Science, Assessment & Monitoring

UN-REDD Highlights UNEA Events and Outcomes [viewed]

UN-REDD Programme1 July 2014: The UN Collaborative Programme on Reducing Emissions from Deforestation (UN-REDD) released the July 2014 edition of its newsletter, which highlights a number of REDD+ related outcomes from the first UN Environmental Assembly (UNEA). In particular, the newsletter notes that during discussions on financing a green economy, REDD+ emerged as an opportunity for the promotion of sustainable development pathways.

read more »

UNFCCC Finance Committee Considers Biennial Assessment of Climate Finance Flows [viewed]

UNFCCC18 June 2014: At its seventh meeting, the Standing Committee on Finance (SCF) of the UNFCCC continued discussions of the first biennial assessment and overview of climate finance flows (BA), which is the first time such an assessment is being conducted under the auspices of the UNFCCC. SCF also took up the fifth review of the financial mechanism (the Global Environment Facility (GEF) and the Green Climate Fund (GCF)) on the basis of a draft technical paper.

read more »

SBSTTA-18 Adopts Recommendations on Scientific Issues Related to Aichi Targets Implementation [viewed]

Chair-Hem-Pande28 June 2014: The 18th meeting of the Subsidiary Body on Scientific, Technical and Technological Advice (SBSTTA) of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) addressed a series of items related to the scientific base required for the implementation of the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011-2020 and its Aichi biodiversity targets, including the fourth edition of the Global Biodiversity Outlook (GBO-4), marine- and climate-related issues, and invasive alien species (IAS).

read more »

UNCCD SPI Elaborates Work Plan [viewed]

UNCCD logo26 June 2014: During the first meeting of the Science-Policy Interface (SPI) of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD), members elaborated a work plan for the period prior to the next Conference of the Parties (COP 12).

read more »

First UNEA Session Adopts Resolutions and Decisions [viewed]

Outgoing GC-27/GMEF President Hassan Abdel Hilal congratulates incoming UNEA President Oyun Sanjaasuren27 June 2014: The first session of the UN Environment Assembly (UNEA) concluded with delegates from 160 countries adopting a decision and resolutions on, inter alia: strengthening the UN Environment Programme's (UNEP) role in promoting air quality; the science-policy interface (SPI); ecosystem-based adaptation (EbA); implementation of Principle 10 of the Rio Declaration on Environment and Development; illegal trade in wildlife; chemicals and waste; and marine debris and microplastics.

read more »

UNEP FI, Insurance Companies Launch Risk Management Initiative [viewed]

Principles for Sustainable Insurance27 June 2014: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) Finance Initiative (FI) and global insurance companies launched an initiative to tackle natural disaster risk by identifying the most effective measures to combat disasters and helping communities implement them.

read more »

CCAFS Calls for Research on Climate Variability [viewed]

CCAFS18 June 2014: The CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS) has published a blog post summarizing the findings of the research paper 'Climate Variability and Vulnerability to Climate Change: A Review,' and calling for more research on how climate variability will affect the agricultural sector.

read more »

Forest Trends Releases 'State of the Voluntary Carbon Markets 2014' [viewed]

Sharing the Stage28 May 2014: Forest Trends' Ecosystem Marketplace has released its 2014 round-up of where voluntary carbon markets stand globally. The report, titled 'Sharing the Stage: State of the Voluntary Carbon Markets 2014,' finds that while US$379 million were invested in carbon offsets in 2013, this total fell short of 2012 levels by 26.7%, or US$144 million. However, according to Forest Trends, many of these tons were still transacted, but under compliance regimes, rather than voluntarily.

read more »

Initiative in East Africa Launched to Address Illegal Logging and Timber Trade [viewed]

UNEP:Interpol:FAO:UNDP:UNODC26 June 2014: Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda announced, at the first UN Environment Assembly (UNEA), an initiative to address the illegal timber trade originating from East Africa, recognizing also that illegal logging must be mitigated, and forests managed sustainably, in order to reduce emissions from forest loss.

read more »

UNFCCC Assesses Annex I 2014 GHG Inventories [viewed]

UNFCCC23 June 2014: The UNFCCC Secretariat has published a synthesis and assessment report of the greenhouse gas (GHG) inventories submitted by Annex I parties in 2014 (FCCC/WEB/SAI/2014).

read more »