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Total number of news: 95

date: 27 November 2012
Source(s): South African Governement News Agency

'Women are the face of the climate realities, while we as negotiators and political leaders are discussing, sometimes with questionable urgency, to find a global response that could address their plight,' said the minister at the launch at COP18 in Doha, Qatar, on Tuesday...


date: 27 August 2012
Source(s): World Resources Institute (WRI)

This past week, the board of the Green Climate Fund met for the first time. This was an important milestone around the goal of increasing financial support to help developing countries mitigate and adapt to climate change. It’s positioned to become the main global channel for climate finance, expected to reach $100 billion per year by 2020...


by Flickr user jopolopy, Creative Commons BY-NC 2.0, http://www.flickr.com/photos/jopolopy/3185024618/

date: 5 January 2012
Source(s): Asia Sentinel Co. Ltd.

'We need funds to build more seawalls and work on water projects. The biggest threat to Kiribati is coastal erosion and water salination. We need to address these problems before 2020. The Green Climate Fund should be made available today'...


date: 4 January 2012
Source(s): Guardian News and Media Limited

The slow progress towards action of long-term investors presents additional risks to their portfolio in the medium to long term from increasing frequency and severity of extreme weather events...


date: 19 December 2011
Source(s): Environment News Service, the (ENS)

The banks said they will develop a common approach for cities to assess climate risk, standardize greenhouse gas emissions inventories, and encourage a consistent suite of climate finance options...


by Flickr user ssr.ist4u, Creative Commons BY-SA 2.0, http://www.flickr.com/photos/ist4u/5685924064/

date: 13 December 2011
Source(s): Scoop Media Ltd

The island nation endeavors towards a new legally binding agreement to operationalise the Green Climate Fund so Small Islands Developing States can start to receive funds to help carry out adaptation work on the ground...


date: 13 December 2011
Source(s): Integrated Regional Information Networks (IRIN)

Riding on Cancun’s success, expectations for adaptation were high in 2011. Some progress was made in Durban in this regard, such as setting up an advisory body on adaptation, the operationalization of the Green Climate Fund, and initiating a dialogue to address loss and damage as the impact of climate change unfolds...


by Flickr user iamPhelps / Aaron, Creative Commons BY-NC-ND 2.0, http://www.flickr.com/photos/27744900@N04/6326494539/

date: 12 December 2011
Source(s): PR Newswire Association LLC.

The water community came together to send a strong message to climate change negotiators: with or without a formal agreement in the COP, we're already adapting to and mitigating climate change...


date: 12 December 2011
Source(s): ACT Alliance (ACT)

The clear success of this COP has been to mobilize the Green Climate Fund, a new tool to channel climate finance to developing countries. The Fund 'is of huge importance for the adaptation, disaster risk reduction and support work needed at the grassroots level'...


date: 12 December 2011
Source(s): Münchener Rückversicherungs-Gesellschaft (Munich Re)

While it was still considered definitely possible to achieve progress at least in the secondary negotiations on the provision of adaptation aid to the countries hardest hit by climate change, 'That no substantial progress was made in developing specific adaptation projects is very disappointing'...


date: 12 December 2011
Source(s): World Wide Fund For Nature (WWF)

WWF works to create further success stories for the people and biodiversity of the Himalayas, 'We must reinforce our support, and increase our regional adaptation work. This will help make the eastern Himalayas a showcase for the rest of the world'...


date: 12 December 2011
Source(s): Caritas Internationalis

'Money is urgently needed to help the most poor and vulnerable to adapt to Global warming and its effects', says Caritas - who is urging governments to move beyond the lowest common denominator deal in Durban and to use the Rio20+ meeting to deliver a step-change in climate action...


date: 12 December 2011
Source(s): Science and Development Network (SciDevNet)

SciDevNet reports on the sidelining of two key issues for developing countries at the end of COP17, outlining their importance and history: the Green Climate Fund and how to facilitate technology transfer...


date: 11 December 2011
Source(s): United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC)

The package includes the Green Climate Fund, an Adaptation Committee designed to improve the coordination of adaptation actions on a global scale, and a Technology Mechanism, which are to become fully operational in 2012...


