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UNEP: Mapping SDG targets, indicators and MEA targets and indicators

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Celebrating the Life of Environmental Educator – Mary Leakey

Dear Friends and Colleagues,

 
By 1985 Mary Leakey based in Kenya, and her colleagues had collected over 10,000 EE activities, created by non-Africans finding only 6 actually relevant to African people and African culture. [This is known as “Deficient Development” where outsiders know best for others.]  She then started to build bridges with locals, communities, and various African organisations.  Now, Africans are at the decision making table, quoting another well known Environmental Educator, Akpezi Ogbuigwe “ African solutions to African problems by African people.”  
 
Today The New York Times posted an animated film about the work of this amazing woman.  This short documentary remembers the paleoanthropologist Mary Leakey, who discovered footprints of human ancestors on the African savanna.By FLORA LICHTMAN and SHARON SHATTUCK,

All the best,
Pam Puntenney and Bremley Lyngdoh
UNSD Education Caucus Co-Chairs

Publish DateDecember 8, 2015. Photo by Flora Lichtman and Sharon Shattuck

Dr. P. J. Puntenney

Environmental & Human Systems Management
1989 West Liberty
 Ann Arbor, MI  48103  USA
Cell: +1-(734) 352•7429
Landline: +1-(734) 994•3612

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GMS Environment Media Monthly Roundup – April 2015

Dear Colleagues,
Every month the GMS Environment Operations Center compiles environment news relating to the Greater Mekong Subregion, providing a snap-shot of progress and setbacks for sustainable development in the six countries.
Please click on the link below for the April roundup, featuring 67 news articles ordered by country:
To directly receive this and other GMS environment updates, subscribe to our mailing list: http://eepurl.com/bgtAWT
 
Also, you can keep track of GMS environment events via our online calendar: http://www.gms-eoc.org/event-calendar
Kind regards
Duncan McLeod
Outreach Specialist
duncan@gms-eoc.org
Tel: 66 2 207 4428    Skype: omaranui
GMS Environment Operations Center
Asian Development Bank, 23rd Floor, The Offices at Central World
999/9 Rama I Road, Pathumwan Bangkok 10330 Thailand
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Subject: climate-l digest: September 15, 2014

 

From: “Climate Change Info Mailing List digest” <climate-l@lists.iisd.ca>

 

Reply-To: “Climate Change Info Mailing List” <climate-l@lists.iisd.ca>

CLIMATE-L Digest for Monday, September 15, 2014.

1. THE CLIMATE SUMMIT
2. Weather report for 4 December 2050: TV5, The Philippines
3. Jean Galbraith on form & structure of 2015 agreement
4. Energy law at University of Eastern Finland
5. 3 new industrial case studies on implementing ISO 50001
6. INVITATION: POLIMP 2nd Stakeholder Workshop- Climate and Finance
7. Climate Change Daily Feed – 15 September 2014 – Climate Change Policy & Practice
8. Save the Date: The State of the ETS report launch – 15th October
9. Event Notification | Ensuring a positive contribution of trade policy to climate action towards COP 21
10. Adaptation Community meeting highlighting the Future Earth initiative: DC; free live streaming
11. World Bank and partners launching a new design to support projects that reduce emissions

Date: Mon, 15 Sep 2014

Subject: THE CLIMATE SUMMIT

 

Dear friends,

The new climate regime will need to balance universal ism with diversity in the legal and/or political commitments that countries at different levels of development agree to.

You might find the attached article of interest.http://www.indiaenvironmentportal.org.in/content/399965/the-paris-summit-universality-and-diversity/

Best regards 

Mukul Sanwal

Date: Mon, 15 Sep 2014

Subject: Weather report for 4 December 2050: TV5, The Philippines

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k3cXR0aD5mw&feature=youtu.be

http://www.wmo.int/media/climatechangeimpact.html

Michael Williams    

Chief, Communications and Public Affairs

World Meteorological Organization (WMO)

CP 2300, CH-1211 Geneva 2, Switzerland

+41-22-730-8315 // +41-79-406-4730 (cell)

Follow us on TwitterFacebook and www.wmo.int 

Subject: Jean Galbraith on form & structure of 2015 agreement

In this guest blog for FIELD Professor Jean Galbraith explains why the US prefers a soft law agreement and considers the importance of balancing effectiveness and flexibility, and of getting the right structure for the future climate agreement.

(http://www.field.org.uk/news/guest-blog-jean-galbraith-on-us-role-and-form-and-structure-of-2015-climate-agreement)

FIELD – Foundation for International Environmental Law and Development

www.field.org.uk   /  Twitter: @FIELDLegal   /  Facebook

Third Floor  / Cityside House

40 Adler Street  /  London E1 1EE  / Tel: + 44 (0)20 7096 0277

Registered charity no. 802 934

Company Limited by Guarantee and Incorporated in England and Wales Reg. No. 2463462

Subject: Energy law at University of Eastern Finland

The University of Eastern Finland Law School is the Finnish hub for research and teaching in national and international energy, environment and climate change law. 

We offer a specialised LL.M. Diploma Program focused solely on international and European energy law. This comprehensive diploma program covers the most significant legal and policy issues in energy investments, trade, international disputes and international geopolitics of energy. 

Application period for the academic year of 2015 is now open. The final date for the receipt of applications is Saturday, October 4th, 2014.

The program is primarily intended for those with a legal background, though it is also suitable for students with an interest in energy law but with a first degree from another discipline. For more information, go to www.uef.fi/energyllm

Subject: 3 new industrial case studies on implementing ISO 50001

 

Dear Climate-L members,

Learn about ISO 50001 implementation and results in three industrial plants, featured in new case studies from the Global Superior Energy Performance (GSEP) Energy Management Working Group. These latest entries in the growing GSEP series explain how two Canadian plants, IBM and Lincoln Electric, and one U.S. plant, HARBEC, Inc., deployed ISO 50001-compliant energy management systems and their resulting savings. GSEP, an initiative of the Clean Energy Ministerial and International Partnership for Energy Efficiency Cooperation, publishes the series in an effort to improve energy efficiency and mitigate carbon emissions around the globe.

U.S. Case Study
Working toward carbon neutrality, HARBEC, Inc.’s small-scale, specialty plastics manufacturing facility in upstate New York implemented an energy management system that earned both ISO 50001 certification and Platinum certification through Superior Energy Performance (SEP), which administered through the U.S. Department of Energy.  View the Harbec case study: http://www.cleanenergyministerial.org/Portals/2/pdfs/GSEP_EMWG_harbec_case_study.pdf

The USD$127,000 invested to implement SEP was paid back by the resulting operational energy cost savings within 2.4 years. The EnMS now saves the plant 6 billion Btu (6,300 gigajoules) annually and lowers energy costs by USD$52,000 each year at prevailing energy prices. HARBEC’s real-time automated system continuously monitors plant equipment to sustain and continuously improve energy performance. The case study provides the cost-benefit analysis for implementing SEP, details about implementation of ISO 50001, and the measurement and verification of the energy performance improvement.

Canadian Case Studies
IBM implemented an EnMS at its manufacturing facility in Bromont, Quebec, which helped it to reduce energy consumption by 9.2% and save CAD$550,000 in 2013. The savings came from 36 energy efficiency projects implemented as part of the EnMS. Tool modifications generated approximately 27% of the savings, while heating, ventilation, and air conditioning and exhaust reduction projects generated the other 73%. Equipment throughout the plant is now monitored using dashboards that show real-time energy use. View IBM case study: http://www.cleanenergyministerial.org/Portals/2/pdfs/GSEP_EMWG_IBMCaseStudy.pdf.

IBM implemented an EnMS at its manufacturing facility in Bromont, Quebec, which helped it to reduce energy consumption by 9.2% and save CAD$550,000 in 2013. With the support of Natural Resources Canada (NRCan), IBM Bromont was certified for conformance with CAN/CSA ISO 50001 in 2013. NRCan’s Canadian Industry Program for Energy Conservation provided plant staff with various energy conservation tools and services that assisted with EnMS development and certification.

Lincoln Electric became CAN/CSA ISO 50001 certified after implementing an EnMS at its facility in Toronto, Ontario, which manufactures steel welding wire and industrial diesel-driven DC generator welding machines. With the help of NRCan, Lincoln Electric developed an EnMS that reduced the facility’s energy consumption by 22% in 2013. View Lincoln Electric case study: http://www.cleanenergyministerial.org/Portals/2/pdfs/GSEP_EMWG_LincolnElectricCaseStudy.pdf.

Lincoln Electric became CAN/CSA ISO 50001 certified after implementing an EnMS at its facility in Toronto, Ontario. The EnMS reduced the facility’s energy consumption by 22% in 2013. Plant management was initially interested in an EnMS as a means to maintain competitiveness and reduce risks associated with volatile energy prices. The company learned that its successful EnMS implementation owes much to its corporate culture that actively encourages the identification of energy improvements and conservation measures. The plant expects its EnMS to lead to continuous improvement in overall plant energy consumption.

These three case studies, along with other EnMS case studies and resources, are available through the GSEP EMWG website at www.cleanenergyministerial.org/EnergyManagement.

About GSEP
GSEP aims to significantly cut global energy use by encouraging the industrial and commercial buildings sectors to continually improve their energy efficiency. GSEP’s Energy Management Working Group (EMWG) seeks to accelerate broad EnMS use in industry and commercial buildings worldwide. The EMWG’s 11 member countries share their knowledge and expertise, strategies, and best practices. The governments participating in the EMWG are Australia, Canada, Denmark, the European Commission, India, Japan, Mexico, the Republic of Korea, South Africa, Sweden, and the United States. The GSEP initiative was launched in 2010 by the Clean Energy Ministerial and the International Partnership for Energy Efficiency Cooperation.

Best regards,
Tracy

Tracy Evans
tevans@energetics.com
Energetics Incorporated

Subject: INVITATION: POLIMP 2nd Stakeholder Workshop- Climate and Finance

 

Dear All,

On behalf of the POLIMP project consortium (please see below for more details on the POLIMP research project), Climate Strategies has the pleasure to invite you to participate in the 2nd Stakeholder Workshop ‘Climate and Finance:  Financing Renewable Energy for Europe’ to be held on Wednesday, 15th of October, 2014 in London, UK.

Our aim is to discuss the current status of renewable energy in Europe, focusing on the most recent developments in the financial and policy environments that facilitate its deployment.

Please follow this link to download the event’s Agenda (constantly updated) and register for the event.

We look forward to your participation,

On behalf of the POLIMP consortium,

Eleonora Arcese

Climate Strategies Research Associate

c/o UCL Energy Institute, Central House

14 Upper Woburn Place, London WC1H 0NN

T: +44 (0) 203 108 5936

E: eleonora.arcese@climatestrategies.org

W: www.climatestrategies.org

Subject: Climate Change Daily Feed – 15 September 2014 – Climate Change Policy & Practice

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Subject: Save the Date: The State of the ETS report launch – 15th October 

15th October – 13.00-15.00

Sandbag’s Annual Report: The state of the EU Emissions Trading Scheme

The Emissions Trading Scheme is at a crossroads. New legislation has been tabled to tackle the mounting oversupply of carbon allowances and a steeper trajectory has been proposed under the 2030 framework. But are these fixes enough to make Europe’s flagship climate policy relevant again?

As policymakers consider these new changes to the EU carbon market, we examine how the last major set of changes to the ETS legislation fared in 2013, the first year they were implemented. We document where things have improved, where the new measures have proved inadequate, and explore further options for reform.

Please join us on Wednesday 15th October, at the European Parliament in Brussels, to discuss the issues with a cross-party panel of MEPs.

Register here: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1VAP5T5f0Vq0EnwxbQcOKKmwLslBwfWgf83dlZ11f-RI/viewform 

Thanks

phil@sandbag.org.uk

Sandbag Climate Campaign 

Please note our new address: Second Floor, 40 Bermondsey Street, London, SE1 3UD

Subject: Event Notification | Ensuring a positive contribution of trade policy to climate action towards COP 21

Dear Climate-L readers,

We are hosting an event during Climate Week NYC next week Wednesday, 24 September. If you want to know more about how trade policy can contribute to climate action towards COP 21, we warmly invite you to watch the live webcast of the event here. Those wishing to attend the event in person, please contact Ms Ingrid Jegou at ijegou@ictsd.ch to request an invitation.

Best regards,

Sonja Hawkins

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Subject: World Bank and partners launching a new design to support projects that reduce emissions

Dear Climate-L Colleagues,

Today, the World Bank Group together with several partners announced the design of the Pilot Auction Facility for Methane and Climate Change Mitigation (PAF), an innovative climate finance instrument that will use auctions to maximize the use of limited public resources for climate change mitigation while leveraging private sector financing.  

The facility has a target capitalization of $100 million, with several donors considering pledges, including Germany, Sweden, Switzerland and the United States. In its first phase, the facility will focus on methane reducing projects, possibly including landfill, animal waste, and wastewater projects. Buyers will bid to receive a tradable put option for a guaranteed price for each ton of methane emissions that such projects reduce.

This price guarantee provides private investors with a financial incentive to fund projects, using the competitive nature of the auction to determine the value of the guarantee, maximizing the efficient use and impact of public funds.

The World Bank Group continues to lead development of innovative financial instruments that mitigate climate change.  The pilot’s auction will be the first of its kind for financing climate-friendly investments.

Please see our feature story for more details on the new facility: http://www.worldbank.org/en/news/feature/2014/09/15/pioneering-new-financial-instrument

Isabel Hagbrink
Senior Communications Officer

Climate and Carbon Finance Unit

Climate Change Group

T: 1-202-458 0422 F: 1-202-522 7464

E: ihagbrink@worldbank.org

Skype: isabel.hagbrink                          @wbclimatechange

www.worldbank.org/climate    

1818 H Street NW, Washington, DC 20433 USA

  

Dear friends,

The new climate regime will need to balance universal ism with diversity in the legal and/or political commitments that countries at different levels of development agree to.

You might find the attached article of interest.

http://www.indiaenvironmentportal.org.in/content/399965/the-paris-summit-universality-and-diversity/

Best regards

Mukul Sanwal

Subject: Weather report for 4 December 2050: TV5, The Philippines

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k3cXR0aD5mw&feature=youtu.be

http://www.wmo.int/media/climatechangeimpact.html

Michael Williams    

Chief, Communications and Public Affairs

World Meteorological Organization (WMO)

CP 2300, CH-1211 Geneva 2, Switzerland

+41-22-730-8315 // +41-79-406-4730 (cell)

Follow us on TwitterFacebook and www.wmo.int 

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 CILMATE DIGEST 23 SEPTEMBER


CLIMATE-L Digest for Tuesday, September 23, 2014.

1. New Report on Link between Strengthening Local Rights and Achieving Forest Mitigation Goals
2. Live webcast: Colloquium on Forests & Climate, 24 Sept, 1.30 EDT on cifor.tv
3. CDM Loan Scheme: call for applications – NEXT DEADLINE: 30 September 2014
4. 2014 REDD+ Questionnaire for Financing, Actions and Results
5. Climate Summit – side event 25 sept – Climate Change, Displacement & Migration
6. New report from business groups outlines unprecedented joint call for climate leadership
7. AlertNet Climate – This week’s top climate change news from the Thomson Reuters Foundation
8. Watch CO2 emissions bury the UN Climate Summit:
9. Who supports carbon pricing? Over 1,000 companies and 73 countries!
10. NY climate week and beyond: **NEW CARE brief on gender equality and climate change in post 2015 frameworks**
11. Climate Change Daily Feed – 23 September 2014 – Climate Change Policy & Practice
12. GEF – US$ 3 billion for Climate Actions

 

Subject: New Report on Link between Strengthening Local Rights and Achieving Forest Mitigation Goals

 Dear Colleagues,

The USAID Tenure and Global Climate Change (TGCC) Project is pleased to distribute a new study and briefing note that explores the links between devolving rights to local levels and improvement in forest condition. This research, undertaken by Michigan State University (MSU) for TGCC, comes at a time when countries, donors, business and civil society are seeking approaches to implement REDD+, as well as secure and protect the rights of local communities who face pressures on their land and resource base.

 

Key findings and recommendations include:

  • ·         There is limited empirical evidence on a consistent direct relationship between devolving rights and improved forest condition outcomes (instead, other local governance and biophysical indicators frequently influenced outcomes);
  • ·         While there are many examples of devolving rights to local levels, few cases handover the full bundle of rights to local levels to use, manage and transfer resources;
  • ·         Few studies compare the efficacy of different local level devolution options, including individual ownership, management by local municipalities, and co-management arrangements; and
  • ·         There is a need to assemble and examine the long-term social and biophysical datasets to build this evidence-base.

 

Please visit the following links to learn more:

Briefing Note: Increasing Community Rights to Forests: A Solution to Forest Degradation? (http://usaidlandtenure.net/content/increasing-community-rights-forests-solution-forest-degradation)

 

Review: Empirical Linkages between Devolved Tenure and Forest Condition (http://usaidlandtenure.net/content/empirical-linkages-between-devolved-tenure-systems-and-forest-conditions-literature-review)

 

Thanks very much for your interest in this important topic at the intersection of forests, climate change and land rights.

Sincerely,

 

Matt Sommerville | Chief of Party

Tenure and Global Climate Change Project

Tenure and Global Climate Change – a USAID funded project implemented by Tetra Tech

Subject: Live webcast: Colloquium on Forests & Climate, 24 Sept, 1.30 EDT on cifor.tv

Dear all,

You can watch the live webcast of the Colloquium on Forests and Climate on CIFOR TV (URL: cifor.tv) on Wednesday 24 September from 1.30 pm EDT.

Videos and transcripts of the talks will also be made available on CIFOR.tv or through CIFOR.org in the days following the event. 

For more information about the Colloquium, see www.cifor.org/colloquium

THE PROGRAM: 

1.30 pm: Welcome addresses: 

Lisa Goddard, Director, International Research Institute for Climate & Society, Earth Institute, Columbia University

Peter Holmgren, Director General, Center for International Forestry Research 

1.50 pm – 3.20 pm: Six big ideas 

John Holdren, US President Obama’s Science Advisor

Energy 

Carlos Nobre, National Secretary for R&D Policies, MCTI, Brazil

Climate variability 

Cheryl Palm, Director of Research, Agriculture and Food Security Center, Columbia University

Agriculture 

Pushpam Kumar, Chief, Ecosystem Services Economics Unit, UNEP

Green economy 

Eduardo Brondízio, Professor of Anthropology, Indiana University Bloomington

Governance 

Dan Nepstad,Executive Director, Earth Innovation Institute

Land use 

3.30 pm: Discussion

Moderator: Christine Padoch, Research Director, Forests and Livelihoods, Center for International Forestry Research 

4.45 pm: Closing

Lisa Goddard, Director, International Research Institute for Climate & Society, Earth Institute, Columbia University

Peter Holmgren, Director General, Center for International Forestry Research

For a preview of what the speakers have to say, please visit blog.cifor.org.Imogen Badgery-Parker

Outreach Manager

Center for International Forestry Research

e: i.badgery-parker@cgiar.org 

t: +62 (0) 251 8622 622 x318  / m: +62 (0) 811 847 7157

s: i.badgery.parker  / cifor.org | blog.cifor.org

CIFOR is a member of the CGIAR Consortium

 

Subject: CDM Loan Scheme: call for applications – NEXT DEADLINE: 30 September 2014

 

Dear Colleagues,

 Since its inception in 2012, the CDM Loan Scheme has approved 50 loan applications for CDM projects in 29 countries. The next application phase for the CDM Loan Scheme is closing in one week and the last day for submitting applications for this period is the 30th September, 2014.

(http://www.cdmloanscheme.org/procedure/application-timeline).

 Loan applications may be submitted on an on-going basis, but two annual deadlines are set for subsequent processing and decision at the Technical Review Committee meetings.

 Loans are offered to provide financing for development of the Project Design Development (PDD), validation and 1st verification process. This includes: a) the preparation and development of the PDD, b) the validation
by a Designated Operational Entity (DOE), c) the verification of the first issuance of Certified Emissions Reductions (CERs).

 Please visit www.cdmloanscheme.org for more information on the CDM Loan Scheme and to apply for a loan. The loans are interest-free.

 We are looking forward to receiving your applications.

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Subject: [ClimateSummit] Lutheran, Anglican, Episcopal leaders offer pastoral message on climate change
To: “
climatesummit@googlegroups.com” <climatesummit@googlegroups.com>

 

T. Hirsch, ACT Alliance

Subject: Lutheran, Anglican, Episcopal leaders offer pastoral message on climate change

ELCA NEWS SERVICE

Sept. 19, 2014

Lutheran, Anglican, Episcopal leaders offer pastoral message on climate change

14-57-MRC

                CHICAGO (ELCA) – The national leaders of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA), Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada, Anglican Church of Canada and The Episcopal Church offered on Sept. 19 a pastoral message on climate change. A PDF version of the letter is available on the ELCA website at http://www.elca.org/Resources/Presiding-Bishop-Messages.

                Signers of the letter are the Rev. Elizabeth A. Eaton, presiding bishop of the ELCA; the Rev. Susan Johnson, national bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada; the Most Rev. Katharine Jefferts Schori, presiding bishop and primate, The Episcopal Church; and the Most Rev. Fred Hiltz, primate, Anglican Church of Canada. 

The full text of the letter follows:

                We are united as Christian leaders in our concern for the well-being of our neighbors and of God’s good creation that provides life and livelihood for all God’s creatures. Daily we see and hear the evidence of a rapidly changing climate. Glaciers are disappearing, the polar ice cap is melting, and sea levels are rising. Incidents of pollution-created dead zones in seas and the ocean and toxic algae growth in water supplies are occurring with greater frequency. Most disturbingly, the concentration of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere is rising at an unprecedented rate. At the same time we also witness in too many instances how the earth’s natural beauty, a sign of God’s wonderful creativity, has been defiled by pollutants and waste.

                Many have reacted to these changes with grief and anger. In their outrage some have understandably focused on the neglect and carelessness, both in private industry and in government regulation, that have contributed to these changes. However, an honest accounting requires a recognition that we all participate both as consumers and investors in economies that make intensive and insistent demands for energy. In addition, as citizens we have chosen to support or acquiesce in policies that shift the burdens of climate change to communities that are most vulnerable to its effects. People who are already challenged by poverty and by dislocation resulting from civil war or famine have limited resources for adapting to climate change’s effects.

                While an accounting of climate change that has credibility and integrity must include our own repentance, we find our hope in the promise of God’s own faithfulness to the creation and humankind and in the liberation that comes from God’s promise.

                God, who made the creation and made it good, has not abandoned it. Daily the Spirit continues to renew the face of the earth. All who care for the earth and work for the restoration of its vitality can be confident that they are not pursuing a lost cause. We serve in concert with God’s own creative and renewing power.

                Moreover, we need not surrender to political ideologies and other modern mythologies that would divide us into partisan factions — deserving and undeserving, powerless victims and godless oppressors. In Christ we have the promise of a life where God has reconciled the human community. In Christ God sets us free from the captivity of blaming and shaming. God liberates us for shared endeavors where we find each other at our best.

                While the challenge may seem daunting, the Spirit’s abundant gifts for service empower us to find common cause with people who exercise countless insights and skills, embodied in hundreds of occupations and trades. We have good reason to hope in all the ways God’s grace is at work among us. We can commend ourselves to the work before us with confidence in God’s mercy.

                Opportunities to act imaginatively and courageously abound in all our individual callings. The Holy Spirit’s work in us leads us as faithful consumers and investors in a global economy to make responsible choices to reduce energy use, carbon emissions, and the wasteful consumption of water and other natural resources. As citizens, we have voices to use in educating children about the climate and in shaping public and corporate policies that affect the environment. The Spirit has also given us our voices to contribute our witness to public discussion of just and responsible use of natural resources.

                We also have the resources and responsibility to act together for the common good, especially for those most vulnerable to the effect of climate change in the spirit of the seventh Millennium Development Goal, “to ensure environmental stability”. World leaders will meet this month in New York for a Climate Summit, and in December in Lima, Peru, to discuss global cooperation on climate change. Working under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), participants in the UNFCCC’s negotiations hope for an agreement in 2015 that will move toward reduction of carbon emissions, development of low carbon technologies, and assistance to populations most vulnerable to the effects of a changing climate.

                We encourage you to take the initiative to engage decision-makers in this godly work in all arenas of public life — in government and business, in schools and civic organizations, in social media and also in our church life. We are not powerless to act and we are not alone. “We have the power of the Holy Spirit and the indwelling Spirit of Christ to give us hope and courage.”

                The present moment is a critical one, filled with both challenge and opportunity to act as faithful individuals and churches in solidarity with God’s good creation.

The ELCA’s social statement “Caring for Creation: Vision, Hope and Justice” is available at http://www.elca.org/en/Faith/Faith-and-Society/Social-Statements/Caring-for-Creation.

About the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America:

The ELCA is one of the largest Christian denominations in the United States, with about 4 million members in nearly 10,000 congregations across the 50 states and in the Caribbean region. Known as the church of “God’s work. Our hands,” the ELCA emphasizes the saving grace of God through faith in Jesus Christ, unity among Christians and service in the world. The ELCA’s roots are in the writings of the German church reformer, Martin Luther.

For information contact:

Melissa Ramirez Cooper, Manager, Public Relations

773-380-2956 or Melissa.RamirezCooper@ELCA.org

http://www.ELCA.org/news

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/Lutherans

Living Lutheran: http://www.livinglutheran.com

 

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THEMA climate-l digest: September 21, 2014

Subject: climate-l digest: September 21, 2014
From: “Climate Change Info Mailing List digest” <climate-l@lists.iisd.ca

Date: Mon, 22 Sep 2014

CLIMATE-L Digest for Sunday, September 21, 2014.

1. Announcing @IISDRS Coverage of the @CCACoalition High Level Assembly
2. NEFCO to open a second Call for Proposals for the purchase of carbon credits from vulnerable CDM projects
3. Your invitation to the ‘Climate Technology Centre and Network (CTCN) & Business Roundtable Consultation’, 24 Sept. 2014, NYC
4. Announcing @IISDRS Coverage of the #SE4ALL  #climate2014 events
5. Announcing @IISDRS Coverage of #ClimateSummit #Climate2014

Subject: Announcing @IISDRS Coverage of the @CCACoalition High Level Assembly                   

Fifth High-Level Assembly of the Climate and Clean Air Coalition to Reduce Short-Lived Climate Pollutants (CCAC)

 

22 September 2014 | New York, United States of America 

http://www.iisd.ca/climate/ccac/hla/

The fifth High-Level Assembly of the Climate and Clean Air Coalition to Reduce Short-Lived Climate Pollutants (CCAC) will take place at the New York Marriott East Side on 22 September 2014, the eve of the UN Secretary-General’s Climate Change Summit at the UN Headquarters.

The CCAC is a voluntary international coalition of governments, international organizations and non-governmental organizations working with the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) to address short-lived climate pollutants including black carbon, methane, tropospheric ozone and some hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs).

The High-Level Assembly is expected to focus on contributions that the CCAC partners will make to the Secretary-General’s Summit and its objective of raising the level of global ambition on climate change. Participants are expected to agree a joint statement and action plans on methane, HFCs, freight, and solid waste.

IISD RS will provide digital coverage and a summary report of the High-Level Assembly. Kindly visit this site on Monday, 22 September 2014, for more information.

Summary and digital coverage will be available at http://www.iisd.ca/climate/ccac/hla/.

 Coverage of this meeting by IISD Reporting Services is funded by the CCAC Secretariat.

Langston James “Kimo” Goree VI
Vice President, Reporting Services and United Nations Liaison
International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD) – United Nations Office
300 E 56th St. Apt. 11D – New York, NY 10022  USA
Direct Line: +1 973 273 5860 Plaxo public business card: http://kimogoree.myplaxo.com  

Email: kimo@iisd.org Mobile phone: +12128107701 Skype: kimogoree Twitter: @kimogoree

Where: NYC through 30 September, 2-6 October Pyeongchang, 7 Bangkok, 8-12 cycling Joburg to Durban, 14-17 Pyeongchang

Subject: NEFCO to open a second Call for Proposals for the purchase of carbon credits from vulnerable CDM projects

Dear colleagues,

Nordic Environment Finance Corporation in its capacity as the facility manager of the NEFCO Norwegian Carbon Procurement Facility (NorCaP) announces a second Call for Proposals.

 The principal objective of NorCaP is to prevent the reversal of emission reduction activities by procuring credits from projects whose survival or continued emission reductions depend on a higher carbon price than achievable under current market conditions (“vulnerable projects”).

Through this process, NEFCO is inviting Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) project participants to submit proposals for delivery of Certified Emission Reductions (CERs) from registered and commissioned CDM projects and Programmes of Activities (PoAs) that are vulnerable to the current low CER prices. A new feature in this second call is a set-aside of up to 5 million CERs for projects from Least Developed Countries (LDCs). The total volume to be contracted from the second NorCaP CfP is expected to be up to 15 million CERs.

In addition, and concurrently with this second NorCaP Call for Proposals, NEFCO is inviting proponents to submit proposals for delivery of CERs from new projects from LDCs, including not yet commissioned and/or registered CDM projects and Programmes of Activities (PoAs) through the NEFCO Carbon Fund (NeCF), a global instrument established in 2008 which is also administered by NEFCO. This part of the joint call will be for procurement of up to 3 million CERs.

Further information including press release available at

http://www.nefco.org/news/nefco_to_open_a_second_call_for_proposals_for_the_purchase_of_carbon_credits

and subsequently at www.norcap.org

Sincerely,

Ash Sharma
Special Adviser for Climate Change

Nordic Environment Finance Corporation (NEFCO)
Fabianinkatu, 34
FI 00171 Helsinki
FINLAND
Direct +358 40 08 11 327
Fax +358 96 30 976
ash.sharma@nefco.fi  
www.nefco.org/cff

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Subject: Your invitation to the ‘Climate Technology Centre and Network (CTCN) & Business Roundtable Consultation’, 24 Sept. 2014, NYC

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Dear Colleagues, 

The CTCN has opened its doors last year during the COP.   The private sector is key in its activities and as such active engagement is encouraged by the Parties. During the upcoming UNSG Climate Summit, the CTCN would like to meet with the business community to enhance its functionality and ability to meet the expectations of the business community.  You are invited to meet with the CTCN representatives on Wednesday  24th September from 16:30 to 18:30 at Latham & Watkins LLP office in New York City to discuss among others: 

·      Update on CTCN

·      Overview of CTCN Network

·      Discussion topics:

o  What are the expectations of the private sector?

o  What are the key areas that the CTCN should focus on to establish an engaged private sector?

o  How can the CTCN stimulate investment from the private sector?

