Upcoming Events

Regional Workshop on Energy Cooperation on Dec 12

Dec 11th, 2013 | By

Republica: Government officials, private sector representatives and experts of South Asian Associatoin of Regional Cooperation (SAARC) countries are to converge in Kathmandu on December 12 to discuss on issues of energy cooperation in the regional level as well as deliberate on climate change and water management issues. The participants include policymakers on energy, hydro power producers,

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Cultural And Social Exchange In Indian Mountains : SMD-III At Kohima, India

Jul 29th, 2013 | By

Sustainable Development Forum Nagaland (SDFN) – is a registered not-for-profit forum where the Naga civil society, academia, entrepreneurs, government and the media collectively discuss and work in facilitating the state towards a sustainable development pathway. The SDFN aims to facilitate dialogues, research and sustainable policy making in mind the state’s economy, environment and issues of

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Upcoming Events

Dec 18th, 2012 | By

Updated on 18 Dec 2012 The 3rd Asia-Pacific Climate Change Adaptation Forum will be held in Incheon, Republic of Korea, on 18-20 March 2013 www.asiapacificadapt.net/adaptationforum2013  South Asian Cities Summit; 17 – 18 April, 2013 at Hotel Imperial, New Delhi  www.southasiancitiessummit.com 12th International NCCR Climate Summer School “From Climate Reconstructions to Climate Predictionshttp://www.nccr-climate.unibe.ch/summer_school/2013/ Seventh International Conference

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Geo-Engineering Wins Scant Enthusiasm At UN Climate Talks

Dec 4th, 2012 | By
One of the geoengineering solutions to climate change: marine cloud whitening (spraying seawater droplets into marine clouds to make them reflect more sunlight). Photograph: NASA

Alertnet: Cheap, short-cut ideas to cool the planet such as shading sunlight are failing to win support from U.N. delegates looking to improve on the slow progress made by existing technologies. Many scientists say the proposed solutions, known as geo-engineering, are little understood and might have side effects more damaging than global warming, which is

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Mountain Day At Doha

Nov 30th, 2012 | By
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ICIMOD: Mountain Day is organized each year during the Conference of the Parties (COP) of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) to: Bring attention to the vulnerability of mountain ecosystems and mountain people to climate change impacts and discuss the options for adaptation and resilience building; Promote better understanding of the role

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Glacial-Paced UN Climate Talks Need Overhaul-Researchers

Nov 21st, 2012 | By
Vehicles are seen in a traffic jam at Doha's corniche on February 15, 2012. REUTERS/Mohammed Dabbous

Alertnet: Nations working on a deal to fight climate change should cap the size of delegations and use majority voting to overhaul negotiating rules that stifle progress and harm the interests of the poorest nations, researchers said on Sunday. Almost 200 nations will meet in Doha, Qatar, from Nov. 26 to Dec. 7 to try

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UN Climate Change Conference Doha 2012: Facts And Way Forward

Nov 20th, 2012 | By

DAILY UPDATES ON: The 2012 United Nations Climate Change Conference : COP18/CMP8 DOHA QATAR Overview – Doha’s largest ever conference About 17,000 people (delegates and visitors) will attend COP18/CMP8 – making it Doha’s largest ever conference. Delegates from 194 nations will be present. There will be about 1,500 journalists from Qatar, the region and the

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Govt Starts ADS Consultation‚ To Be Launched Next Year

Sep 18th, 2012 | By

The Himalayan times: The government has started consultation for the planned Agricultural Development Strategy (ADS). “The strategy study has identified potential for the country’s agriculture sector to achieve higher productivity, competitiveness, inclusiveness, and sustainability while making it more resilient to climate change impacts,” said ADB’s country director for Nepal Kenichi Yokoyama during a workshop to

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Bangkok Climate Meet Sets Stage For Doha

Sep 11th, 2012 | By

ICTSD: UN officials are praising delegates for the “concrete progress” made at an irregular negotiating session, which wrapped up yesterday in Bangkok. Advancements on key issues were notably more positive than expected and some negotiators say the Doha talks are in a better position to succeed than they were before the meeting. Critics, however, have

