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World Bank Invites Arab Countries' Researchers to Contribute to Adaptation Report [viewed]

12 April 2011: The World Bank has invited climate change researchers from Arab countries to contribute to the World Bank Middle East and North Africa (MENA) regional Climate Change Flagship Report, titled "Adaptation to a Changing Climate in the Arab Countries."

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AfDB, GEF Discuss Project Portfolio [viewed]

15 April 2011: The African Development Bank (AfDB) and the Global Environment Facility (GEF) held a two-day strategy meeting to discuss new programming opportunities in Africa, including programmatic approaches to the challenges of the Lake Chad Basin.

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UN-HABITAT Governing Council Focuses on Sustainable Urban Development [viewed]

15 April 2011: The 23rd session of the Governing Council (GC-23) of the UN Human Settlements Programme (UN-HABITAT) took place from 11-15 April 2011, in Nairobi, Kenya, under the theme “sustainable urban development through expanding equitable access to land and housing, basic services and infrastructure.”

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International Potato Center Describes Success of Improved Potato Varieties [viewed]

13 April 2011: The International Potato Center (CIP) has released a news release that outlines improved food security due in part to late blight resistant potato varieties, Pallay Poncho and Puka Lliclla, developed by CIP.

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ICRISAT Highlights Challenges in the Tropical Drylands of Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa [viewed]

6 April 2011: Speaking at the Crawford Fund State Parliamentary Conference held in Parliament House, Brisbane, Australia, on 6 April 2011, William Dar, Director General of the International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT), addressed the need to tackle the challenges facing the tropical drylands of Asia and sub-Saharan Africa.

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Event: IUCN World Conservation Congress 2012 [viewed]

The Congress theme will be Nature+, a slogan that captures the fundamental importance of nature and its inherent link to every aspect of people's lives. The Congress will explore many of the most pressing environmental and development challenges from this perspective and how strong and resilient nature is intricately linked to solving these issues, including Nature+climate, nature+livelihoods, nature+energy and nature+economics.  

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UNCCD Invites Input through Knowledge Needs Assessment [viewed]

March 2011: The UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) is currently undertaking a knowledge needs assessment to identify the current state of tools and practices, along with appropriate options for, knowledge management and sharing pertaining to desertification, land degradation and drought (DLDD).

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Event: Regional Forum on Rural Development, Climate Change, Biodiversity and Desertification [viewed]

This Ministerial-level forum is organized by the Central American Commission on Environment and Development (CCAD), Central American Agricultural Council (CAC) and Council of Health Ministers of Central America (COMISCA). Under the theme "Contributing to the Region's Security and Governability Faced with Climate Change," the Forum will examine progress and identify priority actions and mechanisms for inter-institutional coordination and social participation at the national and regional levels on climate change adaptation and mitigation in the context of the implementation of the Central American Integration System's (SICA) Agro-environmental and Health Regional Strategy (ERAS), and in line with the region's commitments derived from the Conventions on Climate Change (UNFCCC), Biological Diversity (CBD) and Desertification (UNCCD). Also during this Forum, CCAD's Technical Committee on Climate Change will meet to discuss next steps in the region's cooperation on climate change.  

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World Bank Launches e-Atlas of Global Development [viewed]

4 April 2011: The World Bank has launched an e-Atlas, which provides an interactive tool that maps and graphs more than 175 indicators from the World Bank's development database, including CO2 emissions, energy use, freshwater use, forest areas, marine protected areas and resource depletion.

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CGIAR Researchers Identify Hotspots of Climate Change and Food Insecurity [viewed]

March 2011: The Climate Change Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS) Programme of the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR) held a seminar on mapping hotspots of climate change and food insecurity across the global tropics, on 15 March 2011 at the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) in Nairobi, Kenya.

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