Climate Change

Global Mechanism Launches SLM Project for Ten African Countries [viewed]

UNCCD GLOBAL MECHANISM (GM)18 December 2013: During a partnership forum for the Great Green Wall for the Sahara and the Sahel Initiative (GGWSSI), the Global Mechanism (GM) of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) launched the Front Local Environnemental pour une Union VertE (Local Environmental Coalition for a Green Union) (FLEUVE) program.

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UN-REDD Releases Guidance on Gender Sensitive REDD+ [viewed]

UN-REDD Programme1 December 2013: The UN Collaborative Programme on Reducing Emissions from Deforestation (UN-REDD) released a guidance note highlighting steps to ensure that REDD+ actions are gender sensitive.

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ITPGR Secretariat Circulates Update on Benefit-sharing Projects [viewed]

ITPGRDecember 2013: The Secretariat of the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (ITPGR) has published an update on the projects sponsored by the second round of the Treaty's Benefit-sharing Fund, currently in implementation in 31 countries across Asia, Africa, the Near East, and Central and South America.

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IFPRI Analyzes Climate Change Impacts on East African Agriculture [viewed]

IfpriDecember 2013: The International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) has released a book, titled 'East African Agriculture and Climate Change: A Comprehensive Analysis,' which examines food security threats posed by climate change facing ten countries of East and Central Africa.

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UN-REDD Discusses Tenure Policy Issues [viewed]

UN-REDD ProgrammeDecember 2013: The UN Collaborative Programme on Reducing Emissions from Deforestation (UN-REDD) released a policy brief on REDD+ and the tenure of land, forests and other natural resources. The brief highlights the contribution of tenure in identifying stakeholders and facilitating equitable benefit sharing in REDD+.

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Last Update of 2013 [viewed]

IISD Happy Holidays CardWe at IISD RS wish you all the best for this holiday season and throughout the coming year. We will resume publication on our knowledgebases on 6 January 2014. Thank you for your support during 2013.

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UNIDO, DNV GL to Develop Water Footprint Measurement, Promote Water Management [viewed]

UNIDO18 December 2013: The UN Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) and DNV GL - Business Assurance have entered into a partnership to develop and implement joint projects in the field of water footprint measurement, as well as to promote water management best practices, with a particular emphasis on Africa.

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CGIAR Funding Doubles to $1 Billion [viewed]

CGIAR17 December 2013: The Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR) has announced a doubling of its funding of $500 million in 2008 to $1 billion in 2013. CGIAR officials say that the commitment could help lift 150 million people in Asia out of poverty through higher rice yields, provide 12 million households in Africa with sustainable irrigation, and prevent 1.7 million hectares of deforestation.

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NOAA, Arctic Council Release 2013 Arctic Report Card [viewed]

artic-report-card12 December 2013: The US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), with the support of two working groups of the Arctic Council, has released the 2013 update to the Arctic Report Card. The Report Card has been published since 2006 and tracks environmental changes in the region, including with regard to the atmosphere, sea ice and ocean, marine ecosystems, terrestrial ecosystems and the terrestrial cryosphere. 

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New Plant Breeding Academy to Improve Food Security in Africa [viewed]

World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF)10 December 2013: To improve Africa's resilience to climate change, pests and disease, the African Plant Breeding Academy (APBA) has announced that it will train scientists and technicians to breed plants and trees that have previously received little scientific research attention because of their low market value. The APBA was established to boost the profile and production of "orphan crops," which are neglected but nutritious crops.

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