Initiative To Improve Bangladesh’s Resilience To Climate Change

Apr 2nd, 2013 | By
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USAID: U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Deputy Administrator Donald Steinberg and Bangladesh’s Minister of Environment and Forests Dr. Hasan Mahmud jointly announced the launch of the new USAID Climate-Resilient Ecosystems and Livelihoods (CREL) program.  U.S. Ambassador to Bangladesh, Dan Mozena and USAID Bangladesh Mission Director, Richard Greene also attended the launch. Since 1998, USAID has worked with the

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Contribute To IPCC WG-II: Fifth Assessment Report

Mar 26th, 2013 | By
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The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) is inviting experts to take part in a second round of comments on the Working Group II contribution to the Fifth Assessment Report that starts on Thursday, 28 March. For the second round of expert reviews, Working Group II, which covers climate change impacts, adaptation, and vulnerability, is

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Momentum for Change: Innovative Financing For Climate-Friendly Investment

Mar 7th, 2013 | By

UNFCCC: Developing countries are forecast to represent over 60% of global GDP by 2030.  However, given growing environmental and resource challenges such as climate change and water security, the imperative for shifting development onto a resource-efficient growth pathway is increasingly clear. Governments can use strategically targeted public monies and policies to address the risks faced

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China Takes A Leading Role In Solving Climate Change

Mar 5th, 2013 | By

Skeptical Science: A few months ago we looked at some hopeful climate news, including Mexico passing comprehensive climate legislation nearly unanimously, and many other efforts from a variety of countries to reduce their carbon emissions. Ultimately the biggest emitters need to get on board as well.  China is often used as a scapegoat and excuse

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Pakistan’s Climate Change Policy

Mar 1st, 2013 | By

Tribune: A report commissioned by the government in conjunction with the World Wildlife Fund found last year that Pakistan was among the 10 countries likely to be most badly hit by global climate change. Pakistan is in a region where temperature increases are higher, which will affect precipitation and vegetation. Already we have seen the

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Mongolia Named As Global Host of World Environment Day 2013

Feb 28th, 2013 | By
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WED celebrations began in 1972 and have grown to become the one of the main vehicles through which the UN stimulates worldwide awareness of the environment and encourages political attention and action. Mongolia, which is prioritizing a Green Economy shift across its big economic sectors such as mining and promoting environmental awareness among  youth, is

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Mountains: Key To A Global Green Economy

Feb 27th, 2013 | By
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International Mountain Day 2013, Proposed theme: Mountains – Key to a Global Green Economy The United Nations General Assembly has designated 11 December, from 2003 onwards, as “International Mountain Day”. FAO is the U.N. Organization mandated to lead the observance of International Mountain Day each year. In the follow-up to Rio +20 we would like

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Go Green: An Initiative Towards Greening Earth

Feb 7th, 2013 | By
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Go Green’ web portal was launched in July 2008 to remind people to be mindful of and sensitive to the natural environment in our daily life The main objective of the site is to increase the awareness of environmental issues that affect the future of the planet. features ‘Green Stories’ that demonstrate the steps

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Global Mercury Treaty Clinched in Geneva

Jan 29th, 2013 | By

ICTSD: Delegates representing 140 countries have clinched a deal to establish an international binding treaty to curb mercury pollution. The 19 January deal is the result of four years of negotiations on the subject. The Minamata Convention on Mercury – named after the Japanese town whose residents suffered the consequences of mercury poisoning some 50

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Climate Conversations – Low carbon Resilience – Clever Idea Or Climate Panacea?

Jan 25th, 2013 | By
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Alertnet: Instead of talking about climate change mitigation or climate change adaptation, developed and developing national governments – including Laos, Cambodia, Rwanda, Afghanistan and Nepal – are making plans to simultaneously reduce carbon emissions and build up resilience to the impacts of climate change. Eight of the least developed countries (LDCs) have developed some kind

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World Bank REDD+ Forest Carbon Fund Gets $180m Injection

Jan 15th, 2013 | By
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Mongabay: The World Bank’s forest carbon fund got a $180 million injection from Finland, Germany and Norway, reports Point Carbon. The bank’s Forest Carbon Partnership Facility (FCPF), which is providing funding to develop and implement Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation (REDD+) projects in three dozen tropical countries, now had $650 in its coffers. According

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The Climate Change Conundrum: What the Future Is Beginning tT Look Like For Wildlife

Jan 14th, 2013 | By

Contributing Editor Dr. Jordan Schaul and distinguished wildlife biologist and professor Dr. Michael Hutchins discuss the current and anticipated impact of climate change on wildlife species around the globe in an exclusive Nat Geo News Watch interview. Jordan: In collaboration with the National Wildlife Federation, and Arizona State University scientists, the United States Geological Survey (USGS) recently

