National Action

GEF Invests in Coastal Watershed Management in Mexico [viewed]

World Bank21 November 2013: The World Bank has announced a US$39.5 million Global Environment Facility (GEF) grant to protect coastal watersheds in Mexico. The announcement follows a 13 November 2013 National Dialogue in Mexico City to identify and align best practices with national funding priorities. The project is intended to support local communities' efforts to address deforestation, land degradation and biodiversity loss adjacent to protected areas, including through payments for ecosystem services (PES).

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Africa Day Focuses on Agriculture and Climate Change [viewed]

africa-days-event19 November 2013: Africa Day, a full-day event held on the margins of the Warsaw Climate Change Conference, brought together African leaders, scientists and other stakeholders to discuss climate change and agricultural development on the continent. Presented by the UN Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA), the African Union Commission (AUC), and the African Development Bank (AfDB), the event aimed to reach African development partners as well as negotiators from other regions.

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Drought Experts Underscore Importance of Decentralized Small Water Retention Measures in CEE [viewed]

gwp-cee8 November 2013: Drought experts, meeting in Warsaw, Poland, from 28-29 October, underscored that decentralized small water retention measures are important sources of water during dry periods in Central and Eastern Europe (CEE).

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ICRAF and Sierra Leone Sign MOU [viewed]

World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF)18 November 2013: The World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF) has announced the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Government of Sierra Leone to support strategic research on agroforestry.

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ICRAF Reports on Landscape Emission Reductions Pilot Project [viewed]

World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF)18 November 2013: The Congo Basin Forest Partnership (CBFP) announced a report from the Partnership for the Tropical Forest Margins (ASB) hosted by the World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF) highlighting the lessons learned and outcomes from the project, ‘Reduced Emission from All Land Use (REALU)'.

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CIF Funds Forest Management in Burkina Faso [viewed]

AfDB13 November 2013: The African Development Bank (AfDB) has announced US$11.5 million of support for the Government of Burkina Faso under the Climate Investment Funds' (CIF) Forest Investment Program (FIP).

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PROFOR Highlights Community Forestry Potential in Nepal [viewed]

PROFOR12 November 2013: The Program on Forests (PROFOR) has released the Nepal Forest Sector Strategy, which highlights the 5.6 percent annual conversion rate of forests in the country and makes recommendations on resource mobilization for forest conservation and forestry.

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CBD Secretariat Invites Parties' Submissions on Geo-Engineering-Related Measures [viewed]

CBD12 November 2013: The Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) has invited parties to submit information on any measures they have undertaken to ensure that no climate-related geo-engineering activities that may affect biodiversity take place, and to address the exception for small-scale scientific research studies contained in CBD Decision X/33, subparagraph 8(w) on geo-engineering.

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UNU-IAS Report Highlights Urban Climate Co-Benefits [viewed]

Unuiaslogo18 November 2013: The UN University Institute of Advanced Studies (UNU-IAS) has launched a policy report, titled ‘Urban Development and Climate Co-Benefits: Aligning Climate, Environmental and Other Development Goals in Cities.' The report examines challenges and opportunities in implementing urban climate co-benefit approaches, with a particular focus on developing country cities and sub-national processes in Brazil, China, India, Indonesia and Japan.

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CIFOR Leads Panel on How to Get REDD+ Off the Ground [viewed]

Get REDD Off the Ground15 November 2013: The Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) organized ‘Getting REDD+ Off the Ground: Challenges and Opportunities,' which focused on Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation, and the Role of Conservation, Sustainable Management of Forests and Enhancement of Forest Carbon Stocks in Developing Countries (REDD+)' on the sidelines of the Warsaw Climate Change Conference.

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