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Climate Change The Mountain Agenda

Mar 27th, 2012 | By

Ramesh Parsad Bhushal, The Himalayan: “The government’s initiative to bring more than fifty countries to Nepal‚ and start a process for new alliance of mountain countries in the long run to hype the mountain agenda may have various implications in the future‚ but it depends on how the country deals with the challenges” From the

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Preparation: UN Conference On Sustainable Development Rio 2012

Mar 19th, 2012 | By

Delegates continue to negotiate the outcome document for the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20) during back-to-back meetings from 19-27 March 2012, at UN Headquarters in New York, US. The first “informal informal” consultations to negotiate the draft outcome document will take place from 19-23 March, and will be followed by the Third

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Mountain Countries To Meet In March

Dec 19th, 2011 | By

The Himalayan Times: The Ministry of Environment is preparing to organise a meeting of mountain countries — that has been postponed twice — to discuss climate change in mountainous areas in March. “We are working hard to organise the climate change meeting in March,” said Environment Secretary Krishna Gyawali. At the high-level meeting held in

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Interdisciplinary Climate Change Research Symposium

Nov 11th, 2011 | By

As our understanding of climate change and its far-reaching ramifications continues to grow, it is imperative for climate change researchers to form strong collaborative bonds that reach across disciplines and other boundaries. Every year the DISsertations initiative for the advancement of Climate Change ReSearch (DISCCRS, pronounced discourse) hosts a symposium for early-career climate change researchers.

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Himalayan Nations: Need to build Resilience to Climate Change Impact

Nov 10th, 2011 | By

WWF: Himalayan nations must move rapidly to commit to efforts that build resilience to the impacts of climate change and generate resources for adaptation, capacity building and technology transfer. The Himalayan glaciers are the water towers of Asia, and the source of many of the world’s great rivers: The Yangtze, the Ganges, the Indus and

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Upcoming Events-Newsflash of Mountain Research Initiative Oct 2011

Nov 7th, 2011 | By

 ——————————————— UPCOMING EVENTS ——————————————— The Alpine Convention Platform Water Management in the Alps announces the International Workshop on Sediment Transport, 16 December 2011, Vienna, Austria. Applications due by 20 November 2011: jakob.schrittwieser@lebensministerium.at The Uplands Program at Hohenheim University is organizing a three day scientific conference Sustainable Land Use and Rural Development in Mountain Areas, 16–18

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International conference-Sustainable Land Use and Rural Development in Mountain Areas

Nov 7th, 2011 | By

Submission of abstracts to the conference website until 15 November 2011 (extended from 1 November) Organizers: “The Uplands Program”, Hohenheim University The Uplands Program is organizing a three day scientific conference on Sustainable Land Use and Rural Development in Mountain Areas at Hohenheim University in Stuttgart from 16-18 April 2012. This conference aims to bring

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Bhutan Climate Summit- limited to adaptation measures

Oct 25th, 2011 | By
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Kuenselonline: The summit next month will not discuss complex climate change issues. Climate change being closely linked by geography, history, culture, economy and ecology, the impact of climate change would be felt by all four countries of Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, and Nepal. To discuss concerns and fine-tune the framework of cooperation, the delegates of the

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2nd Call for Papers: Leuphana Sustainabi​lity Summit 2012

Oct 20th, 2011 | By

LEUPHANA SUSTAINABILITY SUMMIT – Enabling a Transdisciplinary Approach 29th February – 2nd March 2012, Lüneburg, Germany The institutionalization of sustainability as a regulative idea has onlystarted in some spheres of activity and some areas of the world. To achieve transitions towards sustainability, continuous inquiry, learning, and adaptation is needed. And this requires science to go

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Centre to prepare action plan for Himalayan states: India

Sep 5th, 2011 | By

Business Standard: As the demand for a separate policy for the Himalayan states is gaining momentum, the Centre is preparing an action plan to boost the growth of Jammu and Kashmir, Uttarakhand and Himachal Pradesh which are criss-crossed by the Himalay n mountains that separate the Indian subcontinent from the Tibetan plateau. The government has

