This seminar focuses on environmental footprint and Latin American food exports: international regulations and business practice. It looks at the state of carbon footprint labeling standards internationally, including ISO 14.067, France's Grenelle 2 and standards work underway in the European Union, and discusses the state of methodologies for calculating the carbon footprint of products. It also looks at the application of environmental standards on imports by US and European retail chains and cases of adoption of such standards by exporters in Chile, Colombia and Costa Rica. The event is part of a series of annual seminars on the potential implications of carbon footprint initiatives for Latin American and Caribbean (LAC) trade.
This two-day seminar exposes participants to key issues related to climate finance. In particular, it covers the following topics: financing climate change mitigation and adaptation; international climate change finance instruments; UNFCCC convention framework financial mechanisms; international climate finance in practice; and moving forward from Durban (COP 17): key multilateral negotiation issues. Each session involves a detailed exposé of the subject matter as well as a round table discussion. Certain sessions may include group work. The seminar targets senior and middle level officials and executives from the public and private sector, entrepreneurs, media executives, and non-profit organization leaders.
Workshop on Community Action for Disaster Resilience and Climate Change Adaptation
10 Oct 2012
This workshop discusses challenges and potentials arising from involving local communities in developing and implementing local disaster risk reduction and adaptation measures. Based on a participatory approach, it explores options for active participation of communities in building sustainable, inclusive and resilient urban environments and identifies success factors.
National Planning Workshop on Developing a National Strategy to Strengthen Human Resource Capacities and Skills to Advance Green, Low Emission and Climate Resilient Development in Indonesia
9 Oct 2012
This workshop provides an opportunity to discuss the UN CC:Learn project in Indonesia with concerned government sectors and interested organizations, and sets the stage for the development of a National Strategy to Strengthen Human Resource Capacities and Skills to Advance Green, Low Emission and Climate Resilient Development. Specific workshop objectives include, but are not limited to: 1) developing a common understanding of the UN CC:Learn project and its objectives; 2) taking stock of national and international initiatives relevant for the project; 3) agreeing on the Terms of Reference (TOR) and work plan for developing the National Strategy; 4) identifying key actors that should be engaged in developing the National Strategy; and 5) exploring opportunities to engage national educational and technical and vocational training institutions.
E-Learning Course: Introduction to a Green Economy - Concepts and Applications
8 Oct 2012 - 30 Nov 2012
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.
Workshop for Asia and Pacific on Vulnerability and Adaptation Assessment
8 Oct 2012 - 12 Oct 2012
Vientiane, Lao People's Democratic Republic
This hands-on training workshop for the Asia and Pacific region on vulnerability and adaptation assessment is organized by the Consultative Group of Experts on National Communications from Parties not included in Annex I to the Convention (CGE).
E-learning Course on Saving Energy Through Energy Savings Performance Contracts
1 Oct 2012 - 21 Oct 2012
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 the Clean Development Mechanism and Joint Implementation: Navigating the Kyoto Project-Based Mechanisms
1 Oct 2012 - 28 Oct 2012
This e-learning 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, and uses interactive presentations, case studies and discussion forums. The course aims to enable participants to: understand all aspects of the Kyoto Protocol’s project-based mechanisms; understand the governance of these mechanisms; start a CDM or JI project; and understand the CDM and JI project cycles and corresponding rules and procedures. It targets carbon finance experts and practitioners, including project developers, technical consultants, decision makers, representatives from cities and civil society organizations.
The aim of the course is to provide students with practical insights and up-to-date knowledge on the interconnected themes of climate, energy and food security, and to familiarise them with the extent of the challenges facing the Asia Pacific region as well as the global community and some of the possible solutions. The course encourages students to critically discuss the science, politics and economics underpinning climate change, energy and food security, and to discuss aspects of mitigation and adaptation to climate change impacts. The range of topics covered includes climate science, climate justice, food justice, hunger, peak oil, biodiversity and climate change, sea level rise, biofuels, renewable energy, global climate change policies, and low carbon society.
University of Hawaii, Keio University, Waseda University, Asian Institute of Technology, National University of Samoa , University of the Ryukyus
Workshop for Pacific LDCs
28 Sep 2012 - 3 Oct 2012
This workshop for Pacific least developed countries (LDCs) is organized by the Least Developed Countries Expert Group (LEG). The LEG aims to support the preparation and implementation strategy of national adaptation programmes of action (NAPAs).
Regional Seminar on Agriculture and Climate Change
27 Sep 2012 - 28 Sep 2012
This seminar examines the role new technologies may play in contributing to climate change mitigation and adaptation in the agricultural sector in Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC). It addresses how to shift LAC agriculture from energy-intensive to low-carbon and to promote resilient "smart agriculture”. It also looks at advances in the applications of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) to the sector, such as generating agro-climatic zoning systems to assist agricultural insurance systems. Relevant advances in biotechnology, such as the development of crop varieties better adapted to climate variability, and nanotechnology, such as more precise delivery of fertilizers and pesticides, are also discussed.
Webinar on Innovation Policies to Support Low Emission Development
27 Sep 2012
In this webinar, Dr. Nathan Hultman, Director of Environmental Policy program at the University of Maryland School of Public Policy, and Fellow at the Brookings Institution, explains the importance of innovation in the energy sector and how innovation policies can support a transition towards a low carbon economy.
CIFAL Jeju Workshop Series: Biodiversity in the Asia Pacific Region - Developing Local Government Capacities to Mitigate Climate Change and Conserve Biodiversity
26 Sep 2012 - 28 Sep 2012
Seogwipo-City, Republic of Korea
This workshop provides an opportunity for local authorities to build capacities to mitigate climate change and conserve biodiversity, a platform to exchange lessons learned and good practices in local and national efforts to implement the Convention on Biological Diversity, and a venue for city-to-city cooperation in implementing local action plans for biodiversity conservation. It targets high-level authorities and experts from local governments, representatives from NGOs and community-based organizations, academic institutions, and other local actors within the Asia-Pacific region.
