Near East

World Bank Calls for Climate Change Adaptation Measures in the Arab World [viewed]

World BankMarch 2013: The World Bank has released a study, titled "Economics of Climate Change in the Arab World," which presents case studies on the impacts of climate change in Syria, Tunisia and Yemen, highlighting the urgency of implementing adaptation measures.

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Arab Region DRR Conference Calls for Emphasis on Climate Resilience [viewed]

21 March 2013: The First Arab Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR), co-organized by the UN International Strategy for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR) and the UN Development Programme (UNDP), concluded with a call for the successor agreement to the Hyogo Framework for Action (HFA) to emphasize climate resilience.

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UNDP Highlights Water Cooperation Projects Around the World [viewed]

22 March 2013: The UN Development Programme (UNDP) has announced a pledge of US$2 million from the Coca-Cola Company to Every Drop Matters, a collaboration between UNDP and the company. Every Drop Matters aims to address global challenges related to climate change, water management, sanitation and water supply. 

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FAO Updates Database of Agriculture, Forestry and Land Mitigation Projects [viewed]

FAOMarch 2013: The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) has produced an updated assessment of the current status of land-based sectors in carbon markets through its Mitigation of Climate Change in Agriculture Project (MICCA). The report, titled "Agriculture, Forestry and Other Land Use Mitigation Project Database," presents analyses of project methodologies and sizes, as well as regional differences in project types and scheme development.

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FCPF Reports on the Engagement of Indigenous Peoples [viewed]

14 February 2013: The Carbon Fund of the Forest Carbon Partnership Facility (FCPF) held a workshop with representatives of indigenous peoples and civil society in order to gather their views and opinions on the work of the FCPF. Topics discussed included REDD+ readiness and the development of a methodological framework for the FCPF.

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IEA Executive Director Calls for a Systems Approach to Clean Energy [viewed]

27 February 2013: In a keynote address delivered at the World Smart Energy Week in Tokyo, Japan, Maria van der Hoeven, Executive Director of the International Energy Agency (IEA), has stated that the system-wide integration of clean and efficient energy technologies is essential in the transition to a sustainable and secure energy future.

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UNISDR Assisting Government of Palestine to Establish Disaster Loss Database [viewed]

25 February 2013: The UN Office for Disaster Reduction (UNISDR) has announced it is assisting the Government of Palestine in establishing its first national disaster loss database. UNISDR is conducting disaster assistance training with 100 government, non-governmental, and UN agency participants.

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Low Emission Capacity Building Programme Offers Guidance on NAMA Prioritization [viewed]

LECBP11 February 2013: The Low Emission Capacity Building Programme (LECBP) has hosted a webinar that introduced LECBP country teams and other practitioners to an approach developed by the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD) to prioritizing nationally appropriate mitigation actions (NAMAs). The approach has been tested and implemented in Trinidad and Tobago, Bangladesh and Kenya.

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ICARDA Newsletter Focuses on Water Productivity, Drought-Resistant Fodder and Improved Seed Varieties [viewed]

February 2013: The February issue of the newsletter of the International Center for Agricultural Research in the Dry Areas (ICARDA) highlights recent research and partnerships related to water, genetic diversity and climate-adapted crops in Ethiopia, India, Iraq, Oman and the United Arab Emirates (UAE). 

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REN21 Newsletter Highlights Publications Launched at ADIREC 2013, Upcoming Events and Partner News [viewed]

REN218 February 2013: The February 2013 edition of the newsletter of the Renewable Energy Policy Network for the 21st Century (REN21) highlights the launch of the REN21 Renewables Global Futures Report (GFR) and the Executive Summary of the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) Status Report, while also reporting on activities from REN21 partner organizations. 

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