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Adaptive Collaborative Approaches in Natural Resource Governance

Aug 7th, 2012 | By




RECOFTC: Hemant Ojha reflects on his new book Adaptive Collaborative Approaches in Natural Resource Governance: Rethinking Participation, Learning and Innovation, Edited by Hemant R Ojha, Andy Hall, and Rasheed Sulaiman V. Why this book? Are stakeholders in natural resource management sufficiently adaptive and collaborative in addressing the issues of equity, sustainability and productivity? This book

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Climate Change Impacts On Glaciers And Runoff In Tien Shan (Central Asia)

Aug 1st, 2012 | By




Nature: Climate-driven changes in glacier-fed streamflow regimes have direct implications on freshwater supply, irrigation and hydropower potential. Reliable information about current and future glaciation and runoff is crucial for water allocation, a complex task in Central Asia, where the collapse of the Soviet Union has transformed previously interdependent republics into autonomous upstream and downstream countries.

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India-National Mission on Sustaining the Himalayan Ecosystem: Assessment Card

Jul 27th, 2012 | By




India Climate Mission: An kind of analysis of India’s NAPCC and its sub mission called Sustaining Himalayan Ecosystem Mission. The following text contains the part of NMSHE part only. For other details you may like to get the document from source website. Goals and Targets The mission recognises that ecosystem goods and services from the

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Fragile States: Adapting And Enhancing Commitment

Jul 26th, 2012 | By




SDC: Approximately 1.5 billion human beings live in states which are fragile or affected by conflict. They number among the most disadvantaged populations on our planet. The complexity of the situation in which these people find themselves makes it necessary for development cooperation to modify and adapt its mode of action. If the Swiss Parliament

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Information for Climate Change Adaptation: Lessons and Needs in South Asia

Jul 24th, 2012 | By




WRI: Governments, businesses, and citizens in South Asia all need access to good information to make decisions in a changing climate. However, the uncertainty of climate change’s impacts, complexity associated with climate vulnerability, and the lengthy time-frame along which global warming will unfold make the “adaptation information agenda” unclear. This paper, which served as background

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Asia Won’t Achieve Climate, Poverty Goals Unless Women’s Rights Are Recognized

Jul 23rd, 2012 | By




Science Codex: New research released today by the Rights and Resources Initiative (RRI) shows that despite more understanding, more resources, and policy recommendations, women continue to be largely marginalized and ignored or exploited in resource management processes throughout Asia – to the detriment of global climate and poverty reduction goals. This suite of analyses, released

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Public Climate Finance: Systems to Monitor and Evaluate Effectiveness

Jul 20th, 2012 | By




Climate Policy Initiative: This paper examines the M&E systems applied by a selection of eight multilateral and bilateral intermediaries, as well as the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change reporting framework. It was originally developed as a background paper for ‘Improving the Effectiveness of Climate Finance: Key Lessons’, a joint study by a consortium

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Ecological Foot Pint And Investment In Natural Capital In Asia and The Pacific

Jul 20th, 2012 | By




ADB: The Asia and Pacific region has some of the largest and most diverse ecosystems on earth. The Coral Triangle boasts an astonishing 3,000 species of fish and harbours 76% of the world’s coral species. Maintaining natural capital such as forests, biodiversity, freshwater, and coastal and marine ecosystems is essential to making “green economies” a

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Weathering Uncertainty: Traditional Knowledge For Climate Change Assessment & Adaptation

Jul 19th, 2012 | By
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Adaptasiapacific: Turning tables on climate change: indigenous and local community assessments of impacts and adaptation In recent years there has been a growing awareness that scientific knowledge alone is inadequate for solving the climate crisis. The knowledge of local and indigenous peoples is increasingly recognized as an important source of climate knowledge and adaptation strategies.

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Tibetan Glaciers Shrinking Rapidly

Jul 16th, 2012 | By




Nature: Comprehensive survey reveals influence of prevailing winds. The majority of glaciers on the Tibetan plateau and in the surrounding region are retreating rapidly, according to a study based on 30 years of satellite and field measurements. The research by Yao Tandong, a glaciologist at the Chinese Academy of Sciences’ Institute of Tibetan Research in

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Climate Change Loads the Dice for More Extreme Weather

Jul 13th, 2012 | By




Scientific American: In the case of the 2011 heat wave in Texas, new research finds that adding climate change to La Niña makes scorching heat 20 times more likely. Climate change is changing the odds of some extreme weather events, according to new research by government scientists in the United States and Britain. Back-to-back La