·      Establish a CTCN/ BINGO Working Group (“friends of the CTCN”)

As part of the security requirements, you kindly ask you to RSVP to ctcn@dnvgl.com / edwin.aalders@dnvgl.com by COB Monday 22 September 2014. 

With kindest regards, 

Lisa

Lisa Spafford
Director
Conferences & Strategic Partnerships

International Emissions Trading Association (IETA)
24, rue Merle d’Aubigné – 1207 Geneva – Switzerland
spafford@ieta.org
Tel +41 22 737 05 02   Cell +41 79 262 26 21 

Carbon Forum North America 2014 – New York, USA - 23 September 2014

COP20 – Lima, Peru – 1-12 December 2014

CARBON EXPO 2015 – Barcelona,     Spain – 26-28   May 2015
 

 

Subject: Announcing @IISDRS Coverage of the #SE4ALL #climate2014 events

 

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High-Level Event “Implementing Sustainable Energy for All” and the High Level Luncheon on the SE4ALL Global Energy Efficiency Accelerator Platform

22 September 2014 | New York, United States of America

 

http://www.iisd.ca/energy/se4all/se/

The High-Level Event “Implementing Sustainable Energy for All” and the Launch of the Global Energy Efficiency Accelerator Platform are taking place on 22 September 2014 in New York, US. Organized by the Sustainable Energy for All (SE4ALL) initiative, the two events are taking place ahead of the UN Climate Summit 2014 that takes place the following day, 23 September 2014, also in New York, US.

The High-Level Event “Implementing Sustainable Energy for All” will take place at the Dag Hammarskjold Auditorium at the UN Headquarters, and will feature high-level multi-stakeholder panels on financing SE4ALL, investing in energy efficiency, accelerating innovation in renewable energy, and scaling up at country level.

The High Level Luncheon on the SE4ALL Global Energy Efficiency Accelerator Platform will take place at the Millennium Plaza Hotel. It will mark the launch of the Global Energy Efficiency Accelerator Platform and recognize the countries, cities, companies, international organizations, and civil society partners in this initiative.

IISD RS will provide web and photographic coverage of the two side events. Please return to this site on Monday, 22 September for more information.

Web and photographic coverage will be available at http://www.iisd.ca/energy/se4all/se/

 

Coverage of this meeting by IISD Reporting Services is funded by SE4ALL.

 

Langston James “Kimo” Goree VI
Vice President, Reporting Services and United Nations Liaison
International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD) – United Nations Office
300 E 56th St. Apt. 11D – New York, NY 10022  USA
Direct Line: +1 973 273 5860 Plaxo public business card: http://kimogoree.myplaxo.com  

Email: kimo@iisd.org Mobile phone: +12128107701 Skype: kimogoree Twitter: @kimogoree

 

Where: NYC through 30 September, 2-6 October Pyeongchang, 7 Bangkok, 8-12 cycling Joburg to Durban, 14-17 Pyeongchang

 

 
Subject: Announcing @IISDRS Coverage of #ClimateSummit #Climate2014
 

UN Climate Summit 2014 – “Catalyzing Action” 

23 September 2014 | UN Headquarters, New York, United States of America 

http://www.iisd.ca/climate/cs/2014/         

The UN Climate Summit will take place on 23 September 2014 at UN Headquarters in New York. Hosted by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, Climate Summit 2014 is expected to bring together over 120 Heads Of State and Government, as well as government ministers and leaders from multilateral organizations, finance, business, civil society, and sub-national authorities and local communities. The Summit aims to catalyze action on climate change and mobilize political will towards a global agreement under the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) by 2015.

During the Summit, Heads of State and Government, as well as government ministers, will make national action and ambition announcements in plenary sessions in the morning and afternoon. The Summit will also include sessions on multilateral and multi-stakeholder action announcements organized around the themes: finance; energy; forests; agriculture; resilience; petroleum and industry; transport; and cities. Two parallel sessions will engage participants in thematic discussions on: climate science; voices from climate frontlines; climate, health and jobs; and the economic case for action. A private sector forum will take place during lunch.

IISD RS will provide digital coverage and a summary report from the Summit. Kindly return to this site on Tuesday, 23 September, for more information.

Digital and summary coverage will be available at http://www.iisd.ca/climate/cs/2014/

 

Coverage of this meeting by IISD Reporting Services is funded by the Executive Office of the Secretary-General of the United Nations

 

Langston James “Kimo” Goree VI
Vice President, Reporting Services and United Nations Liaison
International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD) – United Nations Office
300 E 56th St. Apt. 11D – New York, NY 10022  USA
Direct Line: +1 973 273 5860 Plaxo public business card: http://kimogoree.myplaxo.com  

Email: kimo@iisd.org Mobile phone: +12128107701 Skype: kimogoree Twitter: @kimogoree

Where: NYC through 30 September, 2-6 October Pyeongchang, 7 Bangkok, 8-12 cycling Joburg to Durban, 14-17 Pyeongchang

 

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Kashmir Floods & South Asia’s Water Conflicts; China Foundations Expand Role in Disaster Risk Management; Financing Costs of Climate Change

IN THE NEWS

Desecuritizing Transboundary Water in South Asia

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: Sunday’s Climate March: Too big to sit out!

Dear Common Dreamer,

Only 100 hours remain until the People’s Climate March – the biggest climate march in history.

Don’t let this moment pass you by. The amazing organizing team putting together this event has made it easy to avoid having any regrets. Here are the things to remember:

1. You won’t be marching alone: There are hundreds of groups that have sprung up to support people coming to the march from all different walks of life. From impacted communities to poets to faith groups, you’ll be able to find your people there – click here to connect with a contingent to march with.

2. To help you get there: There are over 400 buses and trains heading to the march. Click here to find one.

3. Housing is available: New Yorkers, despite their reputation, are very nice, and are opening their homes and churches to folks like you coming to town for the march. Click here to find housing for the People’s Climate March. That said, many people are just coming for Sunday — so you may not need housing.

4. This isn’t a moment to miss: We don’t always know if a march is going to be seen – but this time is different. The UN climate summit 2 days after our march is going to be covered by every major news outlet in the world. And if we make this march bigger than any climate march ever before, we, the people demanding bold action from our world leaders, will be in every single one of those stories.

There you have it: people to march with, a way to get there, a place to stay, and a global audience tuning in.

All that’s missing is you, and your friends.

Don’t let the next 100 hours pass you by, only to regret not going. Make a plan to get there, and the Common Dreams news team will see you in the streets!

Sincerely,

Craig Brown
for the whole Common Dreams news team

P.S. If you’re already planning on going and are looking for some more details about what exactly the march is going to look like and what contingents you can be marching with, check out the march narrative and order here - it’s going to be amazing. And be sure to check the FAQ’s about the march.

Alt P.S. If you can’t make it, there are solidarity events happening all around the world. Already there are more than 1500 events in 130 countries – join one in your community or start your own

 PCMFAQ

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Thema COP20 Climate Knowledge for Action Website

Dear Community of Educators, 

Announcing the COP20’s Climate Knowledge for Action website http://www.cop20.pe/en/ck/. 

 

All the best,

Pam Puntenney and Bremley Lyngdoh

UN SD Education Caucus Co-Chairs

Co-Coordinators Climate Change with Tiahoga Ruge, Jim Taylor, Tich Pesanayi, Kavita Myles, and Suzana Padua Youth Co-Coordinators Katie Browne and Mohammad “Arman” Golrokhian


Dr. P. J. Puntenney

Environmental & Human Systems Management

1989 West Liberty       

 Ann Arbor, MI  48103  USA 

E-mail:  pjpunt@umich.edu

Cell:  (734) 330-0238

Voice/Fax: (734) 994-3612


Subject: COP20 Climate Knowledge for Action Website

Dear Climate Colleagues,

We are glad to share with you the COP20’s Climate Knowledge for Action official website, an interactive tool to promote the systematized dissemination of existing knowledge on Climate Change.

Visit http://www.cop20.pe/en/ck/

You can also visit our website http://www.cop20.pe/en/ and follow us on Facebook (COP20 Lima)and twitter (@LimaCop20).

Regards,
Luciana

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CLIMATE  CHANGE DIGGIST

 

Subject: Save the Date: Practicability of Transitioning From CDM to Future Climate Policy Instruments, 23 October 2014

Dear colleagues,

Save the date for our expert workshop

„Practicability of Transitioning From CDM to Future Climate Policy Instruments“

Date: 23rd October

Time: 14:00-16:00

Location:

Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety

Robert-Schuman-Platz 3
53175 Bonn

Room 1.130 

Within the broader theoretical discussion on the future of climate policy instruments, it is now timely to discuss the practical options, challenges and the extent to which countries can build on their CDM experience to develop and implement future climate instruments. Findings of an ongoing BMUB research project on the issue will serve as the basis for a discussion on opportunities to implement future mechanisms based on existing CDM capacity. International experts and especially representatives from developing countries are invited to share their experiences and views.

The event is organised by Perspectives and adelphi on behalf of the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety (BMUB).

Please save the date, a detailed agenda will follow. Please contact Aki Kachi (Kachi@adelphi.de) with any questions or comments.

Björn Dransfeld

on behalf of Perspectives GmbH 

Dennis Tänzler and Aki Kachi

on behalf of adelphi

Thomas Forth

on behalf of German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety (BMUB)

 Aki Kachi
Project Manager

Phone: +49 (30) 89 000 68 – 26
Fax:       +49 (30) 89 000 68 – 10
Mail:      kachi@adelphi.de
Web:     http://www.adelphi.de 

adelphi consult GmbH
Caspar-Theyß-Straße 14a, 14193 Berlin

Geschäftsführer:
Alexander Carius, Walter Kahlenborn, Mikael P. Henzler
Sitz: Berlin, AG Charlottenburg HRB 85067; UST ID: DE 813485763

 

Subject: ”Weather report” for 15 August 2050: Bulgaria
 

http://www.wmo.int/media/climatechangeimpact.html 


Michael Williams    

Chief, Communications and Public Affairs

World Meteorological Organization (WMO)

CP 2300, CH-1211 Geneva 2, Switzerland

+41-22-730-8315 // +41-79-406-4730 (cell)

Follow us on TwitterFacebook and www.wmo.int 

 

Subject: Ozone Layer Success Story should encourage action on climate
Dear Climate-L readers

The Earth’s protective ozone layer is well on track to recovery in the
next few decades thanks to concerted international action against
ozone depleting substances, according to a new assessment by 300
scientists.

The Assessment for Decision-Makers, a summary document of the
Scientific Assessment of Ozone Depletion 2014, is being published by
the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and the World
Meteorological Organization (WMO), and is the first comprehensive
update in four years. It is published ahead of the International Day
for the Protection of the Ozone Layer 16 September.

The report highlights how the Montreal Protocol – one of the world’s
most successful environmental treaties – has protected the
stratospheric ozone layer and avoided enhanced UV radiation reaching
the earth’s surface. The report shows that concerted international
action makes a real difference. UNEP and WMO hope that the publication
of the report will encourage decision makers at the U.N. Climate
summit in New York 23 September to display the same level of resolve
and urgency in tackling the even greater challenge of climate change.

The phase-out of ozone depleting substances has had a positive
spin-off for the global climate because many of these substances are
also potent greenhouse gases. However, the assessment report cautions
that the rapid increase in certain substitutes (HFCs), which are
themselves also potent greenhouse gases, has the potential to
undermine these gains. The assessment also notes that there are
possible approaches to avoiding the harmful climate effects of these
substitutes.

A copy of the press release is available at
http://montreal-protocol.org/Assessment_Panels/SAP/SAP2014_ADM_Press_Release_10-Sept-2014.pdf

Copies of the press release in French, Spanish, Chinese, Arabic and
Russian are available at
http://montreal-protocol.org/new_site/en/ozone_whats_new.php?year=2014#ED1

The Assessment for Decision Makers is at
http://montreal-protocol.org/Assessment_Panels/SAP/SAP2014_Assessment_for_Decision-Makers.pdf

Best regards

Clare Nullis

Media Officer
World Meteorological Organization
cnullis@wmo.int
Tel 41-22-730 8478
Cell 41-79-709 1397
Follow us on Twitter, Facebook and www.wmo.int

http://climate-l.iisd.org/daily-feed/2014-09-12/

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Subject: On the way to Lima and Paris: the EU’s role in international climate policy – IES Webinar
Dear Climate-L readers,

I am happy to share with you the following event, organised by the Institute for European Studies (IES), Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB):
‘On the way to Lima and Paris: the EU’s role in international climate policy’ – IES Webinar – Monday 22 September 2014, 12.00-13.00h (CEST).

Introduction to the webinar:
In December 2015, a new global agreement to fight climate change is to be adopted at the 21st Conference of the Parties of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) in Paris. Negotiations on this Paris agreement approach another major milestone at this year’s 20th Conference of the Parties in Lima in December when elements of a negotiating text should be agreed upon. A full negotiating text is then to appear during the first half of 2015, when countries are also expected to put forward their own “intended nationally determined contributions” to global climate protection.

What are/should be the core objectives of the EU for the 2015 Paris agreement given the state of international discussions? What should and can the Paris agreement deliver? What would be required for the EU to play a productive leadership role in the negotiations towards Paris? These are some of the core questions this webinar will explore, touching upon both EU domestic politics and the international context.

Speakers:
- Maurizio Di Lullo (General Secretariat of the Council of the EU)
- Lisanne Groen (Institute for European Studies, Vrije Universiteit Brussel)
- Prof. Dr. Sebastian Oberthür (Institute for European Studies, Vrije Universiteit Brussel)
- Thomas Spencer (Institute for Sustainable Development and International Relations
(IDDRI), Paris) (to be confirmed).

If you want to participate, please register in advance via the following link:
http://www.ies.be/content/registration-form-way-lima-and-paris-eu%E2%80%99s-role-international-climate-policy.

Kind regards,
Lisanne Groen

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Date: Sun, 14 Sep 2014 00:00:02 -0500

CLIMATE-L Digest for Saturday, September 13, 2014.

1. Register your Vote for Election of FCPF and UN-REDD CSO Observers
2. New IRENA Report: REthinking Energy
3. On the way to Lima and Paris: the EU’s role in international climate policy – IES Webinar 

Subject: Register your Vote for Election of FCPF and UN-REDD CSO Observers
Dear CSO Representatives in Asia-Pacific Region,

The Bank Information Center focal point has asked to facilitate the voter registration in Asia-Pacific regions, to be added as part of listser.

Therefore, the Asia-Pacific CSO representatives are requested to send your organizational information on attached template to Mr.Kanwar Muhammad Javed Iqbal, Former CSO Observer Asia-Pacific, UN-REDD.

Please send complete information latest by Tuesday 16th September 2014 via email on: kanwar.javediqbal@gmail.com OR kanwar@sdc.org.pk

Thanking you and best regards,

Kanwar Muhammad Javed Iqbal
Former CSO Observer, Asia-Pacific
UN-REDD Policy Board 

Subject: New IRENA Report: REthinking Energy

The International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) is pleased to announce the release of “REthinking Energy: Towards a New Power System.” The report examines the transformation underway in the global energy system and highlights that substantial new approaches are needed to decarbonise the global economy, as the electricity sector accounts for more than 40% of man-made (combustion related) CO2 emissions today.  

The good news, the report states, is that renewable energy technology is sufficiently mature, and the economics sufficiently favourable to offer a viable climate change solution.  

The full report and executive summaries can be viewed or downloaded at http://irena.org/rethinking/ 


CLIMATE-L Digest for Sunday, September 14, 2014.

1. Multilateral Development Banks agree to reinforce climate financing in advance of UN summit
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3. World Bank book announcement: How can climate friendly access to electricity in rural Africa be achieved? 

Subject: Multilateral Development Banks agree to reinforce climate financing in advance of UN summit

WM CIMATE DIGGEST SEPT 14 2014 LOGO

The world’s six multilateral development banks reaffirmed their shared commitment to lead by example by continuing to reinforce and further develop climate financing through a joint statement issued in advance of the United Nations Secretary-General’s Climate Summit being convened in New York on 23rd September. 

The African Development Bank (AfDB), Asian Development Bank (ADB), European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), European Investment Bank (EIB), Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), and World Bank Group (WBG) together pledged to maintain a strong institutional focus on climate change. This will include leveraging additional private sector investment, continuing to innovate and promote more robust and transparent climate finance tracking and reporting. 

Since they began jointly tracking climate finance flows in 2011, the six multilateral development banks have delivered nearly US$75 billion in financing to help developing countries and emerging economies respond to the challenges of climate change. On average, about 80 percent of this lending has supported investment in mitigation activities and 20 percent to adaptation. 

The statement also confirmed the intention of the multilateral development banks to count and track climate finance investments in the same way. This is expected to enable greater cooperation and shared experience between the banks and other financial bodies involved in climate action. 

With their ability to catalyze public and private funds, the multilateral development banks have successfully attracted and deployed climate financing to support low-carbon resilient growth in developing countries and emerging economies. 

 To read the full joint statement, please click here.

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Subject: Save the Date ­ 23rd Sept 2014 CARBON FORUM NORTH AMERICA 2014 during the UNSG Climate Summit & Climate Week, New York City

 

Save the Date – 23rd September 2014
CARBON FORUM NORTH AMERICA 2014 

during the Ban Ki Moon Climate Summit & Climate Week

New York City 

Dear Colleagues,

 

We would like to invite you to the 5th edition of Carbon Forum North America (CFNA 2014), ‘American Leadership On a Global Stage: Taking Stock, Moving

  Forward’ taking place in New York City on the 23rd of September, against this momentous backdrop, the UNSG Climate Summit, where carbon pricing, future markets and business climate leadership will take center-stage.

Date: 23 September 2014, 8am – 6pm (EST)

Venue: Morgan Stanley Headquarters, 1585 Broadway (at 47th Street), New York – 26th Floor, Meeting Room B

Event Description:

CFNA 2014 will focus on the current state & trends of North American climate regulatory

developments, and the role that markets play – or could play – under future North American carbon

landscapes.

 

     Specific “hot button” topics to be featured at this year’s one-day Forum:

 

§  In-depth review of flexibility policies, scenarios and implications regarding EPA’s power plant rules (“111(d)”) – comparing the perspectives of power companies, financial institutions and state regulators.

§  Potential strategies for state and regional cooperation in using market-based trading systems, as well as the ability to tailor approaches to state or region-specific circumstances; and

§  Status of rules and incentives on methane emissions, with a special focus on US oil & gas sector methane developments and the evolving multilateral “Climate and Clean Air Coalition.”

§  Setting the stage for CFNA’s multi-sector 111(d) dialogues – the Roundtable of the Analysts: Looking at the Numbers – join North America’s leading energy, policy, and financial analysts as they delve into the swirl of numbers, assumptions, and potential scenarios linked to EPA’s proposed Clean Power Plan. 

§ Road to Paris via Lima

Key speakers at the event are:

Minister David Heurtel, Ministry of Sustainable Development, Environment and

Fight Against

Climate Change, Quebec

 

. Tom King, President, National Grid US

. Paul Bodnar, Director for Environment and Climate Change, National Security Council, The White

House

. Brian Wolff, Executive Vice President, Edison Electric Institute (EEI)

. Dirk Forrister, President & Chief Executive Officer, IETA

. Bob Perciasepe, Chief Executive Officer, C2ES

. James Bacchus, Member of the High Level Advisory Panel to the President of COP20, Peru &

Chair of the ICC Commission on Trade and Investment Policy

. John Kilani, Director, Sustainable Development Mechanisms, UNFCCC

. John Cohen, Vice President, Government Affairs, Alstom US

. Bruce Braine, Vice President, American Electric Power (AEP)

. Bill Tydall, Senior Vice President, Duke Energy

. Roman Kramarchuk, Managing Director, PIRA Energy Group

. Brad Neff, Long-Term Energy Policy, Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E)

. Paulina Serrano Trespalacios, Senior Carbon Finance Management, PEMEX

. David Hone, Senior Advisor, Shell

. Vikram Widge, Head, Climate and Carbon Finance, International Finance Corporation (IFC)

. Steven Huhman, Executive Director, Morgan Stanley Capital Group

. William Nelson, Lead Analyst, US Power and Environmental Commodities, Bloomberg New Energy

Finance (BNEF)

 

. Steve Fine, Vice President, ICF International

. Jared Snyder, Assistant Commissioner, Air Resources, Climate Change and Energy, New York

State Department of Environmental Conservation

. Tom Plant, Senior Policy Advisor, Center for the New Energy Economy, Colorado State University

 

. Cliff Rechtschaffen, Senior Advisor, Office of Governor Jerry Brown

. David Cash, Commissioner, Department of Environmental Protection, Commonwealth of

Massachusetts 

. Mark Brownstein, Associate Vice-President& Chief Counsel U.S. Climate and Energy Program,

Environmental Defense Fund (EDF)

. Kelly Speakes-Backman, Commissioner, Maryland Public Service Commission and RGGI Chair

. Jean-Yves Benoit, Director, Carbon Market Division, Climate Change Office, Quebec Government

. Ashley Conrad-Saydah, Deputy Secretary for Climate Policy, California EPA

. Blas Pérez Henríquez, Director, Center for Environmental Public Policy, University of California

Berkeley

Your Key Info Links:

>> CFNA 2014: http://ietacarbonforum.org

>> View the CFNA 2014 Agendahttp://ietacarbonforum.org/2013/program2014/

>> Be visible as a Partner Sponsorhere

To Register:

Simply click here: https://www.regonline.com/cfna2014

Each IETA Member is entitled to 1 Free Delegate Pass per Member Company. To claim your free pass, please contact Lisa Spafford, spafford@ieta.org.

For more information: Lisa Spafford, spafford@ieta.org 

With kindest regards, 

Lisa

Lisa Spafford
Director
Conferences & Strategic Partnerships

International Emissions Trading Association (IETA)
24, rue Merle d’Aubigné – 1207 Geneva – Switzerland
spafford@ieta.org
Tel +41 22 737 05 02   Cell +41 79 262 26 21

 

Carbon Forum North America 2014 – New York, USA - 23 September 2014

Carbon Forum Asia 2014 – Hong Kong, People’s Republic of China  – 27 October 2014

CARBON EXPO 2015 – Barcelona, Spain – 26-28 May 2015

 

Subject: World Bank book announcement: How can climate friendly access to electricity in rural Africa be achieved? 

Dear colleague, 

“From the Bottom Up: How Small Producers and Mini-Grids Can Deliver Electrification and Renewable Energy in Africa” is a useful realistic guide recently published by the World Bank. Easy to read and understand, this book focuses on ground level policy and regulatory actions that can create a workable foundation for commercially and environmentally sustainable private and community investment in distributed generation. A range of options for dealing with key controversial issues are analyzed. These issues include:

  • what are the sustainable business and climate friendly models;
  • when is hybrid distributed generation more suitable than pure renewable distributed generation;
  • what to do “when the big grid connects to the little grid”;
  • how should an economic regulator set tariffs for projects that have earned revenues from carbon credits;
  • how to implement revenue “top-ups” to feed-in tariffs for grid connected renewable generators; 
  • how to deal with the political constraints of a uniform national tariff for rural mini-grids;
  • how to establish workable interconnection and operating standards when a distributed generator connects to an existing mini-grid or to the main grid; and  
  • how to implement light-handed regulation.                       

The book draws on the authors’ on-the-ground experiences (both good and bad) in Tanzania, Kenya, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Cambodia and other countries. 

The book will be of immediate interest and use to developers, investors, regulators, utilities and  policymakers. 

 It is available as a free pdf download and in hardcopy 

Our apologies if you already received this announcement through another channel.  

With best wishes, 

Bernard Tenenbaum and Chris Greacen 

Climate Change Info Mailing List digest

Subject: climate-l digest: September 14, 2014

1. Multilateral Development Banks agree to reinforce climate financing in advance of UN summit
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3. World Bank book announcement: How can climate friendly access to electricity in rural Africa be achieved?


Subject: Multilateral Development Banks agree to reinforce climate financing in advance of UN summit
 

The world’s six multilateral development banks reaffirmed their shared commitment to lead by example by continuing to reinforce and further develop climate financing through a joint statement issued in advance of the United Nations Secretary-General’s Climate Summit being convened in New York on 23rd September. 

The African Development Bank (AfDB), Asian Development Bank (ADB), European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), European Investment Bank (EIB), Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), and World Bank Group (WBG) together pledged to maintain a strong institutional focus on climate change. This will include leveraging additional private sector investment, continuing to innovate and promote more robust and transparent climate finance tracking and reporting. 

Since they began jointly tracking climate finance flows in 2011, the six multilateral development banks have delivered nearly US$75 billion in financing to help developing countries and emerging economies respond to the challenges of climate change. On average, about 80 percent of this lending has supported investment in mitigation activities and 20 percent to adaptation. 

The statement also confirmed the intention of the multilateral development banks to count and track climate finance investments in the same way. This is expected to enable greater cooperation and shared experience between the banks and other financial bodies involved in climate action. 

With their ability to catalyze public and private funds, the multilateral development banks have successfully attracted and deployed climate financing to support low-carbon resilient growth in developing countries and emerging economies. 

To read the full joint statement, please click here. 

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Community-​based adaptation in practice: A global overview of CARE’s practice of community-​based adaptation to climate change

Dear Colleagues,

 We are delighted to share a new paper with you: “Community-Based Adaptation in practice - A global overview of CARE’s practice of Community-Based Adaptation (CBA) to climate change”. The paper includes 16 different case study examples of community-based adaptation in action in Africa, Asia, and Latin America and the Caribbean and shows how, increasingly, elements of the approach, including our work on gender equity within adaptation, are evolving and being integrated into other development sectors.

 The paper is available now on the CARE climate change website http://www.careclimatechange.org/files/cba_in_practice_lr.pdf and the CARE International UK Insights website - http://insights.careinternational.org.uk/publications/community-based-adaptation-in-practice-global-overview

Please feel free to share this announcement with others who may be interested. If you’d like to find out more, or have any feedback, please do get in touch!

 Best wishes,

 Agnes 

 CARE’s Poverty, Environment and Climate Change Network

(On behalf of CARE International UK who commissioned this paper with funding from the UK Department for International Development).

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Climate Blog – Road to Paris

Interesting insights from ICSU (International Council for Scientific Unions)

Dr. P. J. Puntenney
Environmental & Human Systems Management
1989 West Liberty
 Ann Arbor, MI  48103  USA
Cell:  (734) 330-0238
Voice/Fax: (734) 994-3612
When climate blog Road to Paris asked people who they’d like to hear more from on climate and sustainability issues, some simply replied women. So here is their list of 20 women making waves in the climate change debate. http://roadtoparis.info/top-list/20-women-making-waves-climate-change-debate/
When we asked people who they’d like to hear more from on climate and…

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New! Training Manual and Training Video on Social and Gender Equity in the Context of Forests and Climate Change

Dear GGCA Colleagues,
Fellow GGCA member RECOFTC shares exciting news of a new training video and manual focusing on Gender Equity in the Context of Forests and Climate Change.  Thank you Bhawana Upadhyay for sharing!
Best regards,
Cara
 
Training Video Explains Gender Equity in the Context of Forests and Climate Change

Recently produced by USAID-funded programs Grassroots Equity and Enhanced Networks in Mekong (GREEN Mekong) and Lowering Emissions in Asia’s Forests program (USAID-LEAF), the training video targets community forestry practitioners to improve gender equity on the ground. The video explains the concept of gender equity in the context of forest communities and highlights best practices for achieving gender equity.

The video is informed by the case study produced by RECOFTC – Gender and community forests in a changing landscape: Lessons from Ban Thung Yao, Thailand with best practices highlighted from a joint study produced by Women Organizing for Change in Agriculture and Natural Resource Management (WOCAN), the United Nations Collaborative Programme on Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (UN-REDD) and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) funded Lowering Emissions in Asia’s Forests (USAID-LEAF) project.

Please click here or view the video at http://www.recoftc.org/site/resources/A-Fair-Climate-Gender-Equity-in-REDD-.php

Training Manual Launched to Improve Social Equity in Forests and Climate Change Context

The training manual on improving grassroots equity in the forests and climate change context, aims to develop the knowledge and capacity needed among grassroots facilitators to implement genuinely participatory processes for improving grassroots equity in forest-based climate change policy frameworks, mechanisms and initiatives.

It is based on the principle that grassroots stakeholders must be engaged in the decision-making processes for setting national policies and for designing and planning programmes. Grassroots stakeholders need to have meaningful opportunities to participate and their perspectives must be heard at all levels of the forests and climate change discourse to achieve more equitable outcomes.

While most of the existing REDD+ related training manuals focus on the theoretical concepts around forests, climate change and REDD+. This training manual provides guidance to train grassroots facilitators to better engage all stakeholders and to promote equity in forest-based climate change and forest management practices and interventions. Its main premise is to extend the practice and process of active participation towards effective engagement, through which equity can be improved.

RECOFTC – The Center for People and Forests  P.O. Box 1111, Kasetsart Post Office, Bangkok 10903 Thailand Email: bhawana.upadhyay@recoftc.org Website: www.recoftc.org
Cara Beasley Communications and Network Officer, Global Gender and Climate Alliance (GGCA) Email:  cara@gender-climate.org Web: www.gender-climate.org Skype: cara.beasley Twitter: @GGCA_gender

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BC Profession​als issue ground-bre​aking joint statement on climate change

I’m very excited to share that 4 professional associations, based in BC, Canada, today released a joint statement on their role and responsibilities in relation to climate change (“Professional Leadership in a Changing Climate: Joint Statement”). I’m hoping that this may be a model for getting professionals in other parts of the world discussing climate change and their professional obligations in relation to climate change.