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World Congress on Man and Nature-India

Sep 2nd, 2011 | By

Today, with modern technology, humans can live in places where it was impossible before. This is achieved by the provision of buildings and complex infrastructure tuned to the existing climate, such as urban and rural water supplies, drainage, bridges, roads and other communications. These involve huge investments of time and money. Trade, particularly of food

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International Symposium on Mountain Resource Management in a Changing Environment

Aug 31st, 2011 | By

The Aquatic Ecology Centre, Kathmandu University, and Institute of Forestry, Tribhuvan University in collaboration with the Department of International Environment and Development Studies (Noragric), University of Life Sciences, Norway, invite papers and posters from scholars and researchers to be presented at the symposium on “Mountain Resource Management in a Changing Environment” to be held in

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International Symposium on Costs and benefits of REDD plus

Aug 23rd, 2011 | By

IISD List: That humans depend on nature for their existence is an obvious fact. That in time, however, modern societies have come to act as if nature’s services could be fully substituted has also been well acknowledged. Indiscriminate use of resources and a propensity to wasteful consumption has led to the degradation of natural ecosystems

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International Conference on Green Economy and SMD

Aug 22nd, 2011 | By

Conference: Green Economy and Sustainable Mountain Development Opportunities and Challenges in View of Rio+20 Dates: 5-7 Sep 2011 Key Questions to be addressed What is a green economy? Why are mountain systems important for the green economy? What are the important costs, benefits, and challenges of the green economy in the mountain context? What policies

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Call for Participation in the Regional Workshop on Linking Media and Climate Change

Aug 22nd, 2011 | By

Climate change has hit every component in the earth. The capacity to cope with climate hazards and adapt to impacts of climate change depends on the strength and diversity of peoples’ livelihood assets viz. natural, social, human, financial and physical assets. Adaptation to climate change impacts, on the other way, can be enhanced through increasing

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Second International Workshop on Biomass and Carbon Capture and Storage

Aug 18th, 2011 | By

Call for abstracts: The need for carbon-negative solutions – i.e. systems that withdraw more CO2 from the atmosphere than they emit – as safeguards against irreversible climate change is increasingly being recognised on an international level. In a recent (5th June 2011) interview with UK newspaper The Guardian, Exec. Secretary of the UNFCCC stated that

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Regional Workshop on Mainstreaming Climate Change Adaptation EIA in Asia

Aug 11th, 2011 | By

The workshop has an objective to build capacity for environmental impact assessment (EIA) practitioners in Asia to incorporate climate change impacts and adaptation in EIA processes. Workshop sessions aim to raise awareness and understanding on the implications of climate change in the context of development and project planning; explore opportunities and constraints in using EIA

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All set for the Bhutan Climate Summit

Aug 6th, 2011 | By

CCAFS: The build up to the Bhutan Climate Summit for a Living Himalayas received unprecedented response last week with the completion of expert group meetings on the key themes of water, biodiversity, food security and energy. The Bhutan Climate Summit is an initiative of the Royal Government of Bhutan, and will bring together leaders, decision

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Rio 20, June 2012

Aug 5th, 2011 | By

The United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD) is being organized in pursuance of General Assembly Resolution 64/236 (A/RES/64/236). The Conference will take place in Brazil on 4-6 June 2012 to mark the 20th anniversary of the 1992 United Nations Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED), in Rio de Janeiro, and the 10th anniversary of

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For a regional solution

Aug 3rd, 2011 | By

Kuensel Online: The Eastern Himalayan countries face huge energy deficits that must be addressed through a common framework of action, say experts. Experts from Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, and Nepal have agreed to assess the requirement for the development of regional power transmission grid in the region. In a two-day meeting on energy security in the

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Low Carbon Earth Summit 2011