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Informing Climate Adaptation: A Review of the Economic Costs of Natural Disasters

Jul 12th, 2012 | By




This paper reviews the empirical literature on the economic impacts of natural disasters to inform both climate adaptation policy and the estimation of potential climate damages. It covers papers that estimate the short- and long-run economic impacts of weather-related extreme events as well as studies regarding the determinants of the magnitude of those damages (including

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Karakoram Glaciers Unaffected By Global Warming

Jul 11th, 2012 | By




Times of India: Glaciers nestling under the shadow of Diran and Rakaposhi, two towering peaks in the Karakoram Range of northern Pakistan, remain impervious to global warming and have even grown slightly in recent years, suggests a new study. Bucking regional and global trends that indicate ice loss, French glaciologists have confirmed that glaciers in

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South Asian Monsoon Variations Hard To Fathom

Jul 6th, 2012 | By




Nature: Understanding how the South Asian monsoon will change in response to global warming  and resolving the uncertainties in projected changes are ‘demanding tasks’ for climate science, a review says. Current state-of-the-art general circulation models have difficulty simulating the regional distribution of monsoon rainfall, the 24 June review in Nature Climate Change says. The vagaries

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Climate ‘Causes Leaves To Narrow’

Jul 5th, 2012 | By




BBC: Climate change is driving adaptive shifts within species, but research on plants has been focused on phenology. Leaf morphology has demonstrated links with climate and varies within species along climate gradients. We predicted that, given within-species variation along a climate gradient, a morphological shift should have occurred over time due to climate change. We

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Participatory Gender Sensitive Approaches To Address Climate Change: Evidences

Jul 5th, 2012 | By




CGIAR: Getting a better understanding of how climate variability affects rural men and women differently, and in different regions, is challenging. Since their ability to respond to change and take action that will make them more resilient and able to adapt to a changing climate (alongside all the other social and economic change they are

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Climate Change Risks and Supply Chain Responsibility

Jul 3rd, 2012 | By




Oxfam: How should companies respond when extreme weather affects small-scale producers in their supply chain? How is climate change affecting small-scale producers in developing countries, and what role can companies play in strengthening the capacity of these producers to adapt, and in doing so, making their global value chains more resilient? While some leading companies

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Using ICT To Protect Citizens Against Natural Disasters

Jul 2nd, 2012 | By




World Bank: In February 2000, intense flooding left hundreds of thousands of people homeless in the African nation of Mozambique. The cause: a tropical cyclone and heavy rainfall which many experts attributed to the effects of climate change. More than a decade later, February 2012 turned out to be a turbulent month for the island

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Environmental Flows: Restoring The Earth’s Arteries

Jun 28th, 2012 | By




International Rivers: Without doubt, rivers are the one of the most important source of freshwater. They are also the refuge to diverse organisms and sub – ecosystems. Out of all the natural endowment used by human beings rivers have been the most used and abused on this planet. According to the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment, freshwater

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Contribution of Himalayan Ecosystems to Water and Food Security

Jun 18th, 2012 | By




ICIMOD: Contribution of Himalayan Ecosystems to Water, Energy, and Food Security in South Asia: A nexus approach. In the face of climatic and other socioeconomic changes, most South Asian countries – having large and growing population, limited land resources, and increasing water stress – face a common challenge of how to grow more food with

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Greening The Economy With Agriculture

Jun 14th, 2012 | By




FAO: The United Nations General Assembly (UNGA), through Resolution 64/236 of 24 December 2009, decided to organize the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development, Rio de Janeiro, 3 to 6 June 2012 (UNCSD, also referred to as Rio+20). The two main stated themes decided by the UNGA for UNCSD are: a green economy in the

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Human-Induced Global Ocean Warming On Multidecadal Timescales

Jun 12th, 2012 | By
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Nature: Large-scale increases in upper-ocean temperatures are evident in observational records1. Several studies have used well-established detection and attribution methods to demonstrate that the observed basin-scale temperature changes are consistent with model responses to anthropogenic forcing and inconsistent with model-based estimates of natural variability2, 3, 4, 5. These studies relied on a single observational data

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Green Economies To Green Societies

Jun 12th, 2012 | By
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UNESCO: We must not miss the opportunity of the 2012 UN Conference on Sustainable Development to set a new agenda for a sustainable 21st century. In Rio, we must see where we stand, cast a cold eye on our successes and failures and draw a new road map for the future. We are not starting

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Ecosystem-Based Adaptation Decision Support Framework