I’ll paste in the entire Joint Statement below, but here are:
* The press release - http://abcfp.ca/about_us/media_centre/documents/Media_Release_Climate_Change-20140708_web.pdf
* The link to the joint statement - http://www.abcfp.ca/about_us/media_centre/documents/Pro_Leadership_in_a_Changing_Climate-Joint_Statement_20140708.pdf
* A blog post that I wrote about the joint statement - http://wcel.org/resources/environmental-law-alert/foresters-biologists-planners-take-fundamental-impacts-climate-c

Regards,

Andrew Gage,
Staff Lawyer
West Coast Environmental Law

Professional Leadership in a Changing Climate: Joint Statement

Preamble
Professionals are required to use the best available science in making our decisions, and so we, the resource and planning professional associations of British Columbia, recognize that climate change is occurring and it has fundamental impacts on British Columbia’s communities and ecosystems. We know the importance of both reducing the presence of greenhouse gases in the global atmosphere (climate change mitigation) and in adapting our society and ecosystems to prepare for climatic changes (climate change adaptation).

Our members have crucial roles to play in both climate change mitigation and adaptation; their knowledge, expertise and professionalism are key parts of the solution. But they also have important professional and ethical responsibilities related to the changing climate.  Professional associations have an obligation to define those responsibilities and to provide the training and structures that will allow members to meet their responsibilities to their clients and to the public.

1. Commitment of Professional Associations
We endeavour to develop organizational structures and strategies that will foster an innovative and proactive approach to our professional practices in light of a changing climate.

In particular, we, collectively:
• Recognize the professional and ethical implications of climate change for professionals.
• Expect our members to build upon their current science-based, knowledge-driven approaches to better incorporate the best available climate-science into professional decisions.
• Strive to review and comment on policies and legislation that are known to prevent innovative practice.
• Will stay up to date on current and past practices, with an aim to better informing our members on best practices in light of climate change.
• In the course of practice reviews and/or responding to complaints, will evaluate key professional decisions made by our members to ensure that they include appropriate consideration of climatic changes.
• Accept that innovation to address a changing climate may involve some uncertainty or risk.
• Collaborate between ourselves, other professional associations, and other agencies, on opportunities for educating and training our members in climate change adaptation science and best practices.
• Work with different levels of government and other agencies to identify what information our members need to effectively address climate change and to communicate that information to our members.
• Work with different levels of government, insurers and other parties to address shared risks arising from climate change, including identifying incentives for professionals to innovate and share the costs and benefits of adaptive management.
• We commit to continue to meet periodically as required to collaborate on supporting climate change adaptation efforts.

2. Need for Government Leadership
But the efforts of our members and our respective associations to address climate change will be most effective if they are supported through strong action and leadership by government. We applaud the province of British Columbia’s leadership in addressing climate change and urge the government to continue this leadership.
We make the following submissions to government:
• Provincial leadership on Crown lands: The province should lead climate change adaptation efforts on provincial crown lands.
• Invest in climate data acquisition: We urge federal, provincial and municipal governments to continue to invest in climate data acquisition so as to enable professionals to adopt an adaptive management approach.
• Gap analysis of existing laws and policies: We recommend that all levels of government should review existing laws and policies in light of climate change to ensure that:
o Proponents, clients, license holders and professionals consider climate change in decision making.
o Ensure there are mechanisms for proponents, clients, license holders and professionals to innovate and address shared risks related to climate adaptation.
• Proactively identify adaptation initiatives for implementation: All levels of government should be proactive in identifying and providing incentives for professionals to step up adaptation efforts through pilot studies, implementation of new standards, as well as on-going research and development.

Conclusion
The members of our organizations have the expertise, and the responsibility, to help British Columbia and Canada adapt to a changing climate.  We hope that when we reflect back on this statement in 20 years, we will see that it was an important and necessary step towards addressing climate change.  We will continue working with each other, and other professionals and sectors, in playing a crucial role in addressing climate change.  We will revisit and review this document within 3 years, in light of evolving climate science.

Adopted by:
Association of BC Forest Professionals
Association of Professional Biology
College of Applied Biology
Planning Institute of British Columbia

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A participat​ory approach for tracking community-​based adaptation​: Introducin​g the revised PMERL Manual

Dear colleagues,
Community-based adaptation to climate change involves learning at all stages – learning about how climate change affects people and their livelihoods and environment, learning how to adapt to these changes, measuring progress, and then reflecting on how to improve all of the above. Participatory Monitoring and Evaluation, Reflection and Learning, or PMERL for short, aims to facilitate this process, providing guidance on how to develop a participatory process that supports monitoring and evaluation, reflection and learning in community-based adaptation (CBA) projects, as well as projects integrating CBA.
CARE is pleased to introduce a revised PMERL Manual, now available online at http://www.careclimatechange.org/files/CARE_PMERL_a_revised_manual.pdf. This manual is intended for use by project managers and field staff, communities and local partners engaged in designing and implementing community-based adaptation projects. It is based on the original PMERL manual which CARE developed in 2011/12 with the International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED). Please feel free to share this revised manual widely!
Finally, do let us know if you have any queries or comments.
Best wishes,
Agnes
CARE’s Poverty, Environment and Climate Change Network
(On behalf of CARE International UK who commissioned this revised manual with generous funding from the UK Department for International Development).

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Check out this video to learn more about the Center for Research on Environmental Decisions, who the researchers are, and the fascinating issues they study.

http://vimeo.com/73887717

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GlacierHub – New Climate Change Website

My new website www.glacierhub.org includes posts about the science and policy of glacier retreat, the actions of communities living near glaciers, and the works of artists that express the beauty and the fragility of glaciers. The website serves as a nexus to link people who are concerned about glaciers, so that they can communicate with each other and develop responses to the changes in glaciers.

Ben Orlove

School of International and Public Affairs

Columbia University MC 3323

420 West 118th Street, room 833

New York, NY 10027

+1 (212) 854 1543

Master’s Program in Climate and Society

International Research Institute for Climate and Society

Center for Research on Environmental Decisions

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Climate Change Partnershi​p Program

Dear Community of Educators,

We would like to introduce our new member and share her presentation with you she presented on June 11th in Bonn at the UNFCCC Intercessional climate change meeting,  Pasang Dolma Sherpa <pdsherpa@nefinclimatechange.org> is the National Coordinator for Climate Change Global Partnership, Nepal Federation of Indigenous Nationalities, visit  http://pdsherpa@nefinclimatechange.org/
One of the main thematic responsibilities of my work is to ensure and promote the local knowledge, traditional customary practices and institutions, governance system in the revision of the forest related policies and programs including biodiversity, conservation and other relevant policies that would have direct and indirect impacts on the sustainable livelihoods of the indigenous peoples and local communities and environment.  
Here is a copy of her presentation on the 1st Dialogue on Article 6 of the convention on climate change education in relation to indigenous peoples,  http://unfccc.int/cooperation_and_support/education_and_outreach/items/7670.php
All the best,
Pam Puntenney and Bremley Lyngdoh
UN SD Education Caucus Co-Chairs
Co-Coordinators Climate Change

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UNFCCC Interactiv​e Annual Report – “Momentum For Change”

Dear colleagues,

I’d like to draw your attention to three exciting updates from Momentum for
Change. An initiative of the UNFCCC, Momentum for Change seeks to inspire
and catalyze action on climate change by shining a light on innovative and
transformative climate action taking place around the world.

1. Annual report: We’re pleased to share our interactive annual report for
2013. The interactive summary is full of inspiring illustrations, images
and stories of people making a real difference on climate change. There’s a
link to download the full report at the end of the summary.
http://unfccc.int/mfc2013/

2. Podcast series: The new Momentum for Change Podcast profiles positive,
transformative climate action stories from across the globe.
http://unfccc.int/secretariat/momentum_for_change/items/8401.php

3. Side event at the Bonn Climate Change Conference: Take a look at some of
the highlights of our special event that showed how the urban poor in
developing countries are leading climate action. https://vimeo.com/97955983

Visit www.momentum4change.org to learn more.

Best regards,

Sarah
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Sarah Marchildon
Communications Officer
Momentum for Change Team
United Nations Climate Change Secretariat
Platz der Vereinten Nationen 1
53113 Bonn, Germany
Tel: +49 228 815 1065
Email: smarchildon@unfccc.int

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Subject: Federal Environment Agency – Study on International Governance of Geoengineering

Dear Sir or Madam, 

The Federal Environment Agency, the UBA, would respectfully like to advise you of our recent study „Options and Proposals for the International Governance of Geoengineering“ 

Although the effectiveness of geoengineering measures has not been proven yet and there might be significant transboundary risks to human welfare and the environment such measures could be conducted unilaterally or even by private enterprises. These findings suggest a need for effective international governance of climate engineering. Against this background the study analyses the existing governance of geoengineering in international law and why governance of geoengineering should be pursued. It develops specific proposals how such governance should be designed. The study is to add to the transdisciplinary discussion on the international governance of geoengineering. 

The study has been elaborated by the Ecologic Institute. The lead authors are Dr. Ralph Bodle and Prof. Dr. Sebastian Oberthür. It has been published as number 14/2014 of UBA’s Climate Change series. You may download the study here:

http://www.umweltbundesamt.de/publikationen/options-proposals-for-the-international-governance 

Yours sincerely, 

On behalf of

Ralf Becker

Fachgebiet I 1.3 // Section I 1.3
Rechtswissenschaftliche Umweltfragen // Environmental Law
 

Umweltbundesamt // Federal Environment Agency

Wörlitzer Platz 1

06844 Dessau-Roßlau 

Telefon: +49 (0)340 2103 2111

Fax: +49 (0)340 2104 2111

ralf.becker@uba.de 

NEU /// Website im frischen
Look:
www.umweltbundesamt.de 

International Center for Climate Governance
Island of San Giorgio Maggiore 8, Venice, Italy
Ph: +39 041 2700411- Fax: +39 041 2700413
info@iccgov.orgwww.iccgov.org

ICCG is pleased to announce that its highest-rated think tank is the Woods Hole Research Center (WHRC), a private, non-profit environmental research organization based in Falmouth, Massachusetts (USA). Second comes the Basque Centre for Climate Change (BC3) based in Bilbao (Spain), who was ranked first a year ago. Third is the Centre for European Policy Studies (CEPS) based in Brussels (Belgium).

 

Sven Harmeling  |  CARE  |  Climate Change Advocacy Coordinator

Poverty Environment and Climate Change Network (PECCN) 

c/o CARE Deutschland-Luxemburg, Dreizehnmorgenweg 6, 53175 Bonn

T: +49 (0)228-97563-61  |  M: +49 (0)177-6136431

Twitter: @CareClimate | www.careclimatechange.org

email: sharmeling@careclimatechange.org

skype: svani18

LinkedIn: de.linkedin.com/pub/sven-harmeling/10/957/765/

Learning Session: ‘Deforestation Success Stories’ and the Role of REDD+

 What:   In this webinar, Pipa Elias, a REDD+ expert and forest policy consultant for the Union of Concerned Scientists will present their recent publication, ‘Deforestation Success Stories’. Pipa will focus on how factors such as REDD+ policy, payments for ecosystem services, strong governance and establishing moratoria contributed to slowing down the pace of deforestation in Guyana, Brazil, Kenya, Madagascar, Costa Rica, and other nations. She will also cover how lessons drawn from such successes can be replicated in different countries to address climate change.

A Q+A session will follow the presentation.

Register: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/7251963440808244482 

This is a free, open event. Please help us spread the word by sharing this announcement with any contacts who may be interested. 

Thanks,

Breen Byrnes |  Acting Manager, Communications +  Learning |  WWF Forest & Climate Programme 

Washington, DC

direct: +1-202-495-4518  |   |  skype: breen.byrnes

breen.byrnes@wwfus.org  |  panda.org/forestclimate  |  twitter.com/wwfforestcarbon   |   wwfforestandclimate.tumblr.com 

 

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Subject: New research on green industrial policy for climate change

Dear Folks 

Last month the World Trade Organization established a panel to hear the US complaint against India’s National Solar Mission (Phase II). The US charges that India’s use of local content requirements in the scheme violates WTO’s subsidy rules. 

This dispute, and the many other trade disputes like it, raise the question: what is the proper role of the state in addressing climate change in ways that also look for economic development? Is green industrial policy of this sort a good idea, or a costly waste of money? 

IISD is pleased to draw your attention to two recent publications that ask this question, one in the context of India and one in Germany. Both use a methodology that asks how effective green industrial policy has been in creating new domestic innovators and competitors in the solar PV and wind energy space, in addressing climate change, in creating jobs, and a number of other metrics.

Assessing Green Industrial Policy: The India experience 

Karthik Ganesan, Poulami Choudhury, Rajeev Palakshappa, Rishabh Jain, Sanyukta Raje (Council on Energy, Environment and Water, India) 

This report, one of a series written for IISD ’s Global Subsidies Initiative, assesses India’s policies to promote solar and wind power against a series of green industrial policy objectives, including climate impact, energy security, fostering innovation and job creation.  It draws lessons, both positive and negative, from the Indian experience for policy makers considering the use of green industrial policy for climate change and renewable energy objectives. 

Stable Policies, Turbulent Markets-Germany’s Green Industrial Policy: The costs and benefits of promoting solar PV and wind energy 

Wilfried Lütkenhorst, Anna Pegels (German Institute for Economic Reserach) 

This report, one of a series written for IISD’s Global Subsidies Initiative, assesses Germany’s policies to promote solar and wind power against a series of green industrial policy objectives, including environmental impact, fostering innovation and job creation. It comes at a time when the debate over Germany’s Energieweilde is heated, and policy makers are weighing the options for moving forward on both climate change and economic goals. 

IISD is following up these reports with similar case studies in Canada and elsewhere.  Two other IISD reports, released last year, ask more fundamental questions about green industrial policy: 

Green Industrial Policy and the World Trading System  (Aaron Cosbey, 2013)
This report starts from the inherent tension between industrial policy and international trade and investment law, asking whether there is anything special about green industrial policy, and whether it warrants special treatment under trade rules.
 

Industrial Policy for a Green Economy (Johannes Schwarzer, 2013)
This report draws from the long history of industrial policy to highlight lessons for governments looking to promote infant green industries. It shows what we know about how to do industrial policy-both negative and positive lessons-and explores the nature of green industrial policy, asking if it is any different than traditional industrial policy.
 

Aaron Cosbey
Senior Associate

International Institute for Sustainable Development

Local Address:
Box 850, 2670A Iron Colt Ave.
Rossland, British Columbia, V0G 1Y0  CANADA
Email: acosbey@iisd.ca
Tel: +1 (250) 362-2275

Mobile: +44 (79) 24 20 37 77
IISD Main Office (Winnipeg, Canada)
Tel: +1 (204) 958-7700
www.iisd.org

 

Dear Climate-L readers,  

How can an outcome-oriented use of adaptation finance be ensured? What approaches are needed for measuring and reporting adaptation results?  

In a side event at the UNFCCC intersessionals in Bonn, GIZ, IIED and the GEF presented their approaches and activities in results-oriented monitoring, and speakers from Kenya and the Mekong River Commission shared practical experience. The minutes of the event as well as the presentations are now online at AdaptationCommunity.net. We hope they will be useful for you!  

Best regards,  

Annette Lutz 

Sektorvorhaben Klima / Climate Policy Support Project

Kompetenzcenter Klima / Competence Centre for Climate Change 

Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH

Postfach / P.O. Box 5180

65726 Eschborn

Deutschland/Germany 

Email  annette.lutz@giz.de

Internet  www.giz.de

 

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climate-l digest: June 27, 2014

For further details, and to register for Africa Carbon Forum 2014, please
visit: http://www.africacarbonforum.com/2014/english/index.htm.

Judith Adrien
Associate Communications Officer
Communication and Outreach Team
Sustainable Development Mechanisms Programme

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Phone +49 228 815 1355

Publications written byCDC Climat Research

Tendances Carbone n°92 – June 2014

Carbon markets and the post-2020 Agreement

By Andrei Marcu, Head CEPS Carbon Market Forum

Download

Our analysis: In discussing the impact of the change in the architecture of the global agreement, two questions emerge: 1) What would be the role of carbon markets in the 2015 agreement; 2) Do carbon markets need a provision in the post 2020 agreement?

The answer to the first question is that carbon markets can only be seen as a tool for price discovery, a necessary but not sufficient tool.

The answer to the second question is more complex, and depends largely on assumptions on the nature and architecture of the post 2020 agreement and on the evolution of carbon markets. The 2015 agreement will need provisions that will enable carbon markets to continue and develop, but they don’t need to be elaborated in great detail in the Paris agreement.

Key points:

  • Market Stability Reserve of the EU ETS: Germany supports the Commission proposal of a market stability reserve and calls for a launch of the mechanism significantly before 2020, i.e. already in 2017.
  • On 25th June, the EU Commission will host a panel of experts to discuss technical aspects of the proposal of the Market Stability Reserve.
  • 2030 energy and climate package: On 26th and 27th  June, the EU Council will discuss the target of CO2 emissions reduction of 40% by 2030 to take a final decision as soon as possible and later in October 2014

Events and news from CDC Climat Research

Workshop “The MRV of GHG emissions under existing and developing Carbon pricing mechanisms” 

Presentations from the conference, held on June 3 in Bonn, can be downloaded at the link below

http://www.cdcclimat.com/June-3-2014-Conference-in-Bonn-MRV-1692.html?lang=en  

For further information, please consult our website or contact Nicolas Stephan

Benoît Leguet

Managing Director, Head of Research / Directeur de la recherche

+33 1 58 50 98 18

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To receive regular updates on our publications, send your contact information to research@cdcclimat.com

Pour recevoir nos publications, merci d’envoyer vos coordonnées à research@cdcclimat.com 

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SD Practice: Environmen​tal Justice – Fwd: Map of 40 Most Influentia​l EJ Conflicts in U.S. History is Now Live!

FYI…good teaching resource. It could likely be expanded quite a bit. 

EJOLT has reported on and analyzed environmental conflicts in more
than sixty countries, including India, Ecuador, Turkey, Mexico, and
South Africa. To date, U.S. case studies have not been included in
this international effort. With your help, our team of graduate
students, advised by Professor Paul Mohai and Professor Rebecca
Hardin, are working with EJOLT to put U.S. environmental justice conflicts on the map! The full launch of the EJOLT interactive map and
data base will take place in the coming months. 
 

Dvera I. Saxton, Ph.D.

Postdoctoral Researcher, Northeastern University

Social Science Environmental Health Research Institute 

Dvera Saxton <disaxton@GMAIL.COM> 

Good Morning.

In January, University of Michigan students Bernadette Grafton,
Alejandro Colsa, Katy Hintzen, and Sara Orvis sent you a message to
let you know the results of the survey conducted last August to help
identify the 40 most influential EJ conflicts in U.S. history (please
see the e-mail below). We are pleased to let you know that the map of
these 40 EJ conflicts is now live on EJOLT’s global atlas of EJ
conflicts. EJOLT has issued a press release that has gone to the press
in Europe and the University of Michigan has issued a press release to
the U.S. media:
http://www.ejolt.org/2014/06/map-of-most-influential-environmental-justice-conflicts-in-the-us-is-released-this-week/

You can go directly to the U.S. map by clicking on the following link:
http://ejatlas.org/country/united-states-of-america.  By double
clicking on the map and then clicking on one of the dots, you will get
more detailed information about each of the EJ cases. For EJ conflicts
in other countries, you can go to the global atlas by clicking on:
http://ejatlas.org/.

Information about the U.S. map of influential cases has also been
placed on EJOLT’s web site and on twitter and facebook. Here are the
links:

http://www.ejolt.org/2014/06/map-of-most-influential-environmental-justice-conflicts-in-the-us-is-released-this-week-2/

https://twitter.com/EnvJustice

https://www.facebook.com/ejolt

The EJOLT team in Europe and our student team here at the University
of Michigan’s School of Natural Resources and Environment along with
my colleague Professor Rebecca Hardin and me, who co-advised the
student team, all hope that EJOLT’s global atlas of environmental
justice conflicts will help to further raise the visibility of
environmental justice as an important global issue and will be an
important resource for all. Through a small grant from the University
of Michigan our team will be adding information about the other EJ
cases that were listed in our August survey. We will keep everyone
informed about progress on this later this summer. The Global EJ Atlas
is an open collaborative tool that welcomes input from activists
around the world. Those wishing to add information about these and
other EJ cases can also do so by contacting the EJOLT team at:
http://www.ejolt.org/contact/

Many thanks to everyone for helping to identify the most important EJ
conflicts in U.S. history that are now included in EJOLT’s global
atlas!

Best regards,

Paul Mohai, Alejandro Colsa, Bernadette Grafton, Katy Hintzen, Sara Orvis,Rebecca Hardin
School of Natural Resources and Environment
University of Michigan
Ann Arbor, MI 48109

734-763-4598

From: Bernadette Grafton <bgrafton@umich.edu>

Subject: University of Michigan SNRE Environmental Justice Project
Results and Thank You

Professor Paul Mohai at the University of Michigan initially contacted
you in August asking for assistance in identifying influential U.S.
environmental justice case studies for inclusion in the Environmental
Justice Organizations, Liability and Trade (EJOLT) project. Thank you
to everyone who contributed their insight and expertise to this
effort.

EJOLT has reported on and analyzed environmental conflicts in more
than sixty countries, including India, Ecuador, Turkey, Mexico, and
South Africa. To date, U.S. case studies have not been included in
this international effort. With your help, our team of graduate
students, advised by Professor Paul Mohai and Professor Rebecca
Hardin, are working with EJOLT to put U.S. environmental justice
conflicts on the map! The full launch of the EJOLT interactive map and
data base will take place in the coming months. We will keep you
updated on the progress of this project as it develops.

We are very excited that forty case studies that you helped to
identify representing a range of time periods, geographic regions,
communities, and environmental challenges will be included in the data
base. We received feedback from more than 200 environmental justice
leaders, activists, and scholars in identifying these case studies. A
list of the case studies identified for inclusion in the project can
be found in the attached document. Given that our intention was to
identify influential U.S. case studies rather than assigning any sort
of rank to the cases, the list is in alphabetical order.

Sincerely,

Alejandro Colsa, Bernadette Grafton, Katy Hintzen,Sara Orvi

Phil Brown,
University Distinguished Professor of Sociology and Health Sciences
Director, Social Science Environmental Health Research Institute
Northeastern University
360 Huntington Avenue, 318INV
Boston, MA  02115
617 373-7407
p.brown@neu.edu

 

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Countdown to Paris

Bloomberg BNA’s Rome correspondent Eric J. Lyman sits down with UN Climate Change Official Halldor Thorgeirsson for a question and answer session.
 
Regina Cline
Senior Editor
 
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CLIMATE-L Digest for Wednesday, June 25, 2014.

1. World Bank Group welcomes you to the Africa Carbon Forum in Windhoek, Namibia, July 2-4, 2014
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The event is an opportunity to discuss the future of carbon markets, sources of climate finance, on-going international climate change negotiations, examples of low-carbon development strategies, and the latest developments around NAMAs, REDD+, New Market Mechanisms, and the Framework for Various Approaches. The participants of the Africa Carbon Forum will also have the opportunity to participate in a Fair where they can network with key stakeholders and learn more about innovative product lines.

The Africa Carbon Forum 2014 is jointly organized by the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) along with the UNEP Risoe Centre (URC), the World Bank Group (WBG), the African Development Bank (AfDB), and the International Emissions Trading Association (IETA).

A total of 30 conference sessions (plenaries, workshops and training sessions) are being organized. Please join us for the following sessions with World Bank Group participation:

  • Results-Based Financing: Models, Experience and Lessons Learned
  • Landscape Approaches to Climate Change Mitigation in Agriculture, Forestry and Other Land Uses
  • REDD+ Processes in Africa: Stocktaking and Opportunities for Support
  • Business Models for Promotion of Technologies that Target Energy Access & the Role of Carbon Finance
  • PPP’s: Strengthening Investments in Cleaner Technologies & Regional Power Pools
  • Scaling-up Renewable Energy for Low Carbon Development
  • What Future for CDM? Increasing Demand and Improving Supply
  • Hands-On Training for African Negotiators in Preparation for Lima COP
  • Market Mechanisms Untangled: Linkages between CDM, NAMA, NMM, and FVA
  • Towards a 2015 Global Climate  Agreement: Opportunities for Africa on the Road to Paris
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Subject: REGISTER: 4th Asia-Pacific Climate Change Adaptation Forum 2014, Kuala

Lumpur, Malaysia, 1-3 October 2014

CLIMATE-L Digest for Tuesday, June 24, 2014.
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1. REGISTER: 4th Asia-Pacific Climate Change Adaptation Forum 2014, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 1-3 October 2014
2. AlertNet Climate – This week’s top climate change news from the Thomson Reuters Foundation
3. LEDS GP Webinar: Strategies to Facilitate the Transition to a Climate Resilient Circular Economy
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REGISTER: 4th Asia-Pacific Climate Change Adaptation Forum 2014, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 1-3 October 2014

The 4th Asia-Pacific Climate Change Adaptation Forum 2014 is now open for registration. The Asia Pacific Adaptation Network (APAN) is organising its flagship Forum on 1-3 October 2014 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, under the theme New Partnerships for Resilient Development: Government, Business and Society.

Over 500 climate change adaptation practitioners will join public and private sector officials and top experts at this year’s Forum. The Forum aims to help participants from all levels of government and in business and society become more effective in addressing development challenges in a changing climate. This year’s Forum will focus on adaptation actors and how they collaborate to form partnerships and networks for resilient development.
With over 150 speakers and 30 sessions planned, the Forum is among the biggest climate change adaptation events in the region. Three Forums have successfully been co-organised by APAN since 2010.

BE A SESSION ORGANIZER
In the spirit of this year’s theme, we welcome new partners to the Forum, particularly Session Organisers who could moderate, lead, and financially support one to five participants, covering airfare, accommodation and per diem for the three-day event. Session Organisers are also encouraged to suggest speakers and refine topics based on their areas of expertise.

Forum themes

  1. Mainstreaming and Transformative Change
  2. Development and the Food-Water-Energy Nexus
  3. Disaster Risk Reduction and human security
  4. Forestry, Biodiversity and Ecosystems Change
  5. Cities with an emphasis on coastal Development and Sea-Level Rise

To register and for more information on themes and the agenda, visit the Adaptation Forum 2014 website: http://www.asiapacificadapt.net/adaptationforum2014/

For other inquiries, including how to become a Session Organizer, email the Adaptation Forum 2014 Secretariat: forum@asiapacificadapt.net

Registration is open until Friday, 1 August 2014.

We look forward to your active participation!

The Adaptation Forum 2014 Secretariat forum@asiapacificadapt.net

laurie.goering@thomsonreuters.com To:  Cc:  Date: Tue, 24 Jun 2014 09:47:49 -0500 Subject: AlertNet Climate – This week’s top climate change news from the Thomson Reuters Foundation AlertNet Climate – This week’s top climate change news from the Thomson Reuters Foundation
http://www.trust.org/climate/
@alertnetclimate
ASIA
Bangladesh to slash its own climate adaptation fund http://www.trust.org/item/20140618092711-072sy
Thai city uses CCTV, web to warn of floods http://www.trust.org/item/20140619090845-r6vi7
Pakistan surges into coal-fired power plants to meet energy demand http://www.trust.org/item/20140611093028-fa051
It’s buses versus trees in Islamabad as ‘green’ priorities collide http://www.trust.org/item/20140623124543-50nr9
Pakistan builds earthquake-resistant solar homes http://www.trust.org/item/20140612120345-acfzh
AFRICA
Green building design takes root in Kenya http://www.trust.org/item/20140616160634-sxybn
With rains unpredictable, Mozambique’s farmers cling to traditional maize http://www.trust.org/item/20140613093032-cr6d3
Kenya’s swelling lakes disrupt class, push crocodiles into town http://www.trust.org/item/20140610115046-cs0d1
To cut forest loss, Burkina Faso gives communities a voice http://www.trust.org/item/20140617153754-d9zb2
Mobile data helps Tanzanian herders get ahead of markets, weather http://www.trust.org/item/20140620080132-gha9x
In Mali, farmers scramble to adapt to changing rains http://www.trust.org/item/20140616095228-8lhyv
WORLD
Humanitarian aid hits record $22 billion in 2013 amid major crises http://www.trust.org/item/20140623230414-xl4g2
Money key to unlocking new U.N. climate deal, activists say http://www.trust.org/item/20140616151412-io1yb
NGOs protest U.N. plan to charge for events at climate talks http://www.trust.org/item/20140612105900-4sjtq
Choice of growth or climate apocalypse a ‘false dilemma,’ says ex-president http://www.trust.org/item/20140610143551-vfote
BLOGS
Why Europe needs to break its imported fossil fuel addiction – Connie Hedegaard, EU Commissioner for Climate Action http://www.trust.org/item/20140620100619-y9tzp
Asia can show the way in building disaster resilience – Margareta Wahlstrom, UNISDR http://www.trust.org/item/20140620082335-t8qrp
Why there’s a need to step up the worry in Pakistan – Farahnaz Zahidi http://www.trust.org/item/20140618112014-k2m9s
Sustainable development: Show, don’t tell – Stanislav Saling, UNDP http://www.trust.org/item/20140619142842-0csj1
Refugees deserve clean energy too – T. Alexander Aleinikoff and Radha Nuthiah, UNHCR http://www.trust.org/item/20140620144710-78tx9
Climate change must be part of new global development goals – Sven Harmeling, CARE International http://www.trust.org/item/20140616154959-rwam6
SLIDESHOW
Burkina Faso turns to communities to protect its forests http://www.trust.org/slideshow/?id=9e7c95ee-57d8-4e08-a1ee-1cc284369982
NEWS SPOTLIGHT
Desertification http://www.trust.org/spotlight/desertification
Sustainable design http://www.trust.org/spotlight/sustainable-design
Solar energy http://www.trust.org/spotlight/solar-energy
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Subject: LEDS GP Webinar: Strategies to Facilitate the Transition to a Climate Resilient Circular Economy

Reminder: Strategies to Facilitate the Transition to a Climate Resilient Circular Economy

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About LEDS Global Partnership

The Low Emission Development Strategies (LEDS) GP was founded in 2011 to enhance coordination, information exchange, and cooperation among countries and international programs working to advance low emission climate-resilient growth. The LEDS GP currently brings together LEDS leaders and practitioners from more than 120 countries and international institutions through innovative peer learning and collaboration forums and networks. For the full list of participants and more information on partnership activities, see ledsgp.org.

