Senior-level course on conflict and humanitarian response

ODI Environment and Climate Change - Sun, 2016-06-05 00:00
The Humanitarian Policy Group (HPG)'s Senior-level Course on Conflict and Humanitarian Response, taught in collaboration with the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), enables humanitarians to critically reflect on today's crises and conflicts.
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Adapting Rwanda's economy to a changing climate

ODI Environment and Climate Change - Fri, 2016-05-20 00:00
This event explores a ‘decision first’ approach to adapting to climate change in Rwanda’s tea and coffee industries.
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Mental health: the world's forgotten crisis

ODI Environment and Climate Change - Thu, 2016-05-19 00:00

Around the world mental health disorders affect one in ten people at any given time and one in four of us over a lifetime, and often it is the most vulnerable in society who suffer in silence. The scale of the problem goes beyond those living with mental health problems, impacting families, care-givers and communities. Yet nine out of ten of those people living with mental disorders do not receive the basic treatment they need to lead healthy, productive lives. 

Despite the scale of this forgotten crisis it is chronically underfunded, especially in developing countries where less than 1% of all financial aid provided for health is spent on mental health.

In 2015, the world took a huge step forward by including mental health in the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Governments pledged to reduce premature mortality by one third by 2030 through promoting mental health and well-being, to tackle treatment of substance abuse and to achieve universal health coverage. To achieve their SDG targets, all governments will need to make mental health a priority in both policies and budgets. Many large countries including India, Nigeria and China have recently developed new mental health policies and the issue is gaining more coverage. But there is a long way to go to tackle this crisis.

This #GlobalChallenges debate focuses on how we address and make progress on mental health around the world. What are the most cost-effective and innovative ways to make a real difference? How can we measure progress? And what will it take to ensure that mental health becomes a top priority for governments between now and 2030?

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Mental health: the world's forgotten crisis

ODI Environment and Climate Change - Thu, 2016-05-19 00:00

Around the world mental health disorders affect one in ten people at any given time and one in four of us over a lifetime, and often it is the most vulnerable in society who suffer in silence. The scale of the problem goes beyond those living with mental health problems, impacting families, care-givers and communities. Yet nine out of ten of those people living with mental disorders do not receive the basic treatment they need to lead healthy, productive lives. 

Despite the scale of this forgotten crisis it is chronically underfunded, especially in developing countries where less than 1% of all financial aid provided for health is spent on mental health.

In 2015, the world took a huge step forward by including mental health in the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Governments pledged to reduce premature mortality by one third by 2030 through promoting mental health and well-being, to tackle treatment of substance abuse and to achieve universal health coverage. To achieve their SDG targets, all governments will need to make mental health a priority in both policies and budgets. Many large countries including India, Nigeria and China have recently developed new mental health policies and the issue is gaining more coverage. But there is a long way to go to tackle this crisis.

This #GlobalChallenges debate focuses on how we address and make progress on mental health around the world. What are the most cost-effective and innovative ways to make a real difference? How can we measure progress? And what will it take to ensure that mental health becomes a top priority for governments between now and 2030?

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Starting Strong: the first 1000 days of the SDGs - Asian regional dialogue

ODI Environment and Climate Change - Wed, 2016-05-18 00:00
A two-day dialogue to discuss SDG priority actions for effective implementation at national, regional and global scales.
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Achieving women's economic empowerment: what will it take?

ODI Environment and Climate Change - Mon, 2016-05-16 00:00
Four leading UN High-Level Panel members ask the audience to share their insights and experiences at this public consultation that will shape the panel’s first report.
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Middle East in crisis: how the world should respond

ODI Environment and Climate Change - Tue, 2016-05-10 00:00
This event co-hosted by ODI and The Elders explores the rights and responsibilities of actors in the Middle East and beyond.
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Middle East in crisis: how the world should respond

ODI Environment and Climate Change - Tue, 2016-05-10 00:00
This event co-hosted by ODI and The Elders explores the rights and responsibilities of actors in the Middle East and beyond.
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More equality and justice in climate action

ODI Environment and Climate Change - Wed, 2016-05-04 00:00
This ODI event explores why gender equality matters in climate programming.
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More equality and justice in climate action

ODI Environment and Climate Change - Wed, 2016-05-04 00:00
This ODI event explores why gender equality matters in climate programming.
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Uttarakhand forest fires could melt glaciers faster, say experts

