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Webinar: : Seven years of research on climate resilience in the Caribbean: Government, communities, climate data and the case for action

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Seven years of climate resilience research in the Caribbean: making the case for action

Day: Wednesday 29th March

Time: 8:30- 09:30 am (CST, time in Belize)

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Register here: http://bit.ly/2nLRsy2

Agenda

Introduction

  • Maria José Pacha. Knowledge Management and Networks Coordinator – CDKN Latin America and Caribbean

Seven years of climate resilience research in the Caribbean: Government, communities, climate data and the case for action.

  • Olivia Palin. Senior Consultant, Acclimatise (Barbados)
  • Will Bugler. Senior Communications Consultant, Acclimatise (UK)

Q&A

  • Key experts in attendance (available to answer questions)

TBC

About the webinar

What lessons can be learned from seven years’ of climate change resilience research in the Caribbean?

This is the question that drives recent analysis from the Climate and Development Knowledge Network (CDKN). In the course of its work in the Caribbean, CDKN has supported a variety of projects, from helping to develop regional climate data/ information to improving our understanding of community approaches to adaptation and resilience.

CDKN has now published a series of four ‘knowledge packages’ consisting of policy briefs, infographics and videos, that provide an analysis of the work carried out under four research projects.

This webinar presents the main findings of the four knowledge packages, which touch on four cross-cutting themes:

Participants will also have the chance to ask questions of key experts involved in the original research*.

If you have any questions about this event, please contact mariajose.pacha@cdkn.org

*The projects that were included in the analysis are: the ‘Supporting risk-based decision-making in the Caribbean’ (CARIWIG) project, the Caribbean Climate Online Risk and Adaptation tool (CCORAL), the ‘Global Islands’ Vulnerability Research, Adaptation, Policy and Development’ (GIVRAPD) project, and the Caribbean Research call.

About the presenters

Olivia Palin, Acclimatise

Olivia is a Senior Consultant at Acclimatise. She leads Acclimatise’s work in the Latin American and Caribbean (LAC) region, on Small Island Developing States (SIDS) and is manager of Acclimatise’s subsidiary company in Barbados, Acclimatise LAC Ltd. Olivia led Acclimatise’s work developing the CDKN knowledge packages that are the focus of this webinar.

Will Bugler, Acclimatise

Will is a Senior Consultant at Acclimatise and leads the companies work on communicating climate change risk and resilience. Will undertook the technical analysis of the CDKN project outputs and co-authored the newly-released policy briefs that will be discussed in the webinars.

Credit: Climate & Development Knowledge Network (CDKN)

Webinar: “Energy Demand, Generation and Resilience under a Changing Climate”

Invitation to a Webinar: “Energy Demand, Generation and Resilience under a Changing Climate”

The Global Sustainable Electricity Partnership would like to invite you to participate in our next webinar, hosted in collaboration with Hydro-Québec, the World Energy & Meteorology Council, and the Ouranos Consortium.

Date: Wednesday, October 5, 2016
Time Option 107:00 am, Eastern Daylight Time (New York, GMT-04:00)
Time Option 210:00 am, Eastern Daylight Time (New York, GMT-04:00)
Duration: 1 hour
TO REGISTER: Please click on your preferred time option, above.

Please note that the same webinar will be conducted twice in one day. Please feel free to forward this invitation to the relevant department(s) at your company or organization.

More information about the webinar contents is available here.

PRESENTERS

Dr. Alberto Troccoli Managing Director, World Energy & Meteorology Council and Visiting Professor, University of East Anglia

Dr. Alberto Troccoli
Managing Director, World Energy & Meteorology Council and Visiting Professor, University of East Anglia

Dr. Alberto Troccoli is the Managing Director of the World Energy & Meteorology Council and Visiting Professor at the University of East Anglia. He has more than 20 years of experience in meteorology and climate and their application to the energy sector, having worked at several other leading institutions such as NASA, the European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts, the University of Reading and the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation. Full Bio

Dr. Marco Braun Hydroclimatology Specialist, Ouranos Consortium

Dr. Marco Braun
Hydroclimatology Specialist, Ouranos Consortium

Dr. Marco Braun is a hydroclimatology specialist and physical geographer at the Ouranos Consortium. He holds a PhD from Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich. As a member of the Climate Scenarios and Services Group he is responsible for climate scenarios related to the water and energy resources program at Ouranos, helping collaborators of the consortium to enhance their climate resilience. Full Bio

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Webinar invitation – Sustainable Maritime Development

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The Caribbean Future Forum invites you to participate online in a webinar  “Sustainable Maritime Development” with Ms. Dwynette Eversley, Managing Director, Empowerment Dynamics Ltd, Mr. Colin Young, Regional Maritime Adviser, Caribbean and Ms. Vivian Rambarath-Parasram, Assistant Professor, University of Trinidad and Tobago Maritime Campus.

