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International Fund for Animal Welfare

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End of year review; International Fund for Animal Welfare

Together we did so much for animals this year…with your help, we can do even more in 2010

Dear Leni,

Best of 2009 Video

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Please give your year-end gift now to help us make 2010 an even better year for animals

2009 was truly an amazing year for animals.

Please take a few moments to watch my special video message highlighting our top wins for animals and best images from 2009.

Then please make your year-end donation to save even more animals in 2010.

So many animals saved, protected, and cared for...

I'm so proud of what we were able to accomplish in 2009.

Together we saved so many family pets and wild animals from disasters like the Australian bush fires, took big steps towards bringing an end to Canada's commercial seal hunt, rescued elephants in peril in Malawi and Zimbabwe, and protected and cared for so many more animals big and small, all around the world.

...and still so many more animals that need your help.

No matter how many animals we rescue and protect, there are always more that need you:
  • We have never been as close to securing a ban on Canada's commercial seal hunt, and we need to keep the pressure on;
  • Our lifesaving programs that provide free veterinary care, spay/neuter services, and humane education in impoverished communities are needed more than ever;
  • IFAW's Emergency Rescue team is preparing for another busy year of bushfires, floods, hurricanes and other disasters - with your help, they'll rescue thousands more animals in 2010;
  • And we'll continue to lead the fight to protect whales, elephants, tigers, and so many more animals, wherever we are needed.

But we can't do it without you. Please help us continue our lifesaving work by making your special year-end donation today

With you by our side, we will make 2010 an even better year for animals.

My best wishes for a healthy, happy, and safe new year.

Fred O'Regan Signature
Fred O'Regan

p.s. I truly feel that 2010 will be a landmark year for our animal protection campaigns. I look forward to sharing many more victories for animals in the coming year, and I hope you'll join me by making your special year-end donation today.


Copenhagen we WILL GET a Real Deal!

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“We marched in Berlin, and the wall fell.
"We marched for South Africa, and apartheid fell.
"We marched at Copenhagen -- and we WILL get a Real Deal.”

Copenhagen is seeking the biggest mandate in history to stop the greatest threat humanity has ever faced. History will be made in the next 48 hours. How will our children remember this moment? Let's tell them we did all we could.



Down to Earth

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Down to earth

The most important technical options for climate change mitigation from agriculture are improvements in cropland and grazing land management and the restoration of organic soils and degraded lands.

Nearly 90 percent of the technical mitigation potential of agriculture comes from soil carbon sequestration. These options involve increasing the levels of organic matter, of which carbon is the main component, in soil. This can translate into better plant nutrient content, increased water retention capacity and better structure, eventually leading to higher yields and greater resilience.

Agricultural mitigation options that sequester carbon can include: low tillage, utilizing residues for composting or mulching, use of perennial crops to cover soil, re-seeding or improving grazing management on grasslands.

Balancing benefits, risks

Other options involve difficult trade-offs, with benefits for mitigation but potentially negative consequences for food security and development.  In some cases, there are synergies in the long-run, but trade-offs in the short-run.

Biofuel production provides a clean alternative to fossil fuel but can compete for land and water resources needed for food production. Restoration of organic soils enables greater carbon sequestration, but may reduce the land available for food production. Rangeland restoration may improve carbon sequestration but involves short-term reductions in herder incomes by limiting the number of livestock.

Some trade-offs can be managed through measures to increase efficiency or through payment of incentives or compensation.

Many of the technical mitigation options are readily available and could be deployed immediately. But while these actions often generate a net positive benefit over time, they involve significant up-front costs.

Other barriers, such as uncertain property rights, lack of information and technical assistance or access to appropriate seeds and fertilizer, also need to be overcome. "Linking to ongoing agricultural development efforts that address these same issues is one cost effective way of doing this," said Kostas Stamoulis, Director of the FAO Agricultural Development Economics Division.

Financing mechanisms needed

The report outlines possible design features for financing mechanisms that could help unlock agriculture's potential benefits for climate change mitigation, food security and agricultural development.

A range of financing options—public, public-private and carbon markets—are currently under negotiation for climate change mitigation actions in developing countries. These could be future sources of finance for agricultural mitigation actions, the report says, as could a dedicated international fund to support agricultural mitigation in developing countries and coordination with financing from official development assistance for agricultural development.

Capturing agriculture's multiple benefits

Despite its significant potential, agricultural mitigation has remained relatively marginal within the climate change negotiations.

To capture the multiple benefits of agriculture. the report recommends a work programme on agricultural mitigation within the UNFCCC Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technological Advice to help address methodological issues related to implementation. It also proposes country-led piloting of action and field testing, using a phased approach linked to national capabilities and supported by capacity building and financial/technology transfers.


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Sparky, the seal in Canada!

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Sparky the seal in the EU; International Fund for Animal Welfare | A better world for animals and people

Dear Leni,

Fresh from celebrating IFAW's achievement in securing a European-wide import ban on seal products, our giant inflatable seal is now coming to Canada!

Please join IFAW and our giant inflatable seal on a nationwide journey to celebrate the Olympic torch relay. "Sparky" will be welcoming the torch at major cities across Canada to raise awareness of Canada's commercial seal hunt.

We will be starting off our journey in Halifax on Wednesday, November 18, at 12 noon - 1pm. The event will be held at the Corner of Spring Garden Road and South Park Street.

This is a great opportunity to to remind the world that the majority of Canadians are opposed to the inhumane and unnecessary commercial seal hunt.

These events will NOT disrupt the Olympic torch relay, and are not being held to to protest the Olympic games.

Please post this on your Facebook and forward it on to everyone you know in Halifax!

Hope to see you there!


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