Jun 11th, 2012 | By




UNEP: EBA Decision Support – Moving from Principles to Practice : A new ‘EBA Decision Support Framework’ (EBA-DSF) is under development by UNEP and partners to assist national planners and decision-makers select, design, implement and track Ecosystem-Based Adaptation (EBA) approaches as part of a wider adaptation strategy. The EBA-DSF centers around four iterative steps and

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Rio 1992- Environmental Goals: World Still On Unsustainable Path

Jun 11th, 2012 | By




UNCSD: The United Nations environment agency today warned that the world “continues to speed down” an unsustainable path in spite of hundreds of internationally agreed goals to protect the planet, and stressed that drastic actions and big-scale measures are needed to reverse this pattern. “If current trends continue, if current patterns of production and consumption

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Remote Sensing of Suspended Particulate Matter in Himalayan Lakes

Jun 11th, 2012 | By




Bio-One: This study presents satellite data and in situ measurements to estimate the concentration of suspended solids in high altitude and remote lakes of the Himalayas. Suspended particulate matter (SPM) concentrations measured in 13 lakes to the south of Mount Everest (Nepal) in October 2008 and reflectance values of the Advanced Visible and Near Infrared

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Transfer Payments In Global Climate Policy

Jun 9th, 2012 | By




Nature: Many scientists and policymakers agree that large financial flows from richer to poorer countries will be necessary to reach an agreement on reducing greenhouse-gas emissions enough to keep global warming below 2 °C. But the required amounts of transfer payments and justifications for them remain contested. We contribute to this debate by developing an argument

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Restoring Environmental Flows: In Indian River Systems

Jun 9th, 2012 | By
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Himmotthan Society: How do we see our rivers as? Are they merely conduits for water that is to be used to its fullest extent? Or are they valued and revered ecosystems? The Himmotthan Society, India with International Rivers, U.S.A. and WWF-India aimed to answer these questions by organizing a workshop on ‘Environmental Flows’ with the

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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 ‘Biggest Threat’ to Food Security

Jun 7th, 2012 | By




IPS News: When it comes to expressing the threat to food security posed by changing climate patterns and extreme weather events in Asia and the Pacific, the Asian Development Bank (ADB) does not mince its words. “The greatest threat to food security is climate change,” the Bank said in a 45-page report, ‘Food Security and

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Impact of Climate Change On The Fauna Of Sikkim: India

Jun 7th, 2012 | By




Sikkim Now: Impact of Climate Change in the Himalayas With Special Focus to Fauna of Sikkim: Global warming and climate change and its subsequent impact on biotic and abiotic components of the ecosystem have shaken the entire world. It is one of the greatest challenges being faced by scientists and policy planners around the globe.

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In Search Of: Himalayan Ice Loss

Jun 4th, 2012 | By
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Skeptical Science: The lofty mountains at the Roof of the World, the Himalayas, harbor many strange and mythical things.  From the Abominable Snowman (myth) to the magnificent Potala Palace (wondrously real), to the far horizon of lost Shambhala (mythical [?] Shangri-La) to the manifold tales of the Vedas (also real), many a fanciful tale emerge

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A Kinematic Survey of Khumbu Glacier, Nepal

Jun 4th, 2012 | By




Climate Change Institute: The tempo of erosion in the Himalaya has received considerable attention because of the important role erosion plays in the development of the range, and more generally, because of the broad interest in the rich interactions between tectonics, topography and climate that govern mountain building. Little is known, however, about rates of

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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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Compendium Of Legal Best Practices on Climate Change Policy

May 31st, 2012 | By




IDLO: Climate change is an immense environmental and socio-economic challenge. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has made it clear that climate change will impact geophysical and biological as well as social systems, including food supply, health, water resources, infrastructure and the foundations of our economic system. Although the effects of climate change vary

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Climate Engineering: Avoiding Pandora’s Box through Research and Governance

May 31st, 2012 | By




FNI: The gap between the emissions reductions required by the 2°C target and those actually undertaken is growing. Thus, climate engineering as an alternative proposition to mitigate climate change is expected to become increasingly relevant and likely to enter the mainstream discourse on climate mitigation within a decade. The term ‘climate change mitigation’ should be

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Vulnerability To Climate Change: Adaptation Strategies & Layers Of Resilience

May 29th, 2012 | By




ICRISAT: Climate change has emerged as the biggest threat to livelihood sustainability of our times, posing an imminent danger to our food security and a challenge for improving agricultural productivity. Presently, scientists are identifying and refi ning the projections of future location specifi c climate scenarios that farmers might have to deal with. In India,