date: 11 December 2011
Source(s): Practical Action

From Durban on adaptation 'there is now a clear framework for supporting developing countries in accessing information to help them adapt, in preparing national adaptation plans, and in working towards arrangements for loss and damage following climate change-related disasters such as droughts, floods and hurricanes in the most vulnerable countries'...


 by Flickr user nick_cordell Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 2.0, http://www.flickr.com/photos/faithandnick/460879708/

date: 9 December 2011
Source(s): CARE International (CI)

Ruth Mitei states in the COP17 blogs for CARE that negotiators in Durban should recognize women’s and men’s knowledge, capacities and voice in climate change adaptation and mitigation...


 by Flickr user  franz88 / Franz Dejon Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 2.0, http://www.flickr.com/photos/franz88/1257766237/

date: 9 December 2011
Source(s): Inter Press Service International Association (IPS)

'We believe that African traditional ecological knowledge is the foundation for appropriate and effective national adaptation policies,' said Nigel Crawhall, the Director of Secretariat for the Indigenous Peoples of Africa Co-ordinating Committee (IPACC)...


by Flickr user jopolopy, Creative Commons BY-NC 2.0, http://www.flickr.com/photos/jopolopy/3184157387/

date: 9 December 2011
Source(s): Media Wales Ltd.

Many agencies are working to raise awareness among the I-Kiribati people and to help reduce the vulnerability of communities to the effects of climate change. For some people, however, it appears that it may be too late...


by Flickr user 350.org, Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 2.0, http://www.flickr.com/photos/350org/5216269246/

date: 9 December 2011
Source(s): Cable News Network (CNN)

'We need to continue to support women to be innovative, creative and resilient in a climate-constrained world as we strive to ensure equitable solutions to the climate problem,' says Mary Robinson to CNN...


by Flickr user Friends of the Earth International, Creative Commons BY-NC-ND 2.0, http://www.flickr.com/photos/foei/6437661029/

date: 9 December 2011
Source(s): United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction - Regional Office for Africa (UNISDR AF)

Ten years after the first Funds were established to support adaptation activities in developing countries, the world, and Africa in particular, is waiting to see if a deal can be brokered this weekend at the UN Climate Change Conference in Durban...


by Flickr user linh.m.do / Linh Do, Creative Commons BY-SA 2.0, http://www.flickr.com/photos/lmdo/6404442335/

date: 9 December 2011
Source(s): Insurance Insight, Incisive Media Investments Ltd

Reinsurers insure their clients in the public and private sector against weather related risks caused by storms, floods and droughts and 'climate Change is, therefore, of long-term strategic importance for reinsurers'...


by Flickr user Oxfam International, Creative Commons BY-NC-ND 2.0, http://www.flickr.com/photos/oxfam/6473910259/

date: 8 December 2011
Source(s): Thomson Reuters Foundation, trust.org (TRF)

Germany and Denmark have pledged to contribute nearly €55m to the Green Climate Fund, a pot of money that will finance mitigation, adaptation and new technology in poor countries hit by climate change...


 by Flickr user Bread for the World Creative Commons BY-NC 2.0, http://www.flickr.com/photos/breadfortheworld/4996035110/

date: 8 December 2011
Source(s): Independent Online (IOL)

Extreme weather events, such as the recent flooding in Pakistan and the decades-long drought in east Africa, are wake-up calls, 'These events show that we need more than disaster management – we need to make a move towards scientific adaptation'...


 by Flickr user Jesse Michael Nix Creative Commons BY-NC 2.0, http://www.flickr.com/photos/jessemichaelnix/2355418746/

date: 8 December 2011
Source(s): Diario La Página

'Lo que vemos es que puede marcar un punto de partida de cómo se prepara El Salvador y la región Centroamericana, para que recurrentemente vaya mejorando su capacidad de respuesta y adaptación al cambio climático'...


by Flickr user alykat / Alyson Hurt, Creative Commons BY 2.0, http://www.flickr.com/photos/alykat/5850122/

date: 8 December 2011
Source(s): Business Day, BDFM Publishers (Pty) Ltd.