Much of the Caribbean region is characterized by islands or archipelagos making it highly dependent on the maritime sector for the transport of people and goods, fisheries and also tourism. This webinar will highlight the challenges faced by the Caribbean maritime sector and ways in which these challenges can be overcome in an effort to achieve the following Sustainable Development Goals:

  • Goal 5 – Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls
  • Goal 13 – Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts
  • Goal 14 – Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development.

The webinar will explore short, medium and long-term actions that can be taken at the individual, national and regional levels to achieve these goals.

Join us live on Monday 03 October, from 10:00am -11:00am (AST) by registering below.

To learn more or view this webinar and join the discussion 

register at:

http://caribbeanfutureforum.com/sustainable-maritime-development/

 

Stay tuned to www.caribbeanfutureforum.com for more information. Your virtual participation is greatly anticipated!

CARIB Web Dialogue: The Environmental Sustainability Challenge

Carib Web Dialogue

The Caribbean Future Forum invites you to participate online in our webinar  “The Environmental Sustainability Challenge” with Dr. Richard Byron-Cox of the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) and Professor Valerie Stoute, Programme Professor Environmental Studies, UTT.

This webinar will explore the the challenges faced in achieving environmental sustainability in Caribbean nations while identifying strategies to overcome these challenges.

Join them live on Tuesday 09 August 2016, from 10:00am -11:00am (AST) by registering below.

To learn more or view this webinar and join the discussion register at: http://caribbeanfutureforum.com/caribbean-health-the-social-determinants/

Stay tuned to their website at www.caribbeanfutureforum.com for more information. Please feel free to extend this invitation to your colleagues.

Thank you for your virtual participation!

Webinar: Flooding and Climate Change in Jamaica, risk to Vulnerable Communities.

CDKN

Join CDKN for a webinar on Aug 19, 2015 at 10:00 AM COT.

Register now! 

Flooding from extreme rainfall events is one of the major natural hazards affecting Jamaica and other small island states in the Caribbean. Jamaica has already experienced several major floods and climate-related hazards in the last decade; the social and economic cost of which has been estimated at US$18.6 billion. Clearly, increased in the intensity and frequency of extreme weather events associated with climate change are a major risk to national infrastructure, development progress and the welfare of vulnerable communities.

Despite this very real threat, current flood maps in Jamaica are out of date, education on flood safety is poor and adaptive capacity in flood-prone communities is low. A new project, implemented by the University of the West Indies (UWI), Mona, is attempting to tackle these deficiencies.

In this webinar, hosted by CDKN, Dr. Arpita Mandal of UWI will present the results from this research project which focuses on the vulnerable communities along the the Yallahs river, as well as communities around the Orange River watershed in Negril. The project aims to create improved flood-preparedness models for these two watersheds, using information from past extreme rainfall events to create maps to plan for future flood risk. The ultimate goal was to model extreme events and create five, ten and twenty-five-year flood risk maps for both present and future climate projections. In the webinar Dr Mandal will also discuss about the importance of working with communities and adapt the results of models to their daily lives and the challenges that they are facing as a result of climate change. These map-based decision-making tool are designed to assist policy-makers in creating or revising effective flood mitigation measures, evacuation strategies and national disaster risk management plans. This will also help determine the adaptation measures that can be adopted by communities to respond to increasing flood risk, and protect those most vulnerable.

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

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The Flooding Project in Jamaica was funded by CDKN and managed by CARIBSAVE. It was a collaborative research between Arpita Mandal of Dept of Geography and Geology, UWI Mona, Dr Matthew Wilson of Dept of Geograny, University of the West Indies, St Augustine, Trinidad and Tobago, Climate Studies Group, UWI MONA Jamaica, David Smith of Institute of Sustainable Development, UWI MONA, Jamaica Conservation and Development Trust and Dr Arpita Nandi of East Tennessee State University, USA.

WEBINAR: Towards a low emission, resilient urban development: experiences in La Paz, Quito and Lima

CDKN

Webinar: Towards a low emission and resilient urban development: experiences in La Paz, Quito and Lima

Join CDKN for a webinar on 8 July, 2015 at 10am COT (Peru/Bolivia/Colombia time).

Register here.

In this webinar the presenters Miguel Rodriguez and Valeria Revilla from the consultancy Environmental Services Bolivia will guide us through the Cities Footprint Project, which includes the measurement of the carbon and water footprints of the municipal governments and the cities of La Paz (Bolivia) Lima (Peru) and Quito (Ecuador). They will highlight the development of action plans to reduce footprints and how the reduction targets were defined. Apart from more technical aspects, this project had an important component that was related to a participatory process with civil society and stakeholders in the development of low-carbon projects and better water management. The presenters will also discuss issues related to identifying sources of financing, and building local capacity for measuring and monitoring the footprints.

