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Total number of news: 54

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date: 7 February 2014
Source(s): Al Jazeera Satellite Network

Africa needs to step up its adaptation efforts, as fast as possible. For this to be possible, financial support, technology and capacity-building are essential. Africa is committed to making the most of its own resources, including human resources, knowledge and experience, to meet the growing adaptation challenge...


date: 26 December 2013
Source(s): Inter Press Service International Association (IPS); Thomson Reuters Foundation, trust.org (TRF)

Dominica's Environment Minister Kenneth Darroux, is hoping that the island's plea to the World Bank for financial assistance will help the island better prepare in the long-term for the devastating effects of climate change...


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date: 5 December 2013
Source(s): Integrated Regional Information Networks (IRIN)

Funds to adapt, and for agricultural support, have been Africa's main agenda at the talks, but these issues have not really made headway in discussions to reach a new climate deal under the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, and this was the case in Warsaw...


 By Jaspreet Kindra IRIN http://preventionweb.net/go/35744

date: 4 December 2013
Source(s): Integrated Regional Information Networks (IRIN)

'Part of the problem might be that private finance for adaptation is a broad and often undefined concept. For example, are we discussing local or foreign private actors, and are they financing the adaptation of their own operations and value chains, or that of the communities in which they operate?' scientists Clarisse Kehler Siebert and Adis Dzebo ask...


date: 4 December 2013
Source(s): Acclimatise

'The UNFCCC process seems increasingly inadequate as a mechanism to deal with climate change impacts. The main lesson from Warsaw is that governments, businesses and development agencies simply cannot wait for a global agreement; they must all act now,' according to Acclimatise...


 by Dennis Jay Santos/IRIN

date: 28 November 2013
Source(s): Integrated Regional Information Networks (IRIN)

In the end a mechanism for loss and damage associated with climate change impacts was negotiated at the recent UN climate conference in Warsaw, but developing countries had to settle for it being placed under adaptation...


date: 27 November 2013
Source(s): Thomson Reuters Foundation, trust.org (TRF)

At the just-ended UN climate negotiations, developed countries agreed to contribute $100 million dollar to the Adaptation Fund to support more projects put forward by poor countries. Such projects include shoring up food production, reducing climate-related disaster risks, improving water security and other efforts to help people cope with climate change...


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date: 26 November 2013
Source(s): Thomson Reuters Foundation, trust.org (TRF)

'The mechanism’s current architecture falls within the area of adaptation and fails to acknowledge that the world has gone ‘beyond adaptation’ and entered the era of loss and damage,' said Harjeet Singh, international coordinator for disaster risk reduction and climate adaptation with ActionAid International...


date: 25 November 2013
Source(s): Science and Development Network (SciDevNet)

The conference, among others, agreed to establish an international mechanism to provide the most-vulnerable populations with better protection against the loss and damage caused by extreme weather events and the slow onset events such as rising sea levels, with detailed work on the so-called Warsaw mechanism expected to start next year, reports SciDevNet...


date: 24 November 2013
Source(s): Project Climate Twin Phoenix, Philippines - gov

'After the storm Washi, and now the recent devastation of typhoon Yolanda in my country, we are stepping up in our commitment to create more adaptive and resilient cities, towns and communities by leading action on and providing support for better local preparedness programs', said Climate Change Commission Vice Chairperson, Secretary Lucille Sering...


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date: 23 November 2013
Source(s): United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC)

In Warsaw, a landmark was passed after 48 of the poorest countries of the world finalized a comprehensive set of plans to assess the immediate impacts of climate change and what they need in the way of support to become more resilient. Developed countries, including Austria, Belgium, Finland, France, Germany, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland have also paid or pledged over 100 million dollars to add to the Adaptation Fund, which has now started to fund national projects...