Cities cannot make the transition to a more climate-resilient future unaided. 'We are on the path to creating liveable, dynamic and lovable urban worlds. This is the COP-17 good news,' says Crispian Olver in his opinion for Business Day...


by Flickr user Alain Wibert, Creative Commons BY-ND 2.0, http://www.flickr.com/photos/alainwibert/2881044261/

date: 8 December 2011
Source(s): Integrated Regional Information Networks (IRIN)

Where and how people live, their access to basic services - health, water and education, employment opportunities, social protection, good governance - determines their vulnerability to risks from natural hazards such as floods...


 by Flickr user Cletus Awreetus Creative Commons BY-NC 2.0, http://www.flickr.com/photos/42250269@N06/5065062282/

date: 8 December 2011
Source(s): France Info

Bernard Guidez, céréalier et éleveur de porcs à Fiac dans le Tarn sait déjà qu’il doit adapter sa façon de récolter à cause des effets du changement climatique...


by Flickr user sidelife / Arsenie Coseac, Creative Commons BY-ND 2.0, http://www.flickr.com/photos/sidelife/5485758437/

date: 8 December 2011
Source(s): East African Community Secretariat (EAC)

The Programme aims to harmonize climate change programmes by the three regional blocs and addresses the impacts of climate change in the COMESA-EAC-SADC region through successful adaptation and mitigation actions to enhance economic/social resilience...


 by Flickr user davidgordillo / David Gordillo Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 2.0, http://www.flickr.com/photos/davidgordillo/5856591601/

date: 8 December 2011
Source(s): United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction - Regional Office for Africa (UNISDR AF)

'We were the most polluted city in the world. When you realize we are a mega-city with four million cars, 13,000 tons of waste per day, using 32 cubic metres of water per second, then the matter of sustainability is such a challenge'...


by Flickr user amirjina / Amir Jina, Creative Commons BY-NC-ND 2.0, http://www.flickr.com/photos/amirjina/3747836979/

date: 7 December 2011
Source(s): Insurance Times and Investments News (ITInews)

'It is expected that the climate will change no matter how successful governments and the international community are in reducing emissions. This means that certain impacts of climate change are now unavoidable, and that there is an urgent need to adapt to them'...


by Flickr user United States Mission Geneva, Creative Commons BY 2.0, http://www.flickr.com/photos/us-mission/5908683523/

date: 7 December 2011
Source(s): Independent Online (IOL)

'Developing countries will bear three quarters of the negative impact of changing weather patterns, water shortages, and rising sea levels, and they are the least equipped to deal with them. Hard won gains in poverty reduction are at serious risk'...


by Flickr user klem@s, Creative Commons BY-NC-ND 2.0, http://www.flickr.com/photos/klemas/4136180558/

date: 7 December 2011
Source(s): United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction - Regional Office for Africa (UNISDR AF)

UNISDR Chief, Margareta Wahlström, told an exclusive gathering of 35 eminent scientists and politicians from around the world at the COP 17 in Durban that 'there is a huge need to translate the best science on climate change into practical action'...


date: 7 December 2011
Source(s): HelpAge International (HAI)

Older people's experiences of disasters and their knowledge of coping mechanisms can be essential when developing local disaster risk reduction and adaptation plans...


by Flickr user World Bank Photo Collection, Creative Commons BY-NC-ND 2.0, http://www.flickr.com/photos/worldbank/1195033839/

date: 6 December 2011
Source(s): Times Live

Water experts say that establishing water as an agenda item in its own right in climate change negotiations will lead to a greater focus on developing policy, and attract more resources into the water sector through adaptation programs...


 by Flickr user druidabruxux / Javier Martin Espartosa Center Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 2.0, http://www.flickr.com/photos/druidabruxux/5136925327/

date: 6 December 2011
Source(s): Europapress

'La adaptación basada en los ecosistemas es efectiva, la solución del no arrepentimiento que los gobiernos deberían incorporar de forma proactiva en las políticas nacionales'...


by Flickr user CIMMYT / International Maize and Wheat Improvement , Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 2.0, hhttp://www.flickr.com/photos/cimmyt/5782022802/

date: 6 December 2011
Source(s): Wall Street Journal Digital Network (WSJ)

It is crucial to find a way to meld the macro-level diplomacy of the Conference of the Parties summit with the practical, micro-level solutions needed to protect agricultural communities and their crops from the effects of climate change...


by Flickr user haglundc / Cathy, Creative Commons BY-NC 2.0, http://www.flickr.com/photos/haglundc/3946685535/

date: 6 December 2011
Source(s): Business Day, BDFM Publishers (Pty) Ltd.