To stay current on LEDS GP activities, join us by visiting http://LEDSGP.org/join.

Subject: E-Course “Introduction to SCP in Asia”: building cap

Introduction to Sustainable Consumption and Production in Asia

E-Learning Course 

01 September – 24 October

Application and Registration Deadline: 25 July

You can download the course flyer here.

For details please contact the UNITAR Environmental Governance Programme at envgov@unitar.org

Register at:

https://www.unitar.org/event/introduction-sustainable-consumption-and-production-asia

Registration deadline: 25 July 2014.

Speakers include Ned Spang, Ph.D., Program Manager for the UC Davis Center for Water-Energy Efficiency; Heather Cooley, Director of the Pacific Institute’s Water Program; and Amanda Acheson, Sustainable Building Program Manager for Coconino County, Arizona.

Please register online at https://www3.gotomeeting.com/register/456342814

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Subject: Do you or a friend – or a friend of a friend of a friend – have an innovative climate idea? Submit to the MIT Climate CoLab

The MIT Climate CoLab is accepting proposals from anyone in the world on what to do about climate change.  Winners present to academic, policy, and industry leaders at a conference at MIT and Grand Prize Winners receive $10,000.
But that’s not all!  You can win just by spreading word of the contest with your friends and colleagues.  If one of them wins, then you’ll win a share of the $2,000 #SocialNetworkPrize!  You win $1000 if your friend wins, $500 if a friend of a friend wins, and you even win money if someone 6 degrees of separation from you wins, so share widely!  See the link below for details
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First-Ever UN Environment Assembly (UNEA), Ground-Breaking Platform for Policy Leadership, Gets Underway

Nairobi, 23 June 2014 - Hundreds of environment ministers, decision makers, scientists, civil society representatives and business leaders gather in Nairobi today for the inaugural meeting of the United Nations Environment Assembly (UNEA), a new world body that places environmental issues at the heart of international affairs and provides fresh impetus to tackle growing global challenges.

For many, the creation of UNEA is the coming of age of the environment as a world issue, as it places environmental concerns on the same footing with those of peace, security, finance, health and trade for the first time.

Held at the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) headquarters under the theme “A Life of Dignity for All”, UNEA tackles the major issues of the day, including the illegal trade in wildlife; air quality and pollution; environmental rule of law; financing the Green Economy; and the Sustainable Development Goals and the Post-2015 Development Agenda, including sustainable consumption and production (see a complete provisional agenda here.)

“UNEA marks a milestone in the four decade-long journey to accord environmental issues such as those outlined above the same status as the challenges to peace, security, finance, health and trade,” said UN Under-Secretary-General and UNEP Executive Director Achim Steiner. “The fact that for the first time all member states of the United Nations will be represented in UNEA means increased legitimacy, representation of all voices across the spectrum of both regional and developmental realities, and empowerment of the Ministers responsible for the environment.”

“We must seize this historic opportunity here in Nairobi – so close to the Rift Valley, the cradle of mankind – to unite the world in its effort to achieve a course correction and shape a new, more sustainable future for humanity, one in which we live in harmony with the natural world and create a life of dignity for all,” he added.

All 193 UN member states along with major stakeholders are represented at UNEA, which convenes from 23-27 June 2014. With this wide reach into the legislative, financial and development arenas, the new body presents a ground-breaking platform for leadership on global environmental policy.

Since UNEP’s inception in 1972, the environment has moved from the margins to the centre of the world’s sustainable development agenda. This reality that was reaffirmed by world leaders at Rio+20 in June 2012 – held 20 years after the ground-breaking 1992 Earth summit – when they supported the strengthening and upgrading of UNEP, translating into universal membership for its new governing body, UNEA; increased resources; and improved mechanisms to engage civil society and other stakeholders.

This first session of UNEA will determine its relevance in the international setting and will define UNEP’s ability to address the greatest environmental challenges which face us today, and in the future. At UNEA, Ministers will have the opportunity to exchange views on and provide inputs to the definition of the post-2015 development agenda, thus ensuring that environmental concerns are reflected and integrated into the post-2015/Sustainable Development Goals framework. 

During UNEA, UNEP will launch a new report on South-South Trade and the Green Economy, which will explore the growing movement of development “for the South, by the South” through an environmental lens. In addition, a strategic paper on Sustainable Consumption and Production Indicators will be presented, providing tools for governments seeking to chart a more sustainable course in their countries’ consumption and production patterns.

At UNEA, Ministers will also have an opportunity to address the illegal trade in wildlife, currently emerging as one of the most serious global concerns. A joint UNEP-INTERPOL Rapid Response Report will be launched, highlighting the links between environmental crime, insecurity and threats to sustainable development. The perverse effects of these criminal activities are being dramatically witnessed also in Kenya and throughout Africa, where the existing populations of elephants and rhinos are been killed for their ivory, thus posing a threat not only to the survival of these species in the wild, but also to the livelihoods of local communities and the development ambitions of the continent.

Other significant events at UNEA will include the signing of a new Memorandum of Understanding between UNEP and the European Commission; the launch of the 10-year edition of the UNEP Yearbook 2014, which will review a decade of key and emerging environmental issues; and the launch of the 2014 World Investment Report, the annual flagship publication of the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development.

At a Global Symposium on Environmental Rule of Law, Chief Justices and Attorneys General, Auditors General, Government representatives and representatives from key civil society organizations will discuss the ways and means by which the further development and implementation of environmental rule of law can help ensure just and sustainable development outcomes. Similarly, a Symposium on Financing Green Economy will bring together professionals of the finance sector, policy makers, and environmental economists to examine the relationship between capital markets and a Green Economy and to identify opportunities for mobilizing finance for sustainable investments. 

In addition, a press conference will be held on the state of the world’s oceans with the participation of Prince Albert of Monaco and José Maria Figueres, Co-Chair of the Global Ocean Commission and former president of Costa Rica.

Representatives of media outlets from around the globe will attend UNEA, bringing the meeting’s high-level discussions to the public at large. They will take part in media roundtables on a number of issues, ranging from environment and the rule of law to Small Island Developing States and the Green Economy, to plastics in the ocean.

About the United Nations Environment Assembly (UNEA)

UNEA is the highest-level UN body ever convened on the environment. It enjoys universal membership of all 193 UN member states as well as other stakeholder groups. With this wide reach into the legislative, financial and development arenas, the new body presents a ground-breaking platform for leadership on global environmental policy. UNEA boasts over 1200 participants, 170 national delegations, 112 delegations headed at minister level and 40 events during the five-day event from 23 to 27 June 2014 at UNEP’s Headquarters in Nairobi, Kenya.

For media enquiries, please contact:

Shereen Zorba, Head, UNEP News Desk

+254 788 526 000shereen.zorba@unep.org

Melissa Gorelick, UNEP Information Officer

+254 20 762 3088melissa.gorelick@unep.org

- See more at: http://www.unep.org/newscentre/Default.aspx?DocumentID=2791&ArticleID=10902&l=en#sthash.VNKHswn8.dpuf 

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Jim Sniffen Programme Officer UN Environment Programme New York tel: +1-212-963-8094 sniffenj at un.org/jsniffen88 at gmail.com www.unep.org

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UN Climate Summit: updates and more

Dear Friends and Colleagues,

Here is an update from our Global Gender Climate Alliance [GGCA] partners on the gender activities planned for the UN Climate Summit and more.
All the best,
Dr. P. J. Puntenney

Environmental & Human Systems Management
1989 West Liberty
 Ann Arbor, MI  48103  USA
Cell:  (734) 330-0238
Voice/Fax: (734) 994-3612

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Hello GGCA Colleagues,
There is quite the buzz around the upcoming UN Climate Summit.  Many are talking, people will be marching, and GGCA members and partners are working to ensure gender equality is a central message in climate discussions.  Here is an update and call to get involved.
Release of Women’s Climate Action Agenda, 8th September
WECAN will release the Women’s Climate Action Agenda in the lead-up to the UN Climate Leadership Summit.  You are invited to sign the WECAN declaration (starting 24th of June) and show your support!
 
People’s Climate March, 21st September
If you have already received your invitation, consider yourself invited!  Come join those making history and bringing change.  Sign up and follow developments for “in street” and virtual participation on Facebook.  A developing idea is that a section of march may be dedicated to women and women’s groups to share a unified statement or a common theme.
Women Leading Solutions on the Front Lines of Climate Change, 22nd September
WECAN will host Women Leading Solutions on the Front Lines of Climate Change at the UN Church Center in NY from 1:00 PM  until 3:00 PM on Monday September 22nd.  Those in New York are invited to join.  This event will be followed by a special group action on the same day to create a WECAN “Wall of Women” – more details to be shared soon.
Leaders’ Forum on Women Leading the Way: Raising Ambition for Climate Action, 22nd September
UN Women and the Mary Robinson Foundation – Climate Justice will co-host the Leaders’ Forum on Women Leading the Way: Raising Ambition for Climate Action at the Hyatt Hotel, New York from 6:00pm until 8:30pm. This multi-stakeholder event will bring together women and men from governments, the UN System, the scientific community, civil society organizations and the private sector, to demonstrate women’s leadership on climate action and highlight gender-responsive actions underway in various countries.  By invitation only.
BKM Climate Summit, 23rd September
What are possible ways to integrate gender issues and women’s equality in several different and substantive ways?  We are looking to see where GGCA, members, and partners can be involved collectively and separately – drawing on the strengths of each group.  Although some GGCA members are already planning events individually, we do not want to miss out on a collective opportunity to raise the roof on gender considerations.
Key Question: Where can gender dimensions be integrated into targeted into different workstreams?
Possible Answer: Bundle together projects with common threads to present in thematic sessions.
Summit Components
Plenary: heads of state and governments will speak on domestic actions & ambition.
Action Platforms – area for multi-stakeholder engagement (energy, transportation, agriculture, drr, finance,  etc).
Thematic Sessions – opportunity to partner with others and work with multilevel stakeholders on implementation.  This is where co-benefits of action may be best targeted.
Planning Ahead
·         GGCA will propose a strategy call near late July to identify entry points for gender and brainstorm on action.  Please let me know directly at cara@gender-climate.org if you’d like to participate.
·         GGCA members and partners are participating in the Social Pre-COP preparation meetings in Venezuela in July to create a collective social justice action agenda for climate policies to present at UN Climate Summit.
 
As always, you are encourage and invited to let me know if you have any questions or further thoughts.
Best regards,
Cara
Cara Beasley Communications and Network Officer, Global Gender and Climate Alliance (GGCA) Email:  cara@gender-climate.org Web: www.gender-climate.org Skype: cara.beasley Twitter: @GGCA_gender

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Subject: Countdown to Paris

Bloomberg BNA’s Rome correspondent Eric J. Lyman sits down with UN Climate Change Official Halldor Thorgeirsson for a question and answer session.

Read it on the Climate Blog: http://www.bna.com/countdown-paris-qa-b17179891431/

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Subject: ”Oceans and Society: Blue Planet” book


Calling all stakeholders within the ocean and climate change community: the “Oceans & Society: Blue Planet” book has been published and is available from Cambridge Scholars Publishing.

Edited by Samy Djavidnia, Victoria Cheung, Michael Ott & Sophie Seeyave, the book discusses current activities and future actions, and raises awareness for the further development and implementation of the Blue Planet agenda. Readers will learn more about ocean observations, how they can be integrated and their applications to benefit society as a whole. More specifically, Part VI of the book describes all activities performed within the “Oceans Climate and Carbon” component of the Blue Planet initiative.

“Oceans and Society: Blue Planet” (http://www.oceansandsociety.org) is a global initiative bringing together many ocean-observing programmes with a societal benefit focus. It was created in 2011 as a Task within the Work Plan of the Group on Earth Observations (GEO). The Geneva-based GEO is a voluntary partnership of some 90 governments and 77 intergovernmental, international, and regional organisations. It is committed to integrating global observations through strengthened cooperation and coordination among global observing systems and research programmes.

For more information on the book and on the GEO Blue Planet initiative, you can contact Samy.Djavidnia@gmail.com and info@oceansandsociety.org. Inspection copies of the book are available on request from the publisher.

Web: http://www.oceansandsociety.org


CLIMATE-L Digest for Friday, June 20, 2014.

1. News and stories on climate Science & Policy
2. “Oceans and Society: Blue Planet” book
3. UNEP annual report
4. Countdown to Paris

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the Euro-Mediterranean Centre on Climate Change is glad to inform you on updates of news and stories around Climate Science&Policy
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EXPLORE CLIMATE DATA ON INTERACTIVE MAP: LANCELOT IS NOW ONLINE

Lancelot is the web application designed and produced by the Euro-Mediterranean Center on climate Change (CMCC) to provide an interactive, dynamic and integrated visualization of climate data on maps for a vast and differentiated audience. Select your indicators and explore hystorical data and climate projections provided by CMCC.

http://lancelot.cmcc.it/ 

News and update from CMCC

All stories and articles are available at this web page:

http://www.cmcc.it/newsletters/cmcc-newsletter-042014 

CLIMATE AND ENERGY POLICIES IN THE MEDITERRANEAN BASIN
An event organized by Fondazione Eni Enrico Mattei (FEEM), International Center for Climate Governance (ICCG) and Euro-Mediterranean Center on Climate Change (CMCC) in the framework of the 5th World Congress of Environmental and Resources Economists in Istanbul on June 29th, 2014
http://www.cmcc.it/events/policy-session-on-climate-and-energy-policies-in-the-mediterranean-basin

PERSPECTIVE AND STRATEGIES FOR SAFER TRANSPORT IN THE MEDITERRANEAN SEA
The conference in Lecce made the point about sea situational awareness, ship routing, search and rescue and oil spill. Services and applications presented by Ocean-Lab at the last IONIO conference. Watch the videos
http://www.cmcc.it/article/perspectives-and-strategies-for-safer-transport-in-the-mediterranean-sea

HYDROLOGICAL SIMULATIONS AND CLIMATE SCENARIOS AT THE BASIN SCALE IN THE PO RIVER, ITALY
Variation in discharge in Po river and simulations of its flow from 1971 to 2000. A new paper on the “Red Books” series of the International Association of Hydrological Sciences (IAHS)
http://www.cmcc.it/article/hydrological-simulations-and-climate-scenarios-at-the-basin-scale-in-the-po-river-italy

A MULTI-MODEL PERSPECTIVE FOR DECADAL PREDICTION EXPERIMENTS
The set of simulations of the EU project COMBINE scrutinized to examine several aspects of decadal predictions. A growing evidence that the current generation of climate models have significant skill in predicting years ahead both the anthropogenic warming and part of the internal variability of the climate system. A new study on Climate Dynamics
http://www.cmcc.it/article/a-multi-model-perspective-for-decadal-prediction-experiments

A EUROPEAN PARTNERSHIP FOR CLIMATE SERVICES
Aims, dates and next action of the European Climate Service Partnership (ECSP) presented in Hamburg at its kick off meeting
http://www.cmcc.it/article/a-european-partnership-for-climate-services

CLIMATE CHANGE IN THE AMERICAN BACKYARDS
Global climate is changing and this change is apparent across a wide range of observations. Released “Climate change impacts in the United States”, a landmark report about the effects of climate change on the U.S.
http://www.cmcc.it/article/climate-change-in-the-american-backyards

ETC/CCA: MAINSTREAMING OF CLIMATE CHANGE ADAPTATION IN EU POLICIES AND PLANS
The Consortium led by CMCC entered a new five-year phase having as main objectives the implementation of the 2013 EU Strategy on Climate Change Adaptation and the maintenance of Climate-ADAPT
http://www.cmcc.it/article/etccca-mainstreaming-of-climate-change-adaptation-in-eu-policies-and-plans 

All stories and articles are available at this web page:

http://www.cmcc.it/newsletters/cmcc-newsletter-042014

 

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UN officials call for restoratio​n of ecosystems to reduce climate change disasters

17 June 2014 – Marking the World Day to Combat Desertification, United Nations officials today emphasized the importance of restoring degrading lands to avoid or soften the potentially disastrous impacts of climate change.

“Land degradation, caused or exacerbated by climate change, is not only a danger to livelihoods, but also a threat to peace and stability,” Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said in his message for the World Day, observed annually on 17 June.

He noted that recovering land that is degrading will have multiple benefits. “We can avert the worst effects of climate change, produce more food and ease competition over resources. We can preserve vital ecosystem services, such as water retention, which protects us from floods or droughts.

“And a comprehensive and large-scale approach to land recovery can create new jobs, business opportunities and livelihoods, allowing populations to not only survive, but thrive,” he stated.

The theme of this year’s World Day is “Land belongs to the future, let’s climate-proof it.” Studies show that 24 billion tons of fertile soil are being eroded each year, and 2 billion hectares of degraded land have potential for recovery and restoration.

As Member States continue efforts to elaborate a global development agenda beyond the Millennium Development Goals deadline of 2015, General Assembly President John Ashe encouraged them to work together to mitigate patterns of desertification in order to meet the daily needs of the world’s inhabitants, especially to produce food.

“Climate change can profoundly alter the relationship between water and the land. The amount and quality of the land we have today will be very different from what we will have in the future,” he said in his message.

“Unless we act swiftly to ensure all the land we have can withstand soil erosion and to prevent the loss of underground fresh water and the intrusion of salt water into underground fresh water, we will not have enough arable land to feed the world’s population,” he stated.

Mr. Ashe also stressed that a “land-degradation neutral world” should be a global norm. “Let us, the global community pursue it relentlessly, because each flood, drought, landslide, tornado, heat wave or coastal submersion robs us of an invaluable natural asset – productive land.”

Monique Barbut, Executive Secretary of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD), said that climate change is changing the dynamic between water and the land.

“Our focus on the future impacts of climate change has blinded us to the crucial fact that the status of the land is already changing… Soil formation takes many years, but just one flood can sweep it all away,” she stated.

The UNCCD is holding a global observance today at the World Bank headquarters in Washington D.C. with high-level participation, where the winners of the Land for Life Award, for excellence in sustainable land management, will be announced.

Many countries are also holding national events to mark the World Day, while several will name their Dryland Champions, local heroes who have made a significant practical contribution to sustainable land management.

News Tracker: past stories on this issue

Boosting green transition will improve food security, UN says on Africa Environment Day

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CLIMATE-L Digest for Tuesday, June 17, 2014.

1. June 2014 edition of Climate Change Newsletter – ThinktoSustain.com
2. Africa Adaptation Newsletter- 6th issue
3. NEW CARE BLOG: Climate change must be part of new global development goals
4. OzoNews Vol. XIV, 15 June 2014 issue
5. Climate Change Daily Feed – 17 June 2014 – Climate Change Policy & Practice
6. C2ES Releases New Report – “Building Flexibility and Ambition into a 2015 Climate Agreement”
7. New Books – Review Copies
8. 2014 UNCCD Land for Life winners announced!
9. V-NAMA Webinar: The German National Climate Initiative: Accelerating Local Climate Action (24 June 2014)
10. weADAPT: Surfing shrimp, climate services, business risk and more…
11. webinar // Building a Holistic NAMA MRV on a CDM Standardized Baseline  |  June 18 at 10am EDT

Dear Climate-L readers,

I have produced a new blog on the need for a strong representation of climate change in the post-2015 development framework (including a climate change goal), which you can find under the following link:

Climate change must be part of new global development goals

http://www.trust.org/item/20140616154959-rwam6/

The text also refers to a letter signed by ca. 180 NGOs and networks from more than 50 countries demanding strong representation of climate change in the post-2015 development framework (including a climate change goal):

http://www.careclimatechange.org/files/CSO_letter_SDG_Climate_Change_June_2014_rev.pdf

Feel free to distribute it further (in particular to negotiators in New York now discussing the SDGs this week)

Best regards

Sven Harmeling  |  CARE  |  Climate Change Advocacy Coordinator

Poverty Environment and Climate Change Network (PECCN) 

c/o CARE Deutschland-Luxemburg, Dreizehnmorgenweg 6, 53175 Bonn

T: +49 (0)228-97563-61  |  M: +49 (0)177-6136431

Twitter: @CareClimate | www.careclimatechange.org

email: sharmeling@careclimatechange.org

skype: svani18

LinkedIn: de.linkedin.com/pub/sven-harmeling/10/957/765/

 

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Subject: C2ES Releases New Report – “Building Flexibility and Ambition into a 2015 Climate Agreement”

Dear Climate-L Subscribers,

The Center for Climate and Energy Solutions (C2ES) has released a new report examining options for building both flexibility and ambition into the new international climate change agreement due next year in Paris.

The report, Building Flexibility and Ambition into a 2015 Climate Agreement, explores a new “hybrid” approach emerging in the United Nations climate negotiations that would blend top-down and bottom-up elements to achieve both broad participation and strong action.

Noting that parties have already agreed on a central bottom-up element — with the call last year in Warsaw for “intended nationally determined contributions” — the paper outlines a range of potential top-down elements that could help ensure that parties’ contributions are ambitious and strengthen over time. These include a long-term goal as a benchmark for evaluating countries’ efforts, reporting and review procedures to promote transparency and accountability, and provisions for updating or initiating the next round of national contributions.

The paper is co-authored by Arizona State University law professor Daniel Bodansky and C2ES Executive Vice President Elliot Diringer.

Read the report at: http://bit.ly/1l41hN7

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Dear all,

Calling budding designers with an interest in all things GREEN!

We are looking for a fabulous logo to represent our ground-breaking online sustainability hub launching this December. The Routledge Sustainability Hub will support the interdisciplinary field of Environment and Sustainability by bringing together study materials from videos, to journal articles to author podcasts. It will be a unique knowledge center for the Sustainability community and we need a logo that says just that! Click here for more information

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Additionally, I am pleased to announce a selection of new and forthcoming titles by Routledge:

If you are a book review editor or have had a review proposal accepted by a journal/publication and would like to review any of these titles, please email Francesca.Galbo@taylorandfrancis.com  ensuring you provide a full delivery address, recipient name, contact telephone number and the title of the publication you are reviewing the book for.

A Political Ecology of Women, Water and Global Environmental Change Edited by Stephanie Buechler, Anne-Marie S. Hanson
This edited volume explores how a feminist political ecology framework can bring new and exciting insights to the study of livelihoods dependent on vulnerable rivers, watersheds, wetlands and coastal environments. Bringing together political ecologists and feminist scholars from multiple disciplines, the book develops solution-oriented advances to theory, policy and planning to tackle the complexity of these global environmental changes.
Read more… Series: Routledge International Studies of Women and Place

To be Published December 2014 by Routledge

Climate Change Impacts on Tropical Forests in Central America An Ecosystem Service Perspective Edited by Aline Chiabai
This innovative collection utilises both theoretical approaches and empirical results to provide a conceptual framework for an integrated analysis of climate change impacts on forest ecosystems and related economic effects, offering insight into the complex relationship between ecosystem services and benefits to humans. This important contribution to climate change and forestry studies provides invaluable reading for students and scholars in the fields of environmental and ecological economics, environmental science and forestry, natural resource management, agriculture and climate change.
Read more… Series: The Earthscan Forest Library

To be Published January 2015 by Routledge

The Politics of Knowledge and Global Biodiversity By Alice B.M. Vadrot
The establishment of the Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) points to the crucial role attributed to science and knowledge for the successful implementation of biodiversity politics by both scientists and policy-makers. This book gives a full overview of the process of its implementation as finalised in 2013 and proposes an innovative conceptual framework that puts this specific case into a more general perspective of international politics and relations.
Read more… Series: Routledge Studies in Biodiversity Politics and Management

Published April 2014 by Routledge

Accounting for Biodiversity Edited by Michael Jones
This book explores the financial, business risk, ethical, cultural, and emotional rationales underlying the need for companies to actively protect, conserve and improve biodiversity within their sphere of operation.
Read more…

To be Published July 2014 by Routledge

Land Solutions for Climate Displacement Edited by Scott Leckie
This book includes ten chapters of highly original and innovative research on the reality and dynamics of climate displacement in seven of the countries which are most seriously affected, or which will be in the future. The book includes both general analytical chapters as well as country-specific chapters on Bangladesh, Kiribati, the Maldives, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, Tuvalu and Vanuatu. All country chapters are written by nationals of those countries, lending a first-hand account of how these frontline nations are grappling with the human consequences of climate displacement.
Read more… Series: Routledge Studies in Development, Displacement and Resettlement

Published May 2014 by Routledge

Please send us your published reviews!

We’d be extremely grateful to receive any published reviews – for this or any other Routledge book you may have recently reviewed – so that we can add review quotes to our website and flyers, and circulate them via our social media accounts. Routledge will ensure we always quote your journal name – publicity for you too! Please feel free to email them to Francesca.Galbo@taylorandfrancis.com.

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    The Africa Adaptation Knowledge Network (AAKNet) is pleased to present the 6th Issue of the Africa Adaptation Newsletter.

This newsletter offers a comprehensive overview of the latest adaptation practices, policy issues, amongst many in Africa and beyond.

We invite you to download the 5th issue at http://aaknet.org/index.php/component/k2/item/150-aaknet-newsletter-issue-6

PDF link http://aaknet.org/index.php/component/k2/item/download/85_76fecab43fb3973eb4ab4ed33501112e

Also visit our interactive website www.aaknet.org

 

Climate change and SDGs: follow-up: suggested TWEETS

Dear colleagues,

I hope you all received the CSO letter on climate change and SDGs. With so many signatures, I think we have a great opportunity to make it have an impact.

The OWG negotiating the Sustainable Development Goals will start its 12th session today in New York.

We thought that it could be useful to accompany this with some tweeting from today on and the next days.

Below find some suggested tweets which you may use and which we from CARE will tweet today. Of course feel free to design your own ones.

The link contained in the tweets refers to the CARE website where we put the letter. Of course feel free to use your own link here if you have put the letter on your site.

Any further suggestions for action are of course welcome.

a)      #OWG12 Approx 180 NGOs call for standalone climate change goal in the post-2015 development framework >Here’s why: http://tiny.cc/p0mjhx

b)      Can development be sustainable without tackling #climate change? No, say 180 NGOs in letter to #OWG12 http://tiny.cc/p0mjhx #climateaction

c)      Strong integration + standalone  #climate goal can help make SDGs successful say ca. 180 NGOs in a letter to #OWG12 http://tiny.cc/p0mjhx

d)      SDGs with strong climate change goal can support scale of ambition required+contribute to COP21 climate deal say NGOs http://tiny.cc/p0mjhx

Best regards

Sven Harmeling  |  CARE  |  Climate Change Advocacy Coordinator

Poverty Environment and Climate Change Network (PECCN) 

c/o CARE Deutschland-Luxemburg, Dreizehnmorgenweg 6, 53175 Bonn

T: +49 (0)228-97563-61  |  M: +49 (0)177-6136431

Twitter: @CareClimate | www.careclimatechange.org

email: sharmeling@careclimatechange.org

skype: svani18

LinkedIn: de.linkedin.com/pub/sven-harmeling/10/957/765/

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Subject: Getting the right legal design in time for the 2015 climate change agreement

A new blog post from FIELD Executive Director Joy Hyvarinen considers a possible outcome in Paris in December 2015 and both short and long term legal design challenges. Available at:

http://www.field.org.uk/blog/2014/06/12/getting-the-right-legal-design-in-time-for-the-2015-climate-agreement

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Subject: New paper: Intended Nationally Determined Contributions

Dear climate-l readers, 

Parties agreed in Warsaw to “initiate or intensify preparation of their intended nationally determined contributions” so that they can be submitted well in advance of the UNFCCC conference. Intended Nationally Determined Contributions (INDCs) put forward by countries will form a key input to the negotiations leading towards the 2015 Paris climate agreement. 

We delivered a new paper at the UNFCCC Bonn intersessional conference in June 2014 to inform Parties’ understanding of the INDCs concept. The paper discusses the technical and policy-related aspects of preparing, consulting and communicating these contributions. It focuses on the question of what a contribution could include and how this content can be determined. As such, it can serve as a starting point for countries to elaborate on their INDCs. 

Download the report: http://www.ecofys.com/en/publication/intended-nationally-determined-contributions-under-the-unfccc/ 

Comments on the content of the paper are welcome. 

Niklas Höhne, Christian Ellermann, Lina Li   Ecofys 

Table 2.          Illustrative examples of the level of detail that could be provided by three possible types of countries (cells shaded in light orange are the focus areas of the contribution).

Element   Advanced country[1]  Other country Country with low capability

Inspirational national long  Year of intended phase out of  Long-term peak and decline term emissions goal  GHG emissions pathway or range National short term emissions Precisely defined, economy  Indication of mitigation Target wide, multi-year target until  ambition until 2025 and/or 2025 and/or 2030  2030 (below BAU, intensity, range) Energy targets National energy efficiency or renewable tar

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UNFCCC June 4-15 Bonn, Germany Conference Updates

Dear Climate Change Colleagues and Friends,

To follow the reports/conference updates on the UNFCCC Intercessional meeting June 4-15 in Bonn, visit https://unfccc.int/meetings/bonn_jun_2014/items/8391txt.php?plus=j&      The first report starts at the bottom of the page, there are updates on the three meetings on Article 6 of the Convention.
All the best,
Pam Puntenney, Arman Golrokhian, and Sabina Mehsah
UN SD Education Caucus – Climate Change Delegation to Bonn
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Environmental & Human Systems Management
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Cell:  (734) 330-0238
Voice/Fax: (734) 994-3612

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3rd Internatio​nal Conference for ISO 31000 Risk Management Standards

Hello, [Fname],

Your contact information was given to me by Alex Dali, President of G31000, with whom you are connected in LinkedIn.

As you are involved or interested in risk management, Alex thought you would appreciate knowing that there is still time to register for our Third International Conference on the ISO 31000 Risk Management Standard, which will be held on 14 & 15 July 2014, in New York City.

