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CIFOR Newsletter Highlights Forest Climate Change Portal [viewed]

CIFOR2 December 2013: The Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) launched an online portal for the dissemination of information on forests and climate change. The portal contains information on forests and REDD+, climate change adaptation, governance, finance and landscapes. The portal also highlights news, research, and debate and analysis on international negotiations.

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IFAD Launches Risk Management Platform [viewed]

IFAD2 December 2013: The International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) has launched a four-year Platform for Agricultural Risk Management (PARM) to help smallholder farmers in developing countries access risk management products, such as insurance, to cope with climate change and variability.

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Event: Improving the Quantification of Agriculture Emissions in Low-Income Countries [viewed]

The Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security Program (CCAFS) of the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR) will be hosting a web-based seminar that describes the Standard Assessment of Mitigation Potential and Livelihoods in Smallholder Systems, or SAMPLES approach to quantifying agriculture emissions. SAMPLES addresses knowledge gaps related to greenhouse gas (GHG) sources and sinks in smallholder agricultural systems. The uncertainty in understanding agriculture emissions compromises up-scaling of low-emissions agricultural development solutions, constrains smallholder participation in the emerging green economy, and weakens low-income countries' contribution to global climate negotiations. SAMPLES applies newly-developed and existing methods to generate novel, rigorous, and comparable data on GHG balances and livelihood-climate trade-offs due to smallholder farming.  

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CGIAR-led SAMPLES Project Focuses on Mitigation Potential from Agricultural Landscapes [viewed]

CCAFSDecember 2013: Aiming to better understand livelihoods and climate systems in agriculture landscapes, the Standard Assessment of Mitigation Potential and Livelihoods in Smallholder Systems (SAMPLES) project is developing tools and methodologies to support pro-poor climate change mitigation options through protocol development, global priority setting, capacity building and field-testing and research.

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FAO Documents Climate-Smart Agriculture Activities in Malawi and Zambia [viewed]

FAOOctober 2013: The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) has released a working paper that explores the livelihood and food security benefits of agroforestry and conservation agriculture in Malawi and Zambia, as well as economic feasibility analyses of the practices.

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Event: International Mountain Day 2013 [viewed]

International Mountain Day (IMD) is meant raise awareness about the importance of mountains, to highlight the opportunities and constraints in mountain development and to build partnerships that will bring positive change to the world's mountains and highlands. The theme for the event in 2013 is 'Mountains - Key to a Sustainable Future'. The celebration will focus on mountains' contribution towards sustainable economic growth and draw attention to their generally sustainable and low-emission production models. Organizers will also use the occasion to address the post-2015 development agenda and recall the need to include mountains in the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).  

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IFPRI Spotlights Climate Change Adaptation and Land Degradation Issues [viewed]

IFPRI Logo22 November 2013: The November edition of Insights, the magazine of the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), explores a range of topics relevant to sustainable development and the alleviation of food insecurity.

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UNESCO Panel Recognizes Critical Role of Mountain Regions in Water Security [viewed]

Unesco14 November 2013: Water resources in mountainous areas play a critical role in agriculture, biodiversity, hydroelectricity and water supply, according to a High Level Panel Session organized during the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization's (UNESCO) 37th General Conference. The panel, titled ‘Climate Change Impacts on Water Resources and Adaptation Policies in Mountainous Regions,' recognized the high sensitivity of mountains to climate change and discussed strategies for coping with climate change impacts on water resources in mountainous areas.

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World Bank Announces $280 Million Sustainable Forest Landscapes Initiative [viewed]

World Bank20 November 2013: The World Bank has announced the launch of a US$280 million BioCarbon Fund Initiative, titled 'Sustainable Forest Landscapes,' to be funded by the Governments of Norway ($135 million), the United Kingdom ($120 million) and the United States ($25 million).

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Africa Day Focuses on Agriculture and Climate Change [viewed]

africa-days-event19 November 2013: Africa Day, a full-day event held on the margins of the Warsaw Climate Change Conference, brought together African leaders, scientists and other stakeholders to discuss climate change and agricultural development on the continent. Presented by the UN Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA), the African Union Commission (AUC), and the African Development Bank (AfDB), the event aimed to reach African development partners as well as negotiators from other regions.

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