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5 September 2012 to 6 September 2012
in (Saint Kitts and Nevis)
Organised byCaribbean Community (CARICOM)

CSEF is a biennial renewable energy and energy efficiency forum that has been
held in the Caribbean region since 2008. Organized by the Caribbean Community
(CARICOM) Secretariat with financial support from the Government of Finland,
CSEF III will focus on the theme "Advancing Energy Integration and Energy
Access through Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency". A special focus of
the event will be on geothermal energy.

Contact: Joseph Williams, CARICOM Secretariat Energy Unit
+592 222 0139  

8 October 2012 to 19 October 2012
in Hyderabad (Andhra Pradesh) (India)
Organised byConvention on Biological Diversity Secretariat

The 11th meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP 11) to the Convention
on Biological Diversity (CBD) is organized by the CBD Secretariat. The High
Level Segment will be held from 17-19 October 2012. The provisional agenda
includes consideration of: the status of the Nagoya Protocol on Access to
Genetic Resources and the Fair and Equitable Sharing of Benefits arising from
their Utilization; implementation of the Strategic Plan 2011-2020 and
progress towards the Aichi Biodiversity Targets; issues related to financial
resources and the financial mechanism; issues related to cooperation,
outreach and the UN Decade on Biodiversity; operations of the Convention;
Article 8(j) and related provisions; in-depth review of the programme of work
on island biodiversity; ways and means to support ecosystem restoration;
marine and coastal biodiversity; biodiversity and climate change; other
substantive issues arising from COP 10 decisions, including dryland, forest,
inland waters, mountain, and agricultural biodiversity, protected areas,
sustainable use of biodiversity, the Global Strategy for Plant Conservation,
biofuels and biodiversity, invasive alien species, the Global Taxonomy
Initiative, incentive measures, and biodiversity and development; as well as
administrative and budgetary matters.

From27 September 2012
in Brussels (Belgium)
Organised byCTA, DC DEVCO, ACP Secretariat, Concord

To improve information sharing and promote networking, CTA, the DG DEVCO from
the European Commission, the ACP Secretariat, Concord organize bimonthly
briefings on key issues and challenges for rural development in the context
of ACP-EU cooperation. The Briefing on 27 September 2012 will be organized in
collaboration with the CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture
and Food Security (CCAFS). It will address issues related agriculture and
food security in a changing climate and how agriculture can increase
resilience to climate change effects. In particular, it will: (i) raise
awareness in ACP countries on the key challenges posed to agriculture by
climate changes; (ii) increase exchange of information and expertise on
strategies to develop climate-smart agriculture and proven successes; and
(iii) facilitate networking among development partners.

Input and comments before, during and after the meetings will be included in
the Briefings blog: [1]. Registration is also
possible on the blog. A short report and a Reader in printed and electronic
format will be produced shortly after the meeting.


Ronalee Biasca posted Information 17 October 2012

The Third Regional Seminar on Agriculture and Climate Change examined the role new technologies may play in contributing to climate change mitigation and adaptation in the agricultural sector in Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC).  The Seminar, held from 27-28 September 2012, at the UN Economi

31 October 2012 to 2 November 2012
in (Vanuatu)
Organised byCTA, Government of Vanuatu, Pacific Group of Ambassadors based in Brussels

Policy-makers, researchers, civil society groups, and development partners
will gather in Port Vila, Vanuatu next week (31 October – 2 November 2012)
to address the vulnerabilities of Pacific islands in the face of climate
change in a special briefing session organized by the ACP-EU Technical Centre
for Agricultural and Rural Development (CTA), in partnership with the
Government of Vanuatu, with the support of the Embassy of Vanuatu to the EU
and the ACP, and Pacific Group of Ambassadors.

Article ACP Secretariat [1]


Ronalee Biasca posted Information 25 October 2012

Climate change is already disproportionally affecting the islands of the Pacific.

Ronalee Biasca posted Information 5 November 2012

Climate change could lead to crops from the banana family becoming a critical food source for millions of people, a new report says.  Researchers from the CGIAR agricultural partnership say the fruit might replace potatoes in some developing countries.

Ronalee Biasca posted Information 14 January 2013

A new initiative is catching on in the Caribbean that aims to increase and sustain agricultural productivity by incorporating information about weather and climate into the farming process, all under the umbrella of climate-smart agriculture.

From4 March 2013
Organised byCTA, IFPRI

The 30th Brussels Development Briefing will take place on 4th March 2013
(8h30-13h00) on the important issue of Agricultural resilience in the face of
crises and shocks, highlighting proven approaches and successes in key areas
of agriculture and rural development of ACP countries and other parts of the
The event will be organised by CTA in collaboration with the International
Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) based in Washington.

Cristina Dobos posted Information 4 October 2013

The Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC), supported by the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO), convened the Pacific Regional Forestry Technical Meeting under the theme 'Sustainable Forest Management for a R