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UNEP Annual Report Highlights 2013 Achievements [viewed]

UNEPMarch 2014: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) has published its annual report for 2013, which focuses on UNEP's achievements in key focus areas: climate change; disasters and conflicts; ecosystem management; environmental governance; harmful substances and hazardous waste; resource efficiency; and sustainable consumption and production (SCP).

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CCAFS-backed Study Reassesses Climate Change Impacts on Agriculture [viewed]

CCAFS18 March 2014: A study published in Nature Climate Change finds that moderate warming will be more detrimental to crops in temperate and tropical regions than previously thought. In 'A Meta-Analysis of Crop Yield under Climate Change and Adaptation,' the authors find that, with warming of two degrees Celsius and without adaptation measures, the mean yields of wheat, rice and maize are reduced in these regions from the 2030s onwards.

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ICRISAT Examines Climate Adaptation for Agriculture in Asia [viewed]

ICRISAT18 March 2014: A paper by the International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT), a member of the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR), reports key findings on the adoption of climate change adaptation practices by farmers in 26 study villages in South Asia, Southeast Asia and China.

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UNIDO, GEF, UNEP and FAO Publications Assess Biofuels Sustainability [viewed]

unido-unep-gef-fao12 March 2014: The UN Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) has announced the release of two publications that investigate the social, environmental and economic sustainability of biofuels production, with the aim of promoting investment in increased biofuels production.

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FAO Database Documents Global Land Cover [viewed]

FAOMarch 2014: The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) has released a database to monitor land cover change and water resources to support early warning systems.

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CARIAA Targeting Research on Climate Change Adaptation in Africa and Asia [viewed]

cariaa7 March 2014: The Collaborative Adaptation Research Initiative in Africa and Asia (CARIAA) has launched a research programme on climate change adaptation that is to be conducted by four consortia. The research will focus on three climate change “hotspots”—sensitive regions inhabited by large numbers of people: semi-arid regions; deltas; and glacier and snowpack-dependent river basins.

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Event: Fourth Meeting of the Sixth Replenishment of the GEF [viewed]

The fourth meeting of the Sixth Replenishment of the Global Environment Facility (GEF-6) is scheduled to take place in April 2014. Representatives from donor countries, non-donor recipient countries, civil society, GEF agencies, the Trustee, the Scientific and Technical Advisory Panel (STAP), and the Evaluation Office are set to attend.  

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Adaptation Fund Finances Adaptation and Resilience Project in Myanmar [viewed]

Adaptation Fund10 March 2014: The Adaptation Fund has financed a four-year project that will support climate change adaptation and resilience for farmers and livestock producers in Myanmar's dry zone.

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International Women's Day Highlights Climate and Gender Links [viewed]

women-day-logo8 March 2014: The world celebrated International Women's Day in 2014 under the theme, 'Equality for women is progress for all.' Several organizations and individuals stressed linkages between gender and climate change in their remarks.

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UN Secretary-General, FAO Call for Pro-Family Farming Policies [viewed]

GLOBAL FORUM AND EXPO ON FAMILY FARMING6 March 2014: Farmers, fishers and pastoralists play a critical role in sustainable agriculture development, eradication of hunger and poverty reduction, according to participants at the Global Forum and Expo on Family Farming. Participants recommended that governments adopt pro-family farming policies to facilitate shifts to more sustainable, inclusive food production systems. The event took place in Budapest, Romania, from 4-6 March 2014.

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