Capacity Building & Education

UNESCO Releases SUMAMAD Project Results [viewed]

UNESCO19 June 2014: The Man and the Biosphere Programme (MAB) of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has released a policy brief outlining the results of the second phase of its Sustainable Management of Marginal Drylands (SUMAMAD) project.

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Event: NAP Expo [viewed]

Stakeholders from Least Developed Countries (LDCs), other developing countries, and supporting agencies and organizations will gather for the second National Adaptation Plan (NAP) Expo. The event will take place over two days to: act as a platform for stakeholders to exchange experiences, lessons learned and ideas on the NAP process; mobilize action and support for the creation and implementation of NAPs; share technical knowledge, including on methods, data and tools; and assess needs that should be filled in order to implement the NAP process effectively and to further inform the bodies supporting these processes. The LDC Expert Group (LEG) is organizing the Expo, with support from the UNFCCC Secretariat and an advisory group consisting of, inter alia, representatives from the Adaptation Committee and its Task Force on NAPs, GEF agencies, bilateral agencies and international organizations. The first NAP Expo was held in June 2013.  

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Event: 26th Meeting of the LDC Expert Group [viewed]

The Least Developed Countries (LDC) Expert Group (LEG) will convene its 26th meeting from 4-7 August 2014. The LEG supports the preparation and implementation strategy of the National Adaptation Programmes of Action (NAPAs) and provides technical assistance and guidance on National Adaptation Plans (NAPs). The LEG carries out its work through the review of draft NAPAs as requested, providing direct advice to LDCs, training workshops, and publication of guides, tools, technical papers and databases. The LEG meets twice a year.  

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Africa Carbon Forum Calls for Suitable Mechanisms [viewed]

AfricaCarbonForum4 July 2014: The sixth Africa Carbon Forum concluded that investments to support sustainable development and resilience in Africa must be scaled up to avoid undoing decades of development efforts. Forum presenters also called for regionally-suitable market and funding mechanisms, and reliable local environments for investment.

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Event: Adaptation Fund: Climate Finance Readiness Seminar #2 [viewed]

The Climate Finance Readiness Seminars focus on convening experts and thought leaders in climate finance readiness, sharing experiences and charting paths forward. This Seminar will address the integration of readiness throughout the programme cycle, including how to use climate information and vulnerability assessments to influence programme design.  

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Event: CBD Workshop on Synergies between REDD+ and Ecosystem Conservation and Restoration in NBSAPs [viewed]

Organized by the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), in collaboration with the UN Environment Programme World Conservation Monitoring Centre (UNEP-WCMC) and the Central African Forest Commission (COMIFAC), this workshop aims to support Central African countries in: the development of national targets and plans for ecosystem conservation and restoration within the framework of the Aichi targets; integrating targets, as well as REDD+ actions, into updated national biodiversity strategies and action plans (NBSAPs); and demonstrating the appropriate data-gathering processes, assessments, policies and tools for implementing a coherent approach to targets and REDD+ actions.  

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Managers Discuss Challenges Facing Island and Coastal Biosphere Reserves [viewed]

Unesco1 July 2014: Representatives from 26 biosphere reserves from 19 countries issued a joint statement following the Fourth Meeting of the Global Network of Island and Coastal Biosphere Reserves. The statement notes challenges and threats faced by these sites related to climate change and natural disasters; water, energy and food self-sufficiency; and waste management.

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UN-REDD Highlights UNEA Events and Outcomes [viewed]

UN-REDD Programme1 July 2014: The UN Collaborative Programme on Reducing Emissions from Deforestation (UN-REDD) released the July 2014 edition of its newsletter, which highlights a number of REDD+ related outcomes from the first UN Environmental Assembly (UNEA). In particular, the newsletter notes that during discussions on financing a green economy, REDD+ emerged as an opportunity for the promotion of sustainable development pathways.

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June 2014 Sustainable Energy Finance Update [viewed]

World Bank, IDB, GEF, EIB, EBRD, CIF, ADB, AFDB1 July 2014: During the month of June, the World Bank, the Global Environment Facility (GEF), the Climate Investment Funds (CIF), the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), the European Investment Bank (EIB), the Asian Development Bank (ADB), the African Development Bank (AfDB), and the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) undertook activities and approved funding for sustainable energy projects in various countries, including: Kazakhstan, Moldova, Ukraine, Slovakia, Sweden, Ecuador, the Dominican Republic, Japan and South Africa.

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June 2014 Climate Finance Update [viewed]

ebrd-worldbank-adb-gef-eib-afdb30 June 2014: During the months of May and June, the Global Environment Facility (GEF), the Asian Development Bank (ADB), the African Development Bank (AfDB), the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), the European Investment Bank (EIB), the Climate Investment Funds (CIF) and the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) have reported on various climate finance activities and projects, or published reports or newsletters related to climate finance.

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