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.

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Draft Strategic Plan for Migratory Species Released for Comments [viewed]

CMS26 April 2013: The first draft of the Strategic Plan for Migratory Species 2015-2023, prepared by the Convention on Migratory Species (CMS) Intersessional Strategic Plan Working Group, has been released for comments, which are requested by 30 September 2013.

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CIF Supports Meteorological Services to Increase Mozambique's Climate Resilience [viewed]

world-bank_cif25 April 2013: The World Bank, through the Climate Investment Funds (CIF), has approved a US$15 million grant to help Mozambique strengthen its hydrological and meteorological information services across national, provincial and local communities, with the aim of building a climate-resilient society.

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World Bank Supports Water Resources Management Improvements in Zambia [viewed]

World Bank25 April 2013: The World Bank has approved an International Development Association (IDA) credit of US$50 million to support the Zambia Water Resources Development Project, which aims to improve water resources management, with a focus on rural areas, while supporting Zambia's 2011 Water Resources Management Act.

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EC, UNICEF Improve Water and Sanitation Access in Malawi [viewed]

ec-unicef29 April 2013: The European Commission has announced it will support Malawi in reaching water and sanitation-related Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), focusing in particular on vulnerable populations without access to sanitation and water supply.

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SADC, UNESCO Workshop Highlights Transboundary Water Management for Cooperation and Conflict Prevention [viewed]

unesco-sadc9 April 2013: The Southern African Development Community (SADC) Secretariat and the UN Education­al, Scientific and Cultural Or­ganization (UNESCO) co-organized a workshop to "Promote Cooperation and Conflict Prevention in Transboundary Water Resources," which highlighted the importance of cooperation for effective transboundary water resource management, and provided guidance on designing and conducting negotiation processes on transboundary water-related issues.

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WHO Releases Water Quality and Health Strategy for 2013-2020 [viewed]

WHOApril 2013: The World Health Organization (WHO) has released a strategy for the prevention of waterborne diseases that will serve as framework for action by the WHO Secretariat for the period 2013-2020.

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WHO Releases Water Safety Plan Quality Assurance Tool [viewed]

WHOApril 2013: The World Health Organization (WHO) has made available a Quality Assurance Tool for the assessment of Water Safety Plans (WSPs) to support the development, implementation and assessment of WSPs by highlighting areas of progress and opportunities for improvement.

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AfDB, AusAID Support Water and Sanitation Supply in Southern Malawi [viewed]

afdb-ausaid23 April 2013: A project to improve the water supply and sanitation, supported by the African Development Bank (AfDB), the African Development Fund (ADF) and the Rural Water Supply and Sanitation Initiative (RWSSI), as well as with co-financing from the Australian Government Overseas Aid Program (AusAid), was launched in Malosa, Malawi.

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Event: Significance of Marine Science and Technology and Importance of Capacity Building and Marine Technology Transfer to SIDS [viewed]

Organized by the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) and the UN Office of the High Representative for the Least Developed Countries, Landlocked Developing Countries and Small Island Developing States (OHRLLS), this expert group meeting will: assess the current status of the marine science and technology situation in the SIDS regions;
 identify frameworks for technology transfer of relevant and appropriate marine scientific technologies to SIDS; present the results of the marine science capacity development survey carried out by IOC (as a result of a voluntary commitment taken at the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20));
 and make concrete recommendations in capacity development that could contribute to the preparatory process towards the 2014 Third International Conference on SIDS.  

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