Freshwater

Geospatial Information Management Meeting Adopts Addis Ababa Declaration [viewed]

11 August 2011: The African Regional Preparatory meeting on Global Geospatial Information Management (GGIM) met from 8-10 August 2011, in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, to establish a plan of action for African participation in GGIM initiative ahead of the High-Level Forum on GGIM to be held in Seoul, Republic of Korea, from 24-26 October 2011. The meeting culminated with the adoption of the Addis Ababa Declaration on Geospatial Information Management in Africa.

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ADB Report Warns Against Climate Change Impacts on Health [viewed]

July 2011: The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has released a report titled "Accounting for Health Impacts of Climate Change." The report highlights that Asia and the Pacific host the greatest number of people vulnerable to the projected adverse impacts of climate change, which will challenge the public health community at the global, national, and local levels with the appearance of new diseases and the proliferation of existing ones.

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Event: Mastering Water Risks for Banks and Investors in a Changing Climate [viewed]

This workshop, convened by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) Finance Initiative, the Alliance for Global Water Adaptation, the World Bank and Conservation International, aims to raise awareness and build capacity for banks to identify and manage water risks related to lending in water scarce areas and/or water-intensive sectors.  

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Event: Review of the Pacific Adaption to Climate Change Meeting [viewed]

The Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) is convening this meeting with representative of the 13 Pacific Island Countries involved in the Pacific Adaption to Climate Change (PACC) Project, to review and discuss progress and to share experiences and lessons learned. The PACC is implemented by SPREP in partnership with the UN Development Programme (UNDP). It is a US$13 million project funded by the Global Environment Facility (GEF). The project provides funds and support for national climate change adaptation projects in the areas of coastal management, food production and security, and water resources management.  

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Fourth Mekong-Japan Meeting Addresses Climate Change Cooperation [viewed]

21 July 2011: The Fourth Mekong-Japan Foreign Ministers' Meeting was held in Bali, Indonesia, on 21 July 2011, back-to-back with the 44th ASEAN Ministerial Meeting. The meetings addressed, inter alia, environmental and climate change-related issues.

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IFPRI Releases Series of Briefs on Food Security and Climate Change in Africa [viewed]

July 2011: The International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) has released a series of briefs on food security and climate change in Africa. The briefs use a selection of climate scenarios to model hydrological and temperature impacts on productivity and income, as well as adaptation scenarios.

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UNGA Debates Achieving the Right to Water in the Context of the MDGs [viewed]

29 July 2011: The UN General Assembly (UNGA) concluded its debate on challenges to achieving the human right to water and sanitation in the context of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), with some delegates stressing the impact of climate change on the realization of this right, in particular in least developed countries (LDCs) and small island developing States (SIDS).

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Ramsar Publishes Framework for Assessing the Vulnerability of Wetlands to Climate Change [viewed]

July 2011: The Secretariat of the Convention on Wetlands of International Importance (Ramsar Convention) has released Ramsar Technical Report No. 5, titled "A Framework for assessing the vulnerability of wetlands to climate change."

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FAO Develops Webportal on Horn of Africa Drought Emergency [viewed]

FAOJuly 2011: The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) has opened a webportal on the food crisis in the Horn of Africa. 

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Event: Integrated Climate Impact Assessment Tool for Urban Policy Makers: Expert Consultations [viewed]

This invitation-only event will gather policy makers and experts from Asia and around the world to review the features of available tools for urban policy makers to assess the complex nature of impact and risk assessment for prioritizing projects based on costs and benefits. Specific focus will be given to the water, energy and transport sectors and the application of the Business Case Methodology. Speakers will include Rajendra Pachauri, Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Chairman, Leen Hordijk, EU Joint Research Centre, and Bindu Lohani, Asian Development Bank (ADB).  

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