It will be an opportunity for you to meet and hear from world leaders in this rapidly growing field, and to gain cutting-edge knowledge about the only international standard for risk management.

PUBLIC SECTOR:
Two excellent models of successful implementation will be presented at the conference:

  • The US model, presented by Karen Hardy, Deputy Director of Risk Management, U.S. Department of Commerce and Senior Advisor, Office of Management and Budget, Executive Office of President of the United States.
  • The South Africa model, presented by Beulah Misrole (Ms), Provincial Chief Risk Officer (ERM), Department of the Premier (DotP), Western Cape Government, South Africa.

See conference website: http://G31000.org/conference
See conference brochure

PRIVATE SECTOR:
Many private sector successes will be demonstrated, from a variety of industries. Please see the attached brochure.

MASTER CLASSES AND CERTIFICATION:
You can also take this opportunity to become ISO 31000 Certified at the Master Classes that will follow the conference, on 16-17 July 2014, see here.

Feel free to contact me, Allen Gluck, Conference Chairman: +1 845-263-4975 for more information. You may use this online discount code: CCFSPZ for 10% off of registration.

Members can receive an additional 10% discount by emailing Allen at:allen.gluck@G31000.us.
Register now to reserve your place for the conference and/or the Master Classes:

1. Online registration: http://G31000.org/registration
2. Call : +1 212-220-9225 (24/7 live phone service, worldwide)

GET INVOLVED:
To share the level of interest you have, please take this short survey to let us know how you would like to participate.   I hope to meet you there!    

Allen Gluck, Vice President

G31000 North America, Inc.
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F.  +1 888 980 9715
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Challenges For Science-ba​sed Policy Making – Political Imperative vs. Evidence Gathering Processes

Dear Community of Educators,

An important discussion is occurring regarding transparency in evidence-gathering processes for all stakeholders be they citizen, private sector, politician, scientist.  The EU Chief Scientist has spoken out about the critical issue of twisting facts to fit a political agenda.  ”A big challenge for the next European Commission will be to disconnect its evidence gathering processes from the “political imperative” that’s driving policy proposals.”, visit:
All the best,
Pam Puntenney and Bremley Lyngdoh
UN SD Education Caucus Co-Chairs
Co-Coodinators Climate Change
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Environmental & Human Systems Management
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Cell:  (734) 330-0238
Voice/Fax: (734) 994-3612

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Transparency is key: the reasoning that’s behind policy proposals needs to be accessible

Sustainability Strategies and Innovation Professional

Transparency in evidence-gathering processes is key: every stakeholder – whether a citizen, a business, a politician, a scientist – need to be able to look at the reasoning that’s behind policy proposals
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Mrs. Anne Glover speaking at the Friends of Europe – EU 2050: Europe’s Tech Revolution.

EU twisting facts to fit political agenda, chief scientist says euractiv.com

A big challenge for the next European Commission will be to disconnect its evidence gathering processes from the “political imperative” that’s driving policy proposals, according to Anne Glover, the EU’s chief scientific advisor.

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Side event at Bonn: HOW RESEARCH CAN UNBLOCK A CLIMATE DEAL: Thu, 12.6, at 13:15 in Metro

Dear All,
It is my great pleasure to invite you to attend a side-event, Climate Strategies is hosting at
Bonn on Thursday, 12.06, at 13:15 in room Metro:
LESS TALK MORE AGREEMENT: HOW RESEARCH CAN HELP UNBLOCK A CLIMATE DEAL
This event will discuss the outcomes of the first Global Climate Policy Conference that was held in London on May 7th and 8th.
This conference brought together researchers and analysts from academia and think-tanks, together with negotiators and other practitioners with the aim to identify new economic, social and political ideas and analysis to help move things forward. Six sessions covered issues such as: green growth, equity, finance, links between adaptation and mitigation, reducing emissions through clubs.
There will be a post-conference publication, available by late summer 2014.
The side event will be chaired by Ari Huhtala of CDKN
Confirmed speakers include:
Heleen de Coninck of Radboud University and Climate Strategies: Summary and reflection from the conference discussions
Jose Alberto Garibaldi of Energeia: How mitigation and adaptation packages should secure finance?
Xiaohua Zhang of NCCC in China: Reflections on CBDR in 2015 agreement
Carlos Jesús Rossi Covarrubias of MFA in Peru: Managing GHG impacts through public-private technology pools
The presentations will be followed by discussion aimed at finding answers to two questions:
1. What research ideas are the most innovative and of relevance to facilitate advances in the climate negotiations and the broader climate arena?
2. What are the questions/research gaps to be addressed in the next 12 months but also longer term?
We look forward to your active participation!
PS. You may also want to consult our freshly-produced newsletter, available
Andrzej Błachowicz
Managing Director
Climate Strategies
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Subject: climate-l digest: June 06, 2014
From: “Climate Change Info Mailing List digest” <climate-l@lists.iisd.ca>
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CLIMATE-L Digest for Friday, June 06, 2014.

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2. PRISE Small Grants – Call for Proposals for Research on Climate Resilience in Semi-arid Lands
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4. Outputs from the Development & Mitigation Forum
5. IGES Issues Brief: Need for an Assessment of the Kyoto Mechanisms
6. Bonn side event on the 2015 Agreement organised by OECD/IEA – Wedn 11 May – Room: Solar, 13:15-14:45
7. CARE International Briefing paper on UN climate talks in Bonn
8. Side Event: Corporate commitments on deforestation and land-use emissions accounting frameworks
9. Climate Change Daily Feed – 6 June 2014 – Climate Change Policy & Practice
10. new discussion paper: carbon majors funding loss and damage (hbf & CJP)
11. Report release | Land Use in a Future Climate Agreement
12. Side event: New WRI standards and tools for tracking implementation and GHG reductions from policies
13. ECO – June 7 2014

 

Dear Climate-L,

 

Apologies for any cross-posting.

Read our latest thought leadership article – “It’s Time For Leaders to Lead and Propagate the Facts: Climate Action Promotes Prosperity”. Assaad W. Razzouk’s Op-Ed via The Independent

READ OUR PREVIOUS THOUGHT LEADERS:

The EU elections “earthquake” is good for climate action by Assaad W. Razzouk, Eco-Business.


A barrage of lawsuits is needed to curb climate change
, The fourth in a series on reviving and reinventing the global climate movement by Assaad W. Razzouk, The Independent.

A tale of two Thai landfills, Dr. Jay Mariyappan on designing effective clean energy projects.

How to slow climate change? Target the 90 companies who pollute the most. The third in a series on reviving and reinventing the global climate movement by Assaad W. Razzouk, The Independent.

What the climate movement must learn from the fight against AIDS. The second in a series by Assaad W. Razzouk on reviving and reinventing the global climate movement. 

Warm, too warm, and warmer still: The climate movement must face up to its colossal failure, by Assaad W. Razzouk, The Independent. The first in a series on reviving and reinventing the global climate movement.

Why Europe Should Go For A Minus 50 Per Cent Climate Target, by Gareth Phillips.

The European Commission is taking a big gamble with the CDM, by Gareth Phillips.

Renewable energy targets are bad policy. Here are five reasons to prove it. A green, competitive Europe doesn’t need them and shouldn’t have them, by Assaad W. Razzouk, The Independent. 

What climate action can we expect in 2014? Top-down talks have failed, now local forces are gathering strength, by Assaad W. Razzouk, The Independent.

Climate Action? Warsaw 2013 to Paris 2015’, Op-Ed – by Assaad W. Razzouk, The Ecologist 

On climate, we need a global carbon market with its own ‘federal reserve’, Op-Ed – by Assaad W. Razzouk, The Independent

Sindicatum Sustainable Resources
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Date: Fri, 06 Jun 2014 02:53:25 -0500 Subject: PRISE Small Grants – Call for Proposals for Research on Climate Resilience in Semi-arid Lands Pathways to Resilience in Semi-Arid Economies (PRISE) is a five-year, multi-country research project funded by the International Development Research Center (IDRC) in Canada and the UK’s Department for International Development. PRISE is led by ODI, with partners from SDPI, CCCS of UoDS, LSS, and IED Afrique.

PRISE is now inviting concept notes from early career researchers. Grants of up to £5,000 are available for research that contributes to PRISE objectives and research priorities: inclusive, climate-resilient development of semi-arid areas.
For more information,

please visit: http://www.odi.org.uk/programmes/climate-environment/2014-prise-call
The deadline for proposal submission is June 23, 2014. Applicants should complete and submit by email the attached PRISE Small Grants Programme Application Form by June 23, 2014 to Helen Mountfort, PRISE Consortium Coordinator (h.mountfort@odi.org.uk).

Please forward this to your circles / colleagues who may be interested.
Sadia M Ishfaq Environment & Climate Change Unit Sustainable Development Policy Institute (SDPI) www.sdpi.org, www.sdpi.tv

From: UN-REDD@UN-REDD.ORG To:  Cc:  Date: 6 Jun 2014 12:26:55 +0300 Subject: UN-REDD Programme Newsletter is now out

Dear Colleagues,

In this issue of the UN-REDD Programme Newsletter,  read about lessons  shared in Stakeholder Engagement, Asia  Pacific experiences in mainstreaming Gender in REDD+ and the Pan-African  Dialogue Platform set up for CSO/IP Observers. Also get REDD+ updates from Costa Rica, Kenya, Mongolia, Nigeria,  Panama, Sri Lanka and Viet Nam.

For regular   news and information updates from the UN-REDD Programme, follow us on Twitter, read opinion articles from   leading REDD+ experts on our blog,   and connect with us on our Facebook   page.

Michelle du Toit michelle@southsouthnorth.org  To:  Cc:  Date: Fri, 6 Jun 2014  Subject: Outputs from the Development & Mitigation Forum

OUTPUTS FROM THE DEVELOPMENT & MITIGATION FORUM

The MAPS team would like to share a highlight of the ideas, debates and findings from the Forum on Development and Mitigation (DevMit) held in Cape Town in January this year. The Forum was hosted as a partnership between the Mitigation Actions Plans and Scenarios (MAPS) programme and the Energy Research Centre (ERC) at the University of Cape Town both based in Cape Town, together with the Centre for Policy Research (CPR) in New Delhi, India.

Over one hundred delegates, working mostly on climate change mitigation in the global south attended the event. The objective was to build an understanding of how developing countries can effectively internalise mitigation activities into their development priorities and approaches.

The DEVMIT IDEAS KIT provides an entry point into the wealth of ideas that emerged from various sessions and discussions. It is in the format of a magazine-style pdf document, which is hyperlinked to papers, presentations, blogs and videos on the website.

Find the brief at http://www.mapsprogramme.org/wp-content/uploads/DevMit_IdeaKit_web.pdf

To include development priorities into the discussion at the Forum, nine South African development experts ‘Development Provocateurs’ were invited to participate. Their reflections on the discourse over the three days, encourage us to reconsider our mitigation ‘community of practice’ and its norms, assumptions, framings and objectives from the outside. The DEVMIT PROVOCATEUR BRIEFINGS captures these reflections, and we trust it makes for an interesting and thought-provoking read.

Find the brief at http://www.mapsprogramme.org/wp-content/uploads/DevMit_ProvocateurBriefing_140317.pdf
Further information on the Forum and its other outputs can be found online at http://devmitforum.ercresources.org.za

Thank you for the support!

Kind Regards MAPS International

MAPS Coordinator SouthSouthNorth Projects Africa
s. michellesouthsouthnorth
twitter: @MAPSProgramme

 

From: Kazuhisa KOAKUTSU <koakutsu@iges.or.jp> To:  Cc:  Date: Fri, 6 Jun 2014 20:05:25 +0900 Subject: IGES Issues Brief: Need for an Assessment of the Kyoto Mechanisms

Dear Climate-L readers,

We are pleased to announce that an IGES Issue Brief, “Need for an Assessment of the Kyoto Mechanisms”,  has been published in our website.  Summary of this paper will be presented at the IGES side event during SB40 (6/6 15:00-16:30 @ Wind) and copy will be made available at the event.

http://pub.iges.or.jp/modules/envirolib/view.php?docid=5376

Need for an assessment of the Kyoto Mechanisms

In April 2014, the Annex B countries of the Kyoto Protocol published the number of transactions of Kyoto units that had taken place by the end of 2013 as well as the GHG emissions of the Annex B countries in 2012. This report summarises how each country achieved their emission reduction targets during the first commitment period of the Kyoto Protocol.

This report is written based on the based on the IGES National Registry Database as of May 2014 below.

Main findings are the followings:

- EU15 countries transferred 989 million t-CO2 of Assigned Amount Units (AAUs) and 32 million t-CO2 of Removal Units (RMUs) as well as acquiring 348 million t-CO2 of Emission Reduction units (ERUs), 670 million t-CO2 of Certified Emission Reductions (CERs) and 79 million t-CO2 of RMUs. By using these units, the EU achieved a reduction of 12.2% from the base year.

- The Economies in Transition (EIT) countries transferred 1,741 million t-CO2 of AAUs and ERUs in total, while they acquired 9,257 million t-CO2 of CERs. As a result, the EIT countries still have a surplus allowance of 9,257 t-CO2.

- Japan achieved a 8.4% emissions reduction from the base year using GHG removals by sinks, AAUs from the Czech Republic and Ukraine, as well as primary CERs. Because Japan had an initial assigned amount that was less than the country’s GHG emissions over five years from 2008 to 2012, it was necessary to use a large amount of Kyoto units to achieve Japan’s target.

- The five-year GHG emissions from Annex B countries of the Kyoto Protocol came to 9.3 billion t-CO2 (22% reduction from the 1990 level). When the CERs and RMUs are counted, the GHG emissions are calculated at 8.9 billion t-CO2 (26% reduction from 1990 the level).

- For the next step, it will be necessary to conduct research into what extent the Kyoto Mechanism could contribute to substantial GHG emission reductions in consideration of external factors, such as economic recession and structural changes to energy supplies.

To download our publications: http://www.iges.or.jp/en/climate-energy/mm/publication.html

Your comments and feedbacks are always appreciated. Please send us e-mail to: mm-info@iges.or.jp

For more information on IGES Marker Mechanism related publication, please visit our website: http://www.iges.or.jp/en/climate-energy/index.html

From: Pascale.ROSSIGNOL@oecd.org  Date: Fri, 6 Jun Subject: Bonn side event on the 2015 Agreement organised by OECD/IEA – Wedn 11 May – Room: Solar,

 

OECD/IEA/CCXG side event

Recent analyses of the OECD and Climate Change Expert Group

Designing a flexible and durable 2015 agreement

This event will showcase new work by the OECD/IEA Climate Change Expert Group (CCXG) on designing a flexible and durable 2015 agreement that is built to last. The format will consist of presentations by speakers followed by a Q&A session.

This

Wednesday 11th June 2014, 13:15-14:45, SOLAR room

We look forward to seeing you there!

Copies of the new paper available in the room

Also on  http://oe.cd/ccxg

http://www.oecd.org/env/cc/

and on the UNFCCC website (side events SBSTA)

Description: Description: logo_mail_uk    Climate Change Expert Group Secretariat
ENV – Climate, Biodiversity and Water Division

2, rue André Pascal – 75775 Paris Cedex 16

+33 1 45 24 96 58 || pascale.rossignol@oecd.org  || www.oe.cd.org/ccexplorer

 

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CORRECTION​: CSO letter to the OWG on CC and SDGs

Dear all,

Thanks for all the support. Attached find the letter on SDGs and climate change with roughly 180 signatories from more than 50 countries.

Feel free to put it up on the website now, tweet around it. You may also decide to promote it more broadly from Monday on when the OWG session starts I will keep you update on next steps.

Best regards

Sven Harmeling  |  CARE  |  Climate Change Advocacy Coordinator

Poverty Environment and Climate Change Network (PECCN) 

WM CARE LOGO image002     c/o CARE Deutschland-Luxemburg, Dreizehnmorgenweg 6, 53175 Bonn

T: +49 (0)228-97563-61  |  M: +49 (0)177-6136431

Twitter: @CareClimate | www.careclimatechange.org

email: sharmeling@careclimatechange.org

skype: svani18

LinkedIn: de.linkedin.com/pub/sven-harmeling/10/957/765/

From: Sven Harmeling sharmeling@careclimatechange.org  To:  Cc:  Date: Fri, 6 Jun 2014 Subject: CARE International Briefing paper on UN climate talks in Bonn

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Dear Climate-L readers,

Just would like to make you aware of the CARE International briefing paper on the UN climate talks in Bonn. Find below the information and link.

Do not hesitate to contact me

Sven Harmeling

No time to lose: What can we expect from the UN climate talks in Bonn?

The United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) negotiation session in Bonn, which takes place from 4 to 15 June 2014, is an important milestone as we head towards the UN climate conference in Peru (COP20, December 2014). Both events must result in substantial steps forward if governments are to agree on a new and ambitious climate change framework to tackle the growing climate crisis when they meet in Paris in 2015. This briefing outlines key issues on the agenda at the June negotiation session and summarises CARE’s key demands.

http://www.careclimatechange.org/files/Bonn_expectations_June_2014-final.pdf

Sven Harmeling  |  CARE  |  Climate Change Advocacy Coordinator

Poverty Environment and Climate Change Network (PECCN) 

c/o CARE Deutschland-Luxemburg, Dreizehnmorgenweg 6, 53175 Bonn

T: +49 (0)228-97563-61  |  M: +49 (0)177-6136431

Twitter: @CareClimate | www.careclimatechange.org

email: sharmeling@careclimatechange.org

skype: svani18

WM CARE LOGO image002     LinkedIn: de.linkedin.com/pub/sven-harmeling/10/957/765/

Subject: Side Event: Corporate commitments on deforestation and land-use emissions accounting frameworks

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Dear Colleagues, 

National Wildlife Federation and Environmental Defense Fund invite you to a side event in Bonn:

Corporate commitments on deforestation and land-use emissions accounting frameworks   

Agricultural traders and food companies are taking increasingly sophisticated steps to avoid sourcing from recently deforested land, and measure their land-use emissions. Perspectives from the private sector and leading experts on accounting for emissions from the land sector will be presented.

Sunday, 8 June

18:30-20:00

Room: Wind, Ministry of Environment

Speakers:

Richard Palmer, President & CEO, Global Clean Energy Holdings, Inc.

Chris Meyer, Environmental Defense Fund

Nathalie Walker, National Wildlife Federation

Moderator:

Doug Boucher, Union of Concerned Scientists

Best regards,

David Burns

Manager, Tropical Forest and Agriculture Project National Wildlife Federation 901 E St, NW, Suite 400

Washington, DC  20004 burnsd@nwf.org        www.nwf.org/deforestation

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http://climate-l.iisd.org/daily-feed/2014-06-06/

 

 
PRISE Small Grants Call.docx

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CLIMATE-L Digest for Friday, June 06, 2014.

1. =?UTF-8?Q?=E2=80=9CIt=E2=80=99s_Time_For_Leaders_to_Lead_and_Propagate_the?=
2. PRISE Small Grants – Call for Proposals for Research on Climate Resilience in Semi-arid Lands
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4. Outputs from the Development & Mitigation Forum
5. IGES Issues Brief: Need for an Assessment of the Kyoto Mechanisms
6. Bonn side event on the 2015 Agreement organised by OECD/IEA – Wedn 11 May – Room: Solar, 13:15-14:45
7. CARE International Briefing paper on UN climate talks in Bonn
8. Side Event: Corporate commitments on deforestation and land-use emissions accounting frameworks
9. Climate Change Daily Feed – 6 June 2014 – Climate Change Policy & Practice
10. new discussion paper: carbon majors funding loss and damage (hbf & CJP)
11. Report release | Land Use in a Future Climate Agreement
12. Side event: New WRI standards and tools for tracking implementation and GHG reductions from policies
13. ECO – June 7 2014

June 6, 2014

Dear Climate-L,

Apologies for any cross-posting.

Read our latest thought leadership article – “It’s Time For Leaders to Lead and Propagate the Facts: Climate Action Promotes Prosperity”. Assaad W. Razzouk’s Op-Ed via The Independent

READ OUR PREVIOUS THOUGHT LEADERS:

The EU elections “earthquake” is good for climate action by Assaad W. Razzouk, Eco-Business.

A barrage of lawsuits is needed to curb climate change, The fourth in a series on reviving and reinventing the global climate movement by Assaad W. Razzouk, The Independent.

A tale of two Thai landfills, Dr. Jay Mariyappan on designing effective clean energy projects.

How to slow climate change? Target the 90 companies who pollute the most. The third in a series on reviving and reinventing the global climate movement by Assaad W. Razzouk, The Independent.

What the climate movement must learn from the fight against AIDS. The second in a series by Assaad W. Razzouk on reviving and reinventing the global climate movement. 

Warm, too warm, and warmer still: The climate movement must face up to its colossal failure, by Assaad W. Razzouk, The Independent. The first in a series on reviving and reinventing the global climate movement.

Why Europe Should Go For A Minus 50 Per Cent Climate Target, by Gareth Phillips.

The European Commission is taking a big gamble with the CDM, by Gareth Phillips.

Renewable energy targets are bad policy. Here are five reasons to prove it. A green, competitive Europe doesn’t need them and shouldn’t have them, by Assaad W. Razzouk, The Independent. 

What climate action can we expect in 2014? Top-down talks have failed, now local forces are gathering strength, by Assaad W. Razzouk, The Independent.

Climate Action? Warsaw 2013 to Paris 2015’, Op-Ed – by Assaad W. Razzouk, The Ecologist 

On climate, we need a global carbon market with its own ‘federal reserve’, Op-Ed – by Assaad W. Razzouk, The Independent

Sindicatum Sustainable Resources www.sindicatum.com

Subject: PRISE Small Grants – Call for Proposals for Research on Climate Resilience in Semi-arid Lands
Pathways to Resilience in Semi-Arid Economies (PRISE) is a five-year, multi-country research project funded by the International Development Research Center (IDRC) in Canada and the UK’s Department for International Development. PRISE is led by ODI, with partners from SDPI, CCCS of UoDS, LSS, and IED Afrique.

PRISE is now inviting concept notes from early career researchers. Grants of up to £5,000 are available for research that contributes to PRISE objectives and research priorities: inclusive, climate-resilient development of semi-arid areas.

For more information, please visit: http://www.odi.org.uk/programmes/climate-environment/2014-prise-call

The deadline for proposal submission is June 23, 2014. Applicants should complete and submit by email the attached PRISE Small Grants Programme Application Form by June 23, 2014 to Helen Mountfort, PRISE Consortium Coordinator (h.mountfort@odi.org.uk).

Please forward this to your circles / colleagues who may be interested.

Sadia M Ishfaq
Environment & Climate Change Unit
Sustainable Development Policy Institute (SDPI)
www.sdpi.org, www.sdpi.tv

Date: 6 Jun 2014 12:26:55 +0300
Subject: UN-REDD Programme Newsletter is now out

 

Dear Colleagues

In this issue of the UN-REDD Programme Newsletter, read about lessons shared in Stakeholder Engagement, Asia Pacific experiences in mainstreaming Gender in REDD+ and the Pan-African Dialogue Platform set up for CSO/IP Observers. Also get REDD+ updates from Costa Rica, Kenya, Mongolia, Nigeria, Panama, Sri Lanka and Viet Nam

For regular news and information updates from the UN-REDD Programme, follow us on Twitter, read opinion articles from leading REDD+ experts on our blog, and connect with us on our Facebook page

Date: Fri, 6 Jun 2014 12:44:15 +0200 Subject: Outputs from the Development & Mitigation Forum

OUTPUTS FROM THE DEVELOPMENT & MITIGATION FORUM

The MAPS team would like to share a highlight of the ideas, debates and findings from the Forum on Development and Mitigation (DevMit) held in Cape Town in January this year. The Forum was hosted as a partnership between the Mitigation Actions Plans and Scenarios (MAPS) programme and the Energy Research Centre (ERC) at the University of Cape Town both based in Cape Town, together with the Centre for Policy Research (CPR) in New Delhi, India.

Over one hundred delegates, working mostly on climate change mitigation in the global south attended the event. The objective was to build an understanding of how developing countries can effectively internalise mitigation activities into their development priorities and approaches. The DEVMIT IDEAS KIT provides an entry point into the wealth of ideas that emerged from various sessions and discussions. It is in the format of a magazine-style pdf document, which is hyperlinked to papers, presentations, blogs and videos on the website. Find the brief at http://www.mapsprogramme.org/wp-content/uploads/DevMit_IdeaKit_web.pdf
To include development priorities into the discussion at the Forum, nine South African development experts ‘Development Provocateurs’ were invited to participate. Their reflections on the discourse over the three days, encourage us to reconsider our mitigation ‘community of practice’ and its norms, assumptions, framings and objectives from the outside. The DEVMIT PROVOCATEUR BRIEFINGS captures these reflections, and we trust it makes for an interesting and thought-provoking read. Find the brief at http://www.mapsprogramme.org/wp-content/uploads/DevMit_ProvocateurBriefing_140317.pdf
Further information on the Forum and its other outputs can be found online at http://devmitforum.ercresources.org.za
Thank you for the support!
Kind Regards MAPS International

MAPS Coordinator SouthSouthNorth Projects Africa

t. +27 (0)21 461 8551 / 2881

s. michellesouthsouthnorth

twitter: @MAPSProgramme
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Solar Power Leader Barbados to Host World Environment Day 2014

UNEP:  Solar Power Leader Barbados to Host  World Environmen​t Day – June 5, 2014

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados, 9 May 2014 – Barbados, a Caribbean island at the cutting edge of the fight against climate change, will host this year’s World Environment Day (WED) global celebrations on 5 June 2014, according to a joint announcement made today by the Government of Barbados and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP).  

The theme for this year’s celebrations is “Small Island Developing States and Climate Change”. Barbados, a 430-square kilometer nation with a population of 270,000, is considered to be highly vulnerable to the effects of climate change – from agricultural impacts to the destruction of its coastal ecosystems. 

However, this small nation has taken big steps to reduce its climate impact and to provide clean, renewable energy – as well as opportunities for green economic growth – to its people.  

Among other things, Barbados has pledged to increase the share of renewable energy across the island to 29 percent of all electricity consumption by 2029. This would cut total electricity costs by an estimated USD 283.5 million and reduce CO2 emissions by 4.5 million tonnes, according to the Government.

“I would like to take this opportunity also to formally announce that in less than four weeks’ time, the global spotlight will again be focused on Barbados as we have been selected to co-host the Global Event for World Environment Day 2014, to take place on 5 June. This event will once again give Barbados the opportunity to showcase its rich culture and tourism assets to the world,” said Prime Minister of Barbados Freundel J. Stuart. 

“Our target should be to place Barbados firmly on the world map in the context of the environment and sustainable development. This can only be achieved if all parties – public and private sector, NGOs and civil society – work together for a successful World Environment Day,” he added. 

It is estimated that Barbados’ tourism sector, which contributes about 15 percent of the island’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP), and its sugar industry, which contributes about 2 percent, could both be severely affected by changing weather patterns.

In response to such threats, Barbados has made “Building a Green Economy: Strengthening the Physical Infrastructure and Preserving the Environment” one of six concrete goals built into its National Strategic Plan (2006-2025).  

“Small Island Developing States the world over are facing a host of risks related to climate change, from temperature increases that negatively affect agriculture to sea level rise that threatens the very existence of some nations,” said UN Under-Secretary-General and UNEP Executive Director Achim Steiner.  

“Barbados has put conservation and the transition to an inclusive green economy at the heart of its national strategy. Through this framework, it has enacted a number of proactive, concrete measures to combat climate change, including incentives that support one of the island’s fastest growing sectors – solar power.”  

As the host of WED, Barbados will have the opportunity to showcase these initiatives and to act as an example for countless Small Island Developing States facing similar challenges. The country has shown tremendous leadership and political will, proving that the transition to a green economy is possible — even in countries facing the greatest threats – when robust environmental policy is translated into action on the ground,” he added.

The island’s over-reliance on imported fossil fuels has become one of its major environmental concerns. The National Strategic Plan, its new Medium Term Development Framework 2014-2020 and supporting fiscal framework are designed to ease this dependency by increasing the country’s renewable energy supply, with a special focus on raising the number of household solar water heaters in Barbados.

In his Feature Address during the opening of the landmark Sustainable Energy for All Conference in May 2012, Prime Minister Stuart said: “at the regional level we realize that high oil prices have severely affected Caribbean competitiveness, with a negative fiscal and macro-economic impact on our fragile economies. For example, Barbados spent USD 393,538 million last year on oil imports, or 6 per cent of Gross Domestic Product, which has impacted negatively on direct production costs and the overall competitiveness of the Barbadian economy.”

He added: “we know that although many Small Island Developing States are energy deficient in conventional energy, limitless potential for renewable energy and energy efficiency resides in our countries. The fundamental issue thus is how do we, as Small Island Developing States, with inherent structural problems and limited resources, convert this renewable energy potential into a tangible product that is accessible, affordable and adaptable?” 

Solar water heaters are now a widely used renewable energy technology in Barbados, with installations in nearly half of the island’s dwelling units. In 2002 alone, Barbados saved 15,000 metric tons of carbon emission and over USD 100 million in energy savings from the 35,000 solar hot water systems that had been installed at the time. The solar water heater use is one of the highest in the world (water heaters per thousand households).  

Three Barbadian companies lead the installation and manufacturing of solar water heaters on the island, and they are already expanding the Caribbean market potential in the nearby islands of Trinidad and St. Lucia.

The solar water heater industry started in 1974 with the pioneering company Solar Dynamics. That early effort was also supported by the McGill University Bellairs Research Institute in the early 1970s. In recent times, that institution restarted its solar training programme with a focus on solar electric systems. With a regional outlook, the training has already been extended to Belize.  

More recently, the Barbadian Government has implemented several plans to further stimulate the use of solar electric systems. For example, from the US$5,000 allotted per year under the 2008 modified Income Tax Allowance for Home Improvement, up to US$1,000 can be used for energy audits.  

The import duties on renewable energy electricity systems and VAT have been reduced to zero and companies involved in the development, installation or manufacturing are eligible for a 10-year tax free holiday.  