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Climate Adaptation Framework Published

Jan 8th, 2013 | By
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IIEA: While climate mitigation (emissions reduction) has been the central focus of climate policy making to date, 2013 will see a greater focus on adaptation to climate change. It is becoming increasingly challenging to keep global warming to 2oC, according to the cacophony of warnings from scientific and policy organisations including the Intergovernmental Panel on

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GIZ’s Climate Related Publications

Jan 8th, 2013 | By

Smart climate finance In order to achieve a 50 percent reduction in carbon dioxide emissions by 2050, total financing to 2050 of around EUR 30 trillion will be required. The United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change has concluded that a significant majority of this investment will need to come from the private sector. Public

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Nepal Government Publishes Plan For Assessment On Climate Change

Jan 7th, 2013 | By

CDKN: The inception period of a CDKN supported project in Nepal has concluded with the Government of Nepal publishing an Inception Report and Implementation Plan for carrying out economic impact assessment of climate change in key sectors in Nepal. The project will provide headline and sectoral estimates of the impacts and economic costs of climate change for

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Clean Cooking Forum 2013: Igniting Change, Fueling Markets & Sparking Adoption

Dec 27th, 2012 | By
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The goal of the Forum is to further a market-based approach to the global adoption of clean cooking solutions, and to continue to drive innovations in research, market development, standards and testing, project finance, and policy development. The Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves is very excited to be holding the Forum in Southeast Asia –

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Climate Innovation Centre in Nairobi

Dec 21st, 2012 | By

CIC: New business hub for Kenyan climate technology entrepreneurs was launched in Nairobi on 26th September to boost locally sourced green technologies in the East Africa region. The Kenya Climate Innovation Centre (CIC), a cutting-edge facility, will offer financing and other services to a growing network of climate innovators and entrepreneurs. The first of its

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CoP18: India Acquires Key Role In Tech Transfer For Combating CC

Dec 10th, 2012 | By

Economic Times: UN Climate Change Negotiations 2012: India acquires key role in tech transfer for combating climate change. India has acquired a key role in technology transfer for combating climate change after the country took a lead role in an agreement for a mechanism on transferring of expertise to developing countries. Technology Information, Forecasting and

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70 Million Euros Set Aside For Projects In Developing Nations

Dec 8th, 2012 | By

CoP18: European NAMA facility will fund projects that address climate change. Developing countries that show strong leadership in tackling climate change could benefit from a pot of 70 million euros of funding. Germany and the United Kingdom today announced the launch of the Nationally Appropriate Mitigating Actions (NAMA) facility at COP18/CMP8. The two countries will

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EU To Support Bhutan Under Global Climate Change Alliance

Dec 7th, 2012 | By

Govt. of Bhutan: Thimphu, November 30: A Financing Agreement (FA) to formalise the European Union’s (EU) support to Bhutan under the Global Climate Change Alliance (GCCA) was signed between the EU and the government. The Officiating Secretary of the Gross National Happiness Commission signed the FA in the presence of the EU Ambassador to Bhutan,

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Himalayas May Experience Major Earthquakes: Study

Dec 7th, 2012 | By

Zee News: Scientists studying geologic features and activity in the Himalayas have warned that the mountain range, separating the plains of Indian subcontinent from the Tibetan Plateau, is primed for major earthquakes. Stanford geophysicists said that The Himalayan range was formed, and remains currently active, due to the collision of the Indian and Asian continental

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€10,000,000 Rural Livelihood and Climate Adaptation Programme in Himalayan Region

Dec 6th, 2012 | By
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ICIMOD : European Union & ICIMOD launch €11 million Rural Livelihood and Climate Change Adaptation programme in the Himalayan region. Five year programme spans Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, China, India, Myanmar, Pakistan, and Nepal The European Union (EU) and the International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD) today (4 Dec 2012) signed a €11 million agreement

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Launch of UNEARTH News By UN-Based Media Organization

Dec 6th, 2012 | By
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UNEARTH News: Award-winning MediaGlobal News – an independent news organization based at United Nations Headquarters in New York City – is proud to announce the online launch of UNEARTH News, a new and distinct voice reporting on the human dimensions of climate change, and the prime source of comprehensive coverage on the impact of global

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Himalayas Get Climate Funds

Dec 5th, 2012 | By

Nature (blog): Some respite for the people of the Hindu Kush-Himalayas (HKH) grappling with the effects of climate change.A new grant of 11 million euros announced today will go into livelihood development and mitigation of climate change impacts for people in the region. The European Union (EU) and the International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development

