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UN Secretary-General Stresses Importance of Climate Issues in Finding Aral Sea Solutions [viewed]

© UN28 April 2009: In a message delivered by Miroslav Jenca, Special Representative of the Secretary-General and Head of the UN Regional Centre for Preventive Diplomacy for Central Asia, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon addressed the summit of member States of the International Fund for Saving the Aral Sea, which took place in Almaty, Kazakhstan, on 28 April 2009. Noting that the Aral Sea has shrunk by 70% in recent decades, he stated that climate variability poses a further challenge in this region where water resources are particularly vulnerable.

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FAO Submission to UNFCCC: Potential of Grasslands for Climate Change Mitigation [viewed]

© FAO27 April 2009: A new UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) submission to the UNFCCC outlines the potential for grasslands to contribute to greenhouse gas mitigation. The submission, which is based on a workshop of experts that convened from 15-17 April 2009, in Rome, Italy, outlines opportunities and challenges for including grasslands in a post-2012 climate regime.

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UNFF8 Discusses Role of Forests in Future Climate Change Regime [viewed]

L-R: Jan McAlpine, UNFF Director; Thomas Stelzer, Assistant Secretary-General, UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs; and Boen M. Purnama, UNFF8 Chair21 April 2009: Climate change featured heavily on the agenda of the second day of deliberations at the eighth session of the UN Forum on Forests (UNFF8), currently convening at UN Headquarters in New York, US. The central focus of the discussion was the role of forests in a future climate regime.

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EIB Provides US$220 Million in Funds to Mitigate Climate Change in China [viewed]

© EIB 2 April 2009: The European Investment Bank (EIB) is providing a total of EUR 220 million in three operations that will contribute to the mitigation of climate change, within the objectives of the China Climate Change Framework Loan (CCCFL), signed with the People's Republic of China in November 2007.

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FAO Urges Including Agriculture in Climate Change Negotiations [viewed]

© FAO2 April 2009: Speaking at the UNFCCC climate change talks taking place in Bonn, Germany, Alexander Müller, Assistant Director-General, UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), urged policy makers to include agriculture in negotiations on a post-2012 climate change treaty.

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UNEP's “Billion Tree Campaign” Surpasses Three Billion Trees Planted [viewed]

30 March 2009: The UN Environment Programme's (UNEP) “Billion Tree Campaign,” a campaign to plant trees around the globe, recently announced that, with the planting of over 300 million trees in Turkey in 2008, the initiative has resulted in the planting of over three billion trees.

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IFPRI Releases Brief on Including Agriculture in Copenhagen's Agenda [viewed]

30 March 2009: The International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) has released a brief titled “Agriculture and Climate Change: An Agenda for Negotiation in Copenhagen.”

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ICRISAT Research Provides Innovations for Adaptation of Dryland Agriculture [viewed]

25 March 2009: The International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-arid Tropics (ICRISAT), a research center of the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research, has released research results and innovations for the adaptation of dryland agriculture to the impacts of climate change. The press release states that yield loss due to climate change can be minimized through the use of adapted and improved crop varieties together with soil and water management innovations. These strategies can be supported through capacity building and development of improved varieties and hybrids that are better targeted for climate change adaptation.

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GEF Announces Carbon Benefits Project [viewed]

Global Environment Facility (GEF)

23 March 2009: The Global Environment Facility (GEF) has announced the Carbon Benefits Project (CBP), implemented by the UN Environment Programme, which aims to provide a solution to the problems related to measuring terrestrial carbon, particularly on complex landscapes.

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First GEF-5 Replenishment Meeting Convenes in Paris [viewed]

First GEF-5 Replenishment Meeting Convenes in Paris

18 March 2009: Thirty countries met in Paris, France, to discuss the fifth replenishment of the Global Environment Facility (GEF-5), with several calling for a substantial increase in the replenishment of the GEF. The First Meeting of Contributing Participants towards GEF-5 gathered prospective donors from developed and developing countries from 17-18 March 2009, to consider, inter alia, innovative sources of funding, including the possibility of obtaining carbon credits for GEF projects that mitigate greenhouse gas emissions.

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