International Training Centre for Local Actors - CIFAL Jeju
Green Economy Seminar: Compact, Smart and Climate-neutral? - Cities in a Green Economy
26 Sep 2012
This seminar presents and discusses different concepts, approaches and initiatives, which aim to achieve sustainable urban development and support the transition to a green and climate-resilient economy. Participants explore how these concepts differ from each other and whether they have a common denominator for integrated sustainable urban development.
Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development
E-learning Course on Negotiating Climate Change: From Durban and beyond
24 Sep 2012 - 16 Nov 2012
This e-learning course aims to develop participants’ understanding of the climate change policy framework, by building an appreciation of the science, causes and impacts of climate change, the history of the policy making process and the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) framework. It also considers the challenges currently facing diplomats and international decision makers in making progress with what is currently on the negotiating table. At the end of this course, participants should be able to: 1) comprehend climate change science and the observed and projected impacts of climate change; 2) track and explain the international climate change policy framework; 3) define both climate change mitigation and adaptation; 4) appreciate international considerations for climate change decision-making; and 5) appraise the key issues in the ongoing international climate change negotiations.
First South West Indian Ocean Climate Outlook Forum
24 Sep 2012 - 2 Oct 2012
La Réunion, France
This Forum builds the capacity of meteorologists on the methods and tools used to develop seasonal climate outlooks, tailoring them to the challenges faced by islands. It is organized at the request of the member States of the Indian Ocean Commission (IOC), namely the Union of the Comores, Madagascar, Mauritius, Reunion/France and Seychelles. It is based on the countries' desire to develop seasonal climate outlooks adapted to the challenges specific to small island developing States (SIDS).
This webinar focuses on issues related to adaptation finance in developing countries. In particular, it reviews the following issues, namely: 1) the potential of existing and new sources of public finance in addressing adaption finance needs of developing countries; 2) insight emerging from the experience of bilateral and multilateral adaption financing mechanisms in scaling up financial resources in the short, medium and long term; 3) the role of the financial mechanism of UNFCCC in mobilizing scaled up financial resources to address climate adaptation related financing need of developing countries; 4) assessment of replicability and scalability of types of adaptation funding models based on the experience of various funds; and 5) the potential of private sector engagement in adaptation activities.
Workshop on Designing Results-based Action to Strengthen Human Resource Capacities to Advance Green, Low Emission and Climate Resilient Development in Uganda
19 Sep 2012 - 20 Sep 2012
This workshop aims at identifying concrete action to strengthen institutional capacities in Uganda to deliver learning, focusing on the education, agriculture, energy, water, forestry, environment, tourism, works and transport sectors. It brings together key actors from Government and organizations outside of Government. The event is organized as part of the UN CC:Learn Project on Strengthening Human Resources and Skills to Address Climate Change in 2011-2013, which supports countries in taking a strategic and results-oriented approach to climate change learning.
UN CC:Learn Partner Agencies, Government of Uganda
E-learning Course on Energy Sector Strategies to Support Green Growth
17 Sep 2012 - 5 Oct 2012
This e-learning course covers key 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). As an example, the course discusses the opportunities provided by these policy tools, together with the challenges of implementation. The course ends with a discussion on how these policies can be integrated into overall green growth strategies at the national level.
E-Learning Course on Low Carbon Development: Planning & Modelling
17 Sep 2012 - 12 Oct 2012
This e-learning course introduces participants to climate change mitigation, explores the concepts surrounding low carbon development planning on an economy-wide basis and takes a detailed look at what this means in the power and transport sectors and for household electricity use. It comprises the following modules: (i) Introduction to Low Carbon Development Planning; (ii) Overview for Policymakers; (iii) Power; (iv) Household; (v) Transport.
This event aims to raise awareness of the importance and opportunities of using information and communication technology (ICT) standards to build a green economy. It brings together leading specialists in the field of environment, from top policy-makers to engineers, designers, planners, government officials, regulators, standards experts and others. Besides a series of forums, it includes a workshop on Environmental Sustainability for the ICT Sector and a workshop on Submarine Communications Networks for Climate Monitoring and Disaster Warning.
UNESCO, UNU, WMO, TechAmerica Europe, Microsoft, European Commission, Center for Environment and Development for the Arab Region and Europe, European Telecommunications Network Operators' Association, Global e-Sustainability Initiative
First Webinar on Long-term Finance
13 Sep 2012
This webinar focuses on approaches to assessing financing needs for the implementation of mitigation and adaption measures in developing countries in the longer term. In particular, it reviews: methodologies for measuring climate-related finance needs; lessons learned from application of “top-down” and “bottom-up” approaches to climate finance needs assessments; conditions for accurate assessments of mitigation and adaptation finance needs in developing countries; and methodologies for tracking climate mitigation and adaptation financial flows.
Review Workshop on Soil Organic Carbon and Carbon Benefits
13 Sep 2012 - 16 Sep 2012
This workshop aims to evaluate the UNEP-GEF Carbon Benefits Project (CBP) tools for their usefulness, efficiency, and applicability. The organizers expect to define recommendations at the workshop that contribute to the validation of the tools and their potential uptake by GEF projects, and wherever possible by other partners. The target audience includes a number of scientists on carbon measurements and monitoring, the GEF Agencies, and project practitioners. A number of the tools will be demonstrated at the Wildlife Works Project in Rukinga.