Freshwater

Ramsar Pan-American Meeting Focuses on Preparations for COP 11 [viewed]

14 December 2011: The Fifth Pan-American meeting of the Convention on Wetlands of International Importance (Ramsar Convention) focused on issues to be addressed by the 11th Conference of the Parties (COP 11) to the Ramsar Convention, to be held in Bucharest, Romania, from 6-13 July 2012.

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GEF-managed Least Developed Countries Fund Receives New Pledges [viewed]

GEF10 December 2011: The Global Environment Facility (GEF) has reported that several donor countries pledged new support to the GEF-managed Least Developed Countries Fund (LDCF) for climate change adaptation during the 17th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 17) to the UNFCCC in Durban, South Africa.

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UN Secretary-General Calls on Youth to Address Global Challenges [viewed]

Ban Ki-moon, UN Secretary-General10 December 2011: Speaking at a youth event preceding the fourth annual forum of the UN Alliance of Civilizations in Doha, Qatar, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called on young people to help combat the multiple threats faced by the planet, such as climate change and environmental destruction, as well as water, food and energy scarcity. 

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FAO Raises Alarms on Consequences of Mountain Forests Loss [viewed]

FAO9 December 2011: The UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), with the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation, has published a report titled "Mountain Forests in a Changing World" that brings attention to the threats to mountain forests including increasing temperatures and wildfires, population growth and food and fuel insecurity.

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Mexico City Receives Local Climate Action Leadership Award [viewed]

8 December 2011: The UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UN/ISDR) has announced that Mexico City has been awarded the World Green Building Council, Local Climate Action Leadership Award. The Award was presented on the sidelines of the UN Climate Change Conference, in Durban, South Africa.

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UNEP Releases Report on Women at the Frontline of Climate Change [viewed]

6 December 2011: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) GRID Arendal has released a report titled “Women at the Frontline of Climate Change: Gender Risks and Hopes.” Released on the sidelines of the Durban Climate Change Conference, the report states that investing in low carbon, green technologies can strengthen climate change adaptation and improve women's livelihoods.

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UNEP Announces Watersheds Project in Kenyan Forest [viewed]

UNEP Announces Watersheds Project in Kenyan Forest29 November 2011: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) has announced a three-year intervention to rehabilitate the Northern Mau Forest in Kenya. The EU-funded project is expected to restore of water catchments, establish payments for environmental services, improve the livelihoods of local communities, and monitor carbon storage in the Mau Forest.

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FAO's State of the World's Land and Water Resources Stresses Climate Impacts on Agriculture [viewed]

The State of the World's Land and Water Resources for Food and Agriculture28 November 2011: Numerous food producing systems across the world are facing the risk of breakdown, according to "The State of the World's Land and Water Resources for Food and Agriculture" published by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO).

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IWMI Conference in Nepal Highlights Uncertainty on Future Water Availability [viewed]

23 November 2011: At the National Conference on Water, Food Security and Climate Change in Nepal, scientists and policy makers discussed recent models on predicted availability of water in Nepal, highlighting that they have shown wildly divergent predictions for water flow based on different climate projections.

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UNEP Launches Report on Black Carbon and Tropospheric Ozone [viewed]

UNEP Launches Report on Black Carbon and Tropospheric Ozone25 November 2011: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) has released a report titled "Actions for Controlling Short-Term Climate Forcers." It has also released an associated summary titled: Summary of UNEP's Integrated Assessment of Black Carbon and Tropospheric Ozone. The report outlines 16 measures that UNEP says could lead to near-term climate protection of 0.5ºC by 2040.

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