This Forum aims to serve as a platform for promoting the discussion and exchange of experiences among stakeholders and provide the participants with the latest developments regarding emissions trading schemes, low emission development and the future of the carbon markets. The Forum also aims to facilitate debates around the international and national climate change mitigation policies to promote greenhouse gases (GHG) emission reductions. Participants at the Forum can expect to:
- Be updated on different views of challenges associated with global climate change and most recent developments in the international carbon market; - Discuss with project developers and technical specialists about best practices and lessons learned for the implementation of Clean Development Mechanisms (CDM) projects in Latin America and the Caribbean region; - Learn from experts on strategies and measures aimed to reduce GHG and to promote the benefits of the CDM in the region; - Discuss about potentialities of carbon markets under upcoming mitigation efforts to be implemented at international and national levels; - Learn on Nationally Appropriate Mitigation Actions (NAMAs) and new market mechanisms; climate financing and green investments in Latin America and the Caribbean region; - Hold bilateral meetings between national CDM offices, project owners and buyers of carbon credits; and; - Seize opportunities to establish contacts throughout the Forum.
Latin American Energy Organization (OLADE), International Emissions Trading Association (IETA), Development Bank of Latin America (CAF)
E-learning Course on the Economics of Climate-Resilient Development
26 Aug 2013 - 20 Sep 2013
This e-learning course aims to teach the basics for developing economically viable climate-resilient plans. It starts with a review of the scientific consensus on changes in climate patterns and projections to the future, and explains the rationale for countries to develop climate-resilient plans that will help them to move away from a business-as-usual development path. The course continues with a description of a How-to Framework for Climate-Resilient Development Plans and ends with a practical application of the Framework, based upon a policy scenario in the agricultural sector, where participants need to make decisions for managing the country’s risk to the potential threats of climate change. Throughout the course, interactive exercises help the users to test their understanding at key points. Case studies, reference materials and other resources are highlighted so as to strengthen the learning experience.
Workshop on Adaptation for Asian Least Developped Countries
20 Aug 2013 - 24 Aug 2013
Siem Reap, Cambodia
This workshop provides technical guidance and advice to the Least Developed Countries (LDCs) in addressing adaptation to climate change through the National Adaptation Programmes of Action (NAPAs), the LDC work programme and the National Adaptation Plan (NAP) process, through the exchange of information, and the promotion of regional synergies and synergies with other conventions. It is preceded by a one-day preparatory meeting organized by the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) on 19 August, to discuss, among other issues, integration of biodiversity and climate change adaptation at the national level, progress in revising and updating national biodiversity strategies and action plans (NBSAPs) and synergies in implementing the objectives of all three Rio Conventions at the national level. Participation of biodiversity experts in the UNFCCC workshop is facilitated through collaboration with the CBD Secretariat.
E-Learning Course on Carbon Monitoring in CDM Afforestation/Reforestation Projects
19 Aug 2013 - 30 Aug 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. Target audience included in particular project developers, managers and staff working on afforestation/reforestation projects and on carbon finance.
Workshop on Promoting International Collaboration to Facilitate Preparation, Submission and Implementation of NAMAs
13 Aug 2013 - 15 Aug 2013
This workshop aims at facilitating the preparation, submission and implementation of Nationally Appropriate Mitigation Actions (NAMAs) in Asia. It presents 1) the context, 2) institutional arrangements, 3) financing and support, 4) measurements, reporting and verification, 5) an overview of the registry and 6) responsabilities and challenges of NAMA approvers.
Capacity-Building Workshop on Climate Finance in the Dominican Republic
7 Aug 2013 - 8 Aug 2013
Juan Dolio, Dominican Republic
This workshop aims to build the capacity of national stakeholders in the Dominican Republic to promote access climate finance. Topics to be addressed include the current status of climate finance in the country, the global climate finance architecture, and climate finance within the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) negotiations regime. This event is part of the second phase of the national UN CC: Learn pilot project.
