Good Practice Review 9: Disaster Risk Reduction

ODI Environment and Climate Change - Tue, 2015-03-17 00:00
​In the spirit of the third World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction (WCDRR), the Humanitarian Practice Network will be hosting a side event in Sendai to introduce the upcoming revised edition of Good Practice Review (GPR) 9 on Disaster risk reduction: mitigation and preparedness in development and emergency programming.
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Incentives for investment: Co-benefits and a new business case for disaster risk management

ODI Environment and Climate Change - Tue, 2015-03-17 00:00
​This WCDRR event aims to change the debate on how to incentivize greater investment in DRR through analysis of the wider co-benefits of DRR investments that occur independently of whether or not the disaster event occurs. A lively panel session will draw on study findings by the Overseas Development Institute (ODI), World Bank GFDRR and others.
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Financing the future: fresh perspectives on global development

ODI Environment and Climate Change - Tue, 2015-03-17 00:00
How can international public finance meet the challenges of our new era? To set the stage for these debates, ODI and a global coalition of partners are hosting this conference in Accra, Ghana in March 2015.
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Measuring Disaster Resilience

ODI Environment and Climate Change - Sun, 2015-03-15 00:00
​This WCDRR side event provides an overview of the available tools for measuring resilience and outlines opportunities and challenges in their implementation to support the successful operationalization of the Post-2015 DRR framework.   It is intended for governments and non-governmental organisations that are attempting to measure the success of DRR/resilience programs and policies.

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The IGNITE stage at the World Conference for Disaster Risk Reduction

ODI Environment and Climate Change - Sat, 2015-03-14 00:00
​Our researchers have applied present on the IGNITE stage of the World Conference of Disaster Risk Reduction.
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Putting employment at the centre of economic transformation

ODI Environment and Climate Change - Mon, 2015-03-09 00:00
Join us for a half-day seminar that will present recent research on employment and development with a view to helping focus policy discussions in terms of how to better link these with policies to promote economic transformation. The seminar will present research from the Development Progress project, carried out in collaboration with ECDPM, and from ODI's Private Sector & Markets programme.
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Development Progress Special Event: Through the people’s lens

ODI Environment and Climate Change - Thu, 2015-02-26 00:00
​The Overseas Development Institute invites you to join an evening of lively discussion on shifting narratives and images of development progress.

With unprecedented access to technology, those at the grassroots can now tell their own stories direct to a world stage. How does this challenge perceptions of development? And what does this mean for the traditional story-tellers – journalists, photographers, film-makers and charities?

The evening will feature a keynote speaker and expert panel debate, with plenty of opportunity for guests to meet people from different disciplines, explore the exhibition, and enjoy complimentary drinks and nibbles inspired by the six countries that feature in the project.

All welcome. Admission free.

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Development Progress Photography Exhibition: Through the people’s lens

ODI Environment and Climate Change - Mon, 2015-02-16 00:00
​Greater progress is being made today than at any other time in history, with poverty rates plummeting and striking advances across all areas of human development.

Meet those experiencing these changes first-hand.

This exhibition hosted at the Royal Geographical Society and in partnership with PhotoVoice showcases photographs and narratives by community memebers in China, Ethiopia, Ghana, Nepal, Peru and Tunisia who were supported by PhotoVoice to share their views on what's working and why.

Areas explored by local community members include education, maternal health, political voice, urban poverty, women’s empowerment, water management and renewable energy.

All welcome. Admission free.

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Livestock Emergency Guidelines and Standards (LEGS): launch of the 2nd edition handbook

ODI Environment and Climate Change - Mon, 2015-02-09 00:00
​This event will launch the second edition of the Livestock Emergency Guidelines and Standards handbook and provides an opportunity to learn more about the LEGS approach and to discuss wider issues surrounding livelihoods-based support to livestock keepers in emergencies.
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Risking everything: vulnerabilities and opportunities in migration

ODI Environment and Climate Change - Fri, 2015-02-06 00:00
​​​Migration is one of the most effective ways of reducing global poverty. However, there are systemic features undermining its potential. This event, organised by the Secure Livelihoods Research Consortium (SLRC) and Migrating out of Poverty Consortium, explores  the risks and vulnerabilities that migrants face throughout the migration cycle – from pre-departure to the transit phase to employment in the new workplace – with a specific focus on Nepalese migration.
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Financing for sustainable development

ODI Environment and Climate Change - Wed, 2015-02-04 00:00
​Economist Professor Jeffrey Sachs leads the launch event of ODI's #GlobalChallenges debate series to mark 2015, a key year in the fight against global poverty.
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Another humanitarian crisis in Somalia? Learning from the 2011 famine

ODI Environment and Climate Change - Thu, 2015-01-29 00:00
​What lessons have we learnt from the famine in Somalia? This event will launch a new report that examines the international response to the famine in 2011 and lessons learnt on how to prevent and mitigate a similar crisis.

