Africa

IFAD, WFP Issue Weather Index-based Insurance Guide [viewed]

7 November 2011: The International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and the World Food Programme (WFP) have released a guide titled "Weather Index-based Insurance in Agricultural Development: A Technical Guide for Practitioners to Help Mange Weather Risks." The guide has emerged from the Weather Risk Management Facility (WRMF), a joint programme between IFAD and WFP, sponsored by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.  

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UNGA Second Committee Highlights Challenges of Climate Change and Desertification, Looks Ahead to Rio+20 [viewed]

3 November 2011: The Second Committee (Economic and Financial) of the UN General Assembly (UNGA) concluded its general discussion on sustainable development, with a number of speakers referring to the challenges of drought, desertification, climate change and land degradation. Delegates also looked ahead to the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20), expressing support and some reservations about the “green economy.”  

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Landscapes for People, Food and Nature Initiative Launched [viewed]

3 November 2011: EcoAgriculture Partners is carrying out the programming and planning for the international initiative on "Landscapes for People, Food and Nature" together with a group of eight co-organizers partners. This three-year collaborative initiative aims to scale up successful strategies that improve livelihoods and food security, conserve biodiversity and ecosystem services, and help address climate change.

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Adaptation Fund Film Highlights Project to Address Coastal Erosion [viewed]

28 October 2011: The Adaptation Fund has posted a video of a project that combats coastal erosion in Senegal. 

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ILRI Documents Index-based Livestock Insurance for African Herders [viewed]

26 October 2011: The International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) has released two short films on livestock insurance for Kenyan pastoralists.

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BASIC Ministers Outline Expectations Ahead of Durban [viewed]

1 November 2011: The ninth BASIC Ministerial Meeting on Climate Change concluded with a joint statement in which ministers agreed that the Durban Climate Change Conference should achieve a comprehensive, fair and balanced outcome to enable the full, effective and sustained implementation of the Convention and its Kyoto Protocol.

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2011 Human Development Report Focuses on Sustainability and Equity [viewed]

2 November 2011: The 2011 Human Development Report, titled "Sustainability and Equity: A Better Future for All,” highlights that equity and sustainability are inextricably linked. It notes that, if bold actions are not taken, environmental damage, including climate change effects, can slow or reverse development progress made in recent years. 

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UN/ISDR Announces Launch of SADC Platform for DRR [viewed]

26 October 2011: The UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UN/ISDR) has announced the launch of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) Regional Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR).

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IPCC Awards Nine Scholarships for 2011-2012 [viewed]

7 October 2011: The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has announced that nine students and researchers from developing countries have been awarded scholarships for postgraduate studies or research on climate science for 2011-2012.

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UNFCCC Publishes LEG 20 Meeting Report [viewed]

28 October 2011: The UNFCCC Secretariat has published the report (FCCC/SBI/2011/11) of the 20th meeting of the Least Developed Countries Expert Group (LEG), which includes a summary of the status of preparation and implementation of national adaptation programmes of action (NAPAs).

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