UN CC:Learn Partner Agencies, Government of the Dominican Republic
Workshop on Smart Sustainable Cities in Latin America
30 Jul 2013
São Paulo, Brazil
This workshop looks at the role that information and communication technology (ICT) and green ICT standards can play to shape smart sustainable cities and presents some global initiatives and examples of how ICT based solutions can drive green and sustainable growth of cities with a special focus on Latin America. A smart sustainable city is one that uses technology to transform its basic infrastructure and optimize energy and resource usage. The workshop brings together leading specialists in the field, from top policy-makers to engineers, designers, planners, government officials, regulators, standards experts and others.
Workshop on Adaptation for African Anglophone LDCs
29 Jul 2013 - 2 Aug 2013
This workshop aims to provide technical guidance and advice to the Least Developed Countries (LDCs) in addressing adaptation to climate change through the National Adaptation Programmes of Action (NAPAs), the LDC work programme and the National Adaptation Plan (NAP) process, through the exchange of information, and the promotion of regional synergies and synergies with other conventions. The workshop is preceded by a one-day preparatory meeting organized by the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) to discuss, among other issues, integration of biodiversity and climate change adaptation at the national level, progress in revising and updating national biodiversity strategies and action plans (NBSAPs) and synergies in implementing the objectives of all three Rio Conventions at the national level.
Development of Educational Poster on Climate Change in Malawi: Workshop and Field Testing
15 Jul 2013 - 26 Jul 2013
This workshop and field testing activity aim at producing an educational poster centred on the message Climate change is real. Act now! in Malawi. This poster intends to raise children’s awareness and is developed as part of the national UN CC:Learn pilot project. The poster is firstly designed during a workshop in which several experts from different ministries complete a first draft, which is then completed through field testing with over 400 learners and teachers.
UNDP, UN CC:Learn Partner Agencies, Government of Malawi, Malawi Institute of Education
Workshop on Building a Sustainable Future through Green ICT Standards
15 Jul 2013 - 16 Jul 2013
Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso
This workshop aims at raising awareness of the importance and opportunities of using Information and Communication Technology (ICT) standards to build a green economy with a special focus in the African region. The workshop includes the participation of leading specialists in the field, from top policy-makers to engineers, designers, planners, government officials, regulators, standards experts and others.
This executive summer academy targets managers from commercial and development banks, consulting companies, project developers and researchers. The selected participants have the opportunity to gain knowledge and technical know-how in renewable energy and energy efficiency financing projects to meet the necessary understanding and actions for successful investments in clean energy technologies contributing to address climate change.
Course on Developing and Monitoring Agriculture Carbon Projects
8 Jul 2013 - 2 Aug 2013
This e-Course is based on the new Sustainable Agricultural Land Management (SALM) carbon accounting methodology, developed and piloted under the BioCarbon Fund’s Agriculture Carbon Project in Kenya that involves smallholder farmers. It presents how carbon is monitored and calculated under SALM, the case-study of Kenya Agricultural Carbon Project, and how the project is benefiting thousands of smallholder farmers.
This course will enable participants to:
- Understand the links between agriculture and climate change - Learn the SALM carbon accounting methodology and how to develop and monitor agricultural carbon projects under this accounting methodology - Learn how the new SALM methodology has been applied to develop and monitor the Kenya Agricultural Carbon project.
This forum aims to serve as a platform for knowledge-sharing on the latest developments in the carbon market and how the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) and other mitigation mechanisms can be successful in Africa. By bringing together main actors and stakeholders from the carbon markets, it promotes matchmaking and deal facilitation sessions, where carbon project developers can showcase their projects to investors and carbon buyers. Participants at the Forum can expect to:
- Be updated on recent developments in the international carbon market and new challenges associated with global climate change; - Participate in discussions between project developers and technical specialists in a wide range of sectors and technologies on best practices and lessons learned for the implementation of CDM projects in Africa - Attend sessions with experts from the public and private sector on strategies and measures promoting the benefits of the CDM in Africa emphasizing the new Programmatic CDM approach; - Be given opportunities to showcase CDM projects to private sector representatives; and - Build networks and find partners throughout the Forum.
