Latin America & the Caribbean

IFAD Outlines Economic Benefits of Preparing Small-Scale Farmers for Climate Change [viewed]

IFAD13 November 2013: As part of its Adaptation for Smallholder Agriculture Programme (ASAP), the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) has examined the economic justification behind five of its adaptation activities in Bangladesh, Bolivia, Kenya, Turkey and Viet Nam.

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Germany and ECLAC Sign Protocol for Structural Change Based on Equality and Sustainability [viewed]

ECLAC12 November 2013: The Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) signed a protocol with the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) aimed at boosting structural change based on equality and sustainability.

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Multilateral Development Banks Release Joint Report on Climate Change Finance [viewed]

Multilateral-Development-Banks.jpgNovember 2013: According to the 'Joint Report on MDB Climate Finance 2012,' the multilateral development banks (MDBs) spent nearly US$27 billion to address climate change during the 2012 fiscal year, with over US$21 billion dedicated to mitigation and almost US$6 billion to adaptation. From these resources, the Global Environment Facility (GEF) and the Climate Investment Funds (CIF) have contributed to US$2 billion.

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IEA World Energy Outlook Highlights Energy Sector Trends, Predicts 3.6°C Temperature Increase [viewed]

IEA12 November 2013: The International Energy Agency (IEA) has released its flagship annual publication, the 'World Energy Outlook (WEO) 2013,' which opens with the following sentence: “Many of the long-held tenets of the energy sector are being rewritten.”

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PROFOR Highlights Forest-based EBA in Honduras [viewed]

profor-cifor-catie12 November 2013: The Program on Forests (PROFOR) has released a case study on preserving drinking water through sustainable land use management in Honduras. The report notes that climate change is projected to exacerbate water shortages in Honduras, which already result in rationing.

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World Bank Reports on Reforestation Benefits in Rio de Janeiro [viewed]

World Bank11 November 2013: The World Bank has reported on the impacts of reforestation efforts around Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, including species recovery, reduced vulnerability to natural disasters, and new economic benefits from the generation of carbon credits.

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UN-REDD Newsletter Highlights 5th Anniversary Celebrations, Viet Nam Programme [viewed]

UN-REDD Programme6 November 2013: The UN Collaborative Programme on Reducing Emissions from Deforestation (UN-REDD) has released the forty-second edition of its newsletter, which highlights the launch of Phase II of Viet Nam's REDD+ programme.

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GEF Council Approves US$259.84 Million Work Program [viewed]

45th-meeting-of-the-GEF-Council7 November 2013: The 45th meeting of the Global Environment Facility (GEF) Council considered, inter alia: the progress report on the pilot accreditation of GEF Project Agencies; the mid-term evaluation of the System for Transparent Allocation of Resources (STAR); the mid-term evaluation of the National Portfolio Formulation Exercise (NPFE); an update on the GEF-6 replenishment; a review of GEF Agencies on their application of environmental and social safeguards and gender mainstreaming; and an update on the development of the GEF 2020 strategy. The GEF Council also approved a Work Program amounting to US$259.84 million.

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UNFCCC Releases SBSTA Documents Ahead of Warsaw [viewed]

UNFCCC7 November 2013: The UNFCCC has released documents for consideration in discussions during the upcoming session of the Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technological Advice (SBSTA) to be held in Warsaw, Poland, from 11-22 November 2013.

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UNEP Risø Working Paper Assesses Sustainable Development Impacts of NAMAs [viewed]

UNEP Risoe7 November 2013:  The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) Risø Centre has released a working paper titled 'Sustainable Development Impacts of NAMAs: An integrated approach to assessment of co-benefits based on experience with the CDM.' The paper assesses the sustainable development impacts of Nationally Appropriate Mitigation Actions (NAMAs) by developing countries, and is part of UNEP Risø's 'Low Carbon Development' series.

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