Latin America & the Caribbean

Event: CARIWIG Inaugural Workshop [viewed]

The inaugural workshop of the Caribbean Weather Impacts Group (CARIWIG) Project will serve as its first stakeholder consultation, bringing together managers, technical personnel and policy makers from 25 national, intergovernmental and regional entities to discuss how CARIWIG can best serve the Caribbean's water, agriculture and coastal resource sectors through reliable access to unbiased, locally-relevant climate change information in a manner that complements their planning cycles. Funded by the Climate and Development Knowledge Network (CDKN), CARIWIG is to be implemented by the Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre (CCCCC), the University of the West Indies, the University of East Anglia (UK) and Cuba's Institute of Meteorology.  

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UNFCCC and Partners Launch UN Alliance on Climate Change Education, Training and Awareness [viewed]

UNFCCC3 December 2012: The Secretariat of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) launched the UN Alliance on Climate Change Education, Training and Public Awareness along with the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO), the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF), the UN Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) and the World Meteorological Organization (WMO).

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UNCCD Holds Land For Life Awards Ceremony in Doha [viewed]

3 December 2012:  The UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) has granted the first Land For Life Award to civil society organizations from Haiti, Turkey and Uganda for their innovative work combating land degradation. UNCCD recognized the three winners at a Recognition Gala event, which included ministers from their respective countries, at the UN Climate Change Conference in Doha, Qatar.

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UNEP Booklet Presents Case Studies of Grassroots Solutions to Climate Change [viewed]

UNEP1 December 2012: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) has released a booklet, titled "Seeds of Knowledge," which suggests that grassroots, community-involved projects around the world are already playing an essential role in the response to climate change, and that these projects can guide policies.

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CSEF III Recommends CARICOM Coordination of Members' Energy Policies [viewed]

18 September 2012: The Third Caribbean Sustainable Energy Forum (CSEF III) recommended greater coordination among Caribbean Community (CARICOM) member States in policies regarding energy integration, energy efficiency and the promotion of renewable energy sources.

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Website Launched on Climate Change Weather Impacts in the Caribbean [viewed]

CCCCC29 November 2012: The Caribbean Weather Impacts Group (CARIWIG), a project funded by the Climate and Development Knowledge Network (CDKN) and implemented in partnership with the Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre (CCCC), has officially launched a website devoted to the project.

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IICA Forum Examines Agriculture-Environment Synergies in the Face of Climate Change [viewed]

15 November 2012: The Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture (IICA) recently held a technical forum discussing five case studies from Latin American and Caribbean (LAC) countries on climate change and agriculture.

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Seminar Discusses Future ECPA Work Plan on Energy Efficiency [viewed]

November 2012: The Second Regional Symposium on Energy Efficiency discussed ideas, proposals and priorities of South American countries for potential elements for an Energy and Climate Partnership (ECPA) Work Plan on Regional Cooperation in Energy Efficiency.

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Event: Regional Workshop: Sharing Experiences in the Management of Transboundary Basins [viewed]

Representatives of the eight member countries of the Amazon Cooperation Treaty Organization (ACTO) -- Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, Guyana, Peru, Suriname and Venezuela -- will meet to exchange best practices and lessons learned in the management of transboundary basins, which will serve as inputs to the implementation of the ACTO/UN Environment Programme (UNEP)/Global Environment Facility (GEF) project on "Regional Integrated and Sustainable Management of Transboundary Water Resources in the Amazon River Basin Considering Climate Variability and Climate Change". The workshop will be followed by the second meeting of the project's Steering Committee will review project activities and approve project management instruments for 2013.  

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Regional Platform for DRR in the Americas Adopts Declaration [viewed]

29 November 2012: The Third Session of the Regional Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction in the Americas has adopted a "Communiqué of Santiago: Investing for Resilience," which calls for stepping up efforts to fully implement mechanisms and key actions to accelerate implementation of the Hyogo Framework for Action (HFA) for disaster risk reduction (DRR).

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