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date: 22 November 2013
Source(s): Guardian Ltd, the; IPP Media (IPP)

The programme will allow farmers to fine-tune their planting and marketing strategies based on seasonal climate forecasts, empower disaster risk managers to prepare more effectively for droughts and heavy precipitation, assist public health services to target vaccine and other prevention campaigns to limit climate-related disease outbreaks such as malaria and meningitis, and help improve the management of water resources...


date: 21 November 2013
Source(s): International Association for the Study of Insurance Economics (Geneva Association)

'John Fitzpatrick, Secretary General of The Geneva Association said, 'While the world is receptive in the wake of the Haiyan catastrophe, the global governors present at the COP19 meetings have the ability and the opportunity to increase disaster risk resilience globally through the creation of an effective successor to the Hyogo Framework for Action'...


date: 21 November 2013
Source(s): African Development Bank (AfDB)

Achieving food security and more resilient agriculture requires both adaptation to climate change and lower emission intensities per output. This rationale, brought to the forefront by the AfDB, requires a major shift towards more efficient use of land, water, soil nutrients and genetic resources, together with considerable changes in governance, legislation, policies and financial mechanisms...


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date: 20 November 2013
Source(s): Integrated Regional Information Networks (IRIN)

In the last four decades, more than a million people in the world's poorest countries have died in climate-related disasters - more than five times the global average - yet funding for their adaptation plans eludes them, says a new paper released during the UN talks on climate change in Warsaw...


date: 19 November 2013
Source(s): LiveScience, TechMediaNetwork

'Nations should agree on a mechanism that helps protect vulnerable countries from the impacts of climate change...New investments must be made into developing and sharing best practices for adaption and disaster risk reduction, including ensuring that disaster risk management planning includes the social and environmental effects of climate change'...


 Dr. Suresh Reddy, CGIAR field team member, interviewing a vulnerable small landholder farmer on the usefulness of agrometeorological advisories in Nimani village, Andrah Pradesh (South India). Photo credit: Arame Tall http://www.flickr.com/photos/cgiarclimate/7602112088, CC BY-NC-SA 2.0

date: 19 November 2013
Source(s): Thomson Reuters Foundation, trust.org (TRF)

A lack of cross-border political collaboration in South Asia, scarce political will and lingering security issues in the region are major roadblocks to the transfer of technology and know-how that would build climate resilience, according to climate and mountain community experts speaking on the sidelines of the UN climate negotiation in Warsaw...


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date: 19 November 2013
Source(s): Integrated Regional Information Networks (IRIN)

Prakash Mathema, chair of the Least Developed Countries group at the talks, is emphatic: 'We are not going home without a loss and damage mechanism! They [some developed countries] cannot postpone this forever and ever. A commitment was made in Doha to set up a mechanism here in Warsaw.' Others have upped the stakes even more...


date: 19 November 2013
Source(s): United Nations Environment Programme - Headquarters (UNEP)

'Missing the 2°C window will not only cost governments billions of dollars but will risk the lives and livelihoods of hundreds of millions of people on the African continent and elsewhere,' said UN Under-Secretary General and UNEP Executive Director, Achim Steiner at the release of the new UNEP report during the UN climate talks in Warsaw...


date: 16 November 2013
Source(s): New York Times, the

'We’ve reached a stage where we cannot adapt anymore,' said Ronald Jumeau, the United Nations representative for the Seychelles, who is his country’s chief negotiator at the 19th conference of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change...


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date: 15 November 2013
Source(s): Thomson Reuters Foundation, trust.org (TRF)

Case-by-case humanitarian assistance is not going to work to solve increasingly large-scale or long-term crises, he said at U.N. climate talks in Warsaw. And efforts to help vulnerable places build resilience to disasters and adapt to coming changes are in some cases being overwhelmed by the severity of climate impacts...


date: 14 November 2013
Source(s): Responding to Climate Change (RTCC)

Speaking at the COP19 conference about the beneficial impact the adaptation fund has had in Senegal, Emmanuel Seck of the Indigo and Programme says there has been lots of projects that have been implemented since receiving the fund. He says it has been a catalyst to stimulate local development...


date: 14 November 2013
Source(s): Guardian News and Media Limited

Business needs to step up when it comes to tackling climate challenges, writes UN Global Compact director Georg Kell on the pages of The Guardian at the time when policy makers and influencial business leaders gather at COP19...


date: 14 November 2013
Source(s): Guardian News and Media Limited

A new disaster risk report, released by Germanwatch during COP19, highlights the problem of accurately predicting impact of extreme weather events such as typhoon Haiyan. According to UNISDR's Jerry Velasquez, fewer people are dying worldwide due to climate-related disasters, but far more are exposed than a decade ago, and the economic impact is soaring...


date: 13 November 2013
Source(s): World Meteorological Organization (WMO)

'Although individual tropical cyclones cannot be directly attributed to climate change, higher sea levels are already making coastal populations more vulnerable to storm surges. We saw this with tragic consequences in the Philippines,' said WMO Secretary-General Michel Jarraud...


