Regional Seminar on Agriculture and Climate Change
27 Sep 2012 - 28 Sep 2012
This seminar examines the role new technologies may play in contributing to climate change mitigation and adaptation in the agricultural sector in Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC). It addresses how to shift LAC agriculture from energy-intensive to low-carbon and to promote resilient "smart agriculture”. It also looks at advances in the applications of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) to the sector, such as generating agro-climatic zoning systems to assist agricultural insurance systems. Relevant advances in biotechnology, such as the development of crop varieties better adapted to climate variability, and nanotechnology, such as more precise delivery of fertilizers and pesticides, are also discussed.
Webinar on Innovation Policies to Support Low Emission Development
27 Sep 2012
In this webinar, Dr. Nathan Hultman, Director of Environmental Policy program at the University of Maryland School of Public Policy, and Fellow at the Brookings Institution, explains the importance of innovation in the energy sector and how innovation policies can support a transition towards a low carbon economy.
CIFAL Jeju Workshop Series: Biodiversity in the Asia Pacific Region - Developing Local Government Capacities to Mitigate Climate Change and Conserve Biodiversity
26 Sep 2012 - 28 Sep 2012
Seogwipo-City, Republic of Korea
This workshop provides an opportunity for local authorities to build capacities to mitigate climate change and conserve biodiversity, a platform to exchange lessons learned and good practices in local and national efforts to implement the Convention on Biological Diversity, and a venue for city-to-city cooperation in implementing local action plans for biodiversity conservation. It targets high-level authorities and experts from local governments, representatives from NGOs and community-based organizations, academic institutions, and other local actors within the Asia-Pacific region.
International Training Centre for Local Actors - CIFAL Jeju
Green Economy Seminar: Compact, Smart and Climate-neutral? - Cities in a Green Economy
26 Sep 2012
This seminar presents and discusses different concepts, approaches and initiatives, which aim to achieve sustainable urban development and support the transition to a green and climate-resilient economy. Participants explore how these concepts differ from each other and whether they have a common denominator for integrated sustainable urban development.
Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development
E-learning Course on Negotiating Climate Change: From Durban and beyond
24 Sep 2012 - 16 Nov 2012
This e-learning course aims to develop participants’ understanding of the climate change policy framework, by building an appreciation of the science, causes and impacts of climate change, the history of the policy making process and the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) framework. It also considers the challenges currently facing diplomats and international decision makers in making progress with what is currently on the negotiating table. At the end of this course, participants should be able to: 1) comprehend climate change science and the observed and projected impacts of climate change; 2) track and explain the international climate change policy framework; 3) define both climate change mitigation and adaptation; 4) appreciate international considerations for climate change decision-making; and 5) appraise the key issues in the ongoing international climate change negotiations.
First South West Indian Ocean Climate Outlook Forum
24 Sep 2012 - 2 Oct 2012
La Réunion, France
This Forum builds the capacity of meteorologists on the methods and tools used to develop seasonal climate outlooks, tailoring them to the challenges faced by islands. It is organized at the request of the member States of the Indian Ocean Commission (IOC), namely the Union of the Comores, Madagascar, Mauritius, Reunion/France and Seychelles. It is based on the countries' desire to develop seasonal climate outlooks adapted to the challenges specific to small island developing States (SIDS).
This webinar focuses on issues related to adaptation finance in developing countries. In particular, it reviews the following issues, namely: 1) the potential of existing and new sources of public finance in addressing adaption finance needs of developing countries; 2) insight emerging from the experience of bilateral and multilateral adaption financing mechanisms in scaling up financial resources in the short, medium and long term; 3) the role of the financial mechanism of UNFCCC in mobilizing scaled up financial resources to address climate adaptation related financing need of developing countries; 4) assessment of replicability and scalability of types of adaptation funding models based on the experience of various funds; and 5) the potential of private sector engagement in adaptation activities.
Workshop on Designing Results-based Action to Strengthen Human Resource Capacities to Advance Green, Low Emission and Climate Resilient Development in Uganda
19 Sep 2012 - 20 Sep 2012
This workshop aims at identifying concrete action to strengthen institutional capacities in Uganda to deliver learning, focusing on the education, agriculture, energy, water, forestry, environment, tourism, works and transport sectors. It brings together key actors from Government and organizations outside of Government. The event is organized as part of the UN CC:Learn Project on Strengthening Human Resources and Skills to Address Climate Change in 2011-2013, which supports countries in taking a strategic and results-oriented approach to climate change learning.
