Science, Assessment & Monitoring

FAO, Norway to Provide Forest Countries with Monitoring Software [viewed]

fao_norad13 April 2015: The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) and the Government of Norway are partnering to aid developing countries in their monitoring and reporting of changes to forest resources. The US$4.5 million partnership agreement will allow these countries to access Earth observation data, such as from satellite imagery, and create an easy-to-use platform for collating and analyzing the data.

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Japan, US to Enhance Cooperation on Climate Change, Sustainable Energy [viewed]

us-japan28 April 2015: During a state visit by the Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to the US, organized to honor the seven-decade partnership between the two countries, Prime Minister Abe and US President Barack Obama reaffirmed their countries' commitment to enhancing the bilateral partnership in a number of areas, including the environment and climate change, space and energy. The leaders announced the two countries would cooperate to address climate change and environmental degradation, and to deliver secure, affordable, sustainable and safe energy.

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Major Economies Forum Discusses Expectations Ahead of Paris Conference [viewed]

MEF21 April 2015: The 21st meeting of the Leaders' Representatives of the Major Economies Forum on Energy and Climate (MEF) brought together ministers and officials from 15 major economies, as well as from Maldives, New Zealand, Norway, Peru, the Marshall Islands, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Switzerland and Turkey. The meeting was also attended by representatives of the UNFCCC Secretariat and the UN Secretary-General's office, as well as the Co-Chairs of the Ad Hoc Working Group on the Durban Platform for Enhanced Action (ADP).

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Nansen Initiative Consultation Focuses on Climate Change, Human Mobility in South Asia and Indian Ocean [viewed]

logo_nansen5 April 2015: Participants at the fifth Nansen Initiative Regional Consultation, held under the theme ‘Climate Change, Disasters and Human Mobility in South Asia and the Indian Ocean,' recognized that South Asia and the Indian Ocean region are exposed to a range of natural hazards, including sudden-onset and slow-onset events, that have the potential to trigger human mobility.

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GEF STAP, PROVIA to Strengthen Measuring, Monitoring and Evaluating of Adaptation [viewed]

provia_gef_stapMarch 2015: The Scientific and Technical Advisory Panel (STAP) of the Global Environment Facility (GEF) and the Global Programme of Research on Climate Change Vulnerability, Impacts and Adaptation (PROVIA) have launched an initiative to strengthen the scientific basis for measuring, monitoring and evaluating adaptation.

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Kampala Declaration Stresses Cross-Regional Cooperation on Climate Services [viewed]

WMO23 April 2015: During a Workshop on Improving Climate Services for Farmers in Africa and South Asia, farmers and experts adopted the Kampala Declaration on promoting cross-regional cooperation on sharing and using knowledge on climate products and services. The Declaration came about because of the increased recognition that significant progress has been made in weather and climate forecasting through improved data availability and advances in numerical modeling.

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Event: Climate Vulnerable Forum Regional Meeting for Sub-Saharan Africa [viewed]

The Climate Vulnerable Forum (CVF) regional meeting for Sub-Saharan Africa will be held in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, from 7-8 May 2015. Hosted by Ethiopia, with support from the UN Development Programme (UNDP), the two-day meeting will gather government policymakers from a wide range of African countries. The meeting aims to identify and promote headline climate change policy priorities for vulnerable developing countries of the region.  

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UN Launches ‘Data for Climate Action' Initiative [viewed]

data_for_climate_action22 April 2015: To strengthen climate change resilience, the UN Secretary-General's Climate Change Support Team (CCST) and UN Global Pulse are launching an open innovation challenge to demonstrate novel ways of understanding the impacts of climate change. The challenge encourages private sector companies worldwide to share large, anonymized datasets related to company operations, supply chains or consumer behavior, which can be used to spur innovation in adaptation.

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WMO Hurricane Committee Prepares for Upcoming Season [viewed]

WMO18 April 2015: The 37th session of the World Meteorological Organization's (WMO) Hurricane Committee met to: review the 2014 hurricane season in the Atlantic and Eastern North Pacific basins; prepare for the upcoming hurricane season; and improve warning systems for hazards, such as storm surges and coastal flooding.

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CARIAA Updates on Adaptation Projects in Africa and Asia [viewed]

cariaaApril 2015: The Collaborative Adaptation Research Initiative in Africa and Asia (CARIAA) has provided an update on a common research programme on climate change adaptation that is carried out by four consortia. The four consortia are: Adaptation at Scale in Semi-Arid Regions (ASSAR); Deltas, Vulnerability and Climate Change: Migration and Adaptation (DECCMA); Himalayan Adaptation, Water, and Resilience (HI-AWARE); and Pathways to Resilience in Semi-Arid Economies (PRISE).

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