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date: 13 November 2013
Source(s): Thomson Reuters Foundation, trust.org (TRF)

Dealing effectively with losses and damage from climate change will require a separate, permanent mechanism that would replace reliance on country-by-country responses to disasters like the super typhoon that hit the Philippines late last week, developing-world negotiators said at U.N. climate talks in Warsaw...


date: 13 November 2013
Source(s): Thomson Reuters Foundation, trust.org (TRF)

'These investments do not just benefit smallholder farmers, but contribute to wider development goals such as poverty reduction, functioning environmental services and cutting carbon emissions,' the report noted.


date: 13 November 2013
Source(s): Africa Science News Service (ASNS)

A parallel session on the second day at the ongoing 19th Conference of Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change heard that rising temperatures, droughts and declining precipitation trends are likely to hit pastoral system as well as small scale farmers especially hard, since they depend on rain for their survival...


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date: 13 November 2013
Source(s): swissinfo.ch - International Service of the Swiss Broadcasting Corporation

This is not a once in a lifetime event anymore. That means changing where we plan to put people; if we place people in these coastal areas we have to come up with something else, like cyclone shelters, or we have to improve the building standards, or we address poverty, said Jerry Velasquez, from UNISDR...


date: 12 November 2013
Source(s): Germanwatch

'Our results are really a wake-up call to ramp up international climate policy and to better manage weather-related disasters', says Sönke Kreft of Germanwatch. 'The year 2015 represents a major milestone, which needs to deliver a new climate agreement, and the international disaster framework is also up for renewal'...


date: 12 November 2013
Source(s): Thomson Reuters Foundation, trust.org (TRF)

We will try hard to use COP 19 as an opportunity to determine how we can tap in to international sources of funding for climate change adaptation and mitigation projects in Pakistan, with a major focus on the National Adaptation Plans and Local Adaptation Plans' said Muhammad Irfan Tariq, a top official in Pakistan’s Climate Change Division...


date: 11 November 2013
Source(s): Thomson Reuters Foundation, trust.org (TRF)

Bold action to tackle the threat of climate-related disasters must figure prominently at U.N. climate talks, which opened in Warsaw on Monday, as the consequences are hitting developing nations like the Philippines the hardest, the country’s lead climate negotiator said...


date: 11 November 2013
Source(s): Thomson Reuters Foundation, trust.org (TRF)

'We’re doing our work on adaptation; we’re making resiliency part of our development planning. But the impacts of climate change are beyond our capacity already. That’s why we need the world not just to feel our pain, our irretrievable loss, but to do something,' Alicia Ilaga, a negotiator from the Philippines, told journalists...


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date: 11 November 2013
Source(s): United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction - Regional Office for Asia and Pacific (UNISDR AP)

The Philippines’ lead negotiator at the UN Climate Change Convention, whose home town was devastated by super typhoon Haiyan, told today’s conference opening that 'disasters are never natural'. 'We must stop calling events like these as natural disasters,' Mr Yeb Sano said in his address to the Convention's 19th Conference of the Parties in Warsaw...


date: 11 November 2013
Source(s): Guardian News and Media Limited

In December 2012, Jessica Scholl wrote: 'Hurricane Sandy and climate change: a wake-up call for collective, cross-sector adaptation efforts?' As the world rallies behind the government and people of the Philippines following another disaster, typhoon Haiyan, far more deadly than Sandy, perhaps it's time to answer Scholl's question once and for all...