'The proposed $100bn-a-year Green Climate Fund is not enough to address climate change mitigation and most of it should rather be spent on adaptation measures where more value can be obtained from the funds'...


by Flickr user Oxfam International, Creative Commons BY-NC-ND 2.0, http://www.flickr.com/photos/oxfam/5224191834/

date: 6 December 2011
Source(s): China Daily

'Africa's priority on climate change is adaptation. Now the issue is to get access to finance to really to make sure that adaptation plans are really implemented,' said AfDB Climate Change director Al-Hamdou Dorsouma...


date: 6 December 2011
Source(s): Center for American Progress (CAP)

The Center for American Progress (CAP) asserts that if the US invest in international climate finance, it would enhance their national security, create jobs, and secure relationships with some of their allies...


date: 6 December 2011
Source(s): United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction - Regional Office for Africa (UNISDR AF)

'We therefore underscore the importance of obtaining a guaranteed balance between adaptation and mitigation, the two facets of the efforts to combat climate change that are pivotal to the negotiations'...


date: 6 December 2011
Source(s): United Nations Environment Programme - Headquarters (UNEP)

'Women often play a stronger role than men in the management of ecosystem services and food security. Hence, sustainable adaptation must focus on gender and the role of women if it is to become successful'...


date: 6 December 2011
Source(s): United Nations Children's Fund - UK (UNICEF UK)

ntony Spalton, specialist in Disaster Risk Reduction, has seen first-hand the devastating effects that climate-linked disasters can have on children’s lives. He tells us what leaders at the COP17 climate change summit in Durban can do about it...


date: 6 December 2011
Source(s): United Nations News Centre (UNNC)

Mr. Ban appealed to industrialized nations to inject capital to allow the fund to begin its work. “Assisting the most vulnerable is both an obligation and a smart investment in a sustainable future,” he said...


by Flickr user ~MVI~ (acquainting with durban) / Shubert Ciencia, Creative Commons BY-NC 2.0, http://www.flickr.com/photos/bigberto/6423552545/

date: 5 December 2011
Source(s): Independent Online (IOL)

Climate talks in Durban are on track to help poor and vulnerable nations deal with increasingly fierce heatwaves, storms and drought brought about by climate change, says the UN’s top climate official...


 by Flickr user J. McPherskesen / Jonathan McPherskesen  Center Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 2.0, http://www.flickr.com/photos/jmcphers/4229550167/

date: 5 December 2011
Source(s): United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction - Regional Office for Africa (UNISDR AF)

The Durban Climate Change Adaptation Charter for Local Government adopted yesterday was hailed by UNISDR Chief, Margareta Wahlstrom: 'Local governments are blazing a trail for nation states to follow.'...


by Flickr user Oxfam International, Creative Commons BY-NC-ND 2.0, http://www.flickr.com/photos/oxfam/6423780681/

date: 5 December 2011
Source(s): Business Day, BDFM Publishers (Pty) Ltd.

While there is no formal negotiating status for business and civil society at the UN climate change summit (COP-17) in Durban, 80% of the funds needed to deal with the effects of climate change will have to come from the private sector and households...


by Flickr user cncd / CNCD -11.11.11, Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 2.0, http://www.flickr.com/photos/cncd/6459734839/

date: 5 December 2011
Source(s): Ghana Business News (GBN)

'Adaptation is a new business and no one has done it before. Africa should take the lead in this area and in the future, it will sell this expertise to the rest of the world,' said Dr. Saleemul Huq, from the International Institute of Environment and Development...


date: 5 December 2011
Source(s): United Nations News Centre (UNNC)

The study calls for more investments in climate change adaptation policies to prevent conflict in the region, adding pressure on governments to reach a new international climate agreement in Durban...


date: 5 December 2011
Source(s): World Bank, the (WB)

But when it came to today’s discussion in particular on adaptation there were many examples of firms moving ahead with climate risk assessments, leading to new business processes and new products in some cases...


date: 5 December 2011
Source(s): Esri

What do you think? Weigh in on their visions for geospatial technologies' role in addressing the challenges of climate change adaptation by visiting www.spatialroundtable.com through January 31, 2012...



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