Event: International Year of Forests [viewed]

Based on Resolution 61/193, adopted by the UN General Assembly in December 2006, 2011 has been declared International Year of Forests (IYF). The UN Forum on Forests will serve as the focal point for the implementation of the International Year of Forests, in collaboration with governments, the Collaborative Partnership on Forests and international, regional and subregional organizations and processes as well as relevant major groups.  

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Event: Workshop on Development of Agricultural Systems and Climate Smart Agriculture in Developing Countries [viewed]

This workshop is organized by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO), the Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS) Challenge Programe of the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR) and other academic and international organizations. The meeting will discuss challenges and opportunities for more efficient agriculture in the long term, contributing to thinking beyond Cancun and The Hague. It will also explore synergies between adaptation, mitigation and biodiversity to respond to competing pressures on land and water from agriculture, forests and other ecosystems, growing population and urban expansion, as well as energy needs.  

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Event: Workshop on the FAO Climate Impacts Assessment Toolbox [viewed]

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) will host this meeting, which will feature presentations of the prototype and components of the climate impact assessment toolbox, and will include discussions with national partners on future implementation of the toolbox.  

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Event: New Directions for Smallholder Agriculture [viewed]

The International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) is organizing an international conference on "New Directions for Smallholder Agriculture." Papers presented at the conference will focus on regional diversities and the technical, financial and institutional environments that will determine their future. Participants will discuss how smallholders will adapt to accommodate a changing global environment. Participation is by invitation.  

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ICRISAT Releases Strategic Plan to 2020 [viewed]

December 2010: The International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT) has released its strategic plan to 2020, titled "ICRISAT Strategic Plan to 2020: Inclusive Market-Oriented Development for Smallholder Farmers in the Tropical Drylands."

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62nd Meeting of ExCom Approves ODS Destruction Project [viewed]

23 December 2010: The 62nd meeting of the Executive Committee (ExCom) of the Multilateral Fund for the Implementation of the Montreal Protocol convened in Montreal, Canada, from 29 November-3 December 2010. For the first time, the ExCom considered and approved a large number of HCFC phase-out management plans (HPMPs), in line with the HCFC guidelines adopted at its 60th meeting.

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CIFOR Publishes Report on Land Use Competition from Biofuel Expansion [viewed]

December 2010: The Center For International Forestry Research (CIFOR) has released a paper titled "Potential land use competition from first-generation biofuel expansion in developing countries."

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UNEP Releases Report on Climate Financial Flows [viewed]

December 2010: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) Climate Change Working Group for Bilateral Finance Institutions has released its annual report on climate change financial flows to developing countries titled: “Bilateral Finance Institutions and Climate Change: A Mapping of 2009 Climate Financial Flows to Developing Countries.”

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UNEP Releases Publication on Green Economy and Fiscal Reform [viewed]

December 2010: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) has released a Green Economy publication titled “Driving a Green Economy Through Public Finance and Fiscal Policy Reform,” which prioritizes the need to reform environmentally harmful subsidies in the agriculture, energy, fisheries, forest and water sectors.

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Last Climate Change Daily Feed for 2010 [viewed]

We at IISD RS wish you all the best for this holiday season and throughout the coming year. We will resume publication of the Climate Change Daily Feed, along with updates to the Climate Change Policy & Practice knowledgebase, on 3 January 2011.

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