Financial incentives for manufacturers, such as the provision of low-interest loans by the Barbados, may further serve to assist the diversification and growth of the solar water heater industry. 

During the November 2012 Energy Week activities, Prime Minister Stuart stated: “In the same way that we pride ourselves on the penetration of solar water heaters, the next frontier is the erection of solar electricity systems and the use of other renewable energy sources.” 

In that vein, the Government is rolling out a programme to outfit 19 government buildings, including nine schools, with solar photovoltaic systems. Prime Minister Stuart said that the initiative would “capture the interest and imagination of the next generation which will give impetus to this effort in making renewable energy truly the engine of the economy”.  

He also said that similar energy systems would be installed in hurricane shelters, which would also be equipped with the necessary back-up power to enable them to function effectively in the event of a hurricane or any other emergency. 

With respect to transport, the Barbados has also piloted the design and deployment of electric vehicles at their number one natural attraction, Harrison’s Cave. In addition, innovative tours of the historic city of Bridgetown – which has recently been designated as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO – have been in place since 2005 using solar/electric-powered trams.

These efforts combine the Government’s thrust to protect its natural and cultural heritage products while demonstrating innovative, Small Island Developing States-appropriate climate change mitigation opportunities.  

In 2012, Barbados and UNEP launched the “Green Economy Scoping Study – Barbados Synthesis Report”, which was designed to identify challenges and opportunities in the island’s transition to a Green Economy, and to accelerate that transition. 

Projects and events in Barbados to celebrate WED will take place over five days. They will focus on climate adaptation technologies, business, sustainable resource management, protected areas, schools and Barbadian local culture, as well as spotlighting challenges and opportunities facing Small Island Developing States around the globe. 

About World Environment Day 

The celebration of World Environment Day began in 1972 and has grown to become one of the main vehicles through which the United Nations encourages positive action for the environment. WED activities take place year round but climax on 5 June.

Through WED, UNEP enables everyone to realize not only the responsibility to care for the Earth, but also reminds one and all of their individual power to become agents of change. Every action counts, and when multiplied by a global chorus, becomes exponential in its impact.  

WED is a big celebration, engaging millions across the globe through events on the ground in over 100 countries. Every year, participants, young and old, organize clean up campaigns, art exhibits, tree-planting drives, concerts, dance recitals, recycling drives, social media campaigns and different contests themed around caring for the planet.  

Register Your Activity Today and Be Counted. We invite you, your family, school, clubs, village, town, city or your country to celebrate this day. Join the global WED community to make this day happen.

For more information, contact: UNEP News Desk unepnewsdesk@unep.org

Related Links:

WED - http://www.unep.org/wed/

Green Economy Scoping Study – Barbados Synthesis Report - http://www.unep.org/greeneconomy/Portals/88/documents/SYNTHESIS%20REPORT_Barbados.pdf

UNEP Green Economy - http://www.unep.org/greeneconomy/

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Jim Sniffen
Programme Officer
UN Environment Programme
New York
tel: +1-212-963-8094
sniffenj at un.org/jsniffen88 at gmail.com
www.unep.org

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Climate-l digest: June 05, 2014

 

Subject: climate-l digest: June 05, 2014
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Date: Fri, 06 Jun 2014 00:00:03 -0500

CLIMATE-L Digest for Thursday, June 05, 2014.

1. This is how you finance NAMAs
2. =?Windows-1252?Q?Side_event_-_From_theory_to_practice:_Germany=92s_suppor?=
3. 2015 climate agreement, legal issues, poor and vulnerable countries and communities
4. FYI – Towards a Reflexive Turn in the Governance of Global Environmental Expertise
5. The 2014 June 1st updates of the UNEP Risoe CDM, PoA, JI, NAMA Pipelines are now available
6. Cancellation: Indonesia’s Development Choice, 6th of June 3-5pm, Museum Koenig, Bonn
7. Mapping UNFCCC REDD+: a visual guide to the systems and structures supporting REDD+ within the UNFCCC
8. Climate and Development special issue: Designing and implementing mitigation actions. FREE ACCESS until the 5th of July, 2014
9. Side Event “Reducing Emissions from Agriculture while Improving Food Security” Friday 6 June,3:00 pm
10. Good Practice Analysis on LEDS, NAMAs and MRV: Publication of results
11. Climate Change Daily Feed – 5 June 2014 – Climate Change Policy & Practice
12. Forests, Land Use and the Green Climate Fund: Open for Business?
13. BBC Media Action Policy Briefing on Climate Change Communication
14. IGES Side Event during SB40 at 6/6 15:00-16:30 @ Room Wind
15. Call for applications for UNFCCC Fellowship Programme for SIDS now open!
16. GIZ / IIED Side Event ++ ‘Measuring and reporting effective adaptation’ ++ TUESDAY, 10 June, 4:45-6:15 pm ++ METRO room ++ Ministry of Environment, Bonn
17. New GIZ publication: Measuring, Reporting and Verifying Climate Finance. International State of Play and Future Perspectives
18. GFC e-newsletter: Forest Cover 45 on WTO, climate talks, UNEA, SDGs, UNFF and COICA
19. Reminder: Invitation: National forest carbon accounting system built in a pilot province of China, 6 June, Room Wind, Ministry of Environment, UNFCCC, Bonn
20. Communications Update: New CIF Blogs and News Articles on the CIF from global media outlets
21. ECO – June 6 2014

Invitation

Official Side Event of the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety (BMUB)
From theory to practice: Germany’s support for preparing nationally determined mitigation contributions

2014, 11th June, 18.30 – 20.00, Bonn, Germany

Room: Solar (Ministry for the Environment – BMUB) Host: Government of Germany, Oeko-Institut

As mandated by the Warsaw decision, all UNFCCC Parties are to propose their intended nationally determined contributions in the context of the 2015 climate agreement until early next year. To support other Parties’ domestic preparations of intended nationally determined contributions, Germany provides financial resources as well as technical advice through bilateral and multilateral channels in accordance with §2d of the Warsaw Decision.

Presentations at this side event will generally look at the process of defining nationally determined contributions from international as well as national perspectives: Firstly, the debates about national contributions in the negotiations will be presented and the spectrum of potential contributions which countries might propose in or until 2015 will be outlined. Furthermore, it will be discussed what kind of up-front information is required for different types of contributions to ensure that they are put forward in a clear and transparent manner. Subsequently, two initiatives to support countries’ efforts for preparing their nationally determined contributions will be introduced: the UNDP technical dialogue on nationally determined contributions as well as global initiative by GIZ.

Lastly, experiences will be shared on how the process for defining national contributions has been implemented at the country level in two countries.

Speakers:

  • Norbert Gorißen, BMUB
  • Niklas Höhne, Ecofys
  • Anke Herold, Oeko-Institut
  • Yamil Bonduki, UNDP
  • Sebastian Wienges, GIZ
  • Ariane Dbyser, European Commission
  • Daniel Tutu Benefor, Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) of Ghana

Das Programmbüro Internationale Klimaschutzinitiative wird durchgeführt durch die Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH – im Auftrag des Bundesministeriums für Umwelt, Naturschutz, Bau und Reaktorsicherheit./The Programme Office International Climate Initiative is run by the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH – on behalf of the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety.;
Sitz der Gesellschaft Bonn und Eschborn/Registered offices Bonn and Eschborn, Germany;
Registergericht/Registered at Amtsgericht Bonn, Germany; Eintragungs-Nr./Registration no. HRB 18384 und/and Amtsgericht Frankfurt am Main, Germany; Eintragungs-Nr./Registration no. HRB 12394;
USt-IdNr./VAT ID no. DE 113891176;
Vorsitzender des Aufsichtsrats/Chairman of the Supervisory Board: Dr. Friedrich Kitschelt, Staatssekretaer/State Secretary;
Vorstand/Management Board: Tanja Goenner (Vorstandssprecherin/Chair of the Management Board), Dr. Christoph Beier (Stellv. Vorstandssprecher/Vice-Chair of the Management Board), Dr. Hans-Joachim Preuss, Cornelia Richter

Subject: 2015 climate agreement, legal issues, poor and vulnerable countries and communities

FIELD Executive Director Joy Hyvarinen comments on legal issues and putting poor and vulnerable countries and
communities at the centre of the 2015 climate agreement in this video:
http://www.field.org.uk/videos/the-2015-climate-agreement-legal-issues-vulnerable-countries-and-communities

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Date: Thu, 5 Jun 2014 10:26:10 +0200 (CEST) Subject: FYI – Towards a Reflexive Turn in the Governance of Global Environmental Expertise

 

Dear Climate-L readers,

global expert organizations – like the IPCC or the IPBES – are driven by assumptions such as the ideal of neutral scientific advice, the intergovernmental status, and consensus-based procedures. To prevent organizational paralysis, these assumptions need to be challenged. In their open access article “Towards a Reflexive Turn in the Governance of Global Environmental Expertise” Silke Beck et al. suggest to rethink the role and design of global expert organizations. Acknowledging that a one-size-fits-all model does not exist, the authors suggest a reflexive turn that implies treating the governance of expertise as a matter of political contestation.

Towards a Reflexive Turn in the Governance of Global Environmental Expertise. The Cases of the IPCC and the IPBES

Silke Beck, Maud Borie, Jason Chilvers, Alejandro Esguerra, Katja Heubach, Mike Hulme, Rolf Lidskog, Eva Loevbrand, Elisabeth Marquard, Clark Miller, Tahani Nadim, Carsten Nesshoever, Josef Settele, Esther Turnhout, Eleftheria Vasileiadou, Christoph Goerg

GAIA 23/2 (2014), pp. 80-87

http://www.oekom.de/fileadmin/zeitschriften/gaia_leseproben/GAIA2_2014_080_087_Beck.pdf

We take the liberty to add a further note on our behalf: The Gaia Society, the editors, Editorial Board and editorial office would like to extend their congratulations to Vaclav Smil for winning this year’s GAIA Best Paper Award, and to Thomas Jahn and Hugh S. Gorman, the two runners-up.

All three articles provide stimulating thoughts on key issues of environmental change and sustainable development. They can be accessed free online:

Vaclav Smil, Reducing the Carbon and Sulfur Load of the Atmosphere. Assessing Global Decarbonization and Desulfurization and the Future of a Low-Carbon World http://www.ingentaconnect.com/content/oekom/gaia/2013/00000022/00000004/art00010

Thomas Jahn, Wissenschaft für eine nachhaltige Entwicklung braucht eine kritische Orientierung http://www.ingentaconnect.com/content/oekom/gaia/2013/00000022/00000001/art00009

Hugh S. Gorman, Learning from 100 Years of Ammonia Synthesis. Establishing Human-Defined Limits through Adaptive Systems of Governance http://www.ingentaconnect.com/content/oekom/gaia/2013/00000022/00000004/art00011

For more information see http://www.oekom.de/zeitschriften/gaia/best-paper-award.html

GAIA – Ecological Perspectives for Science and Society is an inter- and transdisciplinary journal for scientists and other interested parties concerned with the causes and analyses of environmental and sustainability problems and their solutions (www.oekom.de/zeitschriften/gaia).

GAIA is listed in the Social Science Citation Index and Science Citation Index Expanded. GAIA invites article submissions related to inter- or transdisciplinary environmental and sustainability research. For further information see www.oekom.de/zeitschriften/gaia/submission-guidelines.html.

The latest GAIA-Newsletter is available here www.oekom.de/zeitschriften/gaia/gaia-newsletter.html.

With kind regards,

martina blum

   –     Dr. Martina Blum    oekom verlag     Redaktion GAIA
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-     oekom verlag GmbH – Geschäftsführer Jacob Radloff – Amtsgericht München HRB 102023

Date: Thu, 05 Jun 2014 05:04:00 -0500
Subject: The 2014 June 1st updates of the UNEP Risoe CDM, PoA, JI, NAMA Pipelines are now available
Dear Climate-L reader                           1. June 2014

The CDM/JI Pipeline Analysis and Database of the CDM & JI projects has been updated at www.CDMpipeline.org and the NAMAPipeline on www.namapipeline.org

CDM news:

In May 7 new CDM projects were submitted. These projects were hosted by 3 from India, 3 from China, and 1 from Thailand. In addition 2 projects from India were resubmitted.

20 CDM projects got their registration action in May, bringing the total number of registered CDM project up to 7516, or 86% of the 8714 CDM projects that are alive. Only 1183 projects are still at validation and 15 have requested registration.

For 1829 CDM projects the DOEs terminated validation, and for 265 the DOEs gave a negative validation. 269 projects were rejected by the EB, and 63 projects were withdrawn.

May had a monthly issuance of 6.7 MCERs. The total issuance is now 1457 MCERs.  The average issuance success is 89.9%.

Some new voluntary cancellations were added, so the total is now 0.776 MCERs.

EB79 approved 2 new methodologies: AM114: “Shift from electrolytic to catalytic process for recycling of chlorine from hydrogen chloride gas in isocyanate plants” and

AMS-III.BK.: “Strategic supplementation of a small holder dairy sector to increase productivity”.

EB79 approved 2 new tools:
“Baseline emissions for modal shift measures in inter-urban cargo transport” and
” Baseline emissions for modal shift measures in urban passenger transport”.

We have inserted a new sheet in the CDMPipeline called “Subtypes”. This sheet contains a line for each subtype that we have defined. For each subtype the are a large number of columns. 3 columns for each approved methodology that is still alive: 1st column for preregistered projects (at validation+ requesting validation), 2nd column for registered projects, and 3rd column for project with issuance of CERs.
Column E, F and G are sums for these columns. This number can be higher than the sum of the projects using living approved methodologies since some living projects use dead methodologies. If can also be smaller because many CDM projects user multiple methodologies which all are counted in this sheet.

We have introduced the new sub-type “Offshore wind” under the type “Wind”.

Until now you could only see the split of issuance for the crediting Periods CP1 and CP2 for each CDM project in the CDM_Project sheet. We have now added some columns in table 2 and 3 in the “Analysis” sheet. You can there now see the split of the issuance for CP1 and CP2 by type and by host country.

In the PDD templates the section B8 showing, which the PDD consultants were, was deleted in March 2012. The UNFCCC has now said that this section will be reinserted in March 2014 or so.

We have added a new column in the “Analysis” sheet called “Host country use”. In this column you can now see the 85 Chinese CDM projects that have applied to be registered in the domestic pilot compliance market (they are marked with the text “CCER val.”. In total 171 projects have been submitted to the Chinese domestic pilot compliance market until now. Two of these projects are now registered in the Chinese system.

PoA news:

Two new PoAs were submitted in May: “China low-energy commercial buildings programme” and
“Household energy appliance programme” with the first CPA from Timor-Leste

Subtracting the 36 PoAs that the DOEs terminated validation of, the 3 PoAs rejected by the EB, the 2 PoAs withdrawn, and the 23 resubmitted PoAs we now have 392 PoAs in the Pipeline: 133 at validation, 7 have requested registration, and 252 are registered.

22 new CPAs were submitted in May for 2 PoAs:
“Sustainable Small Hydropower Programme of Activities (PoA) in Viet Nam” got 3 new CPAs,
“Energy Efficient Stoves Program (EESP)” in Ethiopia got 1 new CPA,
“PoA for the Reduction of emission from non-renewable fuel from cooking at household level” in East Africa got 16 new CPAs.

No PoAs had issuance of CERs in May.

JI news:

No new JI projects were submitted in May.

Excluding the 26 withdrawn projects and 1 rejected project the JIPipeline now contains 761 projects (555 in track 1 and 206 in track 2).

Only two Polish projects got a small issuance of 0.1 MERUs.

The total sale of hot air is estimated to be 453 Million AAUs

NAMApipeline news: see www.namapipeline.org

The UNFCCC NAMA Registry can be accessed by the public at the webpage:  www4.unfccc.int/sites/nama

Two new NAMAs were submitted in May:

“Smart Street Lighting Initiative” in Indonesia asking for external support for implementation. and
“Nationally Appropriate Mitigation Actions for low-carbon end-use sectors in Azerbaijan”.

One new submission on support from Austria (to Georgia) on:
“Support for Activities related to sustainable Management of Forests”. This support match the request for support for implementation from Georgia in NAMA0044. This is the first match between support and request for support in the NAMA Registry!!

This information is used as input to our NAMAPipeline, which now contains 48
NAMAs (including 1 NAMA that was withdrawn).

In the NAMAPipeline we we added a new graph in the “Analysis” sheet showing the number of new NAMAs submitted each month. This graph is based on the timeseries in the new “Time” sheet.

PledgePipeline news:

The UNEP Emission Gap Report 2013 was published, see http://www.unep.org/emissionsgapreport2013/
UNEP Risoe is one of the teams that delivered emission data to this report. We regularly update our PledgePipeline on the web-site: www.unep.org/climatechange/pledgepipeline
Joergen Fenhann, Rasmus Saldern Antonsen and Thor Nyborg Bendsen

UNEP Risoe Centre
Danish Technical University
UN City in Copenhagen
Phone: (+45) 40 20 27 89
jqfe@dtu.dk

 

Date: Thu, 5 Jun 2014 13:01:41 +0200 Subject: Cancellation: Indonesia’s Development Choice, 6th of June 3-5pm, Museum Koenig, Bonn

Dear All,

We regretfully have to cancel the event « Indonesia’s Development Choice » on Friday, 6th of June at Museum Koenig in Bonn due to UNFCCC REDD+ negotiations scheduled at the same time.

We apologize for any inconveniences caused.

Thank you very much for your understanding.

Best regards,

Hermine Kleymann

Keynote speaker:

  • His Excellency Mr Heru Prasetyo, Head of the Indonesian REDD+ Agency

Discussants:

  • Mina Setra, Deputy Secretary-General of Indonesia’s Indigenous Peoples’ Alliance of the Archipelagos (AMAN)
  • Rod Taylor, Director, Forests, WWF International
  • Andreas Dahl- Jørgensen, Policy Director, Climate Advisers

Preserving Indonesia’s forests is critical to Indonesia’s future resource base, economic development and to the rights and livelihoods of millions of indigenous peoples and local communities. Indonesia’s efforts to halt deforestation are also essential for meeting global climate goals. Indonesia is a test case for the so-called “REDD+ mechanism”, where rich countries will pay tropical countries for reduced forest emissions.

Through REDD+ Indonesia has embarked on pro-growth development reforms. It aims to increase agricultural production while addressing head on entrenched governance issues including corruption, human rigts abuse and a local political economy that favors exploitation over long-term protection and production. Indonesia has started to review illegal concessions for palm oil, logging and mining, while ramping up law-enforcement with the help of real-time stellite alerts, and strengthening indigenous peoples’ customary rights to land.

The efforts are impressive – but is it too late? Or is Indonesia in 2014 at the brink of an unexpected breakthrough, like Brazil was in 2004? What institutional hurdles must Indonesia still overcome to prepare for REDD+? How will this year’s presidential election impact the REDD+ agenda? And will developed countries step forward as promised to support Indonesia’s efforts to reduce deforestation? Most importantly: Can REDD+ save Indonesia’s forests?

Climate Advisers, WWF, the UN Office for REDD+ Coordination in Indonesia and the Indonesian REDD+ Agency warmly welcome you to explore these issues and join the conversation in the afternoon of Friday, June 6th 3-5 pm at the Museum Koenig in Bonn.

His Excellency Mr Heru Prasetyo, Head of the Indonesian REDD+ Agency, will describe Indonesia’s vision and ongoing work to curb deforestation rates and transition to a more sustainable economic development model. Panel discussants will include Mina Setra, Deputy Secretary General of Indonesia’s Indigenous Peoples’ Alliance of the Archipelagos (AMAN), who will describe the complex interaction between international efforts and indigenous peoples’ traditional property rights, Rod Taylor from WWF’s Forest Program and Andreas Dahl-Jørgensen from Climate Advisers to offer an international perspective on Indonesia’s efforts.

For questions about the event, contact Andreas Dahl-Jørgensen (andreas@climateadvisers.com) or Hermine Kleymann (hermine.kleymann@wwf.de). To RSVP, please email Karoline Reisinger at karoline.reisinger@wwf.de.

How to get there? Museum Koenig is located at Adenauerallee 160, 53113 Bonn. For people attending the UNFCCC climate talks at hotel Maritim, it takes only 10 minutes on the metro (3 stops) including a short walk.

Snacks and refreshments will be served.

Date: Thu, 5 Jun 2014 12:38:38 +0000 Subject: Mapping UNFCCC REDD+: a visual guide to the systems and structures supporting REDD+ within the UNFCCC

 

Dear Colleagues,

WWF is excited to continue its partnership with the Union of Concerned Scientists and the Yale School of the Environment and Forestry to produce a new 2014 series of visual maps detailing REDD+ within the UNFCCC system.
These maps provide negotiators and observers alike the tools they need to understand the complex streams of the UNFCCC processes and how REDD+ fits into these.

This visual guide can be consulted and downloaded here: http://bit.ly/REDDMaps14

We hope that you find this tool useful! Please share it widely.

Best,

Breen

Breen Byrnes |  Acting Manager, Communications +  Learning |  WWF Forest & Climate Programme 

Washington, DC

direct: +1-202-495-4518  |   |  skype: breen.byrnes

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Subscribe to our weekly email REDD+ Resources Digest and quarterly e-newsletter today!

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From: Ekaterina Bessonova <ekaterina.bessonova@sei-international.org> To:  Cc:  Date: Thu, 5 Jun 2014 12:45:01 +0000 Subject: Climate and Development special issue: Designing and implementing mitigation actions. FREE ACCESS until the 5th of July, 2014

 

Dear Climate-L Readers,

The debate over the need for and form of mitigation actions (MAs) in developing countries has a history almost as long as the multilateral climate change negotiations.

A new special issue of Climate and Development brings together case studies on MAs in Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Peru and South Africa, compares and analyses each case and reveals features that are common to each. It also reviews how the concept of NAMAs (Nationally Appropriate Mitigation Actions) emerged in the international negotiations.

Together, the studies find that MAs driven by both development and climate objectives have a greater chance of implementation than those oriented merely to mitigation.

The entire issue, titled “Designing and implementing mitigation actions: emerging lessons from five developing countries” is in FREE AND OPEN ACCESS until the 5th of July, 2014.

The five case studies also assess the conceptual approach to the MAs in terms of the stage of development actions and various capacities. Although, the analysis reveals that poverty alleviation remains a high priority in all five countries, each of them indicates a willingness to take action and signs of putting capacities in place.

The full issue can be accessed here:

http://www.tandfonline.com/toc/tcld20/current 

Contents: 

Emerging lessons on designing and implementing mitigation actions in five developing countries. Harald Winkler.

http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/17565529.2014.892315#.U3YJ1CivZ-Y

The international policy context for mitigation actions. Kim Coetzee & Harald Winkler.

http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/17565529.2013.867245#.U3YKKCivZ-Y  

A case study on Colombian mitigation actions. Ricardo Delgado, Angela Inés Cadena, Mónica Espinosa, Catalina Peña & Mateo Salazar.

http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/17565529.2013.857587#.U3YKfSivZ-Y

Climate change mitigation actions in Brazil. Emilio Lèbre La Rovere, Amaro Olimpio Pereira Jr., Carolina Burle Schmidt Dubeux& William Wills.

http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/17565529.2013.812952#.U3YK5iivZ-Y

A case study of Chilean mitigation actions. José Eduardo Sanhueza & Ladron Felipe Andrés de Guevara.

http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/17565529.2013.844675#.U3YLbCivZ-Y

A case study of Peru’s efficient lighting nationally appropriate mitigation action. Pia Zevallos, Talia Postigo Takahashi, Maria Paz Cigaran& Kim Coetzee.

http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/17565529.2013.867251#.U3YLbiivZ-Y

A case study of South African mitigation actions. Emily Tyler, Anya Sofie Boyd, Kim Coetzee & Harald Winkler.

http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/17565529.2013.768175#.U3YLeSivZ-Y

Comparative analysis of five case studies: commonalities and differences in approaches to mitigation actions in five developing countries. Jose Alberto Garibaldi, Harald Winkler, Emilio Lèbre La Rovere, Angela Cadena, Rodrigo Palma, José Eduardo Sanhueza, Emily Tyler & Marta Torres Gunfaus.

http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/17565529.2013.812031#.U3YM9CivZ-Y

 

About Climate and Development:

Published by the Stockholm Environment Institute and Taylor & Francis, Climate and Development is the first academic journal dedicated to the range of issues that arise when climate variability, climate change and climate policy are considered along with development needs, impacts and priorities. It makes complex analysis of climate and development issues accessible to a wide audience of researchers, policy-makers and practitioners, and facilitates debate between the diverse constituencies active in these fields throughout the world.

Ekaterina Bessonova

Editorial Assistant

Climate and Development

cdev@sei-international.org

Twitter: @ClimDevJournal

From: ”Marcus Kaplan” <marcus.kaplan@die-gdi.de>  Thu, 05 Jun 2014

Subject: Side Event “Reducing Emissions from Agriculture while Improving Food Security” Friday 6 June,3:00 pm

 

Dear colleagues,
you are cordially invited to our side event on “Reducing Emissions from Agriculture while improving food security – what role for UNFCCC?”, jointly organized by the German Development Institute / Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik (DIE), MISEREOR and Bread for the World. It will take place on Friday, June 6, 3:00 to 4:30 pm in room METRO in the Ministry of Transport.
PLEASE NOTE THE CHANGE IN TIME AND VENUE, THIS SIDE EVENT WAS ORIGINALLY SCHEDULED FOR 4:45 pm!!!

Agriculture is not only threatened by climate change, but also a significant emitter of greenhouse gases. That is why discussions on including agricultural mitigation entered the UNFCCC some years ago. Although current progress on that issue in the SBSTA is extremely slow, it must be expected that agriculture – together with other land uses – will play an important role in the negotiations for a post2015 regime. The mitigation potential in agriculture is obvious, but considering the manifold functions of agriculture for rural livelihoods, the process also contains significant challenges and risks especially for smallholder farmers and overall food security in developing countries.
This side event is based on an expert workshop, which was held in February 2014 in Bonn together with German policymakers, scientists, and NGOs. We will discuss
• latest scientific information from the IPCC on agriculture and    climate change, • results of the expert workshop in February, • current status and prospects of agricultural mitigation in the UNFCCC, • lessons learnt from Voluntary Offset Standards for AFOLU with regards to ecological and social sustainability, • policy recommendations of FAOs Committee on World Food Security (CFS) and its linkages to the UNFCCC, • chances and risks of agricultural mitigation for smallholders in developing countries.
We will have input from Jerome Mounsey (European Commission), Christine Campeau (Ecumenical Advocacy Alliance), Marcus Kaplan (DIE), Michael Dutschke (Biocarbon Consult), Ram Kishan (CAN International) and Anika Schroeder (MISEREOR) – and we hope to enter into an interesting discussion with you as the audience of this event.
Drinks will be served after the side event. We are looking forward to seeing you on Friday.

Best regards,

Marcus Kaplan (DIE) Anika Schroeder (MISEREOR) Eike Zaumseil (Bread for the World)

Dr. Marcus Kaplan German Development Institute / Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik (DIE) Department Environmental Policy and Management of Natural Resources Tulpenfeld 6 53113 Bonn
Tel.: 0049-(0)228-94927-293 Fax: 0049-(0)228-94927-130 Mail: Marcus.Kaplan@die-gdi.de Web: www.die-gdi.de
From: ”Bruer, Verena Britta GIZ” <verena.bruer@giz.de> To:  Cc:  Date: Thu, 5 Jun 2014 Subject: Good Practice Analysis on LEDS, NAMAs and MRV: Publication of results

Dear climate-l readers,

we are pleased to present the results of the Global Good Practice Analysis on LEDS, NAMAs and MRV, which are now publicly available.

The Global Good Practice Analysis is a joint initiative by the International Partnership on Mitigation and MRV and the UNDP Low Emission Capacity Building Programme.  WM Green Lammpimage002

It documents 21 examples of mitigation-related good practice worldwide that demonstrate how LEDS, NAMAs and MRV systems are being effectively designed and implemented across a range of national

contexts. The analysis was carried out by a consortium of Ecofys and partners (ECN, INCAE and TERI) and aims to foster peer-learning across countries, demonstrating ambitious and feasible mitigation policies and actions that are already in place, as well as to present lessons learned along the corresponding processes.

The Partnership and the LECB Programme offer a variety of capacity building formats and invite interested country representatives to contact us to identify options for more in-depth learning on the good practice cases.

For detailed information on the individual cases and their success factors, as well on the criteria applied and a summary of main conclusions please visit: www.mitigationpartnership.net/gpa.

Best regards,

Verena Bruer

 

Support Project for the International Partnership on Mitigation and MRV

Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH

www.mitigationpartnership.net

Deutsche Gesellschaft fuer Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH;
Sitz der Gesellschaft Bonn und Eschborn/Registered offices Bonn and Eschborn, Germany;
Registergericht/Registered at Amtsgericht Bonn, Germany; Eintragungs-Nr./Registration no. HRB 18384 und/and Amtsgericht Frankfurt am Main, Germany; Eintragungs-Nr./Registration no. HRB 12394;
USt-IdNr./VAT ID no. DE 113891176;
Vorsitzender des Aufsichtsrats/Chairman of the Supervisory Board: Dr. Friedrich Kitschelt, Staatssekretaer/State Secretary;
Vorstand/Management Board: Tanja Goenner (Vorstandssprecherin/Chair of the Management Board), Dr. Christoph Beier (Stellv. Vorstandssprecher/Vice-Chair of the Management Board), Dr. Hans-Joachim Preuss, Cornelia Richter

 

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“There’s less than a week left to get your…”

Dear Colleagues
There’s less than a week left to get your climate change project recognized by the UN through Momentum for Change.
Benefits include fully covered participation in the COP-20 meeting in Lima next year, profiling of your activity internationally, high-quality promotional photos and videos and many more.Help shine a light on transformative climate action!
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Kind Regards,
Michael Boampong,
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Mediterran​ean Strategy

Dear Friends,

I am very pleased to announce you some great news.

After all our efforts these years the Mediterranean Strategy on ESD (MSESD) has been formally and unanimously endorsed by the Ministers of Environment of the UfM including the EU and the Mediterranean non-EU countries.

