Freshwater

UN-Backed Seminar Assesses Impact of Glaciers Melting on Water Systems in Central Asia [viewed]

UNESCO15 April 2013: Approximately 60 researchers and officials from the five Central Asian States and Afghanistan, as well as representatives from international organizations and the donor community, gathered at a UN-backed seminar to discuss the impact of glacier melting on the water resources of Central Asia and review practical steps in adaptation strategies at national and regional levels.

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Ramsar, Conservation International Enhance Cooperation [viewed]

15 April 2013: The Secretariat of the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands (Ramsar Convention) and Conservation International (CI) have signed a Memorandum of Cooperation (MoC) on the sidelines of the 46th meeting of the Ramsar Standing Committee to provide a framework for future cooperation.

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TEEB for Business Lists 100 Top Environmental Externalities [viewed]

15 April 2013: The Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity Business Coalition (TEEB for Business) has released a report on environmental externalities of businesses, titled "Natural Capital at Risk – The Top 100 Externalities of Business.” The report concludes that the top 100 environmental externalities cost the world economy approximately US$7.3 trillion annually, around 13% of global economic output.

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SPREP Climate Change Newsletter Focuses on Loss and Damage, Progress in Tide Forecasting [viewed]

10 April 2013: The Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) has released the April 2013 edition of its Climate Change Matters newsletter, which features articles on: the Pacific Energy Summit; tide and sea level forecasting in the Federated States of Micronesia (FSM); World Water Day Celebrations; the importance of addressing loss and damage; and Fiji's climate change awareness raising efforts.

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IFPRI Paper Stresses Impact of Irrigation on Nutrition, Health and Gender in Africa [viewed]

April 2013: Underscoring the challenge of addressing low agricultural productivity in Sub-Saharan Africa, the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) has released a discussion paper that examines the dynamics of small-scale and and large-scale irrigation development on issues related to environmental and social sustainability.

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CGIAR Outlines Strategies to Promote Climate-Resilient Food Security in Drylands [viewed]

April 2013: Underscoring the challenges facing dryland countries, the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR) has released a report titled "Strategies for Combating Climate Change in Drylands Agriculture," which highlights proposed solutions to the agriculture problems facing dryland countries.

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LDC Fund Supports Water and Climate Resilience in Sierra Leone, Uganda and Mauritania [viewed]

5 April 2013: The Least Developed Countries Fund (LDCF), operated by the Global Environment Facility (GEF), has granted US$18.6 million, to be channeled through the African Development Bank (AfDB), for the development of climate-resilient water sectors in Sierra Leone, Uganda and Mauritania.

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Blue Carbon Initiative Launches New Website [viewed]

2 April 2013: The Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has announced the launch of the International Blue Carbon Initiative's new website.

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WMO Launches PhD Partnership on Weather, Climate and Water [viewed]

WMO27 March 2013: The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) has partnered with the Academy of Sciences for the Developing World (TWAS) to support up to ten PhD fellowships per year focused on weather, climate and water-related hazards. The fellowships aim to support students from least-developed and developing countries particularly vulnerable to the effects of climate change.

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GWP News Flow Highlights Launch of Integrated Drought Management Programme [viewed]

March 2013: The Global Water Partnership (GWP) March edition of "News Flow" highlights the launch by the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) and GWP of a joint Integrated Drought Management Programme (IDMP) to improve monitoring and prevention of droughts.

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