India Environment Portal - Mon, 2016-05-02 13:00
NAINITAL: Raging forest fires in Uttarakhand could have a devastating effect on the state's glaciers which are the lifeline of the major rivers flowing through India's northern plains. According to
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5 lakh trees to be planted along rail track in Punjab, Haryana

India Environment Portal - Mon, 2016-05-02 13:00
With an aim of afforestation on the vast tracts of rail land, the Railways today joined hands with the forest departments of Punjab and Haryana for plantation of 5 lakh trees in the two states as part
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Uttarakhand fire roars over forest rights failure

India Environment Portal - Mon, 2016-05-02 13:00
The root cause behind one of the biggest ongoing environmental disasters in the country is still blurry, but what is evident is the unceremonious isolation of local communities from forests in Uttarakhand.
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HC seeks reply on amendment to Trees Act

India Environment Portal - Mon, 2016-05-02 13:00
Panaji: In a significant order, the high court of Bombay at Goa has asked the forest department to file an affidavit on a writ petition filed challenging the controversial 2016 amendment to the Goa Preservation
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Forest fires leave 3 dead, 14 injured

India Environment Portal - Mon, 2016-05-02 13:00
Three nabbed for causing fires that devastated 3,185 hectares in Kumaon and Garhwal Three persons have died, 14 have been injured and three have been arrested for allegedly causing forest fires that
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No rhinos poached in Nepal for past two years

WWF News - Mon, 2016-05-02 00:00
The Greater one-horned rhino in Nepal. © Sumanth Kuduvalli / Felis Creations / WWFNepal today marked two years since its last rhino was poached on 2 May 2014 – as well as the fourth time it has achieved 365 days of zero poaching of rhinos since 2011.
 
"This exceptional success is based on a combination of high-level political will, and the active involvement of the park authorities, Nepal Army, Nepal Police, conservation partners and local communities," said Krishna P. Acharya, Chief-Planning Division and Spokesperson of the Ministry of Forests and Soil Conservation.
 
This is the first time that Nepal has achieved two consecutive years of zero poaching, which has helped to increase its population of greater one-horned rhinos to 645, the highest recorded number in the country so far.
 
"We are already looking to sustain this success with the launch of 'Mission 2 May 2017' when we hope to announce three consecutive years of zero poaching," said Fanindra Raj Kharel, Director General of the Department of National Parks and Wildlife Conservation. "In our effort to build effective conservation standards, zero poaching is a norm that pushes us to ensure Nepal's iconic species are fully protected."
 
Nepal's zero poaching success is rooted in a coordinated response, which is driven from the centre and implemented at grassroots level, including heightened protection efforts within Protected Areas and buffer zones and community forests, involving the use of new technologies such as real-time SMART patrolling.
 
Nepal has also been a driving force behind the Zero Poaching framework and toolkit, which highlights the six pillars that countries need to focus on to tackle poaching as well as providing access to the best available tools and resources.
 
But Nepal has also scaled up its work beyond anti-poaching to help expand its rhino population.
 
"The zero poaching success has allowed Nepal to launch other projects to conserve its rhinos, including the recent translocation of five rhinos from Chitwan National Park to Bardia National Park," said Anil Manandhar, Country Representative of WWF Nepal. "Nepal has shown that countries can stop poaching and we are confident that its integrated conservation machinery will ensure that the rhino population continues to grow."
 
Nepal achieved its first 365 days of zero poaching for rhinos in 2011. In 2014, it did not lose a single rhino, tiger or elephant over a 365-day period.
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Dhabota industrial area faces green objections

India Environment Portal - Sun, 2016-05-01 13:00
The objections, raised by the Ministry of Environment and Forests, in granting clearance to 515 bighas proposed to be developed as an industrial area in Dhabota in the Nalagarh industrial belt have hit
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Climate change, official apathy behind blaze

India Environment Portal - Sun, 2016-05-01 13:00
Nainital-based veteran photographer Anup Sah, whose pictures of blazing forests in Kumaon have gone viral on social media, has said that a number of factors, including climate change and official apathy,
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Uttarakhand forest fires: Natural or motivated?

India Environment Portal - Sun, 2016-05-01 13:00
A number of theories are circulating on what would have caused such gargantuan fires in Uttarakhand, reportedly the worst the state has seen in recent times. The reasons, as claimed by many on social
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Finalise plan on saving trees: NGT

India Environment Portal - Sun, 2016-05-01 13:00
Amid continuous threat to green belt from increasing commercial activities, the National Green Tribunal has directed South Delhi Municipal Corporation (SDMC) to finalise an action plan on preservation
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