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16 May 2018 description

by Roshan Din Shad | Thomson Reuters Foundation
Wednesday, 16 May 2018 01:08 GMT

With radios and better data, 'we will be able to respond to any disaster in the state more quickly and efficiently'

MUZAFFARABAD, Pakistan, May 16 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - When major floods hit Pakistan-controlled Kashmir in 2016, Jawad Hussain, a worker at the local government disaster agency, had to wait hours to receive updates on what kind of help was needed and where.

16 May 2018 description

by Sebastien Malo | @SebastienMalo | Thomson Reuters Foundation
Tuesday, 15 May 2018 00:36 GMT

NEW YORK, May 14 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Thirsty Middle Eastern and North African countries could tap into their solar-energy potential to cope with freshwater scarcity, according to resource experts.

Water could be saved by switching to renewable solar energy from fossil fuel electricity generation that uses up water, said the World Resources Institute (WRI).

16 May 2018 description

15 May 2018, Port Vila, Vanuatu - It's a Pacific island nation that has beaten the global community across the finish line with Vanuatu officially being the first nation in the world to legally ban the use of plastic straws. The passing of legislation in February will see the end of single use plastic bags, polystyrene takeaway boxes and straws by 1 July, 2018.

As the planet mobilises towards addressing the challenge of a plastic ocean, the island of Vanuatu is mobilising to ensure a plastic bag, straw and polystyrene takeaway box free nation.

16 May 2018 description
report Government of Tonga

The United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) opened its 74th session in Bangkok on 14 May 2018, with a strong call for strengthening multilateralism and regional integration to tackle rising inequalities in the region.

ESCAP is taking steps to advance more balanced, equitable growth in Asia and the Pacific by advocating for the strengthening of social protection systems, enhancing financial inclusion, raising education spending, reducing vulnerability to environmental hazards, and closing the ICT digital divide.

15 May 2018 description

Executive summary

Long-term planning for an adequate and safe supply of drinking-water should be set in the context of growing external uncertainties arising from changes in the climate and environment. The water safety plan (WSP) process offers a systematic framework to manage these risks by considering the implications of climate variability and change.

15 May 2018 description
report Harvard University

May 15, 2018 – In Burkina Faso, which has some of the highest meningitis rates in the world, it appears that as the temperature climbs, so does the death rate from the disease—with nearly half of those deaths occurring in children age 5 and under.

15 May 2018 description

Bogis-Bossey – Stakeholders from all over the world are gathered in Switzerland this week (14-15/05) to contribute to the work of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) Task Force on Displacement and to assist in drafting recommendations to avert, minimize and address displacement in the context of climate change.

The conclusions will be presented by the Executive Committee of the Warsaw International Mechanism for Loss and Damage (WIM) at the Katowice Climate Change Conference (COP 24) in December 2018.

15 May 2018 description
report World Bank

New Report on Timor-Leste’s Water Sector Can Guide Future Investments

DILI, May 15, 2017 – A new World Bank report recommends increased budgets for operations and maintenance for Timor-Leste’s public water supply sector, as well as the establishment of a national policy framework, in order to achieve the country’s national and international commitments by 2030.

14 May 2018 description

Monday, May 14, 2018 — Tuesday 8th May saw the launch of the Eastern Caribbean Regional Climate Change Implementation Plan. The Plan is the final output of the Eastern Caribbean Regional Climate Change Implementation Project which was funded by the UK Foreign & Commonwealth Office and executed by Carbon Trust Advisory Ltd. and Climate Analytics in partnership with the OECS Commission.

14 May 2018 description

Governments last Thursday ended two weeks of talk in Bonn on operational guidelines for realizing the Paris Agreement to be presented at COP24 in Katowice, Poland in December.

UNFCCC Executive Secretary Patricia Espinosa told a closing press conference that some progress had been made in Bonn, but “many voices are underlining the urgency of advancing more rapidly on finalizing the operational guidelines.