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The Polarizing Impact Of Science Literacy And Numeracy On Perceived Climate Change Risks

May 29th, 2012 | By




Nature: Seeming public apathy over climate change is often attributed to a deficit in comprehension. The public knows too little science, it is claimed, to understand the evidence or avoid being misled1. Widespread limits on technical reasoning aggravate the problem by forcing citizens to use unreliable cognitive heuristics to assess risk2. We conducted a study

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Cold-Blooded Climate Change Surprise

May 29th, 2012 | By




ABC Science: Climate change may have a more unpredictable effect on the distribution of cold-blooded animals than scientists had previously thought, a new analysis shows. Marine biologist Dr Amanda Bates and colleagues set out to explore how global warming will affect the distribution of animals such as fish, frogs and lizards. “Although people had assumed

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Study Finds Permafrost Thaw, Glacier Melt Releasing Methane

May 23rd, 2012 | By




Reuters (MSNBC)- Methane from underground reservoirs is streaming from thawing permafrost and receding glaciers, contributing to the greenhouse gas load in the atmosphere, a study led by scientists at the University of Alaska Fairbanks has found. The study, published online on Sunday in the journal Nature Geoscience, is the first to document leakage of deep

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Cities ‘Going It Alone’ On Climate Change Adaptation

May 21st, 2012 | By




ResponseNET: A new survey by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability, shows that 68% of cities are pursuing adaption planning for climate change but “only 7 per cent of cities surveyed believe that their national governments fully understand the realities of adaptation planning at the local level.”  The global

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Himalayas Warming Faster, Says Report

May 21st, 2012 | By




eKantipur: Himalayas are warming about three times faster than the global average temperature during the last 25 year period, says a new study. The report made public on Wednesday states the average annual precipitation during the same period has increased by 6.52 millimetre per year in the region. Authored by Uttam Babu Shrestha, Shiva Gautam

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Widespread Climate Change In The Himalayas And Associated Changes In Local Ecosystems

May 18th, 2012 | By




PLOS-One: Climate change in the Himalayas, a biodiversity hotspot, home of many sacred landscapes, and the source of eight largest rivers of Asia, is likely to impact the well-being of ~20% of humanity. However, despite the extraordinary environmental, cultural, and socio-economic importance of the Himalayas, and despite their rapidly increasing ecological degradation, not much is

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Nepal: Steps To Sustainable Development

May 18th, 2012 | By




IIED: The Vice-President of Nepal — His Excellency Parmanand Jha — hosted the launch of a new report that details how the country can benefit from bringing its environment and development policies into harmony. The report, by the International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED) and the Kathmandu-based Asian Centre for Environment Management and Sustainable

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Multistability And Critical Thresholds Of The Greenland Ice Sheet

May 17th, 2012 | By




Nature: Recent studies have focused on the short-term contribution of the Greenland ice sheet to sea-level rise, yet little is known about its long-term stability. The present best estimate of the threshold in global temperature rise leading to complete melting of the ice sheet is 3.1 °C (1.9–5.1 °C, 95% confidence interval) above the preindustrial climate1, determined

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Reducing Global Warming And Adapting To Climate Change: The Potential Of Organic Agriculture

May 15th, 2012 | By




FIBL: Climate change mitigation is urgent, and adaptation to climate change is crucial, particularly in agriculture, where food security is at stake. Agriculture, currently responsible for 20-30% of global greenhouse gas emissions (counting direct and indirect agricultural emissions), can however contribute to both climate change mitigation and adaptation. The main mitigation potential lies in the

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Asia-Pacific’s Triple Challenge: Ajay Chhibber

May 14th, 2012 | By




Business Standard: It must reduce poverty and increase prosperity – all while leaving a smaller carbon footprint Asia-Pacific is large, diverse and growing fast. It contains more than half of humanity, and 30 per cent of the global land mass. It has made great progress in reducing poverty. Yet, with two-thirds of the world’s poor,

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Climate Change, Environmental Degradation And Migration

May 12th, 2012 | By




International Organization for Migration: As part of IOM’s annual International Dialogue on Migration – dedicated in 2011 to the theme “The Future of Migration: Building Capacities for Change” – the IOM membership selected the topic “Climate Change, Environmental Degradation and Migration” as the focus of a workshop in Geneva, Switzerland on 29–30 March 2011.1 The

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UNDP Development Report Biased: India

May 12th, 2012 | By




Times of India: The government has taken exception to the `biases’ in the United Nations Development Programme’s (UNDP) Asia Pacific Human Development report, titled, One Planet, which was released on Thursday. UNDP, required to play a neutral role in international governance, has recommended that India and other countries in the Asia Pacific region take greater

