Freshwater

UNESCO: Groundwater and Climate in Africa Addressed for the First Time [viewed]

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27 June 2008: The first-ever international meeting to

discuss the role of groundwater in improving livelihoods in Africa under

conditions of rapid development and climate change, and one of the first

conferences in the world to discuss the impacts of development and climate

variability and change on groundwater resources, has recently concluded.

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IPCC report to be presented at World Water Week [viewed]

Waterweek

June 2008: The latest IPCC Technical Paper on Climate Change

and Water will be presented at World Water Week, scheduled to take place from

17-23 August 2008, in Stockholm, Sweden.

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Ramsar Standing Committee Addresses Climate Change and Biofuels [viewed]

6 June 2008: The Ramsar Standing Committee held its 37th meeting from 2-6 June 2008, in Gland,

Switzerland. The Committee was charged with making the final preparations for

the documents to be considered at the tenth meeting of the Conference of the

Parties (COP10), which will take place in Changwon, Republic of Korea, from 28 October to 4 November 2008. During the meeting, the Committee approved

for transmittal to the COP a draft Resolution (DR) on climate change and

wetlands, and one on wetlands and biofuels.

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UNEP Releases Atlas Documenting African Environmental Change [viewed]

African_atlas

10 June 2008: A new Atlas, comprised of photographs,

satellite imagery and narrative, illustrates changes to Africa's environment

over the past 36 years. The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) launched Africa: Atlas of Our Changing Environment

in Johannesburg, South Africa, on 10 June 2008, at the twelfth Session of the

African Ministerial Conference on the Environment (AMCEN), which convened from

7-12 June 2008.

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WTO's Lamy Says More International Trade Prevents Climate Change and Water Scarcity [viewed]

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3 June 2008: The World Trade

Organization's (WTO) Director-General, Pascal Lamy, addressed the High-Level

Conference on World Food Security, which met in Rome, Italy, from 3-5 June

2006, where he highlighted climate change's impacts on agriculture, including

the potentially greater scarcity of water, and called attention to the

water-saving potential of international trade, by preventing the unnecessary

growth of agriculture in countries without access to sufficient water resources.

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UNESCO to Convene Forum on Gender Equality [viewed]

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June

2008: Women are both the most exposed

to the consequences of climate change, and the best placed to influence changes

in behaviour, according to the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural

Organization (UNESCO). According to

UNESCO, this situation exists because women are most affected by natural

disasters while at the same time they play a key role in managing water and

fuel resources, thus wielding an essential influence for change.

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Workshop on Adaptation to Climate Change in the Water Sector [viewed]

June 2008: This workshop is

scheduled to take place on 1-2 July 2008 in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, and

will be organized under the auspices of the UN Economic Commission for Europe

Convention on the Protection and Use of Transboundary Watercourses and

International Lakes (Water Convention) and the Protocol on Water and Health to

the Water Convention. The event will address, inter alia: current

knowledge about adaptation and climate change; policy, legislative, institutional

and financial frameworks; forecasting, modelling and vulnerability, including

vulnerability of water-related sectors such as energy, agriculture and tourism;

and adaptation and coping measures.

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World Bank Announces Adaptation Programme for Glacier Retreat in the Andes [viewed]

29 May 2008: The World Bank announced a new

programme to address the impact of tropical glacier retreat in Bolivia, Peru, and

Ecuador. During the project launch in Lima, Peru, Carlos Felipe Jaramillo,

World Bank director for Bolivia, Ecuador, Peru, and Venezuela noted that “Climate

change will heavily impact Andean countries' economies, particularly the poor.

Adapting to climate change is crucial given the severe and irreversible effects

it will have on the region.”

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UNESCO: International Conference on Groundwater and Climate in Africa [viewed]

Groundwater_climate_in_africaThis Conference, which is supported by the International Hydrological Programme of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO-IHP), will be held in Kampala, Uganda, from 24-28 June 2008.

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Ramsar Oceania Meeting Report Released [viewed]

May 2008: The report of the regional preparatory meeting of Oceania parties, which took place in Samoa on 10-11 April 2008, has been released. Workshop participants discussed the draft resolution on climate change prepared by the Ramsar Scientific and Technical Review Panel in advance of the tenth meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Ramsar Convention (COP10), scheduled to take place from 28 October to 4 November 2008, in Changwon, Republic of Korea. In relation to the draft resolution on climate change, Australia called for a caucus of Pacific member States before COP10.

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