14 May 2018 description

Andrea Dekrout is Senior Environmental Coordinator for UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency. Based in Geneva, Dekrout is responsible for ensuring sustainable environmental management in UNHCR operations and refugee camps. In her work, she helps refugees and their host communities maintain a clean and healthy environment. We sat down with her to discuss the situation in Cox’s Bazar, a coastal city that has recently seen an enormous influx of refugees.

What is the history of Cox’s Bazar as a refugee settlement?

13 May 2018 description
report Mail and Guardian

Andrew Wasike

Stockpiles of charcoal cast long shadows that shield motorists from the scorching sun on the road that links the southern port of Buur Gaabo to the capital Mogadishu in the north.

Charcoal producers and traders can be seen packing their trucks near Mogadishu.

Read more on the Mail & Guardian

12 May 2018 description
report Government of Kenya

Highlight—Kenya targets to grow 1.8 billion trees in the next five years in an effort to achieve the 10 per cent globally accepted tree cover.

NAIROBI , 12th May 2018, (PSCU)- President Uhuru Kenyatta today pledged government support to all Kenyans affected by rain-related calamities.

He said those affected by floods in various parts of the country and the victims of the collapsed dam tragedy in Nakuru will receive government assistance to both ease their grief and rebuild their lives.

11 May 2018 description
report SICA

Los países de Centroamérica y República Dominicana que conforman el Sistema de la Integración Centroamericana (SICA), han iniciado un amplio y participativo proceso para la actualización de su Estrategia Regional de Cambio Climático (ERCC), con el objetivo de armonizar este instrumento con el Acuerdo de Paris sobre Cambio Climático y la Agenda 2030 de los Objetivos de Desarrollo Sostenible (ODS) de Naciones Unidas así como la priorización de acciones de nivel regional que agreguen valor, incorporando el enfoque intersectorial, género y comunicación estratégica.

11 May 2018 description

by Roop Singh, Climate Centre, New York

With devastating seasonal rains in Kenya yesterday reported by the Kenya Red Cross (KRC) to have displaced nearly 300,000 people and killed 158, scientists with the World Weather Attribution (WWA) programme have begun analysing the unusually intense rainfall to determine whether climate change played a role.

11 May 2018 description

Government and Host Community Response to the Influx of Rohingya Refugees
- The Government of Bangladesh responded quickly upon the arrival of the 687,000 Rohingya refugees from Myanmar since August 2017, including allocating 5,800 acres of land.
- The host communities of Cox’s Bazar, and the District administration have made a significant and ongoing contribution to the life saving response for refugees under leadership of the National Government and with UN support.

11 May 2018 description

By Rina Chandran

BANGKOK, May 11 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - A plan by Mumbai authorities to develop protected coastal land now used for making salt could cause severe flooding in the congested city, said environmentalists who are considering legal options to block the initiative.

The Mumbai Development Plan for the period through 2034 earmarks nearly 3,355 hectares (13 sq miles) for 1 million units of social housing, as well as tourism.

11 May 2018 description

The Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc has recently worked with the leaders of six Northwest mountainous provinces including Lao Cai, Ha Giang, Yen Bai, Dien Bien, Lai Chau and Son La on the project “Rural development in natural disasters adaptation”.

11 May 2018 description

A French Development Agency (AFD) delegation led by Fabrice Richy, director of AFD in Viet Nam, had a working meeting with the leaders of four provinces Nghe An, Thanh Hoa, Ninh Binh and Ha Tinh where are implementing Urban Infrastructure Improvement Project to Reduce Impact of Climate Change.

The Urban Infrastructure Improvement Project aims to mitigate climate change impacts in four provinces with a total investment of over 157 million euro, of which AFD has contributed nearly 128 million euro, and the rest has been contributed by Vietnam's counterpart fund. .

11 May 2018 description

The dissolution of the Soviet Union, and the emergence of new states in Central Asia and the Caucasus created new political and security dynamics in these sub-regions. While the Caucasus was affected by the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, the threat of conflict over shared water resources continued to exist in Central Asia.