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International, national, and local laws require compliance with environmental policy and regulatory frameworks. At the international level, the Sphere Handbook, the Code of Conduct for The International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement and NGOs in Disaster Relief, and the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction address the need to prevent over-exploitation, pollution, and degradation of the environment and encourage sustainable use and management of ecosystems.
With the current global average temperature now at around 1°C above pre-industrial levels, poor people in developing countries are already suffering devastation from climate change impacts. It is therefore critical and urgent for vulnerable countries and communities to adapt to climate change impacts. Being prepared for changes in climate and severe weather events can reduce the impacts on people’s lives, their livelihoods and food security. For too long, however, action in cutting emissions and scaling-up adaptation has been utterly inadequate.
Over 80% of future deforestation confined to just 11 places
Jakarta: Eleven places in the world – 10 of which are in the tropics – will account for over 80 per cent of forest loss globally by 2030, according to research released today by WWF.
All financing sources – public and private; domestic and international – will need to be mobilized to meet the sustainable development challenges ahead. As the Intergovernmental Committee of Experts on Sustainable Development Financing (ICESDF) points out, there are sufficient funds globally to achieve sustainable development but a clear political commitment to structural reforms and systemic changes as well as additional and innovative financing approaches are needed to make real progress.
Posted on 14 diciembre 2014
Lima, Perú, 12 de diciembre, 2014 – WWF emitió las siguientes declaraciones de Samantha Smith, Líder de la Iniciativa Global de Clima y Energía de WWF al término de las negociaciones climáticas en Lima (Perú):
“A pesar de los extremos eventos climáticos en Filipinas y de que este año es potencialmente el más caliente jamás registrado, los gobiernos en las negociaciones climáticas de las Naciones Unidas en Lima optaron por un ‘plan a medio cocinar’ para reducir las emisiones.
LIMA, Peru – WWF issued the following statement from Samantha Smith, Leader of WWF’s Global Climate and Energy Initiative at the close of the UN climate talks in Lima, Peru:
“Against the backdrop of extreme weather in the Philippines and potentially the hottest year ever recorded, governments at the UN climate talks in Lima opted for a half-baked plan to cut emissions.
POVERTY CANNOT BE TACKLED WITHOUT FIGHTING CLIMATE CHANGE: NEW REPORT
As world leaders meet in New York later this month at a summit convened by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to discuss the global fight against climate change, a new report highlights the crucial role a new set of Sustainable Development Goals must play in meeting the challenge.
It says the goals, to be agreed next year, offer a vital opportunity for the international community to tackle the way that climate change is driving people into poverty.
A framework for establishing an international mechanism to address climate change loss and damage at the UN climate talks in Warsaw (COP19)
As global warming continues at an alarming rate, communities around the world are already suffering from unprecedented losses as a result of extreme weather and slow onset climate-related disasters. With no sign of the collective global action required to tackle the climate crisis, the sheer scale of climate impacts which cannot be adapted to is only set to get worse.
Over recent decades the concept of flood risk management has been cultivated across the globe. Implementation however remains stubbornly difficult to achieve. In part this reflects the perception that a risk management paradigm is more complex than a more traditional standard-based approach as it involves "whole systems" and "whole life" thinking; yet this is its main strength and a prerequisite for more integrated and informed decision making.
An international framework to address loss and damage from climate impacts
Almost daily reminders by the scientific community of the impending dangers posed by climate change have yet to penetrate the consciousness of our political leaders. Despite the fact that climate impacts are now unfolding much faster than previously modelled, governments are failing to act with sufficient mitigation ambition.
Flowing Rivers, Full Bellies: The case for freshwater conservation to achieve food security is the title of a publication presenting five cases in managing water ecosystems to guarantee the maintenance of the ecosystem and the food production.
Gland, Switzerland: - On 20-22 June world leaders will gather at Rio+20, the UN Conference on Sustainable Development in Brazil, in what presents a unique opportunity to develop and plan a sustainable future for all. Decisions made in Rio can shape the global environment agenda for the next decade and beyond. The Earth Summit, in 1992, delivered important commitments – yet since then not enough has been achieved and environmental progress has been slow.
Damage done? NGOs highlight irreversible losses caused by climate change
Joint Report by CARE, Germanwatch, ActionAid and WWF warns against irreparable damage from climate change for ecosystems and vulnerable countries / UN climate conference in Bonn shows that countries still fail to deliver necessary action to prevent worst case scenarios
A global online tool launched today by WWF and German development finance institution DEG (Deutsche Investitions-und Entwicklungsgesellschaft mbH) enables companies and investors to address their water-related risks. WWF and DEG have created a practical online questionnaire that not only identifies water risk in supply chains and investment portfolios, but also provides practical steps to mitigate risk.
Although disasters wreak havoc, the rebuilding efforts that follow represent a significant and important opportunity to restore communities in a more environmentally and socially sustainable way. Humanitarians, conservation practitioners, government officials, local communities, and donor organizations can take steps to ensure reconstructed communities are built back safer through actively addressing environmental sustainability, reducing risk and vulnerability to future disasters, and adapting to the realities of our changing climate.
Asia is arguably among the regions of the world most vulnerable to climate change. Climate change and climatic variability have and will continue to impact all sectors, from national and economic security to human health, food production, infrastructure, water availability and ecosystems. The evidence of climate change in Asia is widespread: overall temperatures have risen from 1°C to 3°C over the last 100 years, precipitation patterns have changed, the number of extreme weather events is increasing, and sea levels are rising.
A global ministerial statement on water management in a time of increasing water shortages and stress should squarely address the need to reduce more and more likely future conflict over water.
"There are several ways to reduce the likelihood of future water conflict but the most urgent and significant is to bring into effect a global agreement for managing the rivers that form or cross international boundaries," said Dr Lifeng Li, Freshwater director for WWF International.
"We understand the ministers are still wrangling about including a reference to UN Watercourses …
WWF Director General James Leape will tell the opening session of World Water Week in Stockholm that a world water crisis is a key factor behind current global anxieties over faltering food supplies and rising food costs.
"Behind the world food crisis is a global freshwater crisis, expected to rapidly worsen as climate change impacts intensify," Mr Leape said.