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Natural hazards continue to cause significant loss of life and have significant social and economic consequences for people in Asia and the Pacific. Yet, these losses are far from inevitable. There is a wide range of tools and mechanisms available to assess, reduce, and manage risk, covering a vast array of legislative, regulatory, policy, planning, institutional, financial, and capacity-building instruments. Moreover, there is increasing public awareness of the need to strengthen disaster resilience at all levels of society as a…
Climate change will increase the frequency of extreme weather events, making more geographic places inhospitable to human habitation and secure livelihoods. This report presents a detailed picture of the potential impacts of climate change on migration in Asia and the Pacific. It draws upon a wealth of research to provide policy makers with informed analysis of an emerging phenomenon requiring urgent attention by governments and the international community. The report also suggests that climate-induced migration should be seen not only…
Adaptive Social Protection (ASP) aims to reduce the vulnerability of poor people to a range of shocks and ongoing stresses through the integration of social protection (SP), climate change adaptation (CCA) and disaster risk reduction (DRR). However there are still few documented examples of social protection programming that specifically accounts for climate change – now and in the future – or that seeks to mitigate the potential of disasters in risk-prone communities. This briefing draws policy-relevant lessons for ASP programming…
The Adaptation Learning Programme (ALP) supports improved communication of climate information to vulnerable rural communities and local governments as a key element of community based adaptation to climate change impacts. Participatory scenario planning, or PSP, is one approach which uses seasonal climate forecasts to inform decisions for more resilient livelihoods and risk management, thereby strengthening adaptive capacity. PSP workshops create a multi-stakeholder platform for collective interpretation of meteorological and local forecasts and their probability and uncertainty. This brief describes the…
Key messages - Smallholder farmers can contribute significantly to climate change mitigation but will need incentives to adapt their practices. - Incentives from selling carbon credits are limited by low returns to farmers, high transaction costs, and the need for farmers to invest in mitigation activities long before they receive payments. - Improved food security, economic benefits, and adaptation to climate change are more fundamental incentives that should accompany mitigation. - Designing agricultural investment and policy to provide up-front finance…
The use of IEA tools for improved MEA implementation  Over the last decade governments around the world have come under pressure to tackle a growing array of environmental sustainability risks and manage the flow of ecosystem goods and services. Recognizing the need for coordinated action, governments have negotiated and entered into many multilateral environmental agreements (MEAs) that often include concrete commitments. Based on available evidence on environmental trends and conditions, there is clearly a gap between MEA commitments and action (Victor et al., 1998). The…
FAO’s Investment Centre Division, in collaboration with FAO’s Climate, Energy and Tenure Division, has published a new report on: “Incorporating climate change considerations into agricultural investment programmes – A guidance document”. This best practices guidance document is intended to help development professionals  and government officials who are involved in agricultural and rural development investment operations to mainstream climate change considerations in programme identification, design and supervision. The link between food security, rural livelihoods and climate change is well recognized, and…
Early warning technologies have greatly benefited from recent advances in communication and information technologies and improved knowledge on natural hazards and the underlying science. Nevertheless, many gaps still exist in early warning technologies and capacities — especially in the developing world — and yet a lot has to be done for the development of a global scale multi-hazard system. This in-depth bulletin introduces the basic concepts of early warning systems, the role of earth observation for disasters and environment and…
This book provides a succinct, readable, and engaging narrative and analysis of the 20-year history of GEF projects. While the Rio +20 conference provided the initial rationale for the book, it is intended to have lasting value for anyone interested in issues about the green economy in the context of sustainable development and poverty eradication, or about the institutional framework for sustainable development. As the intended readers are interested non-professionals, the book also draws on the tangible experience of GEF…
The goal of this text is to provide a timely, short, understandable but nonetheless comprehensive and critical overview of this topic. It outlines the mitigation and adaptation potential of organic agriculture and addresses main opportunities, challenges, institutional and policy aspects, thus placing it in a broader context, which also addresses consumer aspects and policies.
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