FAO Publishes Study on Small-Scale Bioenergy Production for Rural Development [viewed]

© FAO8 April 2009: The UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the UK's Department for International Development have published a study on the role of small-scale bioenergy production in local communities for rural development. The study, titled “Small-Scale Bioenergy Initiatives: Brief Description and Preliminary Lessons on Livelihood Impacts from Case Studies in Latin America, Asia and Africa,” reports on a series of 15 case studies of start-up bioenergy projects covering a range of bioenergy resources, such as residues from agriculture and forestry and liquid biofuels.

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UNITAR and UNEP Collaborate on Climate Change Capacity Building [viewed]

© UNITAR6 April 2009: The UN Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) and the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) have entered into a collaborative effort to help build capacity for climate change adaptation. Under the partnership, UNEP's Division of Early Warning and Assessment will develop a joint module, based on the training resources developed under the UNITAR's Climate Change Capacity Development project. The new module will then be included in UNEP's Integrated Environmental Assessment (IEA) training manual.

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UNITAR Centre Holds Climate Change Training Workshop for Latin American Local Authorities [viewed]

2 April 2009: The International Training Centre for Local Authorities/Actors (CIFAL), a training center affiliated to the UN Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR), held a training workshop on local governments and climate change in Curitiba, Brazil, from 24-27 March 2009.

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UNEP Finance Initiative Announces e-Learning Course on Climate Change Risks and Opportunities for the Financial Sector [viewed]

© UNEPApril 2009: The e-Learning course “Climate Change: Risks and Opportunities for the Finance Sector,” run by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) Finance Initiative Climate Change Working Group, will take place from 8-26 June 2009.

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UN/ISDR Asia Partnerships Meeting Addresses Disaster Risk Reduction and Climate Change Adaptation [viewed]

© UNI/ISDRApril 2009: A meeting of the UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UN/ISDR) Asia Partnership convened from 23-24 March 2009, in Bangkok, Thailand. The meeting was a follow-up action to the Third Asian Ministerial Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction, which called on the UN/ISDR Asia Pacific Office, in consultation with the Asian Partnership on Disaster Reduction (IAP), to develop an Action Plan to the Kuala Lumpur Declaration.

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Event: 20th Session of the FAO Committee on Forestry (COFO)/2nd World Forest Week [viewed]

COFO 2010 will focus on, inter alia: the Global Forest Resources Assessment; forest biodiversity, fire and water in the context of climate change; emerging opportunities and challenges in forest finance and forest governance; programme priorities for FAO's forestry activities; and the International Year of Forests 2011.  

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UNFCCC Bonn Talks Conclude [viewed]

© Chair Zammit Cutajar gavels the meeting to a close8 April 2009: The fifth session of the Ad Hoc Working Group on Long-term Cooperative Action under the Convention (AWG-LCA 5) and the seventh session of the Ad Hoc Working Group on Further Commitments for Annex I Parties under the Kyoto Protocol (AWG-KP 7) concluded on 8 April 2009, in Bonn, Germany. Among other decisions, parties decided to convene two additional meetings in 2009 and they mandated the new AWG-KP Chair John Ashe (Antigua and Barbuda) to prepare a proposal for amendments to the Kyoto Protocol under Article 3.9 (Annex I further commitments) and a text on other issues, such as LULUCF and the flexibility mechanisms.

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Executive Committee of the Multilateral Fund for the Implementation of the Montreal Protocol Considers Costs Associated with Climate Benefits [viewed]

© Multilateral Fund7 April 2009: The Executive Committee of the Multilateral Fund for the Implementation of the Montreal Protocol held its 57th meeting in Montreal, Canada, from 30 March-3 April 2009. The Committee approved US$25.5 million for projects and activities to phase-out ozone depleting substances (ODS), including funds for the phase-out of hydrochlorofluorocarbons (HCFCs).

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UNFCCC Secretariat Releases Workshop Report on Opportunities and Challenges for Mitigation in the Agricultural Sector [viewed]

© UNFCCC7 April 2009: The UNFCCC Secretariat has released the workshop report on opportunities and challenges for mitigation in the agricultural sector (FCCC/AWGLCA/2009/CRP.2), which was held in Bonn, Germany, on 4 April 2009, during the fifth session of the Ad Hoc Working Group on Long-term Cooperative Action under the Convention (AWG-LCA).

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UNFCCC Secretariat Releases Addendum on Ideas and Proposals on the Elements Contained in Paragraphs 1 of the Bali Action Plan [viewed]

7 April 2009: The UNFCCC Secretariat has released an addendum (FCCC/AWGLCA/2009/MISC.1/Add.4) to document FCCC/AWGLCA/2009/MISC.1 and Add.1.3, comprising two further submissions on ideas and proposals on the elements contained in paragraphs 1 of the Bali Action Plan.

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