ACP MEAs Project Newsletter Features Caribbean Policy Responses in Small Vulnerable Economies [viewed]

20 September 2011: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and the European Commission have released a newsletter on the Multilateral Environment Agreements in African, Caribbean and Pacific countries (ACP MEAs) Project. The newsletter features a guest article by Garfield Barnwell, CARICOM Secretariat, on policy responses for sustainable development in the Caribbean region.

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Sandwatch Newsletter Highlights Launch of New Website, Expansion of Teams [viewed]

September 2011: The UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has announced the release of the September 2011 issue of its newsletter, The Sandwatcher, featuring articles from Sandwatch teams in 20 countries, from the Caribbean, Indian and Pacific Ocean regions, Africa, Australia and Europe.

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Event: Global Science Conference on Climate-Smart Agriculture [viewed]

The Global Science Conference on Climate-Smart Agriculture is organized by the Ministry of Economic Affairs, Agriculture and Innovation of the Netherlands, the World Bank, and the University of Wageningen. It is sponsored by, inter alia, the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS) of the Consultative Group on Agricultural Research (CGIAR). It will bring together world experts on climate-smart agriculture to provide a synthesis of the current state of knowledge in order to deliver a set of findings based on multi-disciplinary science and best practices. The objectives of the conference are to: take stock of the current state of global knowledge of the science and best practices concerning climate-smart agriculture, in OECD and developing countries, and among private and public stakeholders; identify key priorities for further knowledge development; and summarize key findings for discussion at the 17th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 17) to the UNFCCC in Durban, South Africa, at the end of 2011, and the follow up global conference on Food Security and Climate Change in Viet Nam in early 2012.  

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Event: CGIAR Science Forum 2011 [viewed]

The biennial Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR) Science Forum brings together scientists, practitioners, policy makers and funding agents to examine emerging challenges, identify key researchable issues and form new partnerships to address them. The theme of Science Forum 2011 is ‘The Agriculture-Environment Nexus.' It will focus on new opportunities to adapt the agricultural research landscape to meet emerging challenges, such as: giving consideration to ecological efficiency in future agriculture; making agriculture and forestry net sinks of carbon and not sources; enabling agriculture to prosper with fewer non-renewable inputs; and developing innovative apporaches for a low-carbon agriculture that mitigates climate change. It is proposed that the debate at the Science Forum will be structured around the following themes: land saving and land transformation; resource scarcity and the ecological intensification of agriculture; metrics and monitoring; agro-biodiversity - can biodiverse systems compete in a global market?; sustainability science; and multifunctional landscapes. Science Forum 2011 will be hosted by the Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences (CAAS) and is organized by a steering committee led by the Independent Science and Partnership Council (ISPC) of the CGIAR.  

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Event: Workshop on Communicating Carbon [viewed]

The aim of this workshop, which is held by the Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS), is to bring together the project developers and their staff who interact with farmers to exchange lessons learned with each other, as well as to develop improved skills related to communication about carbon projects. The workshop will highlight best communication practices used to inform farmers about carbon markets, contracts, and risks involved in engaging with carbon projects. The workshop will also learn from communication strategies that have not been successful. The Communicating Carbon workshop aims to facilitate linking knowledge of mitigation with action that can help mitigate greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. The objectives of the workshop are to: share experiences on communicating the concept of carbon finance to farmers; identify communication strategies that provide and do not provide free, prior and informed consent (FPIC) to farmers about carbon project; develop topics and texts to be included in a policy brief on communicating carbon finance; and develop an action plan to carry forward collaboration beyond this initial gathering.  

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Climate Week NYC Event Reflects on Prospects for Durban, Rio+20 [viewed]

22 September 2011: Speakers at an event held during Climate Week NYC titled “Economics, Environment, Security: It's All About Positive Energy," which was hosted by the Government of the Maldives, the “TckTckTck” Campaign and the UN Non-Governmental Liaison Service (NGLS), discussed the prospects for the Durban Climate Change Conference and a possible outcome from Rio+20.

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SPC Commits to Supporting Pacific REDD+ Activities [viewed]

21 September 2011: The Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) has convened a workshop on regional support to REDD+ (reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation, conservation, sustainable management of forests and enhancement of carbon stock) Readiness in Pacific Island countries and territories (PICTs).

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Rio Conventions Joint Liaison Group Agrees on Terms of Reference and Modus Operandi [viewed]

20 September 2011: The Executive Secretaries of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD), and the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) have reported the adoption of the terms of reference and modus operandi for the Joint Liaison Group of the Rio Conventions.

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ADB Funds Smart Electricity Meters in Uzbekistan to Improve Energy Efficiency [viewed]

ADB20 September 2011: The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has announced a loan of US$150 million to finance smart electricity meters in Uzbekistan.

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UNFCCC Publishes GEF Report to COP 17 [viewed]

UNFCCC19 September 2011: The UNFCCC Secretariat has published the report (FCCC/CP/ 2011/7) of the Global Environment Facility (GEF) to the 17th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 17) to the UNFCCC, which will take place in Durban, South Africa, at the end of 2011.

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