Event: Forest Day 5 [viewed]

Forest Day 5 will take place in Durban, South Africa, on 4 December 2011, on the sidelines of the 17th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 17) to the UNFCCC. The Day will seek to inform the UNFCCC global agenda and forest stakeholders on ways to implement an international REDD+ (reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation in developing countries, as well as conservation, sustainable management of forests and enhancement of carbon stocks) funding mechanism that produces social and environmental benefits, above and beyond avoided emissions. The event will have a particular focus on Africa, looking at the tropical forests of the Congo Basin and elsewhere, and the continent's wide expanses of dry forest areas.  

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Guest Article #61: Future Development Must Be Centred Around Risk [viewed]

Around 20% of the Earth is at risk from at least one natural hazard and more than half the world's six billion plus population is exposed. In a matter of minutes, at least one hazard can change the world they know. Only through incorporating risk into development planning can we start to reduce this exposure.

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IFAD Calls for Investment in East Africa to Avert Food Crisis [viewed]

5 July 2011: The International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) has highlighted the impacts of climate change in East Africa, calling for investment in agriculture and smallholder farmers to prevent a major food crisis.

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IEA Publishes Updated Technology Roadmap on Electric and Hybrid Vehicles [viewed]

5 July 2011: The International Energy Agency (IEA) has released an updated version of its “Technology Roadmaps - Electric and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (EV/PHEV)” report, which indicates that forecasted manufacturing of electric and hybrid vehicles is behind national targets.

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CARICOM Heads of Government Discuss Participation in UNFCCC and UNCSD Meetings [viewed]

4 July 2011: During the 32nd Regular Meeting of the Conference of Heads of Government of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), participants discussed priority issues for the Community, including human and social development issues such as climate change, sustainable development, health, external trade and security issues.

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CCCCC Update Highlights Disaster Vulnerability Reduction Projects [viewed]

CCCCC4 July 2011: The 11th issue of the Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre's (CCCCC) Climate Change News Update, which compiles international and regional climate change-related news, highlights the World Bank's US$47.12 million Regional Disaster Vulnerability Reduction Projects, which aims to help Grenada and Saint Vincent and the Grenadines to climate-proof their buildings and increase their public institutions' capacity to assess natural risks.

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Fourth Aarhus MOP Addresses Sustainable Development, Adopts Chisinau Declaration [viewed]

1 July 2011: The fourth session of the Meeting of the Parties (MOP 4) to the Convention on Access to Information, Public Participation in Decision-making and Access to Justice in Environmental Matters (Aarhus Convention) took place from 29 June-1 July 2011, in Chisinau, Republic of Moldova.

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FCPF, UN-REDD Publish Jointly Commissioned Papers on REDD+ [viewed]

1 July 2011: The UN-REDD Programme and the World Bank's Forest Carbon Partnership Facility (FCPF) have published three jointly-commissioned papers on reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation in developing countries, as well as conservation, sustainable management of forests and enhancement of carbon stocks (REDD+). The peer-reviewed papers address participation, benefit-sharing and safeguards initiatives for REDD+.

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REEEP Announces Funding for 21 Low-Carbon Energy Projects [viewed]

30 June 2011: The Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Partnership (REEEP) has announced €3 million in funding for 21 clean energy projects in 17 countries, focusing on improving access to modern energy services and promoting low carbon energy development in developing countries.

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UNFCCC Publishes Corrigendum to GHG Synthesis and Assessment Report [viewed]

UNFCCC27 June 2011: The UNFCCC Secretariat has published a corrigendum to the Synthesis and Assessment Report on the Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Inventories Submitted in 2011 (FCCC/WEB/SAI/2011/Corr.1) submitted in 2011 referring to Ukraine.

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