UNCTAD, International Emissions Trading Association, African Development Bank, Government of Cote d'Ivoire
Caribbean Regional Workshop on Capacity Development and Lessons Learned in Design and Development of NAMAs
3 Jul 2013 - 5 Jul 2013
This workshop aims to: 1) improve knowledge about the concepts of Nationally Appropriate Mitigation Actions (NAMAs), specifically in the public sectors of energy, environment and agribusiness; 2) present the state of art of NAMAs, with special emphasis on political, regulatory, institutional, operational requirements and funding mechanisms; 3) discuss the technical and organizational elements for designing and implementing NAMAs; 4) identify potential NAMAs and development elements in the Caribbean region; and 5) discuss with government representatives on the contribution of NAMAs to achieve their national sustainable development objectives.
Latin American Energy Organization, Ministry of Foreign Trade and Foreign Investment in Cuba, CUBAENERGIA of the Ministry of Science, Technology and Environment of Cuba
Conference on Green Industrial Skills for Sustainable Development
1 Jul 2013 - 6 Jul 2013
This conference aims to increase awareness on the importance of green industrial skills development amongst countries worldwide, to promote green industrial skills for a better future of deprived young people, and to enhance their chance of employment and income. The plenary discussion and following roundtables at the conference shall provide input for potential policy change and national programmes in the area of education and green skills development, and shall give an opportunity to directly exchange knowledge and expertise of high-level decision-makers. The event includes the series of seminars “Discover Skills Unlimited".
WorldSkills Germany, German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), WorldSkills Foundation
Course on Integrated Water Resources Management as a Tool for Adaption to Climate Change
1 Jul 2013 - 19 Jul 2013
Delft, The Netherlands
This course is offered as a three week course. During the first week, the theoretical background is given. In a one-day field trip, a practical example of dealing with (future) climate change in a municipal water system is highlighted. In the second and third week entitled ‘framework for modeling in water and climate’, the participants learn to apply the climate change and variability issues in a set of modeling tools and come up with practical and integrated options to deal with climate issues in water management. This course is designed for professionals actively involved in the water and climate sectors, for example working as policy makers at local, regional or national level, as staff of NGO's or in the private sector dealing with adaptation, or as junior university lecturers or scientists, and would like to receive an overview of the issue within a short period of time.
International Centre for Water Hazard and Risk Management
Summer Course: Green Industry "Pathways Towards the Industry of the Future"
1 Jul 2013 - 12 Jul 2013
This course provides young professionals and researches from the field of green industrial development with the opportunity to learn first hand from United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) experts, senior policymakers and internationally renowned scholars on how to improve industry’s environmental performance and turn the concept of “Green Industry” into practice.
The main objectives of this course include:
- To reflect on the technical requirements of green industrial development as well as on the strategies, policies, laws and regulations necessary for its successful implementation; - To find ways to successfully commercialize green industry related products and services; - To outline institutional platforms for the promotion and dissemination of resource-efficient, cleaner production methods and economically viable, socially equitable and environmentally sustainable technologies; and - To create and implement strategies for a green industry in line with environmental goals and targets.
Training on Activities and Baselines for Clean Development Mechanisms
30 Jun 2013 - 2 Jul 2013
Abidjan, Côte D’Ivoire
This training workshop aims to gather current and potential African Coordinating and Managing Entities (CMEs) and African Standardized Baseline developers to participate in the Programme of Action (PoA) training. The objective of this training workshop is to strengthen the capabilities of current and potential CMEs and Designated National Authorities in Africa on developing and implementing Programmes of Actions (PoAs) and Standardized Baselines. The training focuses on the latest PoA and Standardized Baseline guidelines and standards, and potential sectors where PoAs and Standardized Baselines can be effectively applied by using practical case studies and linkages with other policy instruments. This workshop is an opportunity for practitioners in the region to discuss experiences on how PoAs can be designed and managed more innovatively and how Standardized Baselines can offer the potential of simplifying and streamlining project development.