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date: 11 November 2013
Source(s): Integrated Regional Information Networks (IRIN)

Yet another round of UN climate talks begins today, this time in Warsaw, occurring against the backdrop of Typhoon Haiyan, which has reportedly killed at least 10,000 people in the Philippines. But two new papers point out that funding promised to help countries adapt to climate change have been insufficient and untransparent...


date: 8 November 2013
Source(s): Thomson Reuters Foundation, trust.org (TRF)

'The IPCC has transitioned to what I consider to be a full and rich recognition that the climate change problem is about managing risk,' Christopher Field, co-chair of the IPCC group preparing the report, told Reuters...


date: 7 November 2013
Source(s): Thomson Reuters Foundation, trust.org (TRF)

'Saleemul Huq, director the Dhaka-based International Centre for Climate Change and Development (ICCCAD), said industrialised-country negotiators should accept the need for a new mechanism, and stop trying to push loss and damage into other workstreams, such as adaptation'...


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date: 6 November 2013
Source(s): Thomson Reuters Foundation, trust.org (TRF)

'Up to now we’ve been doing these small projects which generally stay under the radar, so very few people get to know about them' said Sumeet Agarwal, of SEEDS. 'Now, the recognition “will help popularise these projects, and other people around the world will get to learn from it and replicate it,' said Agarwal, one of the developers of the new house...


date: 6 November 2013
Source(s): Oxfam International Secretariat

As the world prepares for the next round of climate change negotiations in Warsaw later this month, questions of finance, transparency and accountability will figure front and center in the discussions. Meanwhile in developing countries, the work of making sure development succeeds continues alongside the continuing threat of climate change...


date: 3 November 2013
Source(s): Financial Express (FE)

'Bangladesh, as the most affected and vulnerable country to climate change, should take the leadership of the other risky countries to climate change issue,' said climate change specialist and lone Bangladeshi IPCC delegate to COP19 Dr Ahsan Uddin Ahmed. 'At the COP19, Bangladesh should perform roles in all areas of negotiation particularly in the field of adaptation and finance'...


date: 31 October 2013
Source(s): Thomson Reuters Foundation, trust.org (TRF)

Local communities should be involved in developing climate change strategies, the negative impacts of adaptation measures considered, and regional rather than continental or international approaches to combat climate change drawn up, conference participants agreed...


date: 9 October 2013
Source(s): Thomson Reuters Foundation, trust.org (TRF)

A major UN fund that helps developing countries adapt to the negative effects of climate change faces a bleak financial future because of rock-bottom prices on the carbon market, its main source of income...


date: 10 September 2013
Source(s): Responding to Climate Change (RTCC)

France’s lead climate negotiator Paul Watkinson confirmed the country’s main development agency (AFD) had allocated €2 billion a year towards climate mitigation and adaptation projects up to 2015...


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date: 25 June 2013
Source(s): Integrated Regional Information Networks (IRIN)

Saleemul Huq, lead author of the chapter on adaptation in the fourth assessment report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, says he would like to see the adoption of the proposed 'Warsaw International Mechanism on Loss and Damage'...


date: 24 June 2013
Source(s): Responding to Climate Change (RTCC)

'The donors are stepping up to the adaptation challenge, and this is absolutely critical given the state of our climate, and we are truly grateful for the support of these nations as well as their vote of confidence in the LDCF and SCCF,' said Bonizella Biagini, Head of the GEF Climate Change Adaptation Program...


date: 17 June 2013
Source(s): Thomson Reuters Foundation, trust.org (TRF)

'We need to act now, and we need to act together,' said Prakash Mathema of Nepal, chair of the Least Developed Countries negotiating group. Poor countries in particular 'have already witnessed many catastrophic climate disasters, and these events are going to be more frequent, intense and unpredictable,' he warned in a statement...


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date: 2 June 2013
Source(s): United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC)

In addition to round table discussions including on possible types of commitments and bottom-up and top-down elements in the new agreement, a special ADP workshop at the June meeting will focus on strengthening adaptation to climate change through the 2015 agreement...


date: 23 April 2013
Source(s): Devex

'How does climate change affect different vulnerable groups, including women, men, children, and sociocultural dynamics; how do we 'sustainably' manage critical resources which are increasingly becoming scarce, and how do these management schemes mediate access and power; what kinds of development investment are needed to support a green, equitable economy?' asks Ms Sumaylo of WFP...


date: 27 February 2013
Source(s): Thomson Reuters Foundation, trust.org (TRF)

Perhaps, instead of flying thousands of climate negotiators to U.N. meetings in different parts of the world each year, international climate change policy could be hammered out in a series of live online discussions? Low-cost, low-emitting and possibly just as productive - here's the result of one...



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