Aug 1st, 2011 | By

The purpose of LCES-2011 is to provide a world-class meeting place for information exchanges and trade fairs to promote low carbon economy. The World Expo Center will differentiate itself from other conferences by covering more comprehensive issues from both public and private sectors regarding the anticipated climate change. We also hope such an initiative can

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Major Scientific Conferences

Jul 27th, 2011 | By

MRI: The following is a short list of major conferences scheduled through the end of 2012 at which research on global change in mountains will or ought to be presented. The list soon will be installed and regularly updated on MRI’s web site. In anticipation of that, here it is in the Newsflash. The MRI

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India-ICIMOD Day: Challenges in Climate Change Resilience and Adaptation – Potential for collaboration between ICIMOD and India

Jul 23rd, 2011 | By

India-ICIMOD day is taking place on 30 September 2011 in New Delhi with the theme: ‘Challenges in Climate Change Resilience and Adaptation: Potential for collaboration between ICIMOD and India’. The event will strengthen ICIMOD’s collaboration with the Indian Government and various Indian institutions. It is also hoped that the event will allow ICIMOD to explore

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Call for Abstracts – World Solid Waste Congress 2012

Jul 21st, 2011 | By

Scientific and technical presentations for the World Solid Waste Congress 2012 Academics, operators, public officials and operators in the waste industry are invited to submit a one page abstract in English before October 30th 2011, to participate in the World Solid Waste Congress. The proceedings as well as the template for submission are available on

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Second Regional Forum for People and Forests

Jul 19th, 2011 | By

Community Forestry: Key to Solving Current and Emerging Challenges Many Asia-Pacific countries have made considerable strides in giving local people a greater stake in managing their forests resources. However, pressure on forests is high, and decision makers often must revalue forest land as a result of changing environmental, economic, and social drivers. The time is

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Al Gore to launch global climate crisis campaign

Jul 15th, 2011 | By

DNA India: A global campaign on climate change featuring scientists, celebrities, business leaders and concerned citizens would be launched in September by former US vice-president Al Gore, his NGO said Wednesday. Organised by Gore’s NGO ‘The Climate Reality Project’, the campaign will kick off on September 14-15 with “24 hours of reality” — a live

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10th International Symposium on New Technologies for Urban Safety of Mega Cities in Asia

Jul 12th, 2011 | By

Over half the world’s population is concentrated in urban areas covering just 4 % of the world’s  surface. In particular, mega cities (with populations greater than 10 million) are characterized  by a high population density and tremendous pressure on supporting infrastructure, increasing  susceptibility to lack of safe drinking water and adequate sanitation. Both rapid urbanization 

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India: Carbon Market Conclave 2011

Jul 11th, 2011 | By

Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI) is organising its annual flagship event in the carbon market space – India Carbon Market Conclave – on September 7-8, 2011 at Hotel Le Meridien, New Delhi. The Conclave is being organised for the fifth consecutive year in partnership with the Ministry of Environment & Forests,

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World Congress on Water, Climate and Energy 2012

Jul 8th, 2011 | By

Climate change is forcing us to reassess our energy usage and will have real substantial impacts on the water cycle as well as energy production. Solving the interlinked challenges of water, climate and energy in a sustainable manner is one of the fundamental goals of this generation. The Congress will explore topics of resilient and

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Planet Under Pressure Conference – Call for Abstracts

Jul 7th, 2011 | By

Abstract submission is now open for “Planet Under Pressure”, a major international science conference focusing on solutions to the global sustainability challenge. The conference will provide a comprehensive update of the pressure planet Earth is now under. It will discuss solutions at all scales to move societies on to a sustainable pathway and will provide

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Methane in Lakes and Wetlands: Microbiological Production, Ecosystem Uptake, Climatological Significance

Jul 2nd, 2011 | By

Lakes and other wetlands are an important source of methane, the third most important greenhouse gas in the atmosphere. However, the absolute contribution of methane from these ecosystems to the atmosphere and the role of abiotic and biotic factors in determining overall methane fluxes are still under debate. As a consequence it is presently difficult

