Technology

Event: Ocean Climate and Marine Ecosystems in the Western Pacific: IOC/WESTPAC Eighth International Scientific Symposium [viewed]

This Symposium is organized by the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) - Sub-Commission for the Western Pacific (WESTPAC). It aims to bring together marine scientists with a view to encouraging an interdisciplinary approach towards the management and sustainable development of coasts and oceans with the growing challenges of climate change. Issues to be addressed include: coastal acidification; climate modeling and prediction; marine remote sensing; and paleoclimatology (corals and monsoon).  

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World Bank, ISDR and GFDRR Launch Competition for Innovative Disaster Recovery Services [viewed]

2 March 2011: The Global Facility for Disaster Reconstruction and Recovery (GFDRR), the UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UN/ISDR) and the World Bank are launching a competition aimed at capturing innovative services, products and approaches to post-disaster recovery and reconstruction.

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UNCTAD's "Road to Rio+20" Discusses Low-Carbon Growth [viewed]

2 March 2011: The UN Conference for Trade and Development (UNCTAD) has released the first of a series of publications aimed at provoking discussion, advancing new ideas and providing inspiration on sustainable development issues for the Rio 2012 Conference.

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Event: Earth Observation Support for Sustainable Tourism in Small Island States [viewed]

This third regional workshop in the Workshop Series of the GEO Coastal Zone Community of Practice (CZCP) will focus on the Caribbean and will be organized in partnership with the Caribbean Regional Association (CaRA) for the Caribbean Integrated Coastal Ocean Observing System (CarICOOS), the Global Ocean Observing System (GOOS), the Global Terrestrial Observing System (GTOS), the UN Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), and the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC). Specific objectives of the regional workshop will include: using Earth observations to improve sustainability of tourism; managing coastal tourism assets; planning for and adapting to coastal change; sustaining tourism under a changing climate; assessing and preparing for climate change and its impact on coastal zones; and tourism and ecosystems.  

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Event: World Biofuels Markets Conference and Exhibition [viewed]

This conference and industry exhibition aims to represent the entire biofuels value chain and will be attended by industry (oil, biofuels, vehicles), utilities, investors, and policy makers. The conference will focus on in-depth industrial analysis on biomass energy, biodiesel, advanced biofuels, aviation biofuels, biorefinery platforms, military biofuels, algal biofuel production and more.  

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Event: New Energy Husum Renewables Congress and Trade Show [viewed]

New Energy Husum is an international renewable energy trade fair, with over 17,000 expected participants. The Husum exhibition is world's largest small wind turbine event, although other renewable energies and topics will be considered as well, such as: solar, bioenergy, geothermal, electromobility, energy efficient buildings and construction, and finance.  

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UNFCCC Executive Secretary Calls for Turning Cancun Agreements into Action [viewed]

1 March 2011: Addressing the media in Tokyo, Japan, UNFCCC Executive Secretary Christiana Figueres called on governments to transform the Cancun Agreements into tangible action on the ground, and provide clarity on the future of the Kyoto Protocol.

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IEA Expert Discusses Energy Poverty [viewed]

1 March 2011: The International Energy Agency (IEA) has published a short piece titled “Energy Poverty: The Missing Millennium Development Goal (MDG)?” which discusses the social and environmental consequences of energy poverty, and the urgency to achieve universal energy access.

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CPF Calls for Greater Role for Women in Forest Management [viewed]

1 March 2011: In advance of International Women's Day, celebrated on 8 March, the Collaborative Partnership on Forests (CPF) has issued a press release highlighting that women are the main users of forests in developing countries, but that they are often not included in management decisions.

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SPREP and UNESCO Train Environmental Reporters in Vanuatu [viewed]

28 February 2011: The Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP), with support from the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), is conducting a training session to strengthen environmental reporting skills in the media sector, from 28 February-4 March 2011, in Vanuatu.

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