Capacity Building & Education

Workshop Addresses Earth Observations and the Water-Energy-Food Nexus [viewed]

fao-esa-gwsp27 March 2014: The UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) hosted the Workshop on Earth Observations (EO) and the Water-Energy-Food (WEF) Nexus. Participants discussed: examples of EO contributions to WEF nexus assessments; information needs of WEF policy-makers; gaps in monitoring information and services that could be addressed by EO; and development of a synthesis report on the state of EO applications to WEF issues.

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Cubango-Okavango River Audit Released by FAO, OKACOM [viewed]

okacom-fao2014: The UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the Permanent Okavango River Basin Water Commission (OKACOM) published a synthesis report on the Cubango-Okavango River Basin Water Audit (CORBWA) Project, which synthesizes sixteen basin and country-level thematic reports. The report includes an introduction presenting the basin and OKACOM, water audits and the methodology, other sections address: trends in water resources availability; water use in the Cubango-Okavango River Basin; the value and costs of water resources; the policy environment; policy options; and conclusions and recommendations.

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OECD's ENVIRONET, WP-STAT Evaluate Development Finance Reporting [viewed]

OECD21 March 2014: A meeting convened by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) Development Assistance Committee (DAC), the Network on Environment and Development Co-operation (ENVIRONET) and the Working Party on Development Finance Statistics (WP-STAT) discussed trends in the reporting of development and climate finance flows, including the use of the Rio markers for reporting under the Rio Conventions.

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UN-REDD Highlights Agreement with Indigenous Peoples in Panama [viewed]

unredd29 April 2014: The UN Collaborative Programme on Reducing Emissions from Deforestation (UN-REDD) released the first issue of its 2014 newsletter, which highlights an agreement between the National Coordinating Body of Indigenous Peoples in Panama (COONAPIP) and the Government of Panama's National Environment Authority (ANAM). 

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Indian Ocean Countries Collaborate on Climate Data Rescue [viewed]

gfcs24 April 2014: The International Workshop on the Recovery and Digitization of Climate Heritage in the Indian Ocean Rim Countries and Islands convened in recognition of the need to accelerate the recovery of the region's historical climate records. At the workshop, governments established the INdian Ocean Data REscue Initiative (INDARE), adopted a declaration and agreed to finalize an INDARE implementation plan.

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Event: Delivering the Post-2015 Applied Science and Skills Agenda for Africa: The Role of Business [viewed]

This expert panel session will focus on the role of science and skills in Africa's post-2015 agenda, with an emphasis on the role of business. Panelists will give presentations and discuss the post-2015 development agenda and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) process and opportunities and challenges for higher education and skills programmes in Africa. This event aims to contribute to Planet Earth Institute's (PEI) work on promoting collaboration around science, technology and innovation in Africa. Panelist include: Álvaro Sobrinho, PEI Chairman; Lord Boateng, PEI Trustee and former UK Ambassador to South Africa; Christopher Edwards, PEI Trustee; Phillip Griffiths, Chair of the Science Initiative Group; Amina J Mohammed, Special Adviser on Post-2015 Development Planning; and Ambassador Antonio Tete, Permanent Observer of the AU to the UN.  

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Chinese Companies Learn from Central Africa's Experience in Forest Certification [viewed]

COMIFAC25 April 2014: With Asian countries serving as the primary destination for Congo Basin forest products, often extracted by Asian companies with limited understanding of local language and procedures, the Commission des Forets d'Afrique Centrale (COMIFAC) and the Congo Basin Forest Partnership (CBFP) organized a workshop to provide Chinese logging companies with greater information on forest certification and legality processes in Central Africa.

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ITC Supports SMEs in Trade Facilitation [viewed]

international-trade-center23 April 2014: The International Trade Centre (ITC) announced that it will assist small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in meeting the legal requirements of the World Trade Organization (WTO) Trade Facilitation Agreement (TFA). The support is part of ITC's efforts to foster sustainable economic development and contribute to achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) in developing countries and countries with economies in transition through trade and international business development.

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CTCN Director Updates Nationally Designated Entities on Latest Activities [viewed]

ctcn16 April 2014: In an open letter to Nationally Designated Entities (NDEs), the Director of the Climate Technology Centre and Network (CTCN), Jukka Uosukainen, reports on recent progress and future plans in relation to the CTCN, including country requests for technology assistance, awareness-raising workshops, the Climate Technology Network (CTN) and the forthcoming Knowledge Management System.

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April 2014 Water Finance Update [viewed]

worldbank-idb-afdb-ebrd-gefApril 2014: Throughout April 2014, the World Bank, Global Environment Facility (GEF), Asian Development Bank (ADB), Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), African Development Bank (AfDB) and European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) approved finance for and highlighted results of projects across Africa, Latin America, Asia and Europe, as well as in small island developing states (SIDS) to: improve water supply and sanitation; build urban and rural water infrastructure; reduce water-related disaster risk and increase climate resilience; improve agricultural water efficiency; construct hydro-power facilities; protect aquatic biodiversity; and promote transboundary water cooperation.

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