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Call for Abstract: Planet Under Pressure 2012New Knowledge Towards Solutions 26-29 Mar 2012 UK

Jun 29th, 2011 | By

Abstract submission is now open for this major international science conference focusing on solutions to the global sustainability challenge. This is an open call for participants and for abstracts for presentations and posters to be submitted against the session topics described on the conference website under the following outline: Day 1: State of the planet:

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23rd PhD Workshop on International Climate Policy – Malta 20-21 October 2011 – Call for Papers

Jun 28th, 2011 | By

FINAL REMINDER – EXTENDED DEADLINE – 3 JULY 2011: 23rd Ph.D. Workshop on International Climate Policy 20-21 October 2011 Malta, Valletta Campus, University of Malta The 23rd Ph.D. Workshop on International Climate Policy is organised twice every year under the auspices of the European Ph.D. Network on International Climate Policy. It has the aim to

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China Climate Change Conference Announced: Country ‘Determined To Develop A Low Carbon Economy’

Jun 24th, 2011 | By

HuffPostGreen: Chinese officials announced Wednesday a three-day international conference to discuss how to address climate change, while conveying to the world that China is determined to develop a low-carbon economy. Representatives from 30 international organizations and 10 areas and countries will attend the conference in Beijing starting Wednesday, said Huang Wenhang of the National Development

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MRI Synthesis Workshop: Building Resilience of Mountain Social-Ecological Systems to Global Change

Jun 24th, 2011 | By

Mountains provide a suite of ecosystem services, including biodiversity and water, that are critical not only to mountain communities but to the people who live downstream from these systems. Yet mountain regions are disproportionately vulnerable to global change and socioeconomic and demographic pressures. The Mountain Research Initiative will bring together a small number of leading

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Save Ganges-Save Himalaya Yatra from Badrinath to Nilgris

Jun 23rd, 2011 | By

Next major step of Gangetic Climate Change Initiative they are organizing a “Save Ganga & Save Himalayas Yatra from Badrinath to Nilgiris” from 5th  September   2011  to  create save Gaga & save Himalayas mass awareness and put moral pressure on the Government to Save the Ganga, our national river and lifeline of crores of our

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International Conference on Indian Monsoon and Himalayan Geodynamics-IMHG 2011

Jun 21st, 2011 | By

Abstract & registration deadline: 15 Aug 2011: The Wadia Institute of Himalayan Geology (an autonomous research Institute under Dept of Science and Technology, Govt. of India) is organizing an “International Conference on Indian Monsoon and Himalayan Geodynamics (IMHG 2011)” during November 2-4, 2011 at its premises. On November 5, 2011 one day field excursion to

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Conference-Reinventing Governance for Managing Climate Change and Its Adaptation

Jun 20th, 2011 | By

The Network of Asia Pacific Schools and Institutes of Public Administration and Governance (NAPSIPAG) is going to organize its 8th Annual Conference on 15-16 December 2011 in Kathmandu, Nepal in association with Central Department of Public Administration (CDPA), Tribhuvan University, Nepal. This year the theme of the conference is‘Reinventing Governance for Managing Climate Change and

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National Conference on Water, Food Security and Climate Change (CC) in Nepal

Jun 16th, 2011 | By

Increasing water productivity in agriculture, making targeted investments and putting in place the right institutional measures will be the key to effective water use for food and environmental security. The main purpose of the conference is to find opportunities to improve farmer income, food production, food security and promote environmentally sustainable agricultural water management practices

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Sustainable Land Use and Rural Development in Mountain Areas at Hohenheim University in Stuttgart

Jun 16th, 2011 | By

The Uplands Program is organizing a three day scientific conference on Sustainable Land Use and Rural Development in Mountain Areas at Hohenheim University in Stuttgart from 16-18 April 2012. This conference aims to bring together international experts to share knowledge, lessons learned and experiences from across the globe related to sustainable mountain development with an

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Preparatory Regional Expert Group Meetings in July-Living Himalaya Summit 2011 Bhutan