In fact it was included in their declaration which also announces the continuation / second phase of the Horizon 2020 program to de-pollute the Mediterranean from 2015 to 2020.

This is the first Regional Strategy after the UNECE one (and is actually its “child” as it is largely based on it). It is the only Strategy of an eco region which touches upon 3 continents and many countries with different socioeconomic & cultural background and hopefully it will be presented in the Nagoya Conference as a clear demonstration of cooperation and solidarity in a North – South and East – West interface.

You may access the Strategy Document here:

http://ufmsecretariat.org/euro-mediterranean-cooperation-on-environment-and-climate-change-ufm-holds-ministerial-meeting-in-athens/

and here:

 

The UfM Secretariat facilitated by MEdiES is mandated to present as follow up an Action Plan, based on the Strategy.

With kind regards to all

Michael Scoullos

Professor Michael Scoullos

Director of Environmental Chemistry Laboratory,
Faculty of Chemistry
UNESCO Chair & Network on Sustainable Development
Management and Education in the Mediterranean
National and Kapodistrian University of Athens
Panepistimioupoli, GR-15784, Athens
 

Καθηγητής Μιχαήλ Σκούλλος

Διευθυντής Εργαστηρίου Χημείας Περιβάλλοντος,
Έδρα & Δίκτυο UNESCO για τη Διαχείριση και την Εκπαίδευση
για την Αειφόρο Ανάπτυξη στη Μεσόγειο
Τμήμα Χημείας ΕΚΠΑ
Πανεπιστημιούπολη, 15784 Αθήνα
 
Tel.: 0030-210727-4274, -4952, -4448

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Dear Friends and Colleagues,

The Guardian Professional has posted an article “IPCC’s Outdated Climate Change Communication Won’t Cut it”,
We face many challenges in the 21st century re global warming and climate change, mixed and biased messages, unless a specialist who studies and speaks the language of the expert lack of understanding and clear communication.
The UN SD Education Caucus – Climate Change members would like to hear your suggestions for our event for COP 20 in Lima, Peru building into our event for 2015 COP 21, the “Climate Agreement” meeting to be held in Paris, France.  thinking in terms of engaging stakeholders, intergenerational, action-orented, participatory – what are some of your thoughts regarding a theme?
All the best, 
Pam Puntenney and Bremley Lyngdoh
UN SD Education Caucus Co-Chairs
Co-Coordinators with Tiahoga Ruge, Jim Taylor, Tish Pesanayi, Kavita Myles, and Suzana Padua
Youth Co-Coordinators Katherine Browne and Mohammad Arman Golrokhian
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Dr. P. J. Puntenney
Environmental & Human Systems Management
1989 West Liberty
 Ann Arbor, MI  48103  USA
Cell:  (734) 330-0238
Voice/Fax: (734) 994-3612

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“Call for Abstracts” 2nd Internatio​nal Conference on Evaluating Climate Change and Developmen​t, September 9-11 2014

 

2nd International Conference on Evaluating Climate Change and Development

“Tackling a Key 21st Century Evaluation Challenge” – Washington, D.C. – September 9-11, 2014

Introduction

Several critical climate change and evaluation events have been scheduled for 2014 and 2015. First, the global community will transition from achieving targets related to Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) towards the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which are expected to prominently feature environment and climate change issues. Second, the long anticipated climate change agreement is expected to be reached in Paris at COP21 in December 2015. And third, prior to this event, the UN will host a high profile Heads of State’s Summit on Climate Change in New York in September 2014. Meantime, 2015 has been declaredInternational Year of Evaluation with several events planned around the world to raise the importance of evaluation to decision making and project and program formulation.
These events are expected to highlight the urgent need of tackling the devastating effects of climate change, as recently confirmed by the Intergovernmental Panel for Climate Change (IPCC) in its Fifth Assessment Report. But these events also point to the crucial importance of evaluation and climate change evaluation in particular to the overall quest of ending poverty and achieving sustainable development.
Since the 2009 UN Climate Change conference in Copenhagen, there has been a relatively positive response to the call to increase climate finance and investment. This growth has resulted to a surge in demand for evaluative evidence that demonstrates what is working, why, how and under what circumstances. Unfortunately, there are no clear-cut answers to these questions.
While climate change evaluation practice has made considerable progress in addressing difficulties linked to methodologies, approaches and adaptive tools to evaluate interventions, challenges are far from over. Some of these challenges are further compounded by the fact that climate change interventions take place at different scales in different environmental and socio-economic contexts and geographical regions of the world. Examined from the lens of the often complex interactions between climate change and other established development areas such as natural resources management (NRM) and food security, these dilemmas are further exacerbated.
The global evaluation and the climate change evaluation community in particular will have to deal with these difficulties in the 21stcentury.
In recognition of the need to urgently and collectively address these challenges so as to draw credible evidence capable of meeting current and future demand, the Climate-Eval Community of Practice, hosted by the Global Environment Facility Independent Evaluation Office (GEF IEO) and other bilateral partners will organize the 2nd International Conference on Evaluating Climate Change and Development.
This will be held on September 9-11, 2014 in Washington, D.C. The 2nd international conference will build upon the gains made by the first one held in Alexandria, Egypt in 2008. But unlike the 1st conference, this one pivots around emerging challenges of the evaluation of climate change mitigation and adaptation and the policies and its relations to established development areas.
Proceedings of this conference are timed to feed into the current and future rethinking of the international development architecture while specifically shading light on best practices, indicators, tools and approaches to evaluate climate change mitigation, adaptation and the nexus between climate change and development areas such as natural resources management (NRM), food security and other related development fields.

Specific Objectives of the conference

1)       To learn from recent efforts to evaluate the results and impact of policies and programs of climate change interventions, including the relationship to other development areas.

2)       To review and analyze new and emerging approaches and methods to evaluate climate change policies and interventions and to identify gaps and challenges for future work.

3)       To identify innovative and emerging learning and knowledge sharing strategies to enhance the utility of climate change and development evaluations.

4)       To provide additional support to strengthen capacity in developing countries to undertake evaluation of climate change interventions.

Call for Abstracts

Central to this conference will be – three parallel streams – in which the Steering Committee is – now seeking – abstracts for paper and poster contributions. Individual practitioners, associations, donors, and academes are welcome to submit proposals in the following streams:

1.      Policy and program level evaluations

2.      Evaluating climate change adaptation

3.      Evaluating climate change mitigation.

 

Contributions are invited that address the methodological challenges in these areas and/or that describe the demand for and the use made of this evaluation. Contributions that address interactions between mitigation and adaptation are encouraged. Interventions may also involve trade-offs between different development objectives or hold potential for realizing synergies among them. Evaluations that examine how these issues are dealt with in design and implementation and that assess the multiple outcomes are likely to be of wide interest.
Practitioners and other stakeholders are invited to propose special sessions to tackle topics such as knowledge brokerage. Meetings of representatives from professional associations, communities of practice and participants from regions are also envisaged.
Selection Criteria
The selection committee will be looking at contributions that, on one hand, clarify issues in climate change evaluation research and theory, and on the other, raise critical questions and issues that will define future practice. While proposing emerging and innovative evaluation paradigms, proposed papers should report critically on completed evaluations. Abstracts will be reviewed on the following broad criteria:

1.      Relevance (abstracts must be concise and coherently aligned with the conference themes and objectives as well as the target audience.

2.      Novelty and Innovation (abstract must show innovative information and/or present new or emerging developments in climate change evaluation).

3.      Advancement of Climate Change Evaluation Practice (abstract should present a significant contribution to the field of climate change and NRM evaluation and indicate how the submitted paper will contribute to the development of global knowledge)

4.      Overall Clarity and Quality of Abstract (abstracts should ensure easy understanding of issues and objectives of the paper)

5.      Originality and unpublished work (abstract must be original and should not have been previously published)

Papers will be reviewed by a selection committee to identify those that will be presented at the conference. Female and young climate change practitioners from developing countries are strongly encouraged to submit abstracts.
Submission Procedure and Structure of Abstracts
 
A 400-words abstract (maximum) in Microsoft Word format should be emailed to dakana@thegef.org not later than Friday, May 30, 2014 and must include the following information:

1.      Name and title of presenting author

2.      Email and telephone contact details of presenting author

3.      Title of the paper

4.      Name, title and institutional affiliation of author

Poster Presentations
Poster presentations combine text, images and graphics to make a visually pleasing presentation of evaluations. Poster sessions will offer practitioners the opportunity to visually present their work, network with peers, and assemble useful feedback from conference participants.
Submissions for poster sessions should be 400 words (maximum) and should be submitted in Microsoft Word. Final poster presentations should be 1.0 meter in width and 1.5 meter in height.

Exhibition presentations

An exhibition space consisting of stands that will display creative and innovative posters, brochures and other promotional and knowledge materials will be created. These stands will serve as channels for exchanging knowledge and experiences and also create opportunities for direct communication and outreach among participants, in addition to exhibiting structured dialogues.
Exhibition presentations should include a one page description of the goals of the exhibition, required materials, title, submitting association/organization and contact details.
Special Roundtable Sessions
These are flexible conference formats intended to allow extended discussion among small groups of conference participants on topics such as knowledge brokerage and other climate change evaluation related issues. Roundtables are unique opportunities for cross fertilization of ideas among peers with similar interest on common topics.
Proposals should be 400 words (maximum) should be submitted in Microsoft Word format.
Sponsorship
On submitting full papers, practitioners and other stakeholders will be requested to indicate whether they require financial support to cover expenses (travel, accommodation and daily allowance) associated with their participation in the Conference.
Further questions concerning the submission of abstracts should be addressed to David Akana: dakana@thegef.org .
Submission Deadlines
The following important dates will serve as guide to practitioners / interested stakeholders in submitting abstracts:
Start of submission                                                                      Thursday, May 1, 2014
Abstracts Submission Deadline                                                  Friday, May 30, 2014
Notification of Final Acceptance                                              Monday, June 16, 2014
Submission of full paper manuscripts (2000 words)              Tuesday, July 15, 2014
Conference Dates                                                                        September 9-11, 2014

Visit Climate-Eval community of practice for more information: http://www.climate-eval.org/events/2014-conference

And for more information on the call for Abstracts, email David Akana at Climate-Eval: dakana@thegef.org

 

Best wishes,

Dennis Bours

Steering Committee Member of the 2nd International Conference on Evaluating Climate Change and Development.

http://climate.dennisbours.com

 

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Guardian Profession​al – IPCC’s Outdated Climate Change Communicat​ion Won’t Cut It

 

Dear Friends and Colleagues,

The Guardian Professional has posted an article “IPCC’s Outdated Climate Change Communication Won’t Cut it”,
We face many challenges in the 21st century re global warming and climate change, mixed and biased messages, unless a specialist who studies and speaks the language of the expert lack of understanding and clear communication.
The UN SD Education Caucus – Climate Change members would like to hear your suggestions for our event for COP 20 in Lima, Peru building into our event for 2015 COP 21, the “Climate Agreement” meeting to be held in Paris, France.  thinking in terms of engaging stakeholders, intergenerational, action-orented, participatory – what are some of your thoughts regarding a theme?
All the best,
Pam Puntenney and Bremley Lyngdoh
UN SD Education Caucus Co-Chairs
Co-Coordinators with Tiahoga Ruge, Jim Taylor, Tish Pesanayi, Kavita Myles, and Suzana Padua
Youth Co-Coordinators Katherine Browne and Mohammad Arman Golrokhian
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Dr. P. J. Puntenney
Environmental & Human Systems Management
1989 West Liberty
 Ann Arbor, MI  48103  USA
Cell:  (734) 330-0238
Voice/Fax: (734) 994-3612

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G77 countries plus China support stand-alon​e goal on equality for the new SDGs  !

Dear Colleagues,


I have some wonderful news, and a request.
First the good news: the G77 (a group of 77 countries that formed an alliance within the UN to counteract the powerful G8 countries), plus China, have made strong statements in favor of a stand-alone goal on equality for the new SDGs!
This is very important for the world’s dialogue on the relationship between inequality, poverty, and sustainable development. You can see the G77 statements made at UN headquarters in New York this past week at these links:
IfE also proposed a stand-alone goal on equality at meetings of the Open Working Group (OWG) in November of 2013, and again in a formal written proposal developed through our network in January of 2014. You can see the IfE proposal here: https://www.initiativeforequality.org/images/InitiativeforEquality_GoalonEquality_ThematicPositionPaper%20_Jan2014.pdf
Now for the request: can you contact your own country’s national delegation to the UN, to support the stand-alone goal on equality? First check to see if your country is a member of the G77: http://www.g77.org/doc/members.html. If it is, please offer them your thanks and support, and encourage them to stand strong.  If your country is not part of the G77, please contact your national delegation to urge them to support the stand-alone goal and targets as well. You can find names, addresses, email and telephone numbers for all the national delegations here:  http://www.un.int/protocol/bluebook/bb304.pdf
Warning: other countries may be working behind-the-scenes to kill the stand-alone goal on equality. Despite the public statements made in favor of it, and despite the fact that the co-chairs of the OWG have voiced support, it was dropped from the list of proposed goals. This means that there are powerful forces trying to block it.
We must speak up now to tell the UN: addressing inequalities is necessary to ending poverty and conflict, and creating equitable and sustainable societies!
With thanks and warm regards,
Anthony Akpan
President
Pan African Vision for the Environment (PAVE)
2nd Floor, Rear Flat,
59, Palm Avenue, Mushin
P.O.BOX 494 , Ijanikin, Lagos, Nigeria
Tel: 08033510419, 08035423750

 

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Brief Survey – Preparatio​ns For COP 20 Climate Change Event – Deadline Monday May 19, 2014

 

Dear Community of Educators,

The 20th Conference of the Parties (COP 20) to the UNFCCC will be hosted by Peru in Lima, December 1-12, 2014.  With optimism and expectation, COP 20 is aiming for a global agreement on mitigating the impact of climate change as well as advancing adaptation strategies based on environmental compensation and natural infrastructure that will aid developing countries struggling with effects of climate change.
In terms of context, see Article 6 of the Convention,
and the Doha Work Programme on Article 6, attached below.
As the work on adaptation advances there is a focus on community-based engagement.  Often overlooked in these deliberations are the essential elements regarding:  public participation, access to information that creates an informed public, public engagement in decision-making, and international cooperation and coordination.
The UN SD Education Caucus – Climate Change will hold a side event that applies the “lens” of environmental education to this focus on community-based engagement.  We envision the side event, in both presentation and discussion, to highlight evolving lessons, designs and models of approach that demonstrate/illustrate community-based capacity building, empowerment, engagement, resilience and adaptation in the face of 21st century effects of climate change.
As we begin our preparations, we would like to know your suggestions regarding the event.   Please be as specific as possible, provide contact names/affiliation-title, email, and links where possible.  If you would like to serve on the steering committee and have conference management experience let us know.  Send your comments and suggestions to <pjpunt@umich.eduby Friday, May 16, 2014.
COP 20 SURVEY
1)  What kind of sponsorship should we consider and participation to aim for?
2)  What kind of interactive formats would be most effective?
3)  Examples of program options:  A 1 Day Summit; a 1/2 Day Forum;  standard 1 1/2 hour session; lunch meeting; evening event;  reception; series of workshops;  OTHER possibilities?  Onsite or offsite?
4)  What modalities and media would best serve to convey the outcomes as part of an actionable education agenda in terms of community-based climate change adaptation?
As we begin to shape our event in preparing for COP 20, we appreciate your insights to help create an event that will frame 21st century messages, approaches, and models that address 21st century challenges in terms of climate change.
All the best,
Pam Puntenney and Bremley Lyngdoh
UN SD Education Caucus Co-Chairs
Co-Coordinators Climate Change with Tiahoga Ruge, Jim Taylor, Tish Pesanayi, Kavita Myles, and Suzana Padua
Youth Co-Coordinators Katherine Browne and Mohammad Arman Golrokhian
__________________
Dr. P. J. Puntenney
Environmental & Human Systems Management
1989 West Liberty
 Ann Arbor, MI  48103  USA
Cell:  (734) 330-0238
Voice/Fax: (734) 994-3612

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New China-UNEP Agreement to Boost South-Sout​h Cooperatio​n on Climate Change Adaptation

 

New China-UNEP Agreement to Boost South-South Cooperation on Climate Change Adaptation
Chinese Premier Li Keqiang and UNEP Executive Director Achim Steiner Discuss Cooperation Ahead of Landmark Global Environment Assembly, Next Month 

Nairobi, 10 May 2014  –
In a new high-level agreement – endorsed today in Nairobi by Chinese Premier Li Keqiang and UN Under-Secretary-General and UNEP Executive Director Achim Steiner – UNEP and China agree to harness their “strengths, capacities and resources” to assist countries of the Global South combat climate change. 
Since 2008, UNEP and China have collaborated with countries across Africa and Asia on climate adaptation projects with co-funding by the Global Environment Facility (GEF) and the Government of China. 
During the meeting, Premier Li and Mr. Steiner discussed efforts to accelerate China’s transition to an inclusive Green Economy, the Premier’s newly declared “war” on air pollution and the top issues on the agenda of the first-ever UN Environment Assembly (UNEA), due to  be held in Nairobi next month.
 
Premier Li said, “Over the years, UNEP has made tremendous efforts to further global sustainable development and environmental conservation.”  “China would like to continue to collaborate with UNEP to enhance green development and sustainable environmental management.  
China has contributed US $6 million to the UNEP trust fund and will continue to make contributions to that fund into the future.
China also wants to enhance communication, cooperation and coordination with UNEP and multilateral environmental agreements  in support of global environmental sustainability and action to combat climate change at the national and global levels.”
Mr. Steiner said,  “This new agreement sends another powerful message that China is committed to combating climate change, not only within its own borders, but across the Global South – and that  in doing so, it can count on UNEP’s unflagging support.”
“I would like to commend China’s far-thinking environmental vision under Premier Li, and its commitment to work with UNEP at the strategic level,” he added. 
Mr. Steiner currently serves as Vice-Chairperson of the China Council for International Cooperation on Environment and Development (CCICED), of which Premier Li was the former Chair.
Although China remains the world’s largest emitter of CO2, the country has committed to reducing its CO2 emissions by 40-45 per cent per unit of GDP below 2005 levels by 2020 through a reduction in fossil fuel use.
 
China also says that it aims to cut energy consumption by more than 3.9 per cent in 2014 to strengthen energy conservation and emissions reduction – which translates to a decrease in coal consumption of 220 million tonnes, compared to last year. A world leader in renewable energy production, China has the world’s largest installed capacity of wind farms and is the leading manufacturer of solar photovoltaic modules. It produces more hydroelectricity than any other country. In 2012, renewable energy investment in China stood at USD 67.7 billion, the highest in the world. Note to editors:UNEP-International Ecosystem Management Partnership, based in Beijing, has provided a global platform for South-South cooperation on climate change.More information on the UN Environment Assembly (UNEA) is available at http://www.unep.org/unea

For more information, please contact: 

Shereen Zorba, Head of News and Media, United Nations Environment Programme,

Tel. +254 788 526 000 or Email: unepnewsdesk@unep.org Hao Chen, UNEP News Desk, unepnewsdesk@unep.org, +254733246097 
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Report 8th Internatio​nal Conference on Community Based Climate Adaptation CBA8

Dear Community of Educators,
Jon Elam was our designated representative to the 8th International Conference on Community Based Climate Adaptation.  Thanks Jon for for actively participating in this important meeting on our behalf and your follow-up report [appended].  Very timely as we begin our preparations for COP 20, December 1-12 in Lima, Peru addressing Article 6 of the Convention and adaptation-mitigation issues.  
Of the outcomes from the CBA8, one worth noting was the launch of the Kathmandu Declaration on Financing Local Adaptation, which saw delegates call for a radical shift in flows of finance to ensure the most vulnerable communities can adapt to climate change.  To learn more about the CBA8, view videos, etc. go to:
All the best,
Pam Puntenney and Bremley Lyngdoh
UN SD Education Caucus Co-Chairs
Co-coordinators Climate Change
Dr. P. J. Puntenney
Environmental & Human Systems Management
1989 West Liberty
 Ann Arbor, MI  48103  USA
Cell:  (734) 330-0238
Voice/Fax: (734) 994-3612

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Dear Colleagues,
The Eighth International Conference on Community Based Climate Adaptation was held in Kathmandu, Nepal from April 24-30.
Over four hundred attended from 62 countries and spent time both on field site visits and in conference studying local financing options. This effort sponsored by a number of organizations purpose to bring a cross section of field level workers together to strategize on climate adaptation project level work activities many times without much money.
This annual effort (Next year is in Kenya) is filling in a nitch that is not been done by reaching and building a network of practitioners and local officials from smaller communities and villages particularly around the developing nations.  Many leading UN Officials joined in to  connect with the conferences leaders.
The meeting was Chaired by Dr. Saleemul Hug Director of the International Centre for Climate Change and Development in Bangladesh. Leading speakers included some very inspiring words from Christiana Figueres, Executive Secretary of the UNFCCC and leaders from Nepal who helped host the meeting. For further information check out the IIed web site,
Jon
Jon Elam <Jelam@tcsd.us>
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Blogs from the 8th internatio​nal conference on Community-​Based Adaptation to climate change

Dear Colleagues,

Here are two new blogs written by CARE staff who attended lar week’s eight international conference on Community-Based Adaptation to climate change which was held in Kathmandu, Nepal. 

Best wishes,

Jo Barrett  | CARE  |  Press and Communications Coordinator 

Poverty, Environment and Climate Change Network | 

Crowd-sourcing ideas to help community-based adaptation finance reach the most vulnerable                       

IIED BLOG - Guest post by CARE’s

Agnes Otzelberger

1 May 2014

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It is easy to assume that a global phenomenon like climate change affects people around the world in the same way. Whether rich or poor, young or old, or living in the global north or south, we’re all increasingly experiencing changes associated with a warming planet.

Delegates at CBA8 in Nepal travel to Kirtipur Village, Nawalparasi District to see the effects of climate change as part of the pre-conference fields trips (Photo: Kate Wilson/IIED)

Delegates at CBA8 in Nepal travel to Kirtipur Village, Nawalparasi District to see the effects of climate change as part of the pre-conference fields trips (Photo: Kate Wilson/IIED)

Delegates at CBA8 in Nepal travel to Kirtipur Village, Nawalparasi District to see the effects of climate change as part of the pre-conference fields trips (Photo: Kate Wilson/IIED)

But the truth is that climate change is unfolding in a world of profound inequalities due to economic disparities, political and social exclusion and widespread gender imbalances. This means that it’s actually far more difficult for some people to deal with the impacts of an increasingly unstable climate than others. 

Which is why finance to help some of the world’s poorest and most vulnerable communities adapt to climate change must also go some way towards improving the odds for those who are worst hit by rising sea-levels and more extreme and erratic weather events.

During this week’s 8th international conference on community-based adaptation(CBA8) in Kathmandu we’ve heard examples from Kenya, Niger, Nepal and many other countries about how the very causes of poverty and vulnerability – inequality, exclusion and marginalisation, living on the fringes of societies and in unsafe conditions – make it difficult for the planet’s most vulnerable to benefit from the various financing mechanisms being set up to support climate change adaptation.

And it has become increasingly clear that unless specific efforts are made to ensure people don’t fall through the cracks, they are likely to be missing out on the vital support they need.

Which is why our Adaptation Learning Programme for Africa organised an interactive session for more than 70 practitioners and researchers to help crowd-source ideas and examples of good practice to prevent adaptation finance from failing the world’s poorest. The discussion was premised on identifying the groups who are most vulnerable to climate impacts. Some interesting principles emerged.

First is the fundamental requirement for adaptation initiatives to be both participatory and ‘bottom-up’. Many people agreed that the interests and needs of local communities must form the basis for how adaptation finance is allocated, and that the people most at risk within those communities must not be left out.

Importantly, this isn’t a matter of holding a quick “participatory” planning meeting. Instead, it’s about understanding who is vulnerable and why. It involves building a relationship of trust with communities over time. In this way, issues of marginalisation and exclusion (and the potential diversion of valuable resources to powerful local elites) can gradually surface. As my colleague Shikha Shrestha, from the CARE and WWF-led Hariyo Ban initiative in Nepal asked the session’s panel: “Are we saving communities or [certain] individuals?”

Second, identifying those who are poorest and most vulnerable within a local context, while important, comes with its own caveats. As it often forms the basis for decisions on resource allocation, being labelled as one of the ‘poorest and most vulnerable‘ can also lead to stigma and bias.

As Christian Aid’s Richard Ewbank pointed out, a stronger focus on differential risk, instead of differential wealth or vulnerability, can provide a solution. Put simply, enquiring about varying levels of risk can lead straight to the key underlying issues without stigmatising or privileging people in the process.

Third, participants highlighted that ‘local’ community participation in adaptation planning does not necessarily mean that conversations about what’s needed to tackle climate impacts should be limited to individual ‘communities’. This is particularly relevant in some regions where certain people – including those who are very remote, or already excluded or marginalised – fall outside the scope of the ‘community’.

Matthias Eder of the United Nations Industrial Development Organisation is just one of the people who see potential in using the concept of the value chain to make sure discussions about adaptation planning cover a far broader group with inter-linked adaptation needs and interests, even if they are not strictly part of the same community group.

And in Ethiopia, for example, CARE and partners are helping pastoralists to analyse and plan climate change adaptation actions within the ecosystems on which they depend, rather than within individual communities. This not only leads to more sustainable plans but also has the potential to identify issues of economic and geographic marginalisation, helping to put people who have been sidelined firmly back on the map.

But perhaps there’s one final element of effective community-based adaptation finance that we also need to be mindful of and take action on. When we talk about ‘participation’, let’s not forget that participation starts right here with us.

If we really want to be inclusive and participatory when it comes to CBA finance, or any element of CBA, we need to make sure the people we’re working for and alongside are represented in the room, debating and discussing the problems and solutions together.

Agnes Otzelberger is CARE International’s Climate Change Adaptation and Gender Coordinator. For more information see www.careclimatechange.org.

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Community-based adaptation to climate change makes economic sense

Thomson Reuters Foundation: CARE International – Tue, 29 Apr 2014 08:30 AM

Author: Fiona Percy

 

In Ghana, Awin Asakib and her neighbours from Bianboog, Upper East Region, are already experiencing the impacts of climate change. CARE’s Adaptation Learning Programme for Africa promotes community-based adaptation in Kenya, Ghana, Mozambique and Niger, and is helping people like Awin improve their food security. ©CARE/Nana Kofi Acquah

Any views expressed in this article are those of the author and not of Thomson Reuters Foundation.

This week, in Kathmandu, Nepal, over 400 of the world’s leading thinkers and doers in the field of community-based adaptation to climate change (also known as CBA) are coming together in a bid to answer one key question: What are the latest developments in CBA financing, planning and best practice?

In other words, how can communities in developing countries, which are particularly vulnerable to the impacts of climate change, access the resources they need to cope with and build resilience to the climatic threats they face? And how can they successfully plan for and implement community-based adaptation initiatives that deliver positive results?

For many of the communities CARE works with, the answers to these critical questions cannot come soon enough. As the recent climate impacts report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change showed, not only are people living in poverty already bearing the brunt of rising sea-levels and more extreme and erratic weather, but as global temperatures rise, development gains made over many years in Africa, Asia and Latin America are increasingly at risk.

Back in 2010 – and in partnership with communities in Kenya, Ghana, Mozambique and Niger – we set out to investigate these issues. CARE’s Adaptation Learning Programme for Africa (ALP) was born.

Among many other things, we wanted to show policy makers that community-based adaptation is not only a cost-effective response to climate change, but that it brings  a multitude of positive development benefits. Now, four years on, we’re starting to see some encouraging signs that this hypothesis holds true.

Take, for example, the pastoralists we’ve been working with in dryland areas of Kenya and Niger. They are already grappling with the challenges of living in fragile ecosystems, including land degradation, successive years of drought and conflict over scarce resources, which are being directly exacerbated by the impacts of climate change. In short, they face a tough battle.

MULTIPLE BENEFITS

Our latest research, conducted with the UK’s New Economics Foundation, showed that CBA can make a positive difference in such areas. Using a study with two communities in Garissa, Kenya, to project the benefits of CBA under different climate scenarios into the future (2010-2030), and in-depth research carried out in four communities in Niger using three years’ worth of data, researchers found that CBA delivers a full range of benefits to these pastoralist communities.

They were also able to demonstrate that CBA makes strong economic sense, leading to social, environmental and economic improvements even in a volatile and evolving environment such as dryland areas.

In Kenya, the study showed that under the most realistic scenarios, investing £1 in CBA generates between £1.45 ($2.44) and £3.03 ($5.09) of wealth for communities. These figures were further validated by the results from the evaluative study in Niger, which suggest that for every £1 invested in CBA, returns of between £4 and £6 are likely even across a range of climate scenarios. Even when the analysis is limited to economic benefits only, returns on every £1 invested are between £2 and £2.80.

In the most conservative scenario, the costs of intervention were 2.6 times lower than doing nothing to counter the impacts of climate change and extreme events.  

In Niger, CBA was also found to increase revenue from both agricultural and livestock activities, with communities experiencing a 40 percent increase on average in agricultural returns since 2010 even though productivity has not increased significantly, and livestock headcount is decreasing.

In the case of agricultural revenue, this is thought to be due to the ‘warrantage’ system – an adaptation strategy involving pre-payments or loans for stored harvests, with farmers able to sell their produce or repay their loans when prices are higher.

The boost in revenue from livestock can be attributed to higher value being placed on the health of herds, with more money spent on vaccines and food supplements.

‘SOFT’ OUTCOMES

These changes also reflect a growing level of ‘adaptive capacity’ in communities – put simply, people’s ability to adapt to the impacts of climate change – through shifts in traditional attitudes and practices, as well as decision-making processes that are more flexible and forward-looking.

Alongside economic benefits, the study also pointed to better social and environmental indicators – on improved health and education, more decision-making for women and reduced deforestation and land degradation.

It is important to recognise that ‘soft outcomes’ like decision-making ability and risk management are as important as ‘hard outcomes’ such as rising agricultural revenue, in building adaptive capacity. In fact, these ‘soft outcomes’ are pre-conditions for continued benefits into the future, as they enable communities to have the flexibility and responsiveness needed when living amid constant uncertainty.

