Indigenous youth under the banner of the Asia Pacific Indigenous Youth Network (APIYN) asserts that addressing problems on climate change also means addressing indigenous peoples (IP) issues on human rights violations, discrimination and self-determination.

This was expressed by representatives of IP youth from the different countries of Asia Pacific in a press conference today, November 5 here as part of the four day climate youth camp 2010 hosted by APIYN.

According to APIYN Secretary General Ivan Torafing, the fight against climate change is not separate from the IPs struggle for self-determination. He added that the non-recognition of IP rights determine the use and development of their ancestral domain resulted to the destruction of their territories.

Read more: Asia Pacific Indigenous Youth: Address Climate Change By Asserting Indigenous People’s Rights


THE HAGUE, NETHERLANDS | An 80-nation conference on food security is urging U.N. climate negotiators to consider agriculture when drawing up strategies to fight climate change.

The five-day meeting has ended with a call to invest in new farming practices that will curb greenhouse gas emissions and better use currently available land to feed a global population of 9 billion by 2050.

About 30 percent of carbon emissions come from farming, livestock and forest destruction.

Dutch Agriculture Minister Henk Bleker says agriculture must be integrated into climate negotiations and should receive some of the funds earmarked for poor countries to help them reduce emissions and adapt to changing climate conditions.

The conference, attended by 60 government ministers, ended Friday.


Source: Business Week (AP) | 05 November 2010


ROTTERDAM, Netherlands -- The city of Alexandria, Egypt's second largest, spills down either side of a thin ridge running some 100 kilometers along the Mediterranean coast, hard up against the sea on one side and marsh and reclaimed fields on the other.

It is an ancient port city, never designed for the car, and traffic congestion has long been the city's bane.

So a few years ago, gridlocked and desperate, the city paved over some of its beaches and ran a six-lane highway for 25 kilometers along the Mediterranean shore.

The corniche was hailed as a solution when it opened in 2006. But that salvation has exposed the city to a second problem: It changed the slope of the sea bottom, worsening erosion and storm surges.

As sea levels rise and storm surges increase in response to a changing climate, Alexandria is finding that a solution to one problem has inadvertently opened the city to others. Nor is Alexandria alone.

Around the world, low-lying cities are facing unexpected challenges that threaten to chew through scarce or non-existent cash and leave residents and property increasingly vulnerable.

Read more: Climate Adaptation: Adding to a Tide of Worry


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