Technology Transfer

IISD Publishes Reports on Adaptation Strategies in Kenya, Niger and Uganda [viewed]

January 2013: The International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD) has published three reports on climate risk management (CRM) in Kenya, Niger and Uganda, as part of the UN Development Programme's (UNDP) Climate Risk Management (CRM) Technical Assistance Support Project (TASP). The reports illustrate how different communities in high-risk countries may have to adapt to a changing climate across a range of sectors.

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UNEP Releases Compendium of Global Environmental Goals [viewed]

20 February 2013: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) has released a compendium of Global Environmental Goals (GEGs), aiming to inform governments and relevant stakeholders and promote cooperation in achieving their objectives in a more coherent and harmonized manner. The publication was announced in a UNEP Conference Room Paper (UNEP/GCSS.XII/CRP.2), dated 20 February 2013.

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CIMMYT Opens Bioscience Facility [viewed]

13 February 2013: The International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT) has inaugurated a new $25 million research complex that will help researchers speed up climate-resilient seed development for maize and wheat.

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ICARDA Newsletter Focuses on Water Productivity, Drought-Resistant Fodder and Improved Seed Varieties [viewed]

February 2013: The February issue of the newsletter of the International Center for Agricultural Research in the Dry Areas (ICARDA) highlights recent research and partnerships related to water, genetic diversity and climate-adapted crops in Ethiopia, India, Iraq, Oman and the United Arab Emirates (UAE). 

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Event: Second Session of the Ad Hoc Working Group on the Durban Platform for Enhanced Action [viewed]

The second session of the Ad Hoc Working Group on the Durban Platform for Enhanced Action (ADP) will be held in Bonn, Germany, from 29 April-3 May 2013. The ADP will meet in accordance with the ADP conclusions adopted at the Climate Change Conference held in December 2012, in Doha, Qatar. Workstream 1 discussions are expected to continue addressing the 2015 agreement, including its scope, structure and design, as well as the application of the Climate Change Convention principles. Workstream 2 is expected to address the pre-2020 ambition, which may include discussions on mitigation and adaptation benefits to the impacts of climate change, finance and capacity building to support implementation of the Convention.  

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EEA Calls for Improved Governance of Technological Risk [viewed]

EEA23 January 2013: The European Environment Agency (EEA) has released a report on the precautionary principle and technological innovation titled “Late Lessons from Early Warnings: Science, Precaution, Innovation,” which includes 20 historical and contemporary case studies.

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Ramsar STRP Panel Appointed for 2013-2015 [viewed]

Ramsar22 January 2013: The Secretariat of the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands of International Importance especially as Waterfowl Habitat (Ramsar Convention) announced that Ramsar's Scientific and Technical Review Panel (STRP) Oversight Committee has made the appointments of the Chairs, members and invited experts of the STRP for 2013-2015.

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GEF Showcases the Relevance of MPAs for Long-term Sustainable Development [viewed]

GEFDecember 2012: The December 2012 edition of "the greenline," the newsletter of the Global Environmental Facility (GEF), notes the successes of Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) as an efficient tool to achieve the Aichi target 11 on the conservation of coastal and marine areas.

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Event: 81st General Session of the World Organization on Animal Health [viewed]

The 81st Session of the World Organization on Animal Health (OIE) will consider recommendations forwarded by the OIE Regional Commissions, and discuss technical issues including modern approaches and the use of new technologies for the control and eradication of aquatic and terrestrial animal diseases that fully consider animal welfare and minimize the impact on food security.  

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UNGA Second Committee Approves Resolution on CBD Implementation [viewed]

11 December 2012: The Second Committee (Economic and Financial) of the UN General Assembly (UNGA) has approved draft resolution A/C.2/67/L.58 on the “Implementation of the Convention of Biological Diversity and its contribution to sustainable development.” 

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