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

Credit: Climate & Development Knowledge Network

INDC Preparation Webinar for Least Developed Countries

Image: Pakistan, courtesy Asian Development Bank.

Image: Pakistan, courtesy Asian Development Bank.

CDKN and Ricardo-AEA presents a public webinar for Least Developed Countries on ‘How to prepare your Intended Nationally Determined Contribution (INDC)’. The webinar will be held on Thursday, April 23 at 14:00-15:00 UK time (GMT+1).

To join the webinar, register now.

The UNFCCC has invited all Parties to communicate to the secretariat their INDCs “well in advance of COP 21” and it will prepare by 1 November 2015 a synthesis report on the “aggregate effect of the INDCs” that have been submitted.

A new publication from CDKN and Ricardo-AEA Guide to INDCs  provides practical guidance to Least Developed Countries on how to prepare their Intended Nationally Determined Contributions for the UNFCCC.

LDCs have contributed less to current global emissions than other countries; so the burden of cutting emissions will rest with major economies. However to avoid dangerous levels of climate change, all countries will have to play a role, and the UN has indicated that LDC contributions towards a global agreement should “reflect their special circumstances”. There is currently no formal template available from the UNFCCC, and countries are using a range of different approaches.

The CDKN-Ricardo-AEA Guide to INDCs presents a template that could be used by LDCs. It gives a practical example of how an INDC could be structured, with examples to illustrate a narrative and sources of background information. This template was developed at the request of some LDCs for practical guidance, tailored to their needs. As such it seeks to address the broad range of challenges that LDCs face and their different national circumstances and levels of capacity, preparedness and ambition.

Kiran Sura and Chris Dodwell will walk the audience through the Guide to INDCs in a 20 minute presentation, followed by the opportunity to pose questions and comments.

The Guide to INDCs is not an official publication of the UNFCCC, nor is it endorsed by the UNFCCC. However, it was developed in consultation with a range of stakeholders, including authors of existing INDC guidance, representatives from LDCs, and organisations working with CDKN to support INDC preparations.  It draws from the INDCs which have already been submitted, and a range of referenced literature. The authors have also ensured that this template is consistent with existing guidance published by UNDP/GIZ and World Resources Institute.

Ms Kiran Sura has been CDKN’s Head of Advocacy Fund for Negotiations Support since 2012. The Advocacy Fund assists least developed and climate-vulnerable countries to have a say in the international climate negotiations, to the benefit of us all. Before joining CDKN, Kiran was a Senior Analyst with the Committee on Climate Change, an independent body advising the UK Government on climate change mitigation and adaptation policy. During this time, Kiran conducted analysis that underpinned the Committee’s recommendations on the 2050 emissions reduction target for the UK. More recently, she was involved in developing a monitoring and evaluation framework for tracking progress on adaptation, and developed the first adaptation cost curves for England. Kiran has an MSc in Economics with reference to Sub-Saharan Africa from the School of Oriental and African Studies.
Mr Chris Dodwell is Ricardo-AEA’s Director of International Projects with responsibility for developing relationships with international clients and partners and directing key international projects. Chris has over 20 years’ public and private sector experience in climate change, sustainable energy and environmental policy and regulation, specialising in international climate change and capacity building. Prior to joining Ricardo-AEA in 2011, Chris worked at the heart of UK climate change policy for 10 years including leading the UK implementation of the EU Emissions Trading Scheme and acting as head of the UK delegation to the UNFCCC climate negotiations.   Chris is currently working on a number of projects to support the development of Intended Nationally Determined Contributions in a variety of countries including Bangladesh, Cambodia, Kenya, Laos and Myanmar as well as an ongoing project for CDKN to examine lessons learned from their portfolio of INDC projects.
Kiran Sura and Chris Dodwell are co-authors of the Guide to INDCs, along with Emelia Holdaway (Ricardo-AEA) and Helen Picot (CDKN).

Register now for the webinar on how to use the Guide to INDCs!

Credit: Climate & Development Knowledge Network (CDKN)

Climate-Smart Agriculture Online Learning Event

Are you interested in Climate-Smart Agriculture?

Tune into the FAO's climate-smart agriculture online learning events next month.
2 webinars and online discussions
The learning event consists of 2 webinars of 1.5 hours in the month of May 2014, combined with online discussions on Climate-Smart Agriculture approach and policies. The presentations will be followed by a question and answer session where participants have the opportunity to ask the presenters about Climate-Smart Agriculture approach and policies.
  •  Webinar 1: Climate-Smart Agriculture – definition and approach
  •  Webinar 2: Implementing Climate-Smart Agriculture – Policies and institutions are key
Reserve your seat now
 
The event is organized by FAO’s Climate Change, Energy and Land Tenure division in collaboration with colleagues and partners. Enrolled participants will receive invitations to the webinars and more details prior to the event.
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