Freshwater

Event: WACDEP 4th Technical Coordination Workshop [viewed]

The Global Water Partnership – Southern Africa (GWP-SA) will be hosting this 4th Water, Climate and Development Programme for Africa (WACDEP) Technical Coordination Workshop in Pretoria, South Africa. The workshop aims at strengthening the exchange of lessons, knowledge sharing and technical coordination of WACDEP implementation among the GWP regions. Expected participants include GWP partners from all participating regions and key stakeholders from the water and climate change sector, namely the African Minsters' Council on Water (AMCOW), ministries, development banks and NGOs. The WACDEP programme is an initiative of AMCOW and involves the major African organizations with competencies in water.  

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TEEB Report Highlights the Ecosystem Services Provided by Wetlands [viewed]

1 February 13: The Secretariat of the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands of International Importance especially as Waterfowl Habitat (Ramsar Convention), the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and partners have launched the report "The Economics of Ecosystem and Biodiversity (TEEB) for Water and Wetlands." The report urges a major shift in attitudes towards wetlands, to recognize their value in delivering water, raw materials and food, as well as their role in maintaining people's livelihoods and the sustainability of the world's economies.

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Event: UNGA Thematic Debate: Sustainable Development and Climate Change: Practical Solutions in the Water-Energy Nexus [viewed]

The 67th Session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) will host a thematic debate on Sustainable Development and Climate Change: Practical Solutions in the Water-Energy Nexus. The draft programme and information on the format are now available here: http://www.un.org/en/ga/president/67/letters/pdf/Thematic%20Debate_Sust.Development%20and%20Climate%20Change%20-%203%20May%202013.pdf  

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GWP Launches Water, Climate and Development Programme in Burkina Faso [viewed]

29 January 2013: The inception workshop of the Water, Climate and Development Programme (WACDEP) in Burkina Faso took place on 14 December 2013, in Ouagadougou, and validated a study carried out by the Global Water Partnership (GWP) office in Burkina Faso that finds that climate change will have a strong impact on the country's water security and negatively impact most economic sectors.

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JRC Publishes Indicators, Country Data on Impact of Production and Consumption on Resources [viewed]

22 January 2013: The Joint Research Initiative (JRC) of the European Commission (EC) has published a series of indicators on the impact of production, consumption and trade on the use of resources and pollution, as well as a set of country fact sheets applying these indicators in EU and other countries.

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Mekong River Commission, EU to Collaborate on Climate Change Adaptation [viewed]

17 January 2013: During the 19th Meeting of the Council of the Mekong River Commission (MRC), the EU extended over US$6 million to help the MRC respond to climate change in the Mekong River basin.

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NOAK Study Urges Climate Finance of Adaptation-Mitigation Synergies [viewed]

11 January 2013: A report prepared for the Nordic Working Group for Global Climate Negotiations (NOAK) finds that synergies between climate change adaptation and mitigation can foster a more efficient, responsive and comprehensive climate policy.

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UN-Water Zaragoza Conference Prepares for International Year of Cooperation [viewed]

10 January 2012: The International Annual UN-Water Zaragoza Conference 2012/2013 reiterated that the challenges of climate change, poverty eradication, sustainable development and population growth require cooperation.

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JFPR, ADB Support Water Management and Railway Reform in Thailand [viewed]

ADB24 January 2013: Thailand has received two technical assistance grants, funded by the Japan Fund for Poverty Reduction (JFPR) and administered by the Asian Development Bank (ADB), to support water and flood management, and to assist with accounting and financial management reform in the railway sector.

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Acclimate Project Concludes, IOC Member States Adopt Regional Adaptation Strategy [viewed]

22 January 2013: The Indian Ocean Commission (IOC) has reported on the conclusion of Acclimate, a four-year project dedicated to climate change adaptation. The culmination of the project's work, a regional strategy for climate change adaption, was adopted by the IOC's 28th Council of Ministers on 17 January 2013, in the Seychelles.

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