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Rio Conventions Pavilion Opens with Focus on Integrated Science, Assessments and Monitoring [viewed]

9 October 2012: The Rio Conventions Pavilion at the eleventh meeting of the Conference of the Parties  (COP 11) to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) commenced on 9 October 2012, for sessions on the theme “Towards Integrated Science, Assessments and Monitoring for the Rio Conventions.” Neil Pratt, CBD Secretariat, opened the Pavilion, underscoring its purpose to “encourage and support the implementation of the Rio Conventions at the national level.”

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IFAD Launches Adaptation for Smallholder Agriculture Programme [viewed]

4 October 2012: The International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) has launched a new programme to channel climate and environmental finance to smallholder farmers in an effort to leverage a greater impact on climate change resilience through IFAD's new annual investments of approximately $1 billion.

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CCAFS Reports Highlight Vulnerability of Agricultural and Aquatic Systems to Climate Change [viewed]

October 2012: The Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security Program (CCAFS) of the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Resarch (CGIAR) has released a working paper that describes the likely impacts of climate change on the commodities and natural resources under the mandate of the CGIAR.

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Stakeholder Conference Discusses Drinking Water and Climate Change, Intersectoral Importance of Water [viewed]

3 October 2012: The European Commission's Directorate-General for the Environment has held a stakeholder conference under the framework of the project on “Adapting Drinking Water Resources to the Impacts of Climate Change in Europe" (ADWICE).

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UN-Water Releases 2011 Annual Report [viewed]

3 October 2012: UN-Water has published its 2011 Annual Report highlighting the year's achievements, including launching the UN Documentation Centre on Water and Sanitation (UN-DCWS), undertaking a survey of 130 countries on approaches to water management, and responding to urban water challenges through the World Water Day (WWD) campaign.

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UNDP Publication Highlights Biodiversity Loss, Recovery Strategies in Europe and CIS [viewed]

2 October 2012: The UN Development Programme (UNDP) has launched a publication on biodiversity loss in Europe and the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS), highlighting the state of biodiversity in the region particularly in the context of climate change, and presenting some outcomes of its biodiversity work funded by the Global Environment Facility (GEF).

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DSD Report Examines Climate Change Adaptation in Grenada [viewed]

September 2012: The UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA) Division for Sustainable Development (DSD) has released a report examining adaptation to climate change in sectors including water resources, coastal ecosystems and renewable energy. While this report focuses on Grenada, the broader project, “Integrating Climate Change into National Sustainable Development Strategies in Latin America and the Caribbean,” addresses primary concerns of small island developing States (SIDS). 

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UNDP CAP-NET Launches Capacity Development Network for Water in Central Asia [viewed]

2 October 2012: A new capacity development network, named CAR@WAN, has been formed by the UN Development Programme (UNDP) Capacity Building for Sustainable Water Resources Management Network (CAP-NET).

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New Papers Focus on Water Supply and Sanitation and Carbon Financing for Water Treatment [viewed]

1 October 2012: The Global Water Forum (GWF) of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has recently published two discussion papers, titled “Water Supply and Sanitation in India: Meeting Targets and Beyond” and “Leveraging Carbon Financing to Enable Accountable Water Treatment Programs.”

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UNEP GEAS Releases Bulletin on Himalayan Glacial Melt [viewed]

28 September 2012: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) Global Environmental Alert Service (GEAS) has published its September 2012 bulletin, which underlines the need to improve cross-boundary scientific collaboration and monitoring of Himalayan glaciers in order to ensure that policy options are science-based.

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