- Newsletter October 2016 - n°24
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Editor’s note
Launch of the CC&E Network’s new observatory platform

In the rapidly moving field of climate change and environment, continuous knowledge exchange and learning about new emerging topics is key. For that reason, the CC&E Network with the help of INFRAS has developed and launched a new platform for spotting trends and emerging topics called observatory webinar. The webinars aim to identify information on relevant new and emerging developments in the CC&E area and share them with other CC&E Network members or other interested SDC staff members and partners.
This format will provide a great opportunity both to learn about upcoming topics and to share knowledge. We highly recommend you to join one of our upcoming sessions! The next talk will be on innovative approaches to tackle the waste challenge and will be held on 27 October 2016, organized by CSD. We keep you informed via mail and the CC&E Network webpage.

INFRAS, Backstopping Partner of GPCC

Thematic Focus: Climate Change and Youth
Promoting the voice of Youth @ COP22
While the Paris Agreement reached in December 2015 was a major political breakthrough giving hope to humanity to cope with the global challenge of climate change, its implementation will be at the center of the forthcoming COP22 in Marrakech in November 2016. In this context, the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) has proposed to create a space for youth in the public zone called ‘Espace Jeunesse’. It will offer a platform for young people to discuss, debate, present, learn, report and exhibit. It is meant to provide youth - as one of the most concerned and powerful actor groups - with a strong voice when exploring the most efficient ways to implement the Paris Agreement. Together with an impressive number of local, national, regional and international partners, the ‘Espace Jeunesse’ shall be a vibrant space during COP22 in Marrakech. It has been created for, with and through young people. As an example, young students of various schools of architecture participated in a competition regarding the design of the youth space. The winning team developed a very attractive proposal which is currently being implemented with the support of other students who are constructing the furniture themselves - a very different approach compared to any other initiative at COP22 knows so far. Youth participation is also illustrated by the technical equipment required for the ‘Espace Jeunesse’ that has been provided through an organization, which gives young people a second chance to receive a one year vocational training in computer science and information technologies. All computers used in the space are the products of recycled IT material compiled by these young trainees and the installation and maintenance during COP22 will be assured by them as well. See the press release.
Upcoming events and trainings
3-5 November 2016
Marrakesh, Morocco
29 November 2016
Workshop "Digesting the Marrakech COP Outcome"
Zurich, Switzerland
6-8 December 2016
Face to Face Event on Urban Disaster Risk Reduction and Urban Resilience
Thun and Berne, Switzerland
8-9 December 2016 -  
International Conference Migration & Environmental Change
Berlin, Germany

Special thanks

Gély Johan
on policy updates
André Wehrli
on updates from CATCOSProgramms
Luca De Giovanetti and André Wehrli
on The Energy Efficient Clay Brick
Patrick Sieber
on PACC news
Jürg Staudenmann
on ECO and CAN publications
Hind Aissaoui Bennani
on environmental migration news from Morocco
News related to thematic focus
Policy updates
  • US president Barak Obama has released a Presidential Memorandum requiring national US security agencies to address the risk of climate change to the US.
SDC funded projects and programs
  • The Energy Efficient Clay Brick (EECB) Project has been named the winner of the National Energy Globe Award South Africa in the 2016 Energy Globe Awards. The project is funded by SDC, GPCC and implemented by Swisscontact.
  • The Kenya resilient arid lands partnerships for integrated development (Kenya RAPID) has recently been approved under the Global Programme Climate Change (GPCC).
  • The Establishment of a Global Hydrometry Support Facility (GHSF) and innovation Hub has recently been approved under the Global Programme Climate Change (GPCC).
  • The new project on innovation and dissemination of technologies for adaptation of agriculture to climate change (AGRIADAPTA) has been approved under the Global Programme Climate Change (GPCC).
  • The world glacier monitoring service (WGMS) and UNESCO jointly launched a Glacier App for mobile devices. The app has been developed as part of the CATCOS (Capacity Building and Twinning for Climate Observing Systems) project, which is supported by SDC and MeteoSwiss.
  • The new WOCAT (World Overview of Conservation Approaches and Technologies) Global Database on Sustainable Land Management (SLM) has been released.
  • New article in the Peruvian Newspaper El Pais sheds light on the PACC activity on managing water resources, siembra de agua.
  • Karnataka government adopts BEEP (Indo-Swiss Building Energy Efficiency Project) guidelines for energy efficient public buildings.
  • Opening of the Biomass Gasifier in Madhya Pradesh, India.
Further news
  • A new publication ECO In-between, August 2016 – First Timers’ Issue drafted by CAN (Climate Action Network) Community has been published.
  • A new CAN (Climate Action Network) publication on Modalities of Accounting for Climate Finance was published in July 2016.
  • A new policy brief on Environmental migration in Morocco has been released in English and French.
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