Management [viewed]

Unga6 November 2009: A special event titled “Enhancing Governance on Water” was held on 6 November 2009, as part of the 64th Session of the UN General Assembly's Second Committee (Economic and Financial), during which experts discussed some of the key issues on the global water agenda, such as cooperating on transboundary water resources, strengthening the response to climate change through smart water management and reducing the impacts of water related disasters.

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Event: Seventh “Environment for Europe” Ministerial Conference [viewed]

The Seventh “Environment for Europe” Ministerial Conference, convened by the UN Economic Commission for Europe (ECE, or UNECE) Committee on Environmental Policy, is being prepared in accordance with the provisions of Reform Plan of the “Environment for Europe” process. This Conference will consider two main themes: “the sustainable management of water and water-related ecosystems” and “greening the economy: mainstreaming the environment into economic development.” Under the second theme, discussions will focus on the reduction of carbon emissions, energy efficiency, sustainable consumption and production, and the reconfiguration of financing and infrastructure to better accommodate environmental considerations. While the Astana Ministerial Conference is expected to address identified environmental issues of common concern in the UNECE region, the Conference provides an opportunity to address priority environmental issues in the Central Asian sub-region.  

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GEF's Fifth International Waters Conference Focuses on Climate Impacts on Water and Oceans [viewed]

Gef New Logo29 October 2009: The Fifth International Water Conference took place in Cairns, Australia, from 24-29 October 2009, and was co-hosted by the Global Environment Facility (GEF) and the Government of Australia.

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