Africa

Africa Agriculture Science Week Highlights Progress Towards Food Security [viewed]

aasw20 July 2013: The 6th Africa Agriculture Science Week (AASW) brought together over 1000 researchers, policy makers and development professionals from across the continent to discuss scientific advances and progress toward African food security goals.

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IWMI Evaluates Agricultural Water Storage in Africa [viewed]

IWMI logo19 July 2013: Agricultural water storage is expected to contribute to climate change adaptation in Africa by mitigating climate variability, according to an International Water Management Institute (IWMI) research report. The report proposes a diagnostic tool for evaluating the need and effectiveness of water storage options, including aquifers, large reservoirs, natural wetlands, ponds, soil moisture and tanks.

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MEF Discusses Expectations for the 2015 Paris Climate Conference [viewed]

MEF18 July 2013: Participants at the 16th Major Economies Forum on Energy and Climate (MEF) discussed negotiations under the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and expectations ahead of the Paris Climate Change Conference scheduled to take place in 2015, particularly whether mitigation commitments will be finalized or whether Paris will launch a future process to agree on such commitments.

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IUCN Launches REDD+ Newsletter [viewed]

IUCN11 July 2013: The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) has launched a newsletter covering its REDD+ activities. The newsletter will be published every month and will cover global, regional and national level activities.

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IOM Launches Compendium of Activities in Disaster Risk Reduction and Resilience [viewed]

iomlogo16 July 2013: In order to help expose the linkages between human mobility, the environment and disasters, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) has launched the Compendium of Activities on Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) and Resilience.

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IFPRI Explores Link Between Climate and Conflict Across Sudan [viewed]

IFPRI LogoJuly 2013: The International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) has released a study, titled 'Local Warming and Violent Conflict in North and South Sudan,' which finds that temperature anomalies strongly affect the risk of conflict.

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Event: 24th Meeting of the LEG [viewed]

The Least Developed Countries Expert Group (LEG) will meet in Siem Reap, Cambodia, from 26-29 August 2013. The LEG aims to support the preparation and implementation strategy of national adaptation programmes of action (NAPAs).  

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FAO Raises Awareness on the Need for National Drought Policies [viewed]

FAOJuly 2013: Underscoring that droughts affect more people annually than any other type of natural disaster, the July edition of 'Issues in the Spotlight' of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) describes the increased international attention given to national drought policies in the lead up to, and following. the first High-Level Meeting on National Drought Policy.

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UN CC:Learn Announces Launch of Ugandan Climate Change Learning Strategy [viewed]

UN CC:Learn28 June 2013: Uganda's Minister of Water and Environment, Ephraim Kamuntu, launched a national climate change learning strategy in Kampala, Uganda, stressing human capacity as “the most important variable that determines whether Uganda is able to address the challenge of climate change and achieve sustainable development.”

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Pacific SIDS Adopt Nadi Draft Outcome in Preparation for 2014 Conference [viewed]

sids2014p12 July 2013: The Pacific Regional Preparatory Meeting for the Third International Conference on Small Island Developing States (SIDS) adopted the Nadi Draft Outcome Document, which will represent the Pacific region's contribution to the Inter-regional Preparatory Meeting for the 2014 Conference.

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