Workshop on Enhancing Climate Indices for Sector-Specific Applications
10 Jun 2013 - 14 Jun 2013
This workshop aims to enhance the use of climate information in the agriculture, water and health sectors for Climate Risk Management (CRM) and adaptation, through interdisciplinary analysis and interpretation of sector-specific climate indices.
The specific objectives of the workshop include:
- To bring participants together from the countries in South America from the meteorological and sectoral communities (possibly agriculture, health, e.g.); - To briefly review how sectors currently use climate indices and indicators for CRM and adaptation and gauge the requirements for improved understanding and application of climate information in decision-making; - To introduce and describe the new software and to apply the tools to create sector-specific indices for the region; - To analyse and interpret the results from sector perspectives; - To assess the software, process and outcomes; - To use sector expertise to enhance indices and software tools; - To enhance interdisciplinary networking; and - To make recommendations for further activities.
Side Event on Regional Capacity-Building Projects & Sustainable Management Systems
7 Jun 2013
This side event, led by the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) Secretariat, will present the achievements from two pilot regional capacity-building projects (Southeast Asia, Eastern and Southern Africa) aiming at strengthening the institutional arrangements for Greenhouse Gas (GHG) inventory management systems, enhancing the capacity of designated personnel, and improving national methodologies, activity data and emission factors.
This panel focuses on bringing together climate change adaptation practitioners, policy makers and academics to share lessons learned and experiences on important adaptation topics. For this panel, a broad range of panelists from International Organizations, NGOs and Party Members will gather to present and engage in discussions with the audience in the following three sessions:
- Session 1: Ecosystem-based Adaptation and Climate Resilience - Session 2: What do Decision-makers and Practitioners Need to Know about Ecosystem-based Adaptation (EbA)? - Session 3: Lessons Learned from Climate Change Adaptation Case Studies
International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN)
E-learning Course on Climate Change Adaptation, Loss and Damage
3 Jun 2013 - 7 Jul 2013
This e-learning course aims to facilitate international negotiations, public sector work, and diplomatic engagement in relation to climate change impacts and adaptation measures through an enhanced understanding of its science, the international policy framework, and the key negotiation issues pertinent to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) process. At the end of the course, participants should be able to: comprehend climate change science and the observed and projected impacts of climate change; track and explain the international adaptation and loss and damage policy framework, in particular the negotiations under the UNFCCC; define and understand adaptation, loss and damage from climate change impacts and its links to mitigation; appreciate international considerations for climate change decision-making; appraise the key issues in the ongoing international climate change negotiations, and how to build and move forward from the outcomes of COP18.
UNU, Germanwatch, Munich Climate Insurance Initiative, International Centre for Climate Change and Development, Climate Development and Knowledge Network
Second FAO Regional Workshop on Statistics for Greenhouse Gas Emissions
3 Jun 2013 - 4 Jun 2013
Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago
The workshop brings together high-level staff of Ministries of Agriculture, Agricultural National Statistical Agencies or Bureaus responsible for national greenhouse gas (GHG) reporting under international climate policy processes, to help further the conversation on how to improve statistics for GHG emissions. The workshop served as a platform to exchange information on national GHG data processes, identify critical institutional and technical gaps, and explore the role that FAO can play via its new FAOSTAT Emissions database in support of its Member Countries’ needs.
This event is an international trade fair and conference for emissions trading, carbon abatement solutions and clean technologies. It provides insights into national situation reports, latest knowledge and trends, and discusseses links between trading and other international policies and developments.
International Emissions Trading Association, Fira Barcelona
Regional Workshop on Climate Services at the National Level for Small Island Developing States in the Caribbean
29 May 2013 - 31 May 2013
Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago
This workshop aims to bring together experts from the National Meteorological and Hydrological Services (NMHSs) and the key decision-makers and practitioners from the initial four priority areas of the Global Framework for Climate Services (GFCS). It facilitates the identification of appropriate mechanisms and networks to improve and sustain the flow of climate information for different users. Among its objectives, it aims to improves knowledge of the existing interface mechanisms and to identify, propose and prioritize, ways to promote community understanding and awareness of climate variability and change, and associated risks and opportunities for improved climate risk management and adaptation, and climate products and services required thereof.
Global Framework for Climate Services Office, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration of the United States Department of Commerce, Agencia Estatal de Meteorología of Spain, The Caribbean Institute for Meteorology and Hydrology
E-Learning Course: Introduction to a Green Economy - Concepts and Applications
27 May 2013 - 19 Jul 2013
This partnership e-learning course has been designed for a wide audience of civil servants, diplomats, environmental managers, academics and interested citizens. It aims at enhancing participants’ knowledge of different concepts and facets of the green economy, as well as global, national and sector-specific challenges and opportunities to advance low-carbon, resource efficient and socially inclusive development. Additionally, it develops basic skills for applying the green economy concept in a real world economic, policy and/or personal context.