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Climate Change Impact, Adaptation Practices And Policy In Nepal Himalaya

Nov 26th, 2012 | By
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UNU: Adaptation to climate change (CC) impact is an emerging area of research and development in Nepal. Many households were deeply affected by climatic variability and natural disasters coupled with a decade-long conflict, leaving them with few options to cope with CC in Nepal. A study was conducted on people’s experience in CC and its

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Pakistan: Climate Change Ministry To Miss Global Event

Nov 26th, 2012 | By

Dawn: The Prime Minister rejected a summary by the Ministry of Climate Change to attend the biggest environmental gathering in the world, due to shortage of funds. Officials in the Ministry of Climate Change confirmed that the eight to ten member delegation, made up of government officials, was not allowed to present Pakistan’s case on

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Effectiveness Of Ecosystem‐Based Approaches To Adaptation

Nov 22nd, 2012 | By
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Cambridge Conservation Initiative: Planned adaptation to climate change may be achieved in many different ways. One approach is ecosystem-based approaches to adaptation. Such adaptation may include sustainable management, conservation and restoration of ecosystems, as part of an overall adaptation strategy that takes into account the multiple social, economic and cultural co-benefits for local communities. Building

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EU Grants 1.2m Euros For Climate Change Study: Pakistan

Nov 7th, 2012 | By
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Tribune: The European Union has provided a grant of 1.2 million euros for conducting a climate change impact assessment study in Swat basin in the wake of Munda Dam multi-purpose project in Mohmand Agency of the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (Fata). For the study, a joint venture comprising two renowned firms – AHT of Germany

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UN’s Clean Development Mechanism Set For 2013 Revamp

Nov 1st, 2012 | By

The Sunday Morning Herald: The Clean Development Mechanism, the United Nations program designed to lower greenhouse-gas emissions in developing countries, is set to be revamped next year as initial commitments under the Kyoto Protocol expire. “Everything is on the table” for making the program more effective, Niclas Svenningsen, manager of strategy and policy development at

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Tracking Glaciers In Hindu Kush Himalayan Region

Oct 25th, 2012 | By

University of Dayton: NASA has awarded nearly $1 million to a team of researchers that includes University of Dayton geology professor Umesh Haritashya to study potential hazards caused by changes to glaciers in the Hindu Kush-Himalaya region. The University of Dayton will receive $358,542 of the grant, with the balance going to the University of

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South Korea To Host Giant Climate Change Fund

Oct 22nd, 2012 | By
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The Sunday Morning Herald: A new UN fund meant to manage billions of dollars to help developing nations combat climate change will be based in South Korea, leaders of the fund agreed on Saturday. The Green Climate Fund is to be sited in Songdo, Incheon City, South Korea, the board of the fund said. Germany,

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Pakistan: Cabinet Approved Climate Policy Amidst Threats Of Global Warming

Sep 27th, 2012 | By
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Business Recorder: Amidst threats of worst climatic changes, the federal cabinet on Wednesday approved National Climate Change Policy to mitigate impacts of climate related disasters and adaptation to new strategies for sustainable growth in the country. The new policy has elaborated concerted measures focusing all related areas as it bears the input by all stakeholders

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ICFRE, Chinese Academy Sign Pact

Sep 7th, 2012 | By

Business Standard: The Indian Council of Forestry Research and Education (ICFRE) and the Chinese Academy of Forestry (CAF) have singed an agreement to foster cooperation between India and China in identified fields of research and develop action plan on industrial bamboo products. The MoU was signed in Beijing by V K Bahuguna, director general, ICFRE,

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As Green Climate Fund Finally Meets, Funding Remains Uncertain

Aug 22nd, 2012 | By

IPS News: Five months behind schedule, the board of the newest and largest international financing mechanism aimed at dealing with the effects of climate change, the Green Climate Fund, is finally slated to meet this week, just ahead of a late-summer deadline. On Monday, however, insiders admitted that funding plans for the ambitious initiative –

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Plant a Pledge To Restore Earth Ecosystem: IUCN

Aug 18th, 2012 | By
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Mankind has removed more than half of the planet’s original forest cover. All the time this land stays barren and unrestored, the lives of millions of people and the survival of entire communities, cultures and ecosystems, remain under threat. We can restore many of these landscapes. A restored landscape can accommodate a mosaic of different