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IUFRO News Vol. 44, Issue 1, January 2015

IUFRO News - Tue, 2015-01-27 13:12

The first issue of IUFRO News in 2015 focuses on forest landscape restoration. A group of IUFRO scientists led by IUFRO Research Group 1.06.00 "Restoration of degraded sites" has developed a framework to demonstrate how forest landscape restoration contributes to climate change mitigation and adaptation and how this contribution can be enhanced through more efficient methods and systems. This work was presented during a side event at the 2014 IUFRO World Congress jointly organized by the World Resources Institute (WRI) and IUFRO.

Another report informs about the international conference on Natural Resources, Green Technology & Sustainable Development – GREEN2014 supported by IUFRO Division 9.00.00 in Zagreb last November. It underpinned the importance of further research and knowledge exchange in the sustainable utilization of forest and nature resources, their more efficient use and multidisciplinary approach in dealing with growing pressure on the environment.

Also find calls for papers, announcements of latest publications and information on upcoming meetings!
  To read the full text please choose among the PDF and Word options:

IUFRO News 1, 2015 (PDF)
IUFRO News 1, 2015 (Word document)
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Scientific Summary 128 in IUFRO News Vol. 44, Issue 1, January 2014

IUFRO News - Tue, 2015-01-27 10:49

A side event at the 2014 IUFRO World Congress discussed forest landscape restoration (FLR) as a strategy for mitigating and adapting to climate change.

Almost half of the global forest landscapes that have been deforested and/or severely degraded over the past centuries are considered as relevant target areas for forest landscape restoration. They account for about 2 billion hectares of degraded land and, once restored, potentially support the multiple environmental benefits provided by forests and trees.

IUFRO is pleased to partner with the World Resources Institute in implementing a joint project, financed by the German Ministry of Environment, called "Inspire, Support and Mobilize Forest and Landscape Restoration" in support of the Bonn Challenge Global Forest Landscape Restoration Policy Initiative.

Download the full Scientific Summary: Forest Landscape Restoration as a Strategy for Mitigating and Adapting to Climate Change
Side Event at the XXIV IUFRO World Congress, 10 October 2014, Salt Lake City, USA
Report by John Stanturf, Palle Madsen, Promode Kant and Michael Kleine
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Achieving security progress in post-conflict contexts

ODI Environment and Climate Change - Tue, 2015-01-27 00:00
​In both Liberia and Timor-Leste significant progress has been made over the last decade in reducing armed conflict and political violence. This event will present research from case studies on the two countries followed by a panel discussion of how security progress can be achieved in fragile settings.
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A Tribute to Howard Ferguson

IISD - Mon, 2015-01-26 21:36
By Dr. James Bruce, IISD-ELA Board member

In 1966, Howard joined the Hydrometeorology Section, Climatology Division as Head of the Special Projects Unit. Initially, the Unit focused on Meteorological Service contributions to the UN's International Hydrologic Decade (IHD) (1965–1974). Regional offices helped to instrument some 60 small river basins, for baseline and research work, with the Water Survey of Canada, Canadian Forest Service and provinces. Howard's unit oversaw this activity and subsequently published most of the hydromet research results, as well as research on other IHD projects such as the formation of anchor ice in the Niagara River that impeded power production.

With the creation of Environment Canada in 1971, and the changing of the Meteorological Service to the Atmospheric Environment Service (AES), Howard became chief of the Hydrometeorology and Environmental Impacts Division in the Atmospheric Research Directorate. Later, he became Chief of the...
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Free saplings at Godavari fete

India Environment Portal - Mon, 2015-01-26 13:00
The AP government has decided to give 'Vriksha Prasadam' to devotees at Godavari Pushkarams. Plants like Tulasi and other ‘holy plants’ will be distributed. VIPs who visit the Godavari Pushkarams will
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Greens demand change in NH bypass widening plan

India Environment Portal - Mon, 2015-01-26 13:00
THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: The tree protection committee (TPC) has demanded the national highway authority of India (NHAI) to consider changing the alignment while widening the national highway bypass from Kazhakkoottam
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Liberia: security against the odds

ODI Environment and Climate Change - Mon, 2015-01-26 00:00

Four in five people in Liberia were victims of its civil war. This infographic shows how personal security has improved in the country since the end of the conflict in 2003.

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Timor-Leste: from political violence to personal security

ODI Environment and Climate Change - Mon, 2015-01-26 00:00

This infographic shows how Timor-Leste has succeeded in improving personal security following the Indonesian occupation and 2006 political-military crisis.

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