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.
Course on Urban Management Tools for Climate Change
10 Jun 2013 - 28 Jun 2013
Rotterdam, the Netherlands
This course offers management tools for urban policy makers, planners and environmentalists. By the end of the course, participants should be able to prepare local climate change plans, which address global challenges yet focus on concrete local actions. The course offers specific practices to manage urban design and environmental infrastructure, in particular energy, transport, housing and water. It includes the following 4 modules:
-Module 1: Introduction to Climate Change and Vulnerability
-Module 2: Climate change adaptation: Land, water and disaster management
-Module 3: Climate change mitigation: Energy, transport and carbon markets
Institute for Housing and Urban Development Studies
E-learning Course on Developing and Monitoring Agriculture Carbon Projects
10 Jun 2013 - 28 Jun 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 e-course is comprised of 4 modules, which take about 16 hours to complete :
- Module 1 – Agriculture's Potential in Reducing Climate Change Impact - Module 2 – SALM: A New Agricultural Carbon Accounting Methodology. - Module 3 – Soil Organic Carbon Accounting in Agricultural Project. - Module 4 – The case of Kenya Agricultural Carbon Project.
E-learning Course on Policies for Low Emissions Development: From Strategy Design to Implementation
10 Jun 2013 - 30 Jun 2013
This e-learning course aims to assist government officials, policymakers, development planners, climate change practitioners and carbon market agents to plan, design and implement policies for Low Emission Development (LED). The course starts by discussing the rationale for LED policy and the expected benefits of such policies. The discussion considers both contributions to global emissions reductions and local development opportunities. The course continues with a broad overview of LED policy instruments and is 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.
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)