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CIFOR Newsletter Highlights Land Grabs, Forest Carbon Co-benefits and Prospects for Rio+20 [viewed]

28 February 2012: The Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) has released the February issue of its newsletter, which summarizes recent CIFOR publications and blog postings on biodiversity, sustainable development and climate change in the context CIFOR's activities. 

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UNEP Global Environmental Alert Service Bulletin Focuses on Lake Urmia, Iran [viewed]

UNEP27 February 2012: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) Global Environmental Alert Service (GEAS) has released the February edition of its bulletin, which focuses on Lake Urmia, a hypersaline lake in Iran. The bulletin was produced under the theme of climate change, resource efficiency, ecosystem management, and environmental governance, and focuses on the drying of Lake Urmia and its environmental consequences.  

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Event: Second Asia-Pacific Climate Change Adaptation Forum [viewed]

The second Asia-Pacific Climate Change Adaptation Forum is being organized by the Regional Climate Change Adaptation Knowledge Platform for Asia (Adaptation Knowledge Platform) and the Asia Pacific Adaptation Network (Adaptation Network). The Forum aims to provide an opportunity for participants to share frontline findings and innovations, opportunities and challenges in mainstreaming climate change adaptation into development. The Forum will focus on "Adaptation in Action," signifying a shift from deliberations to decisions, plans to policies and policies to practices.  

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Saudi Fund for Development Supports IFAD's Rural Development Projects [viewed]

24 February 2012: Responding to the food and nutrition crises in the Sahel and the Horn of Africa, and continued impacts of climate change, the Saudi Fund for Development (SFD) and the Arab Bank for Economic Development of Africa (BADEA) met with the International Fund For Agricultural Development (IFAD) to enhance collaboration on rural development in fragile States.

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ICRISAT, India Launch Center of Excellence on Climate Change for Plant Protection [viewed]

13 February 2012: The International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT) has teamed with the Department of Science and Technology (DST)-Climate Change Programme, Indian Ministry of Science and Technology to launch a Center of Excellence on Climate Change Research for Plant Protection.

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IWMI and Partners Release Book on Water and Climate Change in India [viewed]

3 February 2012: The International Water Management Institute (IWMI) and collaborators at the Indian Institute of Technology have released a book titled "Water and Climate Change: an integrated approach to adaptation challenges," as the culmination of the three-year Climawater project, funded by the Government of Norway.

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Event: Expert Consultation on Prioritizing Adaptation and Mitigation Strategies for Agriculture in South and Southeast Asia [viewed]

This expert consultation is being organized by the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research's (CGIAR) Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security Program (CCAFS), the Asia Pacific Association of Agricultural Research Institutions, as well as the World Meteorological Organization (WMO). The workshop will: review best practices and technologies for climate smart agriculture; review the latest knowledge regarding the impact of climate change on agriculture; and prioritize research and development.  

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Moscow Meeting Adopts Declaration on Inclusion of International Civil Aviation in the EU-ETS [viewed]

Moscow Meeting Adopts Declaration on Inclusion of International Civil Aviation in the EU-ETS (photo courtesy of the Ministry of Transport of the Russian Federation)22 February 2012: A group of 23 countries meeting in Moscow, Russian Federation, adopted the Joint Declaration of the Moscow Meeting on Inclusion of International Civil Aviation in the EU-ETS, which outlines the participants' shared position that the EU and its Member States must cease application of the Directive 2008/101/EC to airlines and aircraft operators registered in third States. Under the Directive, international civil aviation was included in the EU-Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS) as of 1 January 2012.

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Fourth Farmers' Forum Stresses Need to Address Food Insecurity and Climate [viewed]

Farmers' Forum21 February 2012: At the Fourth Meeting of the Farmers' Forum, representatives of smallholders, family farmers, pastoralists and fishers focused on the links between poverty reduction and food insecurity and improving sustainable agricultural development.

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ADB Co-Hosts Greater Mekong Subregion Growth and Sustainability Meeting [viewed]

ADB20 February 2012: The Asian Development Bank (ADB), together with Mekong countries, hosted the Greater Mekong Subregion (GMS) 2020: Balancing Economic Growth and Environmental Sustainability International Conference, which addressed several themes relating to economic growth and environmental sustainability.

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