This workshop for Dominican journalists is organized within the framework of the National UN CC:Learn Project, which aims at strengthening human capacities to advance towards a green, low-emission and climate-resilient development. The training brings together journalists from different regions of the Dominican Republic and provides an opportunity for strengthening their knowledge and skills in adaptation and mitigation to climate change.
UN CC:Learn Partner Agencies, Government of the Dominican Republic, The Nature Conservancy, Dominican College of Journalists, National Union of Press Workers
Symposium on Aviation and Climate Change
14 May 2013 - 16 May 2013
This symposium is the fourth in a series of environment-related events which aim to foster a dialogue amongst participants on environment and aviation. Organized under the theme “Destination Green”, it provides an opportunity to gain knowledge and exchange information on the key areas of International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO)'s environmental protection activities. Key issues under discussion include plans to reduce CO2 emissions and new standards, sustainable alternative fuels for aviation, and market-based measures to reduce aviation emissions. In conjunction with the symposium, an exhibition is organized to showcase the latest tools, products and technologies that can positively contribute to many of the measures and initiatives supporting States’ Action Plans to reduce aviation emissions.
E-learning Course on CDM Programme of Activities: Challenges and Opportunities
13 May 2013 - 24 May 2013
This e-learning course aims to help carbon market agents, development practitioners and urban specialists better understand the opportunities and challenges of Programmatic Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) and illustrates how it can be used as a tool for catalyzing low carbon development. The training is delivered in four modules which take about 8 hours. It uses interactive presentations and provides discussion forums.
8th Symposium on ICTs, the Environment and Climate Change
6 May 2013 - 7 May 2013
The symposium aims to move forward the agenda on using Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) to monitor climate change, mitigate and adapt to its effects. In particular, it is dedicated to the theme of Smart Sustainable Cities and focuses on the issue of ICTs, the environment and climate change in the world and the needs for smart green ICT technologies. Topics to be discussed include, inter alia, mitigation and adaptation to climate change, e-waste, disaster preparedness, cost-effective ICT technologies, methodologies for the environmental impact assessment of ICTs, ICT technologies for smart cities and smart societies, challenges and opportunities in the transition to a green and resource efficient economy. The symposium brings together leading specialists in the field, from top policy-makers to engineers, designers, planners, government officials, regulators, standards experts and others.
Ministry for Economic Development of Italy, Telecom Italia
E-learning Course on Cities and Climate Change Leadership
6 May 2013 - 24 May 2013
This e-learning course discusses how cities and urban regions can lead climate actions and mainstream climate mitigation and adaptation into their development plans. Its overall objective is to encourage city leaders and decision makers to undertake climate actions suitable to local needs. Specifically, the course provides practical knowledge and skills to: 1) integrate appropriate climate actions into city-wide agendas; 2) apply proven tools and methodologies to identify the best course of climate action planning; 3) facilitate collaboration with different stakeholders and partners in planning and implementing climate actions; and 4) utilize policy, financial and technical instruments available within and outside administrative boundaries in designing and implementing timely climate actions.
E-learning Course on Saving Energy Through Energy Savings Performance Contracts
6 May 2013 - 24 May 2013
This e-learning course aims to enable participants to: 1) identify Energy Savings Performance Contracts (ESPC) opportunities in the public sector in their country; 2) define the overall procurement process for ESPCs in a public agency; 3) document case studies on specific country experiences using the ESPC approach; 4) identify how to address the key procurement issues related to the ESPC approach; and 5) develop a “roadmap” for employing the ESPC approach and selecting energy service providers to implement energy efficiency projects in the public sector. It consists of seven modules presenting key concepts and providing opportunities to apply and discuss them. All modules use multimedia presentations and offer selected readings. Quizzes, research exercises and case studies help to broaden participants’ understanding of the topics in a proactive way.
E-learning Course on Climate-Smart Agriculture through Sustainable Land-Water Management
1 May 2013 - 30 May 2013
This e-learning course provides practical knowledge about how climate change is likely to impact agriculture, food production and security, and what actions can be taken to increase productivity, and build resilience to mitigate the negative impacts of climate change, as well as contribute to reducing greenhouse gas emissions through practicing climate-smart agriculture, both in policies and practices.
E-learning Course on Energy Sector Strategies to Support Green Growth
1 May 2013 - 31 May 2013
This e-learning course covers essential 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). It ends with a discussion on how these policies can be integrated into overall green growth strategies at the national level.
Course on Promoting Green Jobs Policies: Employment Potential and Skill Needs in a Greener Economy
29 Apr 2013 - 31 May 2013
This blended course offers a conceptual framework and operational tools for the promotion of green jobs policies by focusing on how to seize employment opportunities and address skills challenges in the transition to a greener economy.
