Climate Change

Event: CMS COP 11 [viewed]

Ecuador will host the eleventh meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP 11) to the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS) in November 2014, marking the first time that a CMS COP is held in Latin America. The decision was taken during the 41st Meeting of the Standing Committee, on 28 November 2013, in Bonn, Germany. The COP will be preceded by a High Level Ministerial meeting on 3 November. Another Standing Committee meeting will be held 9 November upon closure of the COP.  

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Event: Improving the Quantification of Agriculture Emissions in Low-Income Countries [viewed]

The Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security Program (CCAFS) of the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR) will be hosting a web-based seminar that describes the Standard Assessment of Mitigation Potential and Livelihoods in Smallholder Systems, or SAMPLES approach to quantifying agriculture emissions. SAMPLES addresses knowledge gaps related to greenhouse gas (GHG) sources and sinks in smallholder agricultural systems. The uncertainty in understanding agriculture emissions compromises up-scaling of low-emissions agricultural development solutions, constrains smallholder participation in the emerging green economy, and weakens low-income countries' contribution to global climate negotiations. SAMPLES applies newly-developed and existing methods to generate novel, rigorous, and comparable data on GHG balances and livelihood-climate trade-offs due to smallholder farming.  

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CGIAR-led SAMPLES Project Focuses on Mitigation Potential from Agricultural Landscapes [viewed]

CCAFSDecember 2013: Aiming to better understand livelihoods and climate systems in agriculture landscapes, the Standard Assessment of Mitigation Potential and Livelihoods in Smallholder Systems (SAMPLES) project is developing tools and methodologies to support pro-poor climate change mitigation options through protocol development, global priority setting, capacity building and field-testing and research.

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Workshop Seeks to Guide Research, Science-Based Adaptation Strategies in the Andean Region [viewed]

UNESCO-IHE28 November 2013: 'The Science Policy Workshop: Impacts of Global Climate Change on Snow, Glaciers and Water Resources in the Andes: Policy Recommendations for Adaptation Strategies' addressed the optimization of research efforts and identified science-based policy needs for climate change adaptation strategies in the Andean region, with a focus on its water resources.

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FAO Documents Climate-Smart Agriculture Activities in Malawi and Zambia [viewed]

FAOOctober 2013: The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) has released a working paper that explores the livelihood and food security benefits of agroforestry and conservation agriculture in Malawi and Zambia, as well as economic feasibility analyses of the practices.

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Event: International Mountain Day 2013 [viewed]

International Mountain Day (IMD) is meant raise awareness about the importance of mountains, to highlight the opportunities and constraints in mountain development and to build partnerships that will bring positive change to the world's mountains and highlands. The theme for the event in 2013 is 'Mountains - Key to a Sustainable Future'. The celebration will focus on mountains' contribution towards sustainable economic growth and draw attention to their generally sustainable and low-emission production models. Organizers will also use the occasion to address the post-2015 development agenda and recall the need to include mountains in the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).  

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KNOWFOR Promotes Forests in Drylands to Improve Resilience [viewed]

World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF)26 November 2013: The World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF) has released the results of the KNOWFOR project to promote and share good practices for tree management and agroforestry in drylands in Africa.

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Warsaw Conference Adopts Decisions on ADP, REDD+, and Loss and Damage [viewed]

warsaw-closing-plenary23 November 2013: Negotiations during the Warsaw Climate Change Conference focused on the implementation of agreements reached at previous meetings, including pursuing the work of the Ad Hoc Working Group on the Durban Platform for Enhanced Action.

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Norway Announces $40 Million for UN-REDD [viewed]

UN-REDD Programme22 November 2013: The UN Collaborative Programme on Reducing Emissions from Deforestation (UN-REDD) has announced that Norway will give US$40 million in funding to support investments in REDD+ readiness, including improved governance and enhanced technical skills as well as knowledge sharing and capacity building.

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IFPRI Spotlights Climate Change Adaptation and Land Degradation Issues [viewed]

IFPRI Logo22 November 2013: The November edition of Insights, the magazine of the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), explores a range of topics relevant to sustainable development and the alleviation of food insecurity.

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