6 December 2008: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP)
released a report entitled “The Kyoto Protocol, the Clean Development
Mechanism, and the Building and Construction Sector,” suggesting that the Kyoto
Protocol's Clean Development Mechanism (CDM), which governs the main
international carbon market, should be revised to tap into the mitigation
potential of the building and construction industry.
4 December 2008: At a side event to the 14th session of the Conference of the Parties to the UNFCCC, taking place in Poznan, Poland, the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) Risø Centre on Energy, Climate and Sustainable Development (URC) held a side event on “Perspectives on Future Directions and Capacity Development Needs.” The event was the occasion for the launch of a URC publication, “A Reformed CDM –including new Mechanisms for Sustainable Development,” which explores how to reform the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) in a post-2012 climate regime.
5 December 2008: The UN Environment Programme –
Monitoring Centre (UNEP-WCMC) has produced the Carbon and Biodiversity Demonstration Atlas, which highlights areas
where high carbon content and high biodiversity overlap, illustrating that
reducing emissions from deforestation can combat climate change and
December 2008: The Global Climate Observing System (GCOS) has released the report of the 16th session of its Steering Committee (SC), which convened in Geneva, Switzerland, from 14-17 October 2008, at World Meteorological Organization (WMO) headquarters.
3 December 2008: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) has released an advance copy of “Public Finance Mechanisms to Mobilise Investment in Climate Change Mitigation.” UNEP's Division of Technology, Industry and Economics, under its Sustainable Energy Finance Initiative, commissioned the report as a contribution to the UNFCCC Secretariat Technical Paper “Investment and Financial Flows to Address Climate Change: An Update.”
December 2008: The International Water Management Institute (IWMI), a member of the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR), published a policy brief entitled “Water Implications of Biofuel Crops: Understanding Tradeoffs and Identifying Options.” The Brief outlines impacts of biofuel production on water supply and food production, and seeks to provide options for policy makers in addressing resulting tradeoffs.
3 December 2008: The Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) has recently published material regarding the relevance of its Programme of Work on Protected Areas (PoWPA) gap analysis, which guides parties in identifying gaps in protected areas systems and in participation of indigenous and local communities, in relation to reducing emissions for deforestation and forest degradation (REDD).
3 December 2008: The Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) has launched the second volume of the Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (REDD) and Biodiversity e-Newsletter.
2 December 2008: The Interdepartmental Working Group on Climate Change of the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has released the second edition of the FoodClimate e-newsletter.
December 2008: The International Energy Agency (IEA) has released a brochure entitled “Renewable Energy Essentials: Wind.” This series of publications provides key facts relating to major aspects of each renewable energy technology.