UN CC:Learn Partner Agencies, Government of Uganda
E-learning Course on Energy Sector Strategies to Support Green Growth
17 Sep 2012 - 5 Oct 2012
This e-learning course covers key aspects of renewable energy and energy efficiency policies and discusses how they can contribute to green growth strategies. It aims to provide a better understanding of the policy instruments used to promote the deployment of renewable energy and energy efficiency technologies in developing countries. The course begins with an overview of the range of policy tools available, including price instruments (e.g. feed-in tariffs), quantity instruments (e.g. tradable renewable energy certificates) and standards (e.g. building codes for energy efficiency). As an example, the course discusses the opportunities provided by these policy tools, together with the challenges of implementation. The course ends with a discussion on how these policies can be integrated into overall green growth strategies at the national level.
E-Learning Course on Low Carbon Development: Planning & Modelling
17 Sep 2012 - 12 Oct 2012
This e-learning course introduces participants to climate change mitigation, explores the concepts surrounding low carbon development planning on an economy-wide basis and takes a detailed look at what this means in the power and transport sectors and for household electricity use. It comprises the following modules: (i) Introduction to Low Carbon Development Planning; (ii) Overview for Policymakers; (iii) Power; (iv) Household; (v) Transport.
This event aims to raise awareness of the importance and opportunities of using information and communication technology (ICT) standards to build a green economy. It brings together leading specialists in the field of environment, from top policy-makers to engineers, designers, planners, government officials, regulators, standards experts and others. Besides a series of forums, it includes a workshop on Environmental Sustainability for the ICT Sector and a workshop on Submarine Communications Networks for Climate Monitoring and Disaster Warning.
UNESCO, UNU, WMO, TechAmerica Europe, Microsoft, European Commission, Center for Environment and Development for the Arab Region and Europe, European Telecommunications Network Operators' Association, Global e-Sustainability Initiative
First Webinar on Long-term Finance
13 Sep 2012
This webinar focuses on approaches to assessing financing needs for the implementation of mitigation and adaption measures in developing countries in the longer term. In particular, it reviews: methodologies for measuring climate-related finance needs; lessons learned from application of “top-down” and “bottom-up” approaches to climate finance needs assessments; conditions for accurate assessments of mitigation and adaptation finance needs in developing countries; and methodologies for tracking climate mitigation and adaptation financial flows.
Review Workshop on Soil Organic Carbon and Carbon Benefits
13 Sep 2012 - 16 Sep 2012
This workshop aims to evaluate the UNEP-GEF Carbon Benefits Project (CBP) tools for their usefulness, efficiency, and applicability. The organizers expect to define recommendations at the workshop that contribute to the validation of the tools and their potential uptake by GEF projects, and wherever possible by other partners. The target audience includes a number of scientists on carbon measurements and monitoring, the GEF Agencies, and project practitioners. A number of the tools will be demonstrated at the Wildlife Works Project in Rukinga.
This conclave provides a platform for policy dialogue on the international and domestic policy processes related to climate change and the carbon market, and for knowledge sharing on emerging scenarios of the global and Indian carbon markets. It promotes capacity building and growth of the Indian Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) project pipeline through knowledge sharing and information dissemination for new and prospective entrants to the carbon market.
Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry, Ministry of Environment and Forests of the Government of India, International Emissions Trading Association, Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety of the Federal Republic of Germany, Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit
Webinar on Protecting Health from Climate Change: Adaptation
12 Sep 2012
This webinar provides an update on the latest science and knowledge in the areas of global health adaptation priorities and processes and information about case studies of countries that have begun to show innovative ways of responding to the climate change and health adaptation agenda. It is part of the Climate Change and Health Webinar series. The webinar lasts 90 minutes with opportunities to ask questions of the panel.
International Federation of Medical Students' Associations, Health Canada
Online Learning Event on Conservation Agriculture and Climate Change Mitigation
11 Sep 2012 - 27 Sep 2012
This event comprises 11 webinar sessions with the aim to share and increase participants’ knowledge on climate change mitigation and conservation agriculture. Experts from the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and partner organizations give presentations in webinars and online discussion forums.
CGE Training Workshop for the Africa Region on Mitigation Assessment
10 Sep 2012 - 14 Sep 2012
This workshop is a hands-on training event for the Africa region on mitigation assessment held by Consultative Group of Experts on National Communications from Parties not included in Annex I to the Convention (CGE).