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Climate Change A-Z: RTCC

Aug 17th, 2012 | By

RTCC: Whether it’s climate science, the dense wordings of international emissions policy or the even denser world of the carbon economy, our A-Z is designed to be a quick go-to guide for the mystifying terms and acronyms that the sector relies on. If all the talk of climate change is leaving you feeling a bit

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European Commission Reaffirms Climate Change Goals

Aug 9th, 2012 | By

Huffingtonpost: The European Commission urged the world on Tuesday to stick with a goal of limiting climate change to a maximum temperature rise of 2 degrees Celsius (3.6 F) after Washington said the target could not be guaranteed. “World leaders pledged in Copenhagen to stay below the 2C temperature increase. What leaders promised must now

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Join My Earth My Duty 2012-An Initiative of ZEE News India

Aug 4th, 2012 | By

Zee News, as a responsible media house, initiated ‘My Earth My Duty’ – a revolutionary pan-India campaign, on June 5, 2010 instigating youth action on imperative issues of human induced climate change. It has been supported by over 50 million youth in almost all the headquarters in 34 cities and 1.2lac villages across India. My

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New Beginning for the Climate Change Discussion

Aug 3rd, 2012 | By

Scientific American: Thursday 26th July saw the launch of, a new English language science blog network., the brand-new home for Nature Network bloggers, forms part of the SciLogs international collection of blogs which already exist in German,Spanish and Dutch. To celebrate this addition to the NPG science blogging family,some of the NPG blogs are publishing posts focusing on “Beginnings”. Participating in

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Unsustainable Track In 20 Years: UNEP

Jun 8th, 2012 | By

UNEP: World Remains on Unsustainable Track Despite Hundreds of Internationally Agreed Goals and Objectives. Ambitious Set of Sustainability Targets Can be Met, But Only with Renewed Commitment and Rapid Scaling-Up of Successful Policies Rio, 6 June 2012 – The world continues to speed down an unsustainable path despite over 500 internationally agreed goals and objectives

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Climate Change Centre For IAS Trainees In Mussoorie, India

Jun 5th, 2012 | By

Hindustan Times: Environment and climate change will now be a part of the basic training of India’s top administrators. The government has decided to set up a specialised centre on climate change at the Lal Bahadur Shastri National Academy of Administration (LBSNAA) at Mussoorie in the northern state of Uttarakhand. The academy provides training to

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Nepal: Special Team For Climate Talks Soon

Jun 4th, 2012 | By

Himalayan Times and Red Star: The Ministry of Environment, Science and Technology said it will form a special team of experts to represent in Nepal in global climate change negotiations. The team, which will be permanent in nature, will comprise experts from government agencies, academia and legal and non-governmental sectors, will be responsible for taking

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Progress Report Of IPCC By Dr. R. K. Pachauri

Jun 1st, 2012 | By

IPCC (2011) : Fourth Assessment Report (AR4) “Climate Change 2007”. The IPCC released in 2007 the Fourth Assessment Report (AR4) after thorough review by governments and experts. This includes the three Working Group Reports and the Synthesis Report adopted in Valencia in November 2007. All the reports are complemented by a “Summary for Policy Makers”

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Scientists Unravel Climate Patterns From Glacial Debris

May 23rd, 2012 | By

Zee News: (Sydney) Scientists have developed a new diagnostic tool that will enable better understanding of global climate patterns. By distinguishing whether debris in glacial deposits originates from climatic or rock avalanche processes, the scientists would be able to glean more accurate data to inform paleoclimate reconstructions of climate models. The development represents a breakthrough

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Appa To Announce Climate Alliance For Himalayas

Apr 25th, 2012 | By

Himalayan Times: Ace mountaineer Appa Sherpa, who has conquered Mount Everest for 21 times, is planning to announce a greater alliance for the preservation of Himalayan region in the country and taking an initiative to form an international support group for the overall development of the region. “With an aim to preserve the entire Himalayan

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The Ultimate Climate Change FAQ

Apr 23rd, 2012 | By

The Guardian: is setting out to create world’s best layman-friendly guide to all aspects of climate change – and we need your help. Take one arcane and evolving scientific discipline. Add the future of energy security, economics and geopolitics. Throw in a handful of ideological baggage from across the political spectrum, season with ulterior motives,

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Observing Nepal’s Steps For Climate Resilience

Apr 9th, 2012 | By

Telegraph Nepal: The Nepalese Ministry of Environment launched the Nepal Climate Change Support Programme at the International Conference of Mountain Countries on Climate Change in Kathmandu, April 5, 2012. The first phase of this Euro 16.5 m (NRs 1,800,000,000)  programme aims to reduce the vulnerability of 2 million women and men in the Mid and

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Rio+20 – Will We All Be There For The Same Reason?