Finally, the research makes it clear that CBA delivers higher returns on investment compared with other interventions – certainly higher than for those that aim only to reduce disaster risk. This is particularly relevant for dryland communities, where a large proportion of existing investment goes towards disaster risk reduction (DRR) and emergency preparedness.

So, it’s encouraging news all round. We now have overwhelming evidence that community-based adaptation works – which suggests that it should become a priority for investment, both in national development budgets, and in international finance for climate change adaptation.

We have started to demonstrate the value of CBA as an approach that integrates adaptive capacity, more resilient livelihood options and DRR, so that the communities we work with can better adapt to climate impacts in the long term. And we have found that people doing CBA and DRR can benefit greatly from joining forces.

Perhaps this is the ‘long answer’ to some of the critical questions being considered in Kathmandu this week. But given the growing scale and pace of the climate change threat, we need all the intelligence we can get if we’re to make a tangible difference to people who are already experiencing its impacts.

Fiona Percy is the coordinator of the Adaptation Learning Programme for Africa (ALP), implemented by CARE International in Ghana, Kenya, Mozambique and Niger. For further information: www.careclimatechange.org/adaptation-initiatives/alp

 

 

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The Abu Dhabi Ascent May 4-5 – Preparatio​n for Climate Change meeting in NY

 

Dear Community of Educators,

Ministers, business and civil society have gathered in Abu Dhabi this week to prepare the “bold pledges” they have been told to bring to a Climate Summit hosted by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in September.  To learn more,
All the best,
Pam Puntenney and Bremley Lyngdoh
UN SD Education Caucus Co-Chairs
Co-Coordinators Climate Change with Tiahoga Rugue, Jim Taylor, Tish Pesanayi, Kavita Myles, and Suzana Padua
Youth Co-Coordinators Katherine Browne and Mohammad Arman Golrokhien

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UN set to target HFCs at Abu Dhabi Climate Meeting

Dear Community of Educators,

Over 500 ministers, diplomats and members of civil society are expected to attend this weekend’s gathering, which includes keynote speeches from Ban Ki-moon, Al Gore, Tony Blair and Unilever CEO Paul Polman.

UN organisers are billing it as an opportunity to prepare areas where countries and business can find clear agreement, ahead of the Secretary General’s high-level meeting in New York this September.  http://www.rtcc.org/2014/05/02/un-set-to-target-hfcs-at-abu-dhabi-climate-meeting/

“The Abu Dhabi Ascent will play a pivotal role in mobilising action that will allow us to address climate change,” Ban said in a statement this week.

Other key issue areas up for discussion include climate finance flows, the role of cities in slashing carbon pollution and how to scale up global energy efficiency efforts.

- See more at: http://www.rtcc.org/2014/05/02/un-set-to-target-hfcs-at-abu-dhabi-climate-meeting/#sthash.wRBu0uX6.dpuf

All the best,
Pam Puntenney and Bremley Lyngdoh
UN SD Education Caucus Co-Chairs
Co-Coordinators Climate Change with Tiahoga Rugue, Jim Taylor, Tish Pesanayi, Kavita Myles, and Suzana Padua
Youth Co-Coordinators Katherine Browne and Mohammad Arman Golrokhien

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Towards Resilient Water Organizati​on Trust:  Agricultur​e in a Changing Climate Scenario – Building Response Capacity of Small-Hold​er Producers

Dear colleagues,
Watershed Organisation Trust is pleased to announce the release of its position paper – Towards Resilient Agriculture in a Changing Climate Scenario – Building Response Capacity of Small-Holder Producers.

The publication is a part of a series of 12 position papers being formulated by the organization as it works towards catalyzing insights, learnings and experiences from multiple stakeholders involved in its Climate Change Adaptation project.  Apart from papers on Food & Nutrition Security,  Biodiversity  and Energythat are already available on our website, the series would eventually cover the sectors of Watershed Development, Water,  Livestock, Disaster Risk Reduction and Risk Prevention, Economics and Livelihoods, Health , Gender and Governance.

 

The paper, “Towards Resilient Agriculture in a Changing Climate Scenario – Building Response Capacity of Small-Holder Producers”, captures the ground realities of small- holder farmers in rainfed Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh. It presents WOTR’s approach towards climate-resilient agriculture. The paper also suggests recommendations for policy that will help increase the response capacity of farmers. It also draws attention to the need of enhancing the resilience of the ecosystem so as to reduce risks posed by climate change..
We hope you find this interesting and please do not hesitate to contact us with your feedback and suggestions!

 

You can download Towards Resilient Agriculture in a Changing Climate Scenario [PDF 0.99 MB] <http://wotr.org/sites/default/files/WOTR Agriculture Position Paper.pdf>

Warm regards

WOTR Team

 

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Environmental News: Media Center

NRDC, Black Rock and FTSE Jumpstart Mainstream Climate-Co​nscious Investing

Dear Community of Educators,

The Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), BlackRock and FTSE Group, the global index provider, partnered today in launching the first equity global index series that will exclude companies linked to exploration, ownership or extraction of carbon-based fossil fuel reserves. The new investment tool will allow climate-conscious investors, including foundations, universities and certain pension groups, to match their investment strategy and financial interests with their values. To learn more,
All the best,
Pam Puntenney and Bremley Lyngdoh
UN SD Education Caucus Co-Chairs
Co-Coordinators Climate Change

 

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 DESA News: Renewing Focus on Sustainable Islands

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ezPQO-Bs-3o#t=16

 

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Third U.S. National Climate Assessment

 

For those of you interested in what is happening in the U.S. regarding a national climate assessment.

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We are so pleased to announce today’s release of the Third National Climate Assessment: Climate Change Impacts in the United StatesThe Third National Climate Assessment (NCA), which delivers on USGCRP’s legal mandate and the President’s Climate Action Plan, is the most comprehensive, authoritative, transparent scientific report ever generated on U.S. climate impacts, both as currently observed and as projected for the future. The Third NCA documents climate change-related impacts and responses across key sectors and all regions of the U.S. with the goal of better informing public and private decision-making at all levels.
WHERE CAN YOU FIND THE ASSESSMENT?
The Third NCA is available to download and also can be explored in a novel interactive format through USGCRP’s newly redeployed web presence at http://globalchange.gov. An important feature of this interactivity is the traceability of the data and other information in the report, giving users the means to refer back to these data for their analyses and decision support. The site is mobile-compatible and every piece of the report—from highlights to chapters to key messages to graphics—has its own unique URL for social network sharing. Please find below links that will help you navigate the Third NCA:
Beyond the Third NCA, the new globalchange.gov features accessible and dynamic information on a wide range of climate-related topics.
Any White House materials about the release of the Third NCA will be available from: http://www.whitehouse.gov/climate-change. At 2:00 pm EDT, the White House is hosting a stakeholder event that will feature speakers from the Administration, NCA authors, and users of the report. For those who won’t be at the event in person, you can tune into the live webcast:http://www.whitehouse.gov/live.
WHAT CAN BE FOUND IN THIS LATEST ASSESSMENT?
The data and information in the Third NCA can be of great value to the adaptation planning and implementation efforts of U.S. Federal Agencies and their partners and stakeholders. Some examples include:
  • The latest science on observed trends and projected future conditions of changes in the climate across the 8 NCA regions and contiguous U.S. as well as 13 sectors and cross-sectors.
  • Examples throughout of on-the-ground impacts across the U.S., many of which are already directly affecting substantial numbers of Americans.
  • For the first time in a U.S. national assessment, explicit chapters on Decision Support, Mitigation, and Adaptation, with specific information on those topics as they are practiced now in addition to identifying research needs associated with these topics for improving future implementation of climate resilience measures. Specifically related to adaptation, the following information is captured in the Adaptation chapter:
    • Adaptation key terms defined
    • An overview of adaptation activities at multiple levels including the Federal government, states, tribes, local and regional governments, non-governmental organizations, and the private sector
    • Example barriers to adaptation
    • Several illustrative case studies of adaptation in action
  • A useful and informative section that answers some frequently asked questions about climate change. The questions addressed range from those purely related to the science of climate change to those that extend to some of the issues being faced in consideration of mitigation and adaptation measures.
  • Data and metadata behind content and images used in the assessment are accessible and traceable.

 

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Subject: Towards Resilient Agriculture in a Changing Climate

Dear colleagues,

Watershed Organisation Trust is pleased to announce the release of its position paper – Towards Resilient Agriculture in a Changing Climate Scenario – Building Response Capacity of Small-Holder Producers.  The publication is a part of a series of 12 position papers being formulated by the organization as it works towards catalyzing insights, learnings and experiences from multiple stakeholders involved in its Climate Change Adaptation project.  Apart from papers on Food & Nutrition Security,  Biodiversity  and Energy that are already available on our website, the series would eventually cover the sectors of Watershed Development, Water,  Livestock, Disaster Risk Reduction and Risk Prevention, Economics and Livelihoods, Health , Gender and Governance.

 

The paper, “Towards Resilient Agriculture in a Changing Climate Scenario – Building Response Capacity of Small-Holder Producers”, captures the ground realities of small- holder farmers in rainfed Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh. It presents WOTR’s approach towards climate-resilient agriculture. The paper also suggests recommendations for policy that will help increase the response capacity of farmers. It also draws attention to the need of enhancing the resilience of the ecosystem so as to reduce risks posed by climate change..
We hope you find this interesting and please do not hesitate to contact us with your feedback and suggestions!

You can download Towards Resilient Agriculture in a Changing Climate Scenario [PDF 0.99 MB] <http://wotr.org/sites/default/files/WOTR Agriculture Position Paper.pdf>

Warm regards

WOTR Team

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Dear Community of Educators,
Educating for sustainability is in the forefront worldwide addressing the challenges of climate change coupled with environmental education & environmental literacy.  Below is an opportunity to get our word out!  Share the message that getting everyone involved in climate change matters at all levels, men + women, will help us move toward goals that the recent IPCC reports target; however, in particular gender equality is key to meeting the targets.  We encourage you to participate!  If you cannot make the chat live, consider using a scheduler like https://hootsuite.com/ or others to share your message via Twitter.
 
All the best,
Pam Puntenney and Bremley Lyngdoh
UN SD Education Caucus Co-Chairs
Co-Coordinators Climate Change with Tiahoga Ruge, Jim Taylor, Tish Pesanayi, Kavita Myles, and Suzana Padua
COP 20 Youth Coordinators:  Katherine Browne and Mohammad Arman Golrokhian
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Dear Friends and Colleagues,

Executive Director, Ms. Sally Fegan-Wyles, signs an agreement with the Swiss Development Cooperation (SDC) launching a further implementation phase of the One UN Climate Change Learning Partnership (UN CC:Learn),
visit
http://www.uncclearn.org/further_agreement_signed  UNITAR is a host and involved in awareness raising and training of Article 6 of the Convention, see overview appended below.  To learn more,  http://www.uncclearn.org/sites/www.uncclearn.org/files/images/un_cclearn_guidance_note_final_feb_2014.pdf
All the best,
Pam Puntenney and Bremley Lyngdoh
UN SD Education Caucus Co-chairs
Co-Coordinators Climate Change
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ONE EARTH | ONE DREAM

EARTH DAY 2014


UN CC:Learn Releases Guidance on Climate Change Learning Strategies

 

UN CC:Learn
25 February 2014: The One UN Training Services Platform on Climate Change, UN CC:Learn, has published a ‘Guidance Note for Developing a National Climate Change Learning Strategy,’ which aims to provide methodological and organizational guidance to countries that wish to develop national climate change learning strategies.
The guidance note is based on the 2011-2013 pilot implementation phase of the UN CC:Learn’s programme to ‘Strengthen Human Resources, Learning and Skills Development’ and builds on five national UN CC:Learn projects to ‘Strengthen Human Resource Capacities and Skills to Address Climate Change.’
Over 50 countries have expressed interest in developing a national climate change learning strategy. In addition, the Doha Work Programme of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) mandates countries to prepare national strategies on UNFCCC Article 6 (education, training and public awareness).
The note is divided into three main sections which: explain the purpose and objectives of a climate change learning strategy; outline the main steps in developing a climate change learning strategy; and contain a practical guide for developing a national climate change learning strategy, including suggestions for specific activities, as well as logistical and organizational considerations.
UN CC:Learn is a One UN partnership involving 33 organizations that supports countries in designing and implementing results-oriented and sustainable learning to address climate change. The Secretariat for UN CC:Learn is hosted by the UN Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR).

read more: http://climate-l.iisd.org/news/un-cclearn-releases-guidance-on-climate-change-learning-strategies/

 

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IPCC Official Press Release is available

at http://www.ipcc.ch/pdf/ar5/pr_wg3/20140413_pr_pc_wg3_en.pdf

IPCC Presents Assessment on Measures to Mitigate Climate Change

 

BERLIN, Germany, 13 April 2014 – The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), the group of the world’s leading climate change scientists established by the UN General Assembly and working under the auspices of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and the World Meteorological Organization, has just released in Berlin, after 6 years of intensive work reviewing all available science, its 2014 assessment on measures to mitigate climate change.

Among its main findings is that the concentration of greenhouse gasses (GHGs) – gasses which cause climate change – have grown more quickly during the last decade that in each of the previous three decades.

Globally, economic and population growth continue to be the most important drivers of increases in CO2 emissions from fossil fuel combustion. The contribution of population growth between 2000 and 2010 remained roughly identical to the previous three decades, while the contribution of economic growth has risen sharply.

Scenarios show that to have a likely chance of limiting the increase in global mean temperature to two degrees Celsius, means lowering global greenhouse gas emissions by 40 to 70 per cent compared with 2010 by mid-century, and to near-zero by the end of this century.

The panel analyzed the causes for this increase in the main economic sectors: energy, transport, construction, and building, industry, land use, agriculture and forestry, among others.

CO2 emissions from fossil fuel combustion and industrial processes contributed about 78 per cent of the total GHG emission increase from 1970 to 2010, with a similar percentage contribution for the period 2000–2010.

About half of cumulative anthropogenic CO2 emissions between 1750 and 2010 have occurred in 23 the last 40 years. Annual anthropogenic GHG emissions have increased between 2000 and 2010, with this increase arising directly from energy supply (47 per cent), industry (30 per cent), transport (11 per cent) and buildings (3 per cent). Accounting for indirect emissions raises the contributions of the buildings and industry sectors.

The panel analyzed different scenarios for stabilizing or reducing emissions in each of these sectors and made a number of recommendations to policy makers on this regard. It concluded that without additional efforts to reduce GHG emissions beyond those in place today, emissions growth is expected to persist, driven by growth in global population and economic activities.

Baseline scenarios, those without additional mitigation, result in global mean surface temperature increases in 2100 from 3.7 to 4.8°C compared to pre‐industrial levels (median values; the range is 2.5°C to 7.8°C when including climate uncertainty).

Achim Steiner, UN Under-Secretary-General and UNEP Executive Director, welcomed the assessment and said: “UNEP congratulates the IPCC for producing once again a masterpiece of assessment and advice on how to address climate change. Reading this last assessment, the urgent need for making further progress in greening our economies is clear. UNEP stands ready to continue providing advice and support to countries around the world on how to design and implement policies that will move us towards low-carbon economies and societies.”

For more information, please contact: UNEP News Desk  unepnewsdesk@unep.org

Or visit: http://www.ipcc.ch/

 

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What happened after I donated?

 

Dear Avaazers,

I feel continually grateful for the level of trust that Avaaz donors place in our work every month, and I wanted to make sure you know what happens after you make that important choice to hope and to give!
For example – take a look at this:
Malvinas

We’re buying a rainforest! Over 90,000 of us donated enough to give $1 million to conservation organisations like the Rainforest Trust who are buying land and connecting two vital preserves in Borneo that can keep the orangutans alive on this planet with us.
I love this job :)
These amazing girls are a second example:
Syria

Yamama and her cousin Hayat are Syrian refugees, but they’re in school in part because our community raised $1 million in a challenge grant to donor governments to save Syria from a lost generation of children without education. We just got word that governments have matched us over 100:1!! UN Education Envoy Gordon Brown called our effort “magnificent” and “important in getting governments to give.”
And for a third, meet Gaby:
Syria

Gaby Lasky is an inspiring Israeli lawyer working with leaders of the Palestinian nonviolent movement and a tireless team to defend peaceful activists against trumped up charges. Our community donated enough to grant $225,000 to Gaby’s efforts!
Many, many more stories to tell, but our community’s top issue for donations has been climate change…
Climate

Here’s Filipino climate ambassador Yeb Sano, delivering a massive petition spearheaded by Avaaz to the world’s climate negotiators. Our climate change campaign, supported by tens of thousands of monthly ‘sustainer’ donors, has a large team working day and night to press our governments into action on this crisis of our time. Click here to read an in-depth report on our climate team’s full-spectrum work to save the world.
But it’s not just the money we donate as a community, but HOW we raise it that makes us a unique force for good in the world. Here’s three things that make us special:

  • Our community calls the shots. We don’t accept any money (ever!) from governments, corporations, foundations, or large donors — making our community our only boss. Most of the non-profit sector is funded by very rich people, whose preferences deeply shape the work done.
  • We’re super fast. Even for urgent problems, it can take months or even years to raise money from foundations and large donors — but we can raise over $1 million in hours!
  • We’re political. Because our donations are not tax deductible, we have no government restrictions on calling out politicians, and politics is where many battles to save the world are won and lost.

Partly because of our unique model and proven track record of impact, the number of Avaaz members choosing to donate has been skyrocketing, heading for 1 million!
donors

Most of the money donated goes to Avaaz campaigns. But a lot of it, we just give away — over $8 million so far to humanitarian causes and partner organisations who are doing great work that is unlikely to be funded by corporations and foundations. Organisations like the The Equality Effect for whom our community raised $300,000 last year. The head of The Equality Effect said “we are enormously grateful to Avaaz members for supporting us in ensuring laws in Kenya and Malawi protect girls who are vulnerable to some of the most appalling violence in the world.”
grants

Some people criticise activism as useless or feel-good, and they’re sometimes right. But Avaaz has been given awards for our effectiveness, and our community’s ability not just to speak out powerfully, but to put our money where our mouths are, is a massive part of why we’re a force that is changing the world. And we’re just getting started :).

With huge appreciation and respect for all that everyone is contributing,
Ricken and the team
PS – all our financial accounts are fully audited every year, and every year we get a squeaky clean bill of health. You can see the audit letters, and more financial info here.

http://www.avaaz.org/en/climate_countdown_to_paris/

 

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Dear Colleagues,
The UN Climate Change Secretariat is now accepting applications for Momentum for Change’s 2014 Lighthouse Activities until 23 May.
See details at www.momentum4change.org.
The 2014 Lighthouse Activities will celebrate climate action (both large and small) in four key areas:
·         action by and for the urban poor;
·         action that fosters women’s leadership and empowerment;
·         action that is financing climate friendly investment;
·         action that uses ICT solutions.
This year, UNFCCC Secretariat is looking to do things a little differently. They’ll still shine a light on small, entrepreneurial solutions that are changing communities, as well as large initiatives that are transforming cities, businesses and governments. But they are also looking to highlight initiatives with a bigger impact than ever before. Effectively addressing climate change requires action from levels of society, with everyone involved including women, and with efforts that are both small and large.
Don’t miss out on this chance to have your gender responsive and/or women-led climate change project recognized as a 2014 Lighthouse Activity!  Apply now at www.momentum4change.org.
Below are key messages from the Momentum for Change program, inspiring resource links, as well as social media outreach materials – all freely available for your use and promotion of this very exciting and important initiative.
Please let me know if you plan to submit an application – I will be glad to promote it.
Best regards,
Cara
Cara Beasley Communications and Network Officer, Global Gender and Climate Alliance (GGCA) Email:  cara@gender-climate.org Web: www.gender-climate.org Skype: cara.beasley Twitter: @GGCA_gender

Key messages:
•             2014 is a critical year for climate change, as national governments work toward a new, universal climate change agreement by 2015. A global effort to mobilize action and ambition on climate change is already underway, culminating in the Climate Summit to be held on 23 September 2014 in New York City
•             By shining a light on the enormous groundswell of activities underway across the globe to address climate change, Momentum for Change can inspire policy and investment action toward a low-carbon future and a 2015 agreement
•             The 2014 Lighthouse Activities will recognize climate action (both large and small) that is already achieving real results in four key areas: action by and for the urban poor; action that fosters women’s leadership and empowerment; action that is financing climate friendly investment; and action that uses ICT solutions
•             The Lighthouse Activities highlight some of the most practical, scalable and replicable examples of what people, businesses, governments and industries are doing to tackle climate change, in the hopes of inspiring others to do the same
•             Momentum for Change’s Advisory Panel, made up of senior experts from various field and countries, will select the 2014 Lighthouse Activities
•             Project representatives will be celebrated at a series of special events at the UN Climate Change Conference in Lima, Peru. Their work will be prominently featured on the UNFCCC and Momentum for Change websites. And a professional videographer will work with the Lighthouse Activities to produce high-quality, professional videos and photography, which can be used for publicity purposes and shared widely on social media

Links to online resources:
Short animated video that explains what Momentum for Change is about, narrated by Hollywood star Mark Ruffalo:https://vimeo.com/78705262
Short video about the 2013 Urban Poor Lighthouse Activities: https://vimeo.com/79880140
Short video about the 2013 Women for Results Lighthouse Activities: https://vimeo.com/79880031
Short video about the 2013 Financing for Climate Friendly Investment Lighthouse Activities: https://vimeo.com/79880223
Short video about ICT Solutions: https://vimeo.com/79922239
Full list of individual videos of 2013 Lighthouse Activities, as well as interviews with 2013 Lighthouse Activities and Advisory Panel members:http://vimeo.com/user14800810
High-res images of the 2013 Lighthouse Activities: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/md77sbijzm5f3jz/metZ3E8kvO
A series of UNFCCC infographics are available for download:

 

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SUMMARY OF THE 10TH SESSION OF WORKING GROUP II OF THE INTERGOVERNMENTAL PANEL ON CLIMATE CHANGE (IPCC) AND THIRTY-EIGHTH SESSION OF THE IPCC

http://www.iisd.ca/

http://www.iisd.ca/vol12/enb12596e.html

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Climate change and the risks of global food system collapse

 

Globalized diet: More food, less diversity, more associated risks
As experts have been suspecting for a while, and as many of us have certainly noticed, people’s diets around the world have become very similar. So much so that in the past 50 years the whole world has come to rely increasingly on just a few crops for most of its food supplies – including old favorites such as wheat, rice, maize, and potato but also more recent ones like soybean, sunflower oil and palm oil – along with meat and dairy products. Many local crops that used to be important in Africa or Asia such as sorghum, millet, rye, sweet potato, cassava, and yam are failing to keep up.
While we generally eat more calories, protein and fat than 50 years ago, the lack of diversity in such a “standard globalized diet” may deprive us from the micronutrients our body needs. It may also increase the occurrence of obesity, heart disease, and diabetes, even in countries that are struggling to make enough food available to their people.
The other danger of relying upon just a few crops is that this makes agriculture and the global food system more vulnerable, and increases the risk of food crisis. Similar to the concept of portfolio diversification in finance, a diversified agriculture is more resilient to major threats like drought, insect pests, and diseases, all expected to worsen with climate change.
Read the full post and access the study by the International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT) and the Global Crop Diversity Trust

athttp://www.ciatnews.cgiar.org/2014/03/03/globalized-diet-more-food-less-diversity-more-associated-risks/

 

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Dear Community of Educators, 

As we are all aware, the UN has adopted science-based decision-making Post 2015.  The contributions from the science community will very much be a part of our lives in terms of protecting and restoring the environment and educating for sustainability, 

This is still a new frontier as thinkers worldwide are working on this new area of science.  One of those in the forefront is Professor Jeffrey D. Sachs with Columbia’s Earth Institute.  We would like to make this lecture available to you for your own listening and reflection, visit   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9-8BH4J3yrc

 If you are aware of other noteworthy scientists working in this arena, please feel free to post you comments and links.

 

All the best,

Pam Puntenney and Bremley Lyngdoh

UN SD Education Co-Chairs

Co-Coordinators Climate Change

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 University Lecture with Jeffrey D. Sachs

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9-8BH4J3yrc://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9-8BH4J3yrcUniversity Lecture with Jeffrey D. Sachs 
University Lecture with Jeffrey D. Sachs

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Dear Community of Educators,

In 2012, the Rio+20 Conference agreed upon launching negotiations for Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) for the Post-2015 era. While the MDGs’ targets were aimed at poverty reduction, several southern countries aimed at formulating and implementing concrete goals for a new agenda for sustainability and development. In a new publication German environmental and development organizations have therefore engaged in the discussion and present a set of ecological sustainability goals to be included in the Post-2015 Agenda and to put the ecology in the focus of the future SDGs.
All the best,
Pam Puntenney and Bremley Lyngdoh
UN SD Education Caucus Co-Chairs
Co-Coordinators Climate Change
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Environmental & Human Systems Management
1989 West Liberty
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Cell:  (734) 330-0238
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Dear Friends:

The United Nations touches a very substantial proportion of the global population as beneficiaries, contributors, and employees. Every two years the Ralph Bunche Institute’s FUNDS project and Dalberg Research undertake a global survey of the UN’s contribution to development.

Since the subject may be of interest to you, you are invited to participate in the 2014 global survey on the future of the United Nations development system.

You will find below the link to the questionnaire (in several languages). The questionnaire takes approximately 10 minutes to complete.

English: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/GlobalUNSurvey2014

Spanish: https://es.surveymonkey.com/s/2014_FutureUN_Survey_spanish

French: https://fr.surveymonkey.com/s/2014_FutureUN_Survey

Arabic: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/2014_FutureUN_Survey_arabic

Chinese: https://zh.surveymonkey.com/s/2014_FutureUN_Survey_chinese

We would very much value your response and you will receive a copy of the findings.

Tom Weiss, Stephen Browne and Vikas Nath

http://futureun.org/en/

 

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Globe Gears Up For World Environment Day Celebrations

 

Mongolia Hosting Day Aimed at Reducing Food Waste as Events Take
Place across the World

5 June, at http://hqweb.unep.org/wed/thunderclap

http://hqweb.unep.org/wed  

hqweb.unep.org/wed/news/hostcountry2013.asp

http://worldenvironmentdayact.eventbrite.com.au/

http://unep-iesd.tongji.edu.cn/index.php?classid=875

http://www.portlandoregon.gov/wed/

Copenhagen on October 4 and will be awarded the Nordic Council of Ministers Prize of 5,000 Euros.

Visit www.thinkeatsave.org/nordiccompetition for more details.

hqweb.unep.org/wed/    www.thinkeatsave.org

Jim Sniffen Programme Officer UN Environment Programme New York

Tel: +1-212-963-8094 Email: sniffenj at un.org/jsniffen88 at gmail.com www.unep.org

 

 

 

 

Jim Sniffen Programme Officer UN Environment Programme New York

tel: +1-212-963-8094  /  Email: sniffenj at un.org/jsniffen88gmail.com

www.unep.org   /   http://www.pic.int/

 

http://www.iied.org/cba7-7th-conference-community-based-adaptation-climate-change

 

 

  • LDC Group  press release from the Least Developed Countries group at the international negotiations under the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, a session of which began today in Bonn, Germany.

 

 

 

                                                                 

                           The Kindom Of The Netherlands  (NL) 

                                           https://www.agentschapnl.nl/

Ministerie van Economische Zaken, Landbouw en Innovatie

 

 

 

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          Doha Cop 18 South Centre Bulletin

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The formal Prime Minister Ruud Lubbers Holland Co-founder

of The Earth Charter UN High Commissioner for Refugees

 

 

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The Belgrade Charter

                               A Global Framework for Environmental Education

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http://ens-newswire.com/2013/05/13/dalai-lama-cultivate-inner-peace-to-save-the-planet/

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Best wishes,
Emma
Emma Lovell Programme Officer – Adaptation and Resilience, Energy
Climate Change, Environment and Forests
Overseas Development Institute 203 Blackfriars Road London SE1 8NJ United Kingdom

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http://www.theirm.org/publications/documents/rm_standard_nl_15.11.04.pdf

 

http://www.theirm.org/publications/PUstandard.html

 

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This message was posted on the Global Gender Climate Alliance [GGCA], our
gender and climate change partner.  Details below.
The Survey: Gender, Natural Resource and Flood Risk Management can be found at the following link:
All the best,
Pam Puntenney and Bremley Lyngdoh
UNCSD Education Caucus Co-Chairs
Co-coordinators Climate Change with Tiahoga Ruge,
Jim Taylor, Tich Pesanayi,
Meredith Lordan
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Dr. P. J. Puntenney
Environmental & Human Systems Management
1989 West Liberty
Ann Arbor, MI  48103  USA
Voice/Fax: (734) 994-3612

 

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“Reactions to the IPCC climate change report from business leaders and experts”  See,

What do you think?

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Dr. P. J. Puntenney
Environmental & Human Systems Management
1989 West Liberty
 Ann Arbor, MI  48103  USA
Cell:  (734) 330-0238
Voice/Fax: (734) 994-3612

 

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http://www.linkedin.com/groups/Invitation-Second-International-Conference-on-1834592.S.214632672?qid=b9cb0a11-b251-44e9-97fa-b1d4c1d1a795&trk=group_most_popular-mc-rr-ttl&goback=.gmp_1834592

http://www.cvent.com/events/second-international-conference-on-iso-31000-standard/invitation-7e97ce339ac7448c9930a5a0e12cf62a.aspx

 

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THE 22 ND INTERNATIONAL  CHILDREN’S  PAINTING  COMPETITION  ON THE  ENVIRONMENT

UNEP has launched the 22nd International children’s painting competition.

UNEP and its partners, Foundation for Global peace and Environment (FGPE), Bayer and Nikon Corporation.

http://unep.org/tunza/children/int_comp.aspx

For more information, send an email to    children.youth@unep.org.

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Taiwan Institute for Sustainable Energy (TAISE):

http://taiseen.org.tw/en/active_areashow.php?cid=202

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