Launch Event - National Strategy to Strengthen Human Resources, Learning and Skills Development to Address Climate Change of Uganda
28 Jun 2013
Uganda is one of five pilot countries that implement a UN CC:Learn Project on Strengthening Human Resources and Skills to Address Climate Change in 2011-2013. The projects aim at supporting countries in taking a strategic and results-oriented approach to climate change learning. The project in Uganda is coordinated through a National Coordination Mechanism bringing together different Government sectors, national universities, private sector and civil society organizations. Through a multi-stakeholder and multi-sectoral process the country developed a National Strategy to Strengthen Human Resources and Skills to Address Climate Change. The Strategy is launched by the Minister of Water and Environment at a high-level event at the Common Wealth Resort Hotel Munyonyo.
UN CC:Learn Partner Agencies, Ministry of Water and Environment of Uganda, Ministry of Education and Sports of Uganda
Webinar on Financing Telecom-Energy Business Models for off-Grid Electrification
26 Jun 2013
This webinar discusses the findings of a World Bank project exploring the possibility of Telecom-Energy business models for off-grid electrification to overcome not only the technical but also the financial challenge.
Workshop on Adaptation to Climate Change in Transboundary Basins
25 Jun 2013 - 26 Jun 2013
This workshop offers a platform for exchanging experience on adaptation strategies, best practices, success factors and lessons learned, with a particular focus on transboundary climate change adaptation serving multiple purposes. This workshop highlights examples of successful cooperation among stakeholders, sectors and countries in adaptation to climate change. It brings together professionals from all over the world working on adaptation to climate variability and change especially - but not only- in transboundary basins.
GEF, WMO, International Network of Basin Organizations, Alliance for Global Water Adaptation, Government of the Netherlands, Government of Switzerland, Government of Finland
Course on Policies for Low Emissions Development: From Strategy Design to Implementation
24 Jun 2013 - 5 Jul 2013
This course aims to assist participants to plan, design and implement policy instruments to help countries advance into a low emissions development (LED) path. It offers an overview of LED policy instruments and provides individual lessons on the design and implementation of specific policy approaches, enriched with examples of how these instruments have been implemented worldwide. The course finalizes by providing policy diagnosis tools and strategic guidance for policy implementation. The diagnosis tools can help countries to identify and select policy instruments suitable to their specific needs. To facilitate learning, in-depth policy case studies provide participants with the opportunity to identify how policy instruments may be designed and implemented in practice.
This symposium aims to take stock of the lessons learned from pilot activities linking reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation plus conservation and sustainable management of forests and the enhancement of forest carbon stocks (REDD+) to sustainable development and the green economy, with a view to provide key decision makers with a stronger rationale for linking REDD+ planning and REDD+ investments with green economy efforts. It is also intended to build capacity for achieving synergies in this area. The event focuses on the role of comprehensive land-use planning for capturing environmental, economic and social benefits from REDD+ investments.
Webinar on Carbon Tax – How Can a Tax Shift Support Low Emission Development while Building Public Acceptance?
12 Jun 2013
This webinar discusses the opportunities and challenges of implementing a tax on carbon, drawing on experience in different countries. Special attention is given to British Columbia, Canada: the first jurisdiction in North America to implement a significant carbon tax shift (in 2008).
Side Event on Low Emission Capacity Building and Mitigation Action
11 Jun 2013
This side event will present experiences from three Low Emission Emission Capacity Building (LECB) Programme countries. The Programme is hosted by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and works with 25 countries to strengthen the capacity of the public and private sectors to scale up mitigation action through the development of Low Emission Development Strategies (LEDS) and Nationally Appropriate Mitigation Actions (NAMAs), as well as the underlying Measuring, Reporting and Verification (MRV) and national greenhouse gas (GHG) inventory systems. Under the LECB Programme, which is funded by the European Commission and the governments of Germany and Australia, countries are preparing more than 60 NAMAs and 13 sectoral LEDS and/or mitigation action plans. The workshop will therefore present the three countries' experiences with the Programme by demonstrating important lessons learned, including the foundational work that supports NAMA development. This work is part of the UNDP’s initiative to support developing countries in their effort to design and implement low emission, climate resilient development strategies.