Feb 25th, 2012 | By

On behalf of the Centre for Ethics and Value Inquiry of the University of Ghent (Belgium), I invite you to join a reflection on ‘the need for a common understanding of the principle of the green economy as a criterion for sustainable development’. Since the beginning of the global negotiations on sustainable development, their central

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Calling All Citizens of Earth To Do Something For Earth: Earth Day

Feb 21st, 2012 | By

April 22, 1970 marked the first Earth Day. The Day activated 20 million people from all walks of life to do something to save their common heritage – Earth. Today, more than one billion people worldwide participate in Earth Day activities each year, making it the largest civic observance anywhere in the world. Earth Day

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New Soil Carbon Sequestration Methodology Approved

Feb 2nd, 2012 | By

World Bank and partners help smallholder farmers increase productivity and revenue A new methodology to encourage smallholder farmers in Kenya –and potentially worldwide — to adopt improved farming techniques, boost productivity, increase their resilience to climate change, and earn carbon credits, has been given international approval. The Verified Carbon Standard approved this first methodology on

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Announcement – Earth Care Awards – South Asia – SAARC Region

Jan 27th, 2012 | By

The 4th edition of the Earth Care Awards has been launched Earth Care Award For Excellence in Climate Change Mitigation & Adaptation for SAARC Region Countries  Eligible countries – Afghanistan, Pakistan, Nepal, India, Bhutan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and Maldives  To highlight activities emanating from different sectors in response to the call for local level action

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Scholarships for MSc in Climate Change and Development at University of Sussex, UK

Jan 19th, 2012 | By

The University of Sussex would like to invite applications for the MSc in ‘Climate Change and Development’ for entry in September 2012. Scholarship information is provided below. This is a unique course that aims to provide state-of-the-art training for the rapidly expanding market for development professionals with specialisation in climate change.  The programme is strongly

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Making an Impact: Fellowships and Writing Workshops for South Asia’s Climate Change Researchers

Jan 19th, 2012 | By

IDS: Applications are now open for a new programme to support South Asian scientists and social scientists who are working on climate change. Through fellowships and writing workshops during 2012, Support to Improve Climate Research and Information Services in South Asia (SICRISA) will train and support researchers to: Publish in peer reviewed journals Write for

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Ensuring Adaptation and Mitigation Measures in National Plans to Access Finance

Jan 19th, 2012 | By

India’s 12th Five-Year Plan seeks to sustain high rates of growth and improve human development outcomes for the country’s poor, while further reducing the carbon intensity of its GDP. However, adoption of strategies to achieve lower carbon intensity may require high levels of investment. Approaches to financing climate change were the focus of a day-long

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Nepal Government Tets Rs 1.8 Billion Grant for Climate Change

Jan 13th, 2012 | By

The Nepal government will be receiving Rs 1.8 billion grant from European Union (EU) and the British government’s Department for International Development (DFID) for the implementation of the Nepal Climate Change Support Programme (NCCSP)  The EU will be providing Euro 8.6 million and DFID will contribute Euro 7.9 million (total of Euro 16.5 million) to

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Sherpa Takes Message to Top of The World

Jan 12th, 2012 | By

Apa Sherpa who has climbed Mount Everest a record 21 times, will trek hundreds of kilometres along some of the world’s highest mountains to highlight the impact of climate change on the Himalayas, organisers said on Monday. Apa Sherpa, 52, will be accompanied by two-time Everest climber Dawa Steven Sherpa on the gruelling 1,700km 120-day

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Environment Research Centre In The Offing

Dec 26th, 2011 | By

Bhutan is soon expected to have a strong information database on environment with the establishment of Environment Research Centre by Royal Society for Protection of Nature (RSPN). Currently being planned, the research centre will provide researchers, students, government agencies and the public updated information and critical scientific data on environment. The programme manager of RSPN,

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Low Emission Capacity Building Programme-Mitigation Action

Nov 24th, 2011 | By

The EU-UNDP Low Emission Capacity Building Programme (LECBP) was launched in January 2011 as part of a joint collaboration between the European Union (European Commission and Member States) and the United National Development Programme. This collaborative, country driven programme aims to strengthen technical and institutional capacities at the country level, while at the same time

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Inviting Suggestions: Working Group on Mountain Ecosystems, India

Nov 17th, 2011 | By

This is in continuation to our previous posting (Link: ) on requesting suggestions as sought by the ‘Working Group on Mountain Ecosystems and Challenges faced by the Mountain People’ which met on 28th October 2011. This Group has officially asked suggestions from the state governments of all 12 Indian Mountain state, while we are

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