This e-learning course focuses on disaster risk management (DRM) at the city level. Participants learn, in particular, about planning and decision making under uncertainty and how to make their cities more resilient to climate change impacts and natural disasters. The course provides cutting edge tools on vulnerability assessment, institutional assessment and gap analysis, and on how to access finance for risk management.
This course is divided into 4 modules:
- Module 1: Introduction
- Module 2: Technical Analysis and Vulnerability Assessment
- Module 3: Accessing Finance for Urban DRM and Resilience
- Module 4: Building and Implementing the Local Resilience Action Plan (LRAP)
Training Workshop on the Total Costs of REDD+ Activities in the Democratic Republic of Congo
22 Apr 2013 - 26 Apr 2013
Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo
This national training workshop assesses the total costs of REDD+ activities in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). The objective of the workshop is to train participants from the Regional Post-graduate Training School of Integrated Management of Tropical Forests and Lands, the Ministry of Environment, Nature Conservation and Tourism (MECNT), the Ministry of Planning, University of Kinshasa and civil society in the use of a software tool to analyze the total costs of REDD+ activities in DRC. The last day is dedicated to demonstrate the results to a broader public.
UNDP, Forest Carbon Partnership Facility, Regional Post-graduate Training School of Integrated Management of Tropical Forests and Lands , National Coordination REDD
Workshop on Climate Change, Disasters and Crises in the Fisheries and Aquaculture Sector in Southern and Eastern Africa
22 Apr 2013 - 24 Apr 2013
This workshop aims to establish the current baseline with regard to the integration of climate change adaptation and disaster risk management in fisheries and aquaculture activities and policies in Southern and Eastern Africa, and, vice versa, of the integration of fisheries and aquaculture in climate change adaptation and disaster risk management strategies and plans, with the overall goal of coordinating activities and identifying gaps and priority actions. Among its key objectives, the workshops aims to strengthen the understanding of climate change and disaster impacts on fisheries and aquaculture in Southern and Eastern Africa and present best-practice examples and lessons learned.
Planning and Coordinating Agency of the New Partnership for Africa's Development, African Union, Indian Ocean Commission, European Union
Expanded Constituency Workshop for South America
17 Apr 2013 - 19 Apr 2013
This workshop brings together Global Environment Facility (GEF) focal points, focal points from the main conventions (biodiversity, desertification, climate change and persistent organic pollutants), representatives from civil society and representatives from the GEF Secretariat and the GEF Agencies, to discuss priority issues, lessons learned and experiences from the development and implementation of GEF projects and their integration within national policy frameworks. Countries eligible to participate in this workshop include Argentina, Brazil, Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Paraguay, Peru and Uruguay.
Regional Workshop on Promoting International Collaboration to Facilitate Preparation, Submission and Implementation of NAMAs
16 Apr 2013 - 19 Apr 2013
This regional workshop aims to: 1) provide technical support to build the capacity of African countries in the preparation, submission and implementation of nationally appropriate mitigation actions (NAMAs); 2) facilitate the exchange of best practices and lessons learned in the preparation and implementation of NAMAs by providing a platform to showcase NAMAs and innovative financing options; 3) provide a platform for networking by bringing experts from Africa and international organizations and donors together; and 4) forge a robust and systematic partnership with international partners.
Webinar on Climate-Smart Agriculture – Developing Agriculture Carbon Projects
14 Apr 2013
This webinar highlights that Climate-Smart Agriculture (CSA) offers triple-win, i.e. improving food security, building climate resilience, and mitigating GHG impact through carbon sequestration. In particular, it focuses on the third pillar of the triple-win – mitigating climate change impact through developing agriculture carbon projects. The speaker talks about how to develop innovative agriculture carbon projects that benefit smallholder farmers in developing countries.
Webinar on Innovative Approaches to Promoting Urban Green Growth
10 Apr 2013
During this webinar, Dr. Alfonso Vergara, founder and president, Fundación Metrópoli, speaks about innovative approaches to promoting urban green growth with concrete examples from an on-going project between Singapore and Penang. The webinars takes places at 10 am EST.
E-learning Course on the Clean Development Mechanism and Joint Implementation: Navigating the Kyoto Project-Based Mechanisms
1 Apr 2013 - 26 Apr 2013
This course provides a comprehensive overview of the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) and Joint Implementation (JI). It is delivered in 10 modules, which take about 20 hours to complete. The training uses interactive presentations, case studies and discussion forums. It enables participants to: 1) understand all aspects of the Kyoto Protocol’s project-based mechanisms; 2) understand the governance of these mechanisms; 3) start a CDM or JI project; and 4) understand the CDM and JI project cycles and corresponding rules and procedures.