Science, Assessment & Monitoring

Indian Ocean Countries Collaborate on Climate Data Rescue [viewed]

gfcs24 April 2014: The International Workshop on the Recovery and Digitization of Climate Heritage in the Indian Ocean Rim Countries and Islands convened in recognition of the need to accelerate the recovery of the region's historical climate records. At the workshop, governments established the INdian Ocean Data REscue Initiative (INDARE), adopted a declaration and agreed to finalize an INDARE implementation plan.

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ECLAC Launches Third Edition of Disaster Assessment Handbook [viewed]

ECLAC24 April 2014: The UN Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) launched the third edition of its 'Handbook on Disaster Assessment,' updating the methodology developed by ECLAC and now used worldwide to assess the social, economic and environmental impacts of disasters, including natural ones. 

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Panama Releases Map to Guide REDD+, Watershed Management [viewed]

mapamapalight24 April 2014: Panama has released a map detailing its forest cover and land use as part of its commitments as a Partner Country of the UN-REDD Programme.

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WFP Maps Climate Vulnerabilities in Andean Region [viewed]

World Food Programme22 April 2014: The poorest communities of the Andean region are especially vulnerable to climate-related disasters, a new atlas released by the UN World Food Programme (WFP) finds. The 'Atlas of Food Security, Disasters and Climate Change' maps climate, food security and disaster threats that will impede the sustainable development of communities in Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador and Peru.

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UNFCCC Releases Technical Paper on LULUCF under the CDM [viewed]

UNFCCC23 April 2014: The UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) Secretariat has published a technical paper on land use, land-use change and forestry (LULUCF) under the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) (FCCC/TP/2014/2).

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UNFCCC Maps Pre-2020 Emission Reduction Ambition [viewed]

UNFCCCApril 2014: The UNFCCC Secretariat has published an online interactive map showing national ambition of both developed and developing countries to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions pre-2020. The map displays information contained in two corresponding documents: a compilation of information on nationally appropriate mitigation actions (NAMAs) to be implemented by developing country parties (FCCC/SBI/2013/INF.12/Rev.2); and a compilation of economy-wide emission reduction targets to be implemented by Annex-I parties (FCCC/SB/2011/INF.1/Rev.1).

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UNEP Invites Participation in GEO on SIDS [viewed]

UNEP27 March 2014: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) has begun preparation of an Environment Outlook for Small Islands Developing States (GEO SIDS), to inform the Third International Conference on SIDS taking place in Apia, Samoa, from 1-4 September 2014. The initiative responds to the request of delegates at the Inter-regional Preparatory Meeting held in Bridgetown, Barbados, on 26-28 August 2013, for UNEP to dedicate support for a GEO specifically on SIDS.

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WAVES Developing Guidelines for Coastal and Marine Ecosystem Accounting [viewed]

waves23 April 2014: The Wealth Accounting and the Valuation of Ecosystem Services (WAVES) Policy and Technical Experts Committee (PTEC) is developing a guidance document to help countries value coastal ecosystems. ‘Guidelines for Coastal and Marine Ecosystem Accounting: Incorporating the Protective Service Values of Coral Reef and Mangroves in National Wealth Accounts,' a PTEC Project Brief, outlines the scope and process of developing such a guidance document.

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CCAFS Tool Simulates Climate Change Impacts on Croplands [viewed]

CCAFS22 April 2014: Colorado State University, with support from the CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS), has produced a new tool that simulates changes in rangelands over time, from a few to thousands of years.

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April 2014 Water Finance Update [viewed]

worldbank-idb-afdb-ebrd-gefApril 2014: Throughout April 2014, the World Bank, Global Environment Facility (GEF), Asian Development Bank (ADB), Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), African Development Bank (AfDB) and European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) approved finance for and highlighted results of projects across Africa, Latin America, Asia and Europe, as well as in small island developing states (SIDS) to: improve water supply and sanitation; build urban and rural water infrastructure; reduce water-related disaster risk and increase climate resilience; improve agricultural water efficiency; construct hydro-power facilities; protect aquatic biodiversity; and promote transboundary water cooperation.

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