Climate Change

CIFOR Newsletter Highlights South-East Asian Research Programme, Director General's Blog on SDGs [viewed]

CIFOR6 May 2013: The Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) April News Update highlights the launch of a new research program in South-East Asia and a blog post by the Director General on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

read more »

Conservation and Use of Plant Genetic Resources Advances in Mesoamerica [viewed]

ITPGR6 May 2013: As part of the 58th annual meeting of the Central American Cooperative Programme for the Improvement of Crops and Animals (Programa Cooperativo Centroamericano para el Mejoramiento de Cultivos y Animales (PCCMCA), held from 22-26 April 2013, working groups were established to address priorities and challenges in adapting to climate change in the region.

read more »

UNFCCC Publishes Views on LULUCF [viewed]

UNFCCC6 May 2013: The UNFCCC Secretariat has released a miscellaneous document containing the views of eight parties and one NGO on land use, land-use change and forestry (LULUCF) issues referred to in Decision 2/CMP.7, paragraphs 5-7 (FCCC/SBSTA/2013/MISC.8). 

read more »

World Bank Provides Guidance on GHG Emissions Assessments from Reservoirs [viewed]

World BankApril 2013: The World Bank has released a publication, titled "Greenhouse Gases from Reservoirs Caused by Biochemical Processes: Interim Technical Note," which aims to update World Bank staff on how to measure GHGs from reservoirs in the context of dam infrastructure projects based on the most recent methodologies.

read more »

Event: International Symposium on Sustainable Cities: Empowering Local Governments through Capacity Building [viewed]

The UN Office for Sustainable Development (UNOSD) will host this international symposium to strengthen dissemination and sharing of good practices and lessons learned on fostering sustainable cities, in recognition of the role of cities in protecting the environment, improving disaster risk reduction (DRR) and resilience and reducing poverty. The symposium aims to identify strategies to strengthen local government institutional and technical capacity to address poverty reduction and slum upgrading, urban development, urban economic growth, urban transport and water and sanitation. The symposium also aims to identify areas for further capacity building and knowledge sharing and to identify innovative financing models to support urban infrastructure. The event will bring together representatives of governments, including and local government and planning officials, UN agencies, multilateral and regional development banks, the private sector and civil society in plenary sessions, working group sessions and panel discussions. The symposium is planned to overlap with the ‘Incheon Sister and Friendly Cities Conference,' which will be held in Incheon on 28 September 2013, and include mayors from cities around the world. The two events will have a joint closing session that will discuss advancing and implementing the sustainable urbanization agenda.  

read more »

Event: Expert Group Meeting on Climate-Land-Energy-Water-Development Case Studies [viewed]

This meeting is one of a series of expert group meetings to support the preparation of the Global Sustainable Development Report 2013. The meetings are being organized to review and complete draft chapters of the report, which is expected to be finalized by September 2013. This meeting will discuss the themed chapter on the climate-land-energy-water-development (CLEW) nexus. The chapter will include sections on: rationale and nexus examples; national case studies highlighting the utility of the nexus perspective in implementing sustainable development; regional case studies, including identified policy solutions and alternatives ones; a global case study, including policy recommendations from sectoral and thematic assessments; and towards coherent policy menus, which will identify criteria for policy menus across the nexus.  

read more »

First Soil Atlas of Africa Underscores Role in Carbon Cycle and Food Security [viewed]

soil-atlas-africa26 April 2013: The first comprehensive assessment of soils across the African continent has been released by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO), the European Commission, the African Union (AU) and other international partners.

read more »

UN-REDD Highlights Key National Legal Issues for REDD+ [viewed]

unredd30 April 2013: The UN Collaborative Programme on Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation in Developing Countries (UN-REDD) has released a publication, titled ‘Legal Analysis of Cross-cutting Issues for REDD+ Implementation: Lessons Learned from Mexico, Viet Nam and Zambia.' The purpose of the report is to identify key legal issues impacting REDD+ and highlight lessons learned and messages from legal reform and development in the case study countries.

read more »

FAO Documents Wildlife Extinction Risks from Climate Change [viewed]

FAOMay 2013: Highlighting the risks posed by climate change to biodiversity, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) has released a study that documents climate-induced changes to ecosystems and measures to promote adaptation.

read more »

World Agroforestry Centre Considers Climate Adaptation in Chinese Mountain Communities [viewed]

World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF)29 April 2013: In the context of increased rainfall variability and recurrent drought in mountain regions of China, the World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF) has published a study, titled 'Coping with Climate-induced Water Stress Through Time and Space in the Mountains of Southwest China,' on strategies to increase resilience to water shortages.

read more »