The UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) African Regional Workshop on Adaptation was held at the M Plaza Hotel in Accra, Ghana, from 21-23 September 2006. The workshop aimed at highlighting African concerns related to climate change adaptation and vulnerability reduction, with a view to identifying specific adaptation needs to be considered under the UNFCCC. Sixty participants were in attendance, mainly from Africa, but also from developed countries, as well as representatives from UN agencies and intergovernmental organizations.
Pollution and Health
For many years Majuro Atoll, the capital and gateway to the Marshall Islands, has suffered from unplanned and uncontrolled development resulting in increased poverty, crime, and pollution. This situation has now reached a crisis point where it is now seriously compromising the quality of life for the 25,000 people who live there.
The Asia Regional workshop on Addressing Underlying Causes of Deforestation and Forest Degradation took place in Anyer, West Java, Indonesia on December 4-6 1998. The Workshop was organized by Bioforum, a coalition of 65 Indonesian NGOs, and funded by Global Secretariat of UC Initiative, Embassy of Finland, the Indonesian Tropical Institute (LATIN), the Indonesian Consortium for Community-Based Forest Management (KPSHK) with additional support from some local NGOs.
Desertification occurs in drylands,which span a third of the earth’s land surface in over 110 countries. It influences the lives of about 500 000 people -- the so-called environmental refugees -- including many of the world ’s poorest and most marginalized populations. Each year 12 million hectares are lost to deserts. That is enough land to grow 20 million tonnes of grain.
Situated on the border between the three countries of Macedonia, Albania, and Greece, Lake Prespa is a popular recreation spot for inhabitants of the entire region. Polluted rivers flowing into the lake, however, are a menace to the already precarious ecological system unless measures are taken to ensure the waters are filtered. Thanks to the introduction of modern methods of waste management, the SDC is contributing to the decontamination of these waters and to raising the environmental awareness of the region's inhabitants.