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“I now close my career and just fade away, an old soldier who tried to do his duty.” US General Douglas MacArthur

What fate awaits the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and its Kyoto Protocol? Will they just fade away, victims of the current diplomatic impasse on the scope and form of a future agreement? Are they doomed to become an irrelevance as key stakeholders look elsewhere for answers? Or are fears of their demise premature? Will the UNFCCC and perhaps even the Kyoto Protocol instead be restored to their former pre-Copenhagen stature, renewed and ready for the post-2012 period?

Read more: The UN Climate Convention and Kyoto Protocol: Redux or Redundant?

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EU_logo_2The European Union – Focused-Food Production Assistance to the Vulnerable Sectors (EU-FPAVAS) is a project being implemented by SEARCA in partnership with CIRAD-France and provincial governments of the twin provinces of Camarines, Mindoro, and Misamis.

Recognizing that climate change is one of the most compelling environmental issues of our time, one of the project components is mainstreaming climate change adaptation (CCA) in local development plans. Mainstreaming is “the integration of policies and measures that addresses climate change into development planning and sectoral decision-making” (Climate Change Commission, 2010). It encompasses linking and networking with institutions in order to better address the adverse impacts of climate change.

Read more: EU-FPAVAS Climate Change Component

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MANILA, Philippines - The provincial government of Albay launched the Climate Change Academy at the conclusion of the Local Government Units Summit +3i on Climate Change held last Nov. 4 to 6 in Legazpi City. The League of Provincial Governors in Luzon, as well as vice-governors, local government legislators and planners, scientists and NGO officers attended the summit. The summit was sponsored by Albay province and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the UN System in the Philippines.

“Essentially, the academy will be a repository of knowledge and expertise on local adaptation practices and a venue for their dissemination,” said Gov. Salceda, who has been declared by the United Nations as a UN senior champion of Climate Change Adaptation and Disaster Risk Reduction. “Its academic partners will be Bicol University and University of the Philippines in Los Banos. Bicol University will house the Climate Change Academy, with the Department of Education regional office in Bicol as its operations site. Other committed partners of the Academy include the League of Provinces of the Philippines, the Publishers’ Association of the Philippines, Inc., and the Philippine Network of Environmental Journalists.”

Read more: Climate Change Academy launched

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MANILA, Philippines – The Organic Agriculture Act of 2010 will hasten the country’s shift to a low carbon development path.

This was the bold statement issued by Go Organic! Philippines, a network of natural farming advocates, during the opening of the 7th National Organic Agriculture Conference at the Queen Margaret Hotel in Lucena City.

The conference was organized by the Department of Agriculture (DA.)

Go Organic! Philippines said the release of the implementing rules and regulations (IRR) of Republic Act 10068, as the law is otherwise known, will usher in a shift from chemical intensive to ecologically-sound food production practices.

Read more: Organic agri law to hasten low carbon dev't path

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SURIGAO CITY, Philippines – In an effort to mitigate the effects of global warming, climate change, a community-driven campaign for climate change adaptation and disaster risk reduction was launched at Philippines downtown hotel here on Wednesday.

Dubbed "Depensa!", the big activity was spearheaded by Oxfam and the Institute for Climate and Sustainable Cities (iCSC).

The objective of the activity is to create high community awareness and action on the need for climate change adaptation.

Read more: Campaign to mitigate global warming launched

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* Adaptation Fund seen able to manage "green fund" aid

* Signed first deal last week: $8.6 mln to Senegal-Khan

A tiny U.N. fund that is starting to help developing nations adapt to climate change could expand to manage part of a planned $100 billion aid mechanism to be debated at U.N. talks in Mexico, the chair of the fund said.

Developing nations reckon the existing Adaptation Fund, which signed its first deal last week to give $8.6 million to Senegal to fight coastal erosion, could overcome objections from donors to win a wider role, Farrukh Iqbal Khan told Reuters.

Almost 200 nations will meet in the Mexican resort of Cancun from Nov. 29 to Dec. 10 to discuss measures including a new "green fund" to help the poor shift from fossil fuels and adapt to floods, droughts, heatwaves and rising sea levels.

Read more: Tiny UN climate fund could take bigger role-chair

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LONDON (AlertNet) - A promised $30 billion in "fast-start" climate change aid will go largely to emissions-curbing projects rather than efforts to help vulnerable nations adapt to more extreme weather and rising seas, new research suggests.

Only between 11 and 16 percent of the money promised so far by wealthy countries will go to support climate adaptation actions such as building sea walls and promoting new farming practices, according to a report published on Wednesday by the London-based International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED).

Just $3 billion of the $30 billion pledged for the period 2010 to 2012 at last December's Copenhagen climate negotiations has been clearly allocated for adaptation projects in the world's poorest countries, and some of the commitments are in the form of loans rather than grants, the report said. It noted that this estimate was "very rough and perhaps low", partly due to a lack of information from donors.

Read more: Donors failing to deliver aid for climate adaptation - report

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With the next global climate change summit only two weeks away, last year’s commitment to provide “easy” money to developing countries to help them adapt to the effects of climate change has been slow in coming, a study has showed. 

Research published on Wednesday by the London-based International Institute for Environment and Development showed that funding pledges made since the Copenhagen meeting in December are far from balanced. 

The IIED’s findings show very little has been earmarked for projects that would enable developing nations to adapt to the impact of climate change on agriculture, infrastructure, health and livelihoods. 

At last year’s summit in Copenhagen, developed nations agreed to provide more resources amounting to about $30 billion over the 2010 to 2012 period, with a balanced allocation between adaptation and mitigation. 

Read more: Climate Funds for Developing Nations in Short Supply

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With over a thousand open dump sites, the Philippines should engage in the global carbon trading market, the British government said Wednesday.

The Philippines is in a better position to take advantage of the carbon trading market that has global revenue amounting to $5 trillion, British Ambassador Stephen Lillie said in a seminar on waste management solutions.

Read more: UK: PHL should join carbon trading market

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All eyes are on Indonesia and its forest policy as climate- change negotiations continue in the upcoming global talks in Mexico, against the prospect of billions of dollars flowing from the planet’s major polluters to the developing world to slow global warming.

The forests in South-east Asia’s largest country will be among those coming under scrutiny during Nov. 29 to Dec. 10, 2010 climate change meetings in the Mexican resort city of Cancun, environmentalists say. These meetings are the 16th Conference of the Parties to the U.N. Framework Convention on Climate Change and the 6th conference of the parties to the Kyoto Protocol. 

The potential windfall of incoming funds for countries in the Global South stems from discussions between climate change negotiators under a scheme known as Reducing Emissions from Deforestations and Forest Degradation (REDD), which opens the door for market-friendly financial mechanisms to be used to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. 

Read more: Indonesia’s Forests Loom As Green Gold

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