Freshwater

UN Agencies Launch Capacity Building Project on Drought Preparedness [viewed]

12 March 2013: The UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD), World Meteorological Organization (WMO) and Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO), in cooperation with the UN-Water Decade Programme on Capacity Development (UNW-DPC), have signed a framework of cooperation and launched a project on capacity-building in support of national drought management policies (NDMPs).

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Global Network of Basins Concludes First Meeting on Climate Adaptation [viewed]

21 February 2013: The first meeting of the Global Network of Basins on climate change adaptation was organized by the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) and the International Network of Basin Organizations (INBO).

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UNGA Session on Water and Disasters Stresses Need to Address Climate Change [viewed]

6 March 2013: Addressing the Special Thematic Session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA) on Water and Disasters, convened by the UN Secretary-General, the UN Secretary-General's Advisory Board on Water and Sanitation (UNSGAB) and the High Level Expert Panel on Water and Disaster (HLEP/UNSGAB), UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon underscored the need to reach a “global, legally binding climate change agreement by 2015.”

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CGIAR Highlights Tools that Improve Farming Responses to Drought [viewed]

6 March 2013: In the context of the upcoming High-Level Meeting on National Drought Policy to be held in Geneva, Switzerland, from 11-15 March 2013, the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR) is highlighting a collection of tools and outputs of its research centers that are contributing to more effective responses to drought.

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UNDP-UNEP PEI Showcases “Stories of Change” [viewed]

March 2013: The UN Development Programme (UNDP) and the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) Poverty-Environment Initiative (PEI) has published "Stories of Change" for 2013, which is a booklet that showcases best practices and lessons learned from environmental mainstreaming in the Lao People's Democratic Republic (PDR), Malawi, Bangladesh, Tajikistan and Uruguay.

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WorldFish Project Promotes Climate-Smart Aquaculture in Bangladesh [viewed]

February 2013: A new project funded by the International Water Management Institute (IWMI), and based on research findings from a WorldFish review of climate change adaptation programmes, will focus on improving the resilience of canal systems and pond polycultures in four communities in Bangladesh.

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Ramsar STRP Agrees on Draft Work Plan for 2013-2015 [viewed]

1 March 2013: The newly-appointed Scientific and Technical Review Panel (STRP) of the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands (Ramsar Convention) held its 17th meeting (STRP 17) from 25 February-1 March 2013, in Gland, Switzerland, during which members established a draft work plan for the 2013-2015 triennium.

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FAO's Nature and Faune Journal Focuses on Water, Forests and Climate [viewed]

FAO4 March 2013: The latest issue of the "Nature and Faune" newsletter from the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) regional office for Africa features articles on water resource conservation in Africa, presenting the challenges of integrating sustainable use of land, forests and fisheries.

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World Bank Grants "Green Team" Award to Great Green Wall Initiative [viewed]

World Bank - GEF27 February 2013: The World Bank has granted the "Green Team Award" to the Sahel and West Africa Program in Support of the Great Green Wall Initiative (SAWAP/GGWI),  in recognition of its work in 12 African countries to address land degradation, climate change adaptation and mitigation, as well as biodiversity and forests.

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CIFOR-Backed Study Assesses Carbon Stocks of Tropical Coastal Wetlands in the Mexican Caribbean [viewed]

14 February 2013: A paper appearing in the open-access journal PLOS ONE presents the first whole-ecosystem analysis of carbon stocks of different kinds of coastal wetlands in a tropical karstic zone. The analysis of “Carbon Stocks of Tropical Coastal Wetlands within the Karstic Landscape of the Mexican Caribbean” estimates that 43.2-58.0 million tons of carbon are stored across 172,176 hectares of coastal wetlands in the Sian Ka'an Biosphere Reserve (SKBR) of Mexico's Yucatán Peninsula.

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