Freshwater

AfricaRice Takes Leading Role in Developing Climate-Resilient Rice Technologies [viewed]

22 March 2011: The African Rice Center (AfricaRice) has taken on the lead role for Africa in the Global Rice Science Partnership (GRiSP), a new research programme of the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR).

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UNEP Releases Report on Water and Climate Change Vulnerability in Mongolia [viewed]

22 March 2011: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) has released a report titled "Urban Water Vulnerability to Climate Change in Mongolia," which predicts continued dramatic climate change in Mongolia over the next century, including more snow in winter and less rain in summer.

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Event: Seventh Inter-American Dialogue on Water Management (D7) [viewed]

The Inter-American Water Resources Network (IWRN) and the Organization of American States (OAS) have organized this Dialogue to reflect on advances on integrated water resource management (IWRM) in the region, its challenges and future demands. Among other things, the Dialogue will discuss water management in a changing environment, including climate change, and collaborative mechanisms for transboundary water resources management.  

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UNESCO Releases Staff Guide to Greening [viewed]

24 March 2011: The UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has launched the "Staff Guide to Greening UNESCO," which offers UNESCO staff simple tips to incorporate environmentally-friendly behavior into their work life.

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Report of the 31st Meeting of the CDM Afforestation and Reforestation Working Group Released [viewed]

23 March 2011: The report of the 31st meeting of the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) Afforestation and Reforestation (A/R) Working Group, which was held from 14-16 March 2011 in Bonn, Germany, is now available on the CDM website. The Working Group considers matters relating to CDM afforestation and reforestation project activities.

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UNDP Promotes Hydropower in Afghanistan [viewed]

11 March 2011: The UN Development Programme (UNDP), in partnership with the Ministry of Rural Rehabilitation and Development of Afghanistan, has launched projects expected to provide clean water-driven energy to more than 6,200 households in rural and remote parts of Afghanistan. 

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World Water Day 2011 Focuses on the Urban Challenge [viewed]

22 March 2011: World Water Day 2011 (WWD 2011) convened in Cape Town, South Africa, on 22 March 2011, under the theme “Water for Cities: Responding to the Urban Challenge.”

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UNOPS Announces Green Regional Hub in Panama [viewed]

28 February 2011: The UN Office for Project Services (UNOPS) has announced it will manage the construction of a UN Regional Hub in Panama City, Panama. The Regional Hub aims to be one of the greenest buildings in Latin America.

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UNCTAD Releases Paper on Food Security and Climate Change in Developing Countries [viewed]

February 2011: The UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) has released a discussion paper titled "Assuring Food Security in Developing Countries under the Challenges of Climate Change: Key Trade and Development Issues of a Fundamental Transformation of Agriculture."

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Adaptation Fund Board Approves Projects in Solomon Islands, Eritrea and Ecuador [viewed]

18 March 2011: The Adaptation Fund Board has approved funding for projects in Eritrea, Ecuador and the Solomon Islands totaling US$19.5 million. The decisions were taken during the Board's 13th meeting, in Bonn, Germany, on 17-18 March 2011. The Board also approved a project concept from Uruguay that uses the Adaptation Fund's direct access modality for countries to access financing directly.

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