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SPREP Releases Pacific Environment and Climate Change Outlook for 2012 [viewed]

SPREP30 November 2012: A new report by the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) demonstrates increasing environmental and economic pressures on Pacific islands due to climate change, which it projects to possibly cost low-lying islands as much as 18% of their GDP.

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Website Launched on Climate Change Weather Impacts in the Caribbean [viewed]

CCCCC29 November 2012: The Caribbean Weather Impacts Group (CARIWIG), a project funded by the Climate and Development Knowledge Network (CDKN) and implemented in partnership with the Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre (CCCC), has officially launched a website devoted to the project.

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EIB Supports Water Sector Investments in Cantabria, Spain [viewed]

28 November 2012: The European Investment Bank (EIB) has approved a €50 million loan to support investments in water and sanitation facilities in the Spanish region of Cantabria. The loan will help finance a project aimed at increasing water supply and wastewater management in coastal areas through the construction of new treatment plants and other sewage infrastructure.

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IICA Forum Examines Agriculture-Environment Synergies in the Face of Climate Change [viewed]

15 November 2012: The Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture (IICA) recently held a technical forum discussing five case studies from Latin American and Caribbean (LAC) countries on climate change and agriculture.

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Event: Regional Workshop: Sharing Experiences in the Management of Transboundary Basins [viewed]

Representatives of the eight member countries of the Amazon Cooperation Treaty Organization (ACTO) -- Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, Guyana, Peru, Suriname and Venezuela -- will meet to exchange best practices and lessons learned in the management of transboundary basins, which will serve as inputs to the implementation of the ACTO/UN Environment Programme (UNEP)/Global Environment Facility (GEF) project on "Regional Integrated and Sustainable Management of Transboundary Water Resources in the Amazon River Basin Considering Climate Variability and Climate Change". The workshop will be followed by the second meeting of the project's Steering Committee will review project activities and approve project management instruments for 2013.  

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EEA Reports on Participatory Scenarios of Security Risks from Climate Change [viewed]

EEA28 November 2012: The European Environment Agency (EEA) has published a report presenting participatory-based scenarios of security risks from climate change, titled "Using Scenarios to Improve Understanding of Environment and Security Issues."

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UNEP ROLAC Launches Online Platform for Technology Transfer and Action on Climate Change [viewed]

21 November 2012: The UN Environment Programme's (UNEP) Regional Office for Latin America and the Caribbean (ROLAC) has formally launched a regional virtual knowledge platform on climate change.

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Event: International Seminar: Watershed Management and Climate Change [viewed]

The governments of the Colombian municipality of Neiva and Department of Huila, with support from Regional Office for Latin America and the Caribbean (RLC) of the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), will discuss watershed management in the face of climate change. The seminar will examine integrated watershed management as an approach to conserve water, soil and biodiversity resources, while supporting and improving local livelihoods and promoting sustainable development at the basin and national levels. The seminar specifically will discuss: public policies; financial tools, including payment for environmental services; techniques, bioengineering approaches and traditional knowledge regarding water stewardship, soil conservation and erosion control; and successful case studies from Colombia and the rest of Latin America.  

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UNU Report Highlights Loss and Damage in Five Countries [viewed]

27 November 2012: The UN University Institute for Environment and Human Security (UNU-EHS) has released a report on climate-induced loss and damage, based on case studies from Bangladesh, Bhutan, Gambia, Kenya and the Federated States of Micronesia (FSM). The study found that all five countries have suffered climate-induced loss and damage, despite implementing adaptation and coping measures.

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GWF Paper Discusses Climate Change Impacts on Blue Nile Hydropower Dams [viewed]

Global Water Forum27 November 2012: A paper contributed to the Global Water Forum (GWF) website by the International Water Management Institute (IWMI) evaluates the impact of climate change on irrigation and hydropower schemes in the Ethiopian portion of the Blue Nile River.

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