Pacific Community Conference Focuses on Climate Change and Food Security [viewed]

8 November 2011: The seventh Conference of the Pacific Community convened in Noumea, New Caledonia, under the theme “Climate Change and Food Security – Managing the Risks for Sustainable Development,” from 7-8 November 2011. The Conference emphasized the importance of a paradigm shift in addressing climate change, not necessarily “doing different business, but rather doing business differently” to determine the level of acceptable risk and to prepare responses.

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ASB Brief Examines Co-existence of People and Orangutan in Sumatra [viewed]

8 November 2011: The ASB Partnership for Tropical Forest Margins (ASB) has produced a policy brief titled “Co-existence of people and orangutan in Sumatra: Stabilising gradients for landscape multifunctionality,” which examines the role of forest-agroforest-agricultural landscapes in orangutan habitat in Sumatra.

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EBRD and GGRF to Combat Gas Flaring in the Russian Federation and Central Asia [viewed]

8 November 2011: The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) and the World Bank-led Global Gas Flaring Reduction partnership (GGFR) will help governments in Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, the Russian Federation and Turkmenistan introduce energy efficiency measures and environmental standards in oil and gas operations.

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CPF Highlights Role of Forests for Bioenergy [viewed]

7 November 2011: The Collaborative Partnership on Forests (CPF) has released a statement on the role of forests in coping with future demands for bioenergy, improving environmental quality and increasing economic opportunities.

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SPC Assesses Vulnerability of Tropical Fisheries to Climate Change [viewed]

7 November 2011: The Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) has released a publication titled “Vulnerability of Tropical Pacific Fisheries and Aquaculture to Climate Change," which includes contributions from 88 international scientists and fisheries specialists. The publication concludes that there will be winners and losers as a consequence of climate change in the Pacific region.

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IFPRI Study Confirms Concerns over Land-use Change Effects of EU Biofuel Policies [viewed]

4 November 2011: A new study by the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), a centre of the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR), analyzes the question of indirect land-use change (ILUC) in relation to the EU's Renewable Energy Directive. It finds that ILUC issues are a valid concern, but that the impact depends on the type of feedstock crop used as well as other factors such liberalization of international trade in biofuels.

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UNFCCC Publishes Consultative Group of Experts Reports [viewed]

3 November 2011: The UNFCCC Secretariat has published the progress report (FCCC/SBI/2011/10) of the work of the Consultative Group of Experts on National Communications from Parties not included in Annex I to the Convention (CGE). The report contains the proceedings of the fifth meeting of the reconstituted CGE relating to progress in the implementation of its mandate and discussions on the organization of its work programme for 2011–2012.

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Event: Climate Change Mitigation with Indigenous Peoples: Practices, Lessons Learned and Prospects [viewed]

This workshop is organized by the UN University (UNU), in collaboration with the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), the Australian Government Department of Climate Change and Energy Efficiency, the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), and the UN Development Programme (UNDP). The workshop aims to: reflect the range of perspectives concerning indigenous peoples/local communities and climate change responses (including mitigation); support the build-up of understanding and peer-reviewed literature in the field of indigenous peoples, local communities and climate change mitigation; compile data and grey literature that are relevant for understanding climate change mitigation involving local and indigenous knowledge holders, local populations, and developing country scientists; support Indigenous peoples', local communities' and developing country scientists' engagement and research in international climate dialogues; provide policy makers with relevant information on the mitigation potential of indigenous peoples and local communities; and outline a publication in a Special Issue of a peer-reviewed scientific journal.  

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G20 Cannes Summit Calls for Fossil Fuel Subsidy Phase-out and Successful Climate Negotiations [viewed]

G204 November 2011: The Group of 20 (G20) Leader's Summit in Cannes concluded with the adoption of a declaration that addresses energy markets, green growth, and climate change, among other issues. Leaders called for rationalizing and phasing-out perverse fossil fuel subsidies, and reiterated their committment to a successful outcome at the upcoming 17th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 17) to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), scheduled to take place in Durban, South Africa, at the end of the year.

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CIF Meeting Approves Support to Eight Countries to Address Climate Change [viewed]

4 November 2011: The Climate Investment Funds (CIF) approved US$1.08 billion in near-zero-interest loans and grants to support Bolivia, Honduras, India, Jamaica, Lao PDR, Mali, Mexico and Nepal in their efforts to mitigate and adapt to climate change.

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