Science, Assessment & Monitoring

Event: 35th Session of the Joint Scientific Committee for the World Climate Research Programme [viewed]

The 35th Session of the Joint Scientific Committee (JSC-35) for the World Climate Research Programme (WCRP) will convene in Heidelberg, Germany to discuss the implementation of Grand Challenges, including Grand Challenges on: Regional Sea Level Rise; Water Availability; Cryosphere in a Changing Climate; Regional Climate Information; Climate Extremes; and Clouds, Circulation and Climate Sensitivity. The meeting will also discuss Core Projects, WCRP Councils, Working Groups, Partnerships and Joint Initiatives. JSC-35 will also hold a joint session with the WMO Technical Conference on Climate Services. WCRP is a joint project of the International Council for Science (ICSU), the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) and the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization's Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (UNESCO-IOC).  

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Alcamo Appointed Special Science Adviser to UNFCCC Executive Secretary [viewed]

UNFCCC4 June 2014: Former UN Environment Programme (UNEP) Chief Scientist and award-winning environmental modeling researcher Joseph Alcamo was appointed Special Science Adviser to UNFCCC Executive Secretary Christiana Figueres. He will be providing pro bono advice to the Secretariat.

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FAO Guide Aims to Improve Emergency Response in Fisheries and Aquaculture Sectors [viewed]

FAOJune 2014: The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) has released a report, titled ‘Fisheries and aquaculture emergency response guidance,' which draws on lessons learned during responses to disasters that affected the fisheries and aquaculture sectors. The guide aims to save the lives and livelihoods of people affected by disasters, climate change and human activity-related hazards, and humanitarian emergencies in the fisheries and aquaculture sectors.

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CCXG Publishes Paper on Accounting for Diverse Mitigation Contributions [viewed]

OECDMay 2014: The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)/International Energy Agency (IEA) Climate Change Expert Group (CCXG) has published a paper, titled “GHG or not GHG: Accounting for Diverse Mitigation Contributions in the Post-2020 Climate Framework.”

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FAO, Partners Develop Methodology for Herders and Grazers to Access Carbon Finance [viewed]

FAO30 May 2014: In recognition of the potential for grassland restoration to both mitigate climate change and improve profitability of livestock farmers, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO), in collaboration with Chinese partners, has developed a tool that can measure carbon sequestration resulting from sustainable grassland management. The Verified Carbon Standard (VCS) has approved the tool, which will allow the carbon credits derived from improved grassland management to be sold in voluntary carbon markets.

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ADB Outlines Adaptation Options for Water Management in Aral Sea Basin [viewed]

ADBMay 2014: The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has released a working paper outlining adaptation options in water management in Central Asia, based on an assessment of the impacts of climate change on the hydrology of the Aral Sea Basin.

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May 2014 Water Finance Update [viewed]

ebrd-worldbank-adb-gef-eib-afdbMay 2014: During May, international and regional financial institutions, including the World Bank, the Global Environment Facility (GEF), the African Development Bank (AfDB), the Asian Development Bank (ADB), the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) and the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), undertook a variety of actions related to water resources, including presenting the results of existing projects, participating in regional conferences and approving new loans. Projects this month addressed issues including transboundary water cooperation, water supply and sanitation, hydroelectric generation, disaster risk reduction (DRR) and ecosystem service conservation, among others.

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Asia-Pacific Officials Discuss Standardizing Data Collection on Disasters [viewed]

UNESCAP27 May 2014: The UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) discussed standardization of a core set of disaster-related statistics in harmony with the disaster reduction framework beyond 2015 at its 70th session, which took place under the theme 'Regional Connectivity for Shared Prosperity.'

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WBCSD Report Describes Advantages of Addressing the Water, Food and Energy Nexus [viewed]

WBCSDMay 2014: The World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) has released a report on the water, food and energy nexus, titled ‘Co-optimizing Solutions: Water and Energy for Food, Feed and Fiber.' The report was launched during the ‘Sustainability in the Water-Energy-Food Nexus' conference, on 20 May in Bonn, Germany, which was convened in recognition that the increasing demand for food and other agricultural products will put significant pressures on resources and impact greenhouse gas emissions and climate change. 

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Event: 32nd Meeting of the Executive Committee of the Group on Earth Observations [viewed]

The Group on Earth Observations (GEO) will convene the 32nd meeting of the Executive Committee (ExCom) on 12 November 2014, in Libreville, Gabon. The ExCom guides the work of GEO and the activities of the GEO Secretariat. The 13 members of ExCom represent the regions of Africa, Americas, Asia/Oceania, the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) and Europe.  

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