Climate Change Public Expenditure and Institutional Reviews Workshop
10 Sep 2012 - 12 Sep 2012
This workshop aims to explore how Climate Change Public Expenditure and Institutional Reviews can be used to integrate climate change issues into expenditure decision-making and contribute to climate change responsive fiscal policy, expenditure planning and programming. The 3-day event brings together officials from Ministries of Finance, Planning and Environment, technical practitioners, Civil Society Organizations (CSOs), parliamentarian and development partners. It draws on the experience of countries that have undertaken Climate Change Public Expenditure and Institutional Reviews and countries where reviews are currently underway in Asia Pacific, Africa and Latin America. It also draws on the experience of selected Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) countries and contributions from climate change and public finance specialists developing technical guidance on these issues.
German Development Cooperation, UK Department for International Development, USAID, Australian Government Overseas Aid Program, Capacity Development for Development Effectiveness
Intensive Course on Global Change and Sustainability
10 Sep 2012 - 19 Oct 2012
This course explores sustainable development and the interaction among its constituent components (environment, society and economy) in four key areas; Water, Agriculture, Extreme events and Biodiversity. Recognizing that one of the greatest challenges now facing humanity is climate change, one of the 6 weeks of the course is entirely dedicate to educate participants on climate change and its impacts.
This workshop brings together Technology Needs Assessment (TNA) country representatives and financial/funding institutions to share experience and identify potential funding sources for their Technology Action Plans (TAPs).
Workshop on Soil Organic Carbon and Carbon Benefits
10 Sep 2012 - 12 Sep 2012
This workshop seeks to scope what the Global Environment Facility (GEF) could do to deliver global environmental benefits by focusing on the role of soils. The intention of the workshop is to provide the evidence base for the future strategy of the GEF land degradation focal area. A group of leading scientists on soils along with the GEF Agencies and project practitioners contribute to the discussions.
This workshop aims to strengthen participants’ knowledge of Global Environment Facility (GEF)-5 strategies, programs, policies, and procedures. It also provides an opportunity to discuss priority issues and share lessons and experiences from the development and implementation of GEF projects and their integration within national policy frameworks. The workshop is a component of the GEF Support Programme and brings together GEF focal points, focal points from the main Conventions (Climate Change, Biodiversity, Desertification and Persistent Organic Pollutants), representatives from civil society and representatives from the GEF Secretariat and the GEF Agencies. Eligible Countries: Benin, Cote D'Ivoire, Ghana, Liberia, Nigeria, Sierra leone, Guinea, Togo.
Short Course on Water Management and Climate Change Adaptation
4 Sep 2012 - 28 Sep 2012
This course constitutes a contribution to environmental capacity building for the protection and sustainable use of the available water resources in the light of climate change. It addresses both water quantity and quality issues within an integrated water management. Therefore the curriculum comprises lectures, seminars, site visits and excursions on aspects like: meteorology (climate, water cycle); hydrology (water balance, basic hydraulics, catchment hydrology, hydrology of extremes); groundwater (groundwater flow, water extraction and safe yields, artificial groundwater recharge); surface water (irrigation, principles of reservoir design); urban water (urban water infrastructure, waste water treatment); and decision support systems among others. This course is especially designed to meet the professional demand of experts working in environment protection with special focus on urban water management and climate change adaptation.
Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety of Germany, Centre for International Postgraduate Studies of Environmental Management, Technische Universitat Dresden
E-forum on Long-term Finance
3 Sep 2012 - 6 Oct 2012
This e-forum seeks to engage with stakeholders and provide a platform for the exchange of views and sharing of technical and analytic information on a variety of topics. It includes sub-forums on: “Scaling mobilization of finance resources from multiple sources of finance,” taking place from 3-9 September; “Insight from approaches applied to assessment of financing needs to implement mitigation and adaptation measures in developing countries,” from 10-14 September; “Addressing the adaptation finance needs of developing countries,” from 15-22 September; and “Enabling conditions needed to mobilize climate finance,” from 23 September to 6 October.
E-learning Course on Investment Planning Towards Low Carbon, Climate Resilient Development
3 Sep 2012 - 28 Sep 2012
This e-learning course compiles knowledge and lessons learned during the design phase of the Climate Investment Funds (CIF) investment plans and strategic programs. It aims to teach policymakers, planners and climate change practitioners how to design and finance strategic plans and programs for low carbon and climate resilient development that go beyond a project-by-project approach. Course structure is flexible and applicable to various levels of planning (e.g. national, sectoral, regional or municipal). In more concrete terms, the course aims to provide detailed know-how on various subjects such as preparing an overall investment strategy to meet climate change objectives or identifying envelopes of investments to meet those objectives, focusing on sectoral issues (energy, transport, forestry and land-use change).