Freshwater

World Bank Finances Water Sector Adaptation in Mexico [viewed]

10 June 2010: The World Bank approved a US$450 million loan to promote Mexico's water sector adaptation efforts.

read more »

UN-Water Releases Policy Brief on Climate Change Adaptation [viewed]

6 June 2010: UN-Water has released a policy brief titled "Climate Change Adaptation: The Pivotal Role of Water." The brief is addressed to practitioners and policy makers of water resources management and climate change, as well as sectoral decision makers, and seeks to draw attention to the importance of better water resources management in adapting to climate change. 

read more »

UN-EU Partnership 2009 Results Published [viewed]

June 2010: The UN team in Brussels has released the fifth annual report on the achievements of its partnership with the EU in 2009, titled "Improving Lives."

read more »

International Conference Carries Out Mid-Term Review of International Water Decade [viewed]

10 June 2010: Organized by the Government of the Republic of Tajikistan and the UN, the High Level International Conference on the Midterm Comprehensive Review of the Implementation of the International Decade for Action “Water for Life” 2005-2015, took place from 8-10 June 2010, in Dushanbe, Tajikistan.

read more »

European Commission Encourages Certification of Biofuels [viewed]

10 June 2010: To prepare for implementation of the 2009 EU Renewable Energy Directive, the European Commission has released three documents on biofuels: a communication on voluntary schemes and default values in the EU biofuels and bioliquids sustainability scheme; a communication on the practical implementation of the EU biofuels and bioliquids sustainability scheme and on counting rules for biofuels; and a decision on guidelines for the calculation of land carbon stocks.

read more »

UNCCD Organizes Land Day 2 [viewed]

6 June 2010: The Secretariat of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) organized Land Day 2 on 5 June 2010, in parallel to the May/June Climate Change Talks in Bonn, Germany. The event sought to heighten the attention of policy- and decision-makers to the importance of land issues in the ongoing climate change negotiations, and to foster a dialogue that could strengthen an agreement regarding the post-2012 period for climate change policy.

read more »

Workshop Report on Carbon Offsets through Wetlands Released [viewed]

8 June 2010: The Ramsar Secretariat has released the report of the expert workshop "Achieving Carbon Offsets through Mangroves and Other Wetlands,” which convened in Gland, Switzerland, in November 2009.

read more »

Ramsar Headquarters Move to Sustainable Building [viewed]

4 June 2010: The Ramsar Secretariat has informed that its headquarters were moved to a new IUCN sustainable office building – IUCN's new Conservation Centre, which was inaugurated on 4 June 2010.

read more »

Event: Fifth Caribbean Environment Forum and Exhibition (CEF 5), Second Caribbean Sustainable Energy Forum (CSEF 2), and 15th Annual Wider Caribbean Waste Management Conference (ReCaribe) [viewed]

These three events will be held simultaneously under the unified theme "Coping with Copenhagen: Water, Waste, Energy, Health..." to emphasize actions and strategies to address key Caribbean environmental issues against the backdrop of climate change. The CEF series on Caribbean health and environment has been organized by the Caribbean Community's (CARICOM) Caribbean Environmental Health Institute (CEHI) biennially since 2000. The CSEF focuses on energy efficiency, renewable energy and energy security for Small Island Developing States (SIDS). The annual ReCaribe has been organized since 1995 by Clean Islands International (CII) to discuss waste management issues in the wider Caribbean region. The combined event is being co-sponsored by the Jamaican Government, the Organization of American States (OAS), the Global Environment Facility's (GEF) Integrating Watershed and Coastal Area Management project (IWCAM), the Caribbean Renewable Energy Development Programme (CREDP), and the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).  

read more »

WHO Releases ‘Vision 2030' on Water Supply, Sanitation and Climate Change [viewed]

May 2010: The World Health Organization (WHO) has released a CD-ROM titled "Vision 2030: The resilience of water supply and sanitation in the face of climate change," which aims to increase understanding of how anticipated climate change may affect drinking water and sanitation systems. It also outlines possible actions to optimize resilience of infrastructure and services.

read more »