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Climate Change Projections For Nepal

May 12th, 2012 | By




weADAPT: This work is part of a Policy Brief on Climate Change in Nepal produced by Practical Action in 2008 and provides a summary of climate change as currently experienced in Nepal, and projections of future changes. Climate change in Nepal Some level of uncertainty is inevitable in measuring and anticipating climate change. Attributing individual

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Asia-Pacific Countries Must Respond To Climate Change: UNDP

May 11th, 2012 | By




The Hindu: Countries in Asia and the Pacific must strike a balance between rising prosperity and rising emission as their success or failure will have repercussions worldwide, a latest report of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) has said. “The Asia-Pacific region must continue to grow economically to lift millions out of poverty, but it

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Nepal: Mountain Dwellers Neglected

May 9th, 2012 | By




IRIN News: The needs of millions of indigenous mountain people across Nepal are overlooked, imperilling their food security and hindering their economic progress, activists and experts say. “People in the mountains of Nepal are worse off in terms of total poverty – food and non-food poverty,” said Jean-Yves Gerlitz, co-author of a recent study on

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The Adaptation Knowledge

May 8th, 2012 | By




Climate Adapt Asia: Adaptation Knowledge This policy brief reflects on the role of knowledge in the adaptation to climate change. It is not meant to be prescriptive but rather to provoke critical thinking about how information is mobilized, collated and disseminated in support of adaptation. There are four key messages. First, knowledge important to adaptation

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Getting Ready: A Review of the World Bank Forest Carbon Partnership

May 4th, 2012 | By




WRI: This working paper provides regular updates of the Readiness Preparation Proposal (R-PPs) and National Programme Documents (NPDs) submitted by REDD+ Country Participants to the World Bank’s Forest Carbon Partnership Facility (FCPF) and to the United Nations’ Collaborative Programme on Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation in Developing Countries (UN-REDD). The World Bank administered

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In Nepal: Stopping Climate Change, Protecting Our Forests

May 2nd, 2012 | By




Sustain Labour: Nepalese workers and their trade unions are committed to fighting climate change by protecting Nepal’s beautiful forests and livelihoods, and are taking concrete actions to reduce deforestation. For over 30 years Nepalese communities have been working hard to manage their forests and to help protect their environment. Between 119 million and 1.42 billion

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Ready Or Not: Assessing Institutional Aspects Of National Capacity For Climate Change Adaptation

May 2nd, 2012 | By
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WRI Publication: This report introduces the National Adaptive Capacity (NAC) framework, a tool to help governments bring institutional capacity development into their adaptation planning processes. The NAC framework enables its users to systematically assess institutional strengths and weaknesses that may help or hinder adaptation. National adaptation plans may then be better designed to make best

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Green Growth Sounds Nice, But Can It Deliver Climate Change Mitigation?

May 1st, 2012 | By




ICTSD: In this article, Ulrich Hoffmann calls into question the notion of “green growth,” asserting that economic growth cannot be decoupled from a related rise in greenhouse gas emissions. Many economists and policymakers advocate a fundamental shift towards “green growth” as the new, qualitatively-different growth paradigm, based on enhanced material/resource/energy (MRE) efficiency and drastic changes

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Climate Change: Linking Adaptation And Mitigation Through Agroforestry

Apr 27th, 2012 | By




WorldAgroforestry: Agriculture is the human enterprise that is most vulnerable to climate change. Tropical agriculture, particularly subsistence agriculture is particularly vulnerable, as smallholder farmers do not have adequate resources to adapt to climate change. While agroforestry may play a significant role in mitigating the atmospheric accumulation of greenhouse gases (GHG), it also has a role

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Climate Change Mitigation And Adaptation Options in Agriculture Sector

Apr 24th, 2012 | By




EVI: The changing dynamics of agriculture sector and the emerging threat of climate change The agriculture sector and its remarkable advances during the middle of 20th century is considered to be the basis for securing the food supply of a rapidly expanding human population especially in the developing countries that was enjoying the fruits of

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UNFCCC Releases Progress Report On Nairobi Work Programme

Apr 20th, 2012 | By




IISD: The UNFCCC Secretariat has released the report on progress made in implementing activities under the Nairobi work programme on impacts, vulnerability and adaptation to climate change (FCCC/SBSTA/2012/INF.1). The overall objective of the Nairobi work programme is to assist all Parties, in particular developing countries, including the least developed countries (LDCs) and small island developing States (SIDS),

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