National Action

Business Call to Action to Bring Micro-Irrigation to 300,000 Indian Farmers [viewed]

bcta27 January 2014: The Business Call to Action (BCtA) has partnered with a leading social enterprise, Global Easy Water Products (GEWP), to deliver low-cost micro-irrigation systems to 300,000 families and smallholder farmers in India by 2018.

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UNCCD Publication Evaluates Desertification as a Cause of Global Conflict [viewed]

desertification-invisible-frontierJanuary 2014: 'Desertification: The Invisible Frontline,' which was published by the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD), emphasizes that, "As the climate changes, so is the face of the Earth, and with devastating effects on the lives of those who depend on the land."

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World Bank Reviews Public-Private Partnerships in Indian Water Supply [viewed]

World BankJanuary 2014: The Water and Sanitation Program of the World Bank has released a flagship report, titled 'Running Water in India's Cities: A Review of Five Recent Public-Private-Partnership Initiatives,' which examines five case studies of Public-Private-Partnership (PPP) arrangements in India, including concession agreements, management contracts, and build-own-transfer (BOT) projects, and identifies lessons learned and considerations for implementation of future schemes.

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ITPGR Releases GB 5 Report; Announces Sri Lankan Ratification [viewed]

ITPGRJanuary 2014: The International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (ITPGR) Secretariat has circulated the final report of the fifth session of the ITPGR Governing Body (GB 5), which convened from 24-28 September 2013, in Muscat, Oman, and has announced that Sri Lanka has ratified the Treaty, bringing the total number of Parties to 131.

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UNEP and Iraq Sign Agreement Focused on Biodiversity Conservation and Green Economy [viewed]

UNEP26 January 2014: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) announced that Iraq has signed a 5-year strategic cooperation agreement with UNEP to boost recovery and support national development goals. The agreement will focus on: environmental legislation and regulations; biodiversity conservation; green economy; cleaner production; resource efficiency; combating dust storms; and climate change reporting, mitigation and adaptation.

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Event: Regional Workshop on African Agriculture in a Changing Climate [viewed]

The Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA), the African Climate Policy Centre (ACPC), the East African Community (EAC) and the CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS) are convening the 'Regional Workshop on African Agriculture in a changing climate: Enhancing the up-take of Climate Smart Agriculture' with the aim to: consider the outcomes of the 19th session of the Conference of the Parties to the UNFCCC (COP 19) and explore ways of consolidating the common African common position on agriculture in the on-going negotiations; share experiences in the development and implementation of the National Climate Change Policies/Strategies/Action Plans with a view to determining their readiness to access climate finance; explore ways of enhancing synergy between the national climate change and agricultural policies and strategies; assess the readiness of African countries to access climate finance; and facilitate and identify climate-smart agriculture (CSA) priority action areas and adopt a common approach to the emerging Global Alliance on Climate Smart Agriculture.  

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World Future Energy Summit Addresses Jobs, Energy Access and Africa's Potential [viewed]

energy-jobs-irena24 January 2014: Participants at the World Future Energy Summit (WFES) discussed developments and challenges in renewable energy technology deployment, including on: policy; finance; jobs; energy access and poverty; and the water and energy nexus. 

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Views on the Future of the IAF Presented [viewed]

UnffJanuary 2014: The UN Forum on Forests (UNFF) has released the organization of work and compilation of Member States' views and proposals on the International Arrangement on Forests (IAF) in advance of the first meeting of the open-ended intergovernmental ad hoc expert group (AHEG), scheduled for 24-28 February 2014. 

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UNFCCC Publishes CDM Afforestation and Reforestation Project Manual [viewed]

UNFCCC20 January 2014: The UNFCCC has published a reference manual on the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM), which outlines the requirements that need to be fulfilled by afforestation and reforestation (A/R) projects under the CDM.

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Event: Towards a CMS Programme of Work on Climate Change [viewed]

This workshop will be convened by the Convention on Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS) Conference of the Parties (COP) appointed Councilor for Climate Change, Colin Galbraith, in collaboration with the CMS Secretariat and Costa Rica's Ministry of Environment, Energy and Telecommunications (MINAET), and with the support of Germany and Monaco. The goal of the workshop, pursuant to CMS COP Resolution 10.19, is to prepare a CMS Programme of Work on climate change and migratory species, through opportunities to share experiences and best practices, with regards to the impact of climate change on migratory species. The workshop will also assist Parties in developing national guidelines on measures to assist migratory species to adapt to climate change. The results of the workshop will be delivered to the Scientific Council and the eleventh meeting of the CMS COP (CMS COP11), as well as to the relevant bodies of other institutions including the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) and the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). National Focal Points (NFPs) are invited to nominate an expert on climate change to participate in this workshop, by 1 March 2014.  

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