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.
Webinar on Financing Energy Efficiency: Lessons from International Experience
28 Mar 2013
This webinar reviews the international experience with financing mechanisms such as energy efficiency funds, consumer financing, dedicated credit lines, risk-sharing programs, performance contracting and equity funds. It presents a summary of the major lessons learned and recommends how a country can adapt the international experience to its local conditions. The webinar is hosted by Dilip Limaye –senior Energy Efficiency Specialist and consultant to the World Bank Institute and the World Bank with the expertise in energy efficiency policies, regulations, financing and implementation strategies – and is part of the WBI Climate Change Talks.
The workshop brings together GEF focal points, focal points from the main Conventions (Biodiversity, Desertification, Climate Change and POPs), representatives from civil society and representatives from the GEF Secretariat and the GEF Agencies. It aims to further strengthen participants’ knowledge of GEF-5 strategies, programs, policies, and procedures. The 3-day workshop is intensive and interactive and is enhanced by the diversity of perspectives brought by its participants. It is also 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. Target countries include: Bangladesh, Bhutan, Cambodia, China, India, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Mongolia, Myanmar, Nepal, Maldives, Sri Lanka, Thailand and Vietnam.
This forum is a regional conference and exhibition platform established in 2006 to promote knowledge and information sharing while facilitating business opportunity environments among carbon market stakeholders. It promotes a discussion and exchange of experiences and provides participants the latest developments of emissions trading schemes, low emission development and the future of the carbon markets. The forum also facilitates debates around the international and national mitigation policies to promote greenhouse gases (GHG) emission reductions. Finally it seeks new impulses for increasing the volume of low carbon investments in Latin American and the Caribbean.
Governo do Rio de Janeiro, Latin American Energy Organization, International Emissions Trading Association, CAF
Technical Workshop on Ecosystem-based Approaches for Adaptation to Climate Change
21 Mar 2013 - 23 Mar 2013
Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
This workshop considers the role of ecosystems, including forests, in adaptation; vulnerability and impacts in ecosystems; and the implementation of and benefits from ecosystem-based approaches for adaptation. Through discussions taking place in plenary and parallel breakout sessions and among members of an expert panel, Parties and expert organizations enhance their understanding of ecosystem-based approaches for adaptation, identify areas of further work and share best practices and lessons learned, including in the context of the Rio Conventions. Cross-cutting themes, including the importance of indigenous and traditional knowledge and the need for considering gender sensitivity in ecosystem-based approaches for adaptation, are also discussed at the workshop.
Workshop to Validate Malawi's National Climate Change Learning Strategy
19 Mar 2013
This workshop aims to validate Malawi’s National Strategy to Strengthen Human Resources and Skills to Advance Green, Low Emission and Climate Resilient Development. The Strategy has been developed through a multi-stakeholder and multi-sectoral process at the country level as part of a UN CC:Learn Project on Strengthening Human Resources and Skills to Address Climate Change in 2011-2013
National Workshop on Strengthening Capacities in NAMA Design
14 Mar 2013 - 15 Mar 2013
This workshop aims at identifying the key steps to be taken for the development and implementation of specific Nationally Appropriate Mitigation Action (NAMAs) in three sectors in Peru: bioenergy, transport and construction materials. It comprises a two-day NAMA training which uses a stepwise and systematic approach that guides participants from an initial background analysis to the final implementation phase, taking the different design options and financing needs into consideration. Workshop participants discussed specific mitigation concepts and corresponding implementation barriers more in detail for the three prioritized sectors.
Peru's Environment Ministry, German International Cooperation, German Federal Environment Ministry, Ecofys' Mitigation Momentum Project, International Partnership on Mitigation and MRV
Training on Assessing Costs and Benefits of Adaptation: Methods and Data
11 Mar 2013 - 14 Mar 2013
This training familiarizes participants with the methods and data used to analyze the economic benefits of adaptation initiatives in the agriculture and water sector. It aims to identify and address capacity development gaps related to accessing climate finance and formulating National Adaptation Plans (NAPs). It brings together multidisciplinary technical teams from Bangladesh, Cambodia, Lao People's Democratic Republic (PDR), Indonesia, Maldives, Mongolia, Nepal, the Philippines, Sri Lanka, Thailand and Viet Nam.
US Agency for International Development, Yale University
Teacher Training on Climate Change in the Dominican Republic
10 Mar 2013 - 15 Mar 2013
Boca Chica, Dominican Republic
This pilot workshop on Climate Change Education for Sustainable Development (CCESD) is organized within the framework of the national UN CC:Learn project and the priority action on Strengthening Capacities to Integrate Climate Change Education for Sustainable Development (CCESD) in Secondary School Education. The six-day training on climate change brings together education planners, curriculum development specialists, teacher trainers and teachers from the Education Ministry, Teacher Training Institutions, Universities and NGOs.
UN CC:Learn Partner Agencies, Government of the Dominican Republic
REDD+ Regional Lessons Learned Workshop on Social and Environmental Safeguards
5 Mar 2013 - 6 Mar 2013
This workshop aims to share knowledge and experiences in developing safeguards systems in Asia. The safeguard policies in REDD+ for indigenous peoples and local communities is the backbone of REDD+ implementation across the continent. The workshop raises awareness about the relationships between different REDD+ safeguard systems and supports national approaches to developing safeguards systems that respond to country-specific circumstances.
E-learning Course on Carbon Monitoring in CDM Afforestation/Reforestation Projects
4 Mar 2013 - 15 Mar 2013
This e-learning course presents the methods for carbon monitoring in afforestation and reforestation projects under the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) and includes three modules:
- Module 1: Preparing for Project Monitoring (reviews key concepts, such as carbon pools, project stratification and boundary, sampling design and species data)
- Module 2: Monitoring Forest Carbon Stocks (how to measure various forest carbon pools)
- Module 3: Monitoring Project Emissions and Leakage (explores sources of project emissions and leakage)
The course is made up of two parts: (1) three self-paced multimedia learning modules, each of which is around 1 hour; and (2) online facilitated discussion forums. Participants are expected to devote a total of 8 hours to complete this course.