Jun 15th, 2011 | By

The Secretariat would like to bring to your kind notice that the Regional Expert Group meetings will be held in the month of July in all the four countries as per schedule below: Bangladesh will host the Water meeting on the 2nd and 3rd of July in Dhaka; Bhutan will host the Biodiversity meeting on

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IGS – SENSE Conference-Resilient Societies-Governing Risk and Vulnerability-19 – 21 October 2011

Jun 13th, 2011 | By

Change is all around us and the rate of change is accelerating. Change in demography, trade, and financial structures; but most of all in the use and availability of natural resources. Climate change is high on the agenda with increasing impacts from storms, floods and droughts; but even without the added effects of climate change,

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Jorhat to host tea science meet in November

Jun 7th, 2011 | By

Times of India: World Tea Science Congress, the biggest international conference on tea research, will be held at Tea Research Association (TRA) at Tocklai in Assam’s Jorhat district during a three-day programme from November 22. Hundreds of international scientists from across the globe are expected to participate in the event. An international advisory committee has

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One year to Rio+20 – is there hope?

Jun 6th, 2011 | By

Greenpeace: 19 years ago more heads of states than ever came together in Rio de Janeiro for what was termed the Earth Summit. They agreed on a few sensible things, such as that “the right to development must be fulfilled so as to equitably meet developmental and environmental needs of present and future generations” or

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Keys to Success at the Bonn Climate Talks

Jun 3rd, 2011 | By

More progress on substantive issues is needed to keep the climate talks headed in the right direction. As negotiators prepare to gather in Bonn, Germany, for the latest round of UN climate talks, there’s a pressing need to put substance ahead of politics in moving toward greater international cooperation on climate change. As the clock

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Countdown to 2012: The Road to Rio +20

Jun 2nd, 2011 | By

In exactly one year’s time, world leaders will converge on Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, for the UN conference on sustainable development, 20 years after the first “Earth Summit” was held there in 1992. Will this turn out to be another “Copenhagen moment” for the climate movement? Most people I speak to think it will not

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Brazil, SA, India and China climate meeting under way in Durban

May 26th, 2011 | By

Climate change experts and negotiators from Brazil, South Africa, India and China, the ‘Basic’ grouping, are meeting in Durban over the next two days, to discuss a common negotiating position for the 17th conference of the parties (COP17) in December. The meeting would be followed by a Ministerial meeting on Saturday 28 and Sunday 29,

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International Scientific Conference on Water, Climate and Environment

May 19th, 2011 | By

The Fifth International Scientific Conference BALWOIS 2012 will be held in Ohrid, Republic of Macedonia from 28th May to 2nd June 2012, in Metropol Ohrid Resort www.metropol-ohrid.com . The purpose of the conference is to provide a solutions-based forum and to exchange information regarding research activities and plans for studying the relationship between climate and environment changes and

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Summer school 2010Adaptation to Climate Change: An essential part of the Climate Change Policy

May 16th, 2011 | By

The objective of the Summer School is to offer an updated and recent view of the ongoing trends in Climate Change research in an annual basis. This school is designed to approach the main scientific topic from a multidisciplinary approach, depending on the main trends of Climate Change issues and allowing for an integrated view

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Course: Climate change adaptation in agriculture and natural resource management

May 13th, 2011 | By

Changing climate and weather patterns are predicted to have severe negative impacts on food production, food security and natural resources in East Africa. Without appropriate responses climate change is likely to constrain economic development and poverty reduction efforts and exacerbate already pressing difficulties. Especially countries with economies rooted in climate sensitive sectors like agriculture, fisheries

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Youth Encounter on Sustainability-Course in Switzerland: Special focus on Natural Resources

May 13th, 2011 | By

ACTIS, in collaboration with the Alliance for Global Sustainability (a university partnership between the ETH Zürich, MIT Boston, University of Tokyo and Chalmers University), the Swiss Academy of Technical Sciences (SATW) and WRF (World Resources Forum, Davos), is pleased to announce our  2011 Youth Encounter on Sustainability (YES) course in Switzerland – with a special

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