Freshwater

UNECE Releases Second Environmental Performance Review of Tajikistan [viewed]

UNECE14 December 2012: The "Second Environmental Performance Review (EPR) of Tajikistan" conducted by the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) highlights that waste management and clean water and sanitation remain challenges for this country. UNECE EPRs cover ten elements including: environmental policymaking, planning and implementation; financing of environmental policies; waste and water management; biodiversity conservation; and integration of environmental issues into energy and health policies.

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ADB Forum Discusses Flood Management in the Philippines [viewed]

ADB5 December 2012: The "Philippine Flood Management Knowledge Sharing Forum," organized by the Asian Development Bank (ADB) and the Philippine Department of Public Works and Highways, brought together local and international experts to discuss ways the Philippines can improve its prevention, preparedness, response and recovery from floods. 

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La Plata Basin Countries Consider Agenda on Water Risk Management in Agricultural Systems [viewed]

5 December 2012: Specialists from Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Paraguay and Uruguay met to design a regional agenda for the La Plata Basin on water risk management in agricultural systems and integrate it into the basin's Strategic Program of Actions (SAP).

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EEA, OSCE Brochure Promotes Scenario Building for Assessing Climate Change Impacts [viewed]

28 November 2012: The Organization for Security Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) and the European Environment Agency (EEA) have published a brochure, titled "Using Scenarios to Improve Understanding of Environment and Security Issues," which summarizes the findings of a project to assess the security implications of climate change in Eastern Europe, the Western Balkans and Central Asia.

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UNFCCC, Rockefeller Foundation Launch Initiative on Women and Climate Change [viewed]

6 December 2012: The UNFCCC Secretariat and the Rockefeller Foundation launched a new initiative, titled “Momentum for Change: Women for Results,” on the sidelines of the 18th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 18) to the UNFCCC in Doha, Qatar. The Initiative aims to showcase the role of women in climate change adaptation and mitigation activities.

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GEF CEO Launches Forum on Innovation and Partnership [viewed]

6 December 2012: Naoko Ishii, CEO and Chairperson of the Global Environmental Fund (GEF), announced launch of the Forum on Innovation and Partnership on the sidelines of the 18th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 18) to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). The initiative aims to foster "thought provoking" discussion on creative innovation and technology transfer.

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GCC COP 18 Side Events Discuss Renewable Energy Initiatives and Technologies in GCC Region [viewed]

UNFCCC5 December 2012: The Gulf Coordination Council (GCC) organized two panels on "Renewable Energy in GCC Countries" in the context of the 18th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 18) to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) in Doha, Qatar, to discuss various renewable energy initiatives and technologies within the GCC region.

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High-Level Event on Climate and Food Security Stresses Vulnerability of Dryland Populations [viewed]

5 December 2012: A side event held during the 18th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 18) to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) brought together ministers and leaders from within the UN system to discuss actions to be taken under the climate-water-food security nexus in the drylands.

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World Bank Releases Report on Climate Change in the MENA Region [viewed]

World Bank5 December 2012: The World Bank has released a report, titled "Adaptation to a Changing Climate in the Arab Countries: a Case for Adaptation Governance and Leadership in Building Climate Resilience," which assesses the impact of climate change in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region, and stresses the need for adaptation programmes based on strong leadership and prioritization of climate policies at the national level.

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COP 18 Participants Celebrate “Lighthouse Activities” to Address Climate Change [viewed]

UNFCCC4 December 2012: Participants at the Doha Climate Change Conference celebrated the accomplishments of nine public-private "Lighthouse Activities," pioneering initiatives curbing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions while yielding benefits for the urban poor. The concept behind the activities is to highlight inspiring mitigation and adaptation activities, and to spur innovation and increase capacity for future initiatives.

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