Science, Assessment & Monitoring

EC Study Outlines Pathway to Standardizing Disaster Loss Databases [viewed]

European Union16 January 2014: The European Commission (EC) released a report, titled 'Recording Disaster Losses: Recommendations for a European Approach,' which outlines a pathway for a standardized European approach to record and manage disaster loss.

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Event: GEO-XI [viewed]

The eleventh plenary session of the Group on Earth Observations (GEO-XI) will, among other things, review the draft of the Global Earth Observation System of Systems (GEOSS) Implementation Plan for 2015-2025 that will guide GEO work for ten years.  

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Mountain Partnership Calls for Including Mountains in Post-2015 Development Agenda [viewed]

Mountain Partnership10 January 2014: Representatives from Argentina, Italy, Kyrgyzstan and Peru called for including mountains in the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) during an event on the margins of the seventh session of the UN General Assembly's (UNGA) Open Working Group (OWG) on SDGs. Also at the event, which took place on 8 January 2014, in New York, US, the Mountain Partnership Secretariat introduced two policy briefs highlighting sustainable mountain development as a priority. 

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Bioversity Releases Seeds for Needs Policy Briefs [viewed]

seedsforneedJanuary 2014: Bioversity International has released policy briefs from its Seeds for Needs project, which seeks to combine climate change scenarios with information on crop diversity to better understand autonomous and planned adaptation strategies in the face of climate change.

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CCAFS Field Manual Tracks Climate Adaptation and Mitigation in Colombia [viewed]

CCAFS9 January 2014: The International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT) has developed a field manual in Spanish to document a range of adaptation and mitigation activities in Rio Las Piedras within Cauca, Colombia.

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IRRI/CCAFS Hold Training on GHG Emissions in SE Asia [viewed]

irri8 January 2014: Recognizing the significant potential greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from rice fields, the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) and the Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security program (CCAFS) organized a joint training to increase technical capacity of researchers in Southeast Asia to work on GHG mitigation research.

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UNDP Provides Guidance on Standardized Baselines [viewed]

UNDP23 December 2013: The Millennium Development Goal Carbon (MDG Carbon) initiative of the UN Development Programme (UNDP) published a Guidance Note for Standardized Baselines (SBs), which aims to make SBs more comprehensible and easy to implement, so they can be used more widely across a range of sectors. 

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OECD Releases 2013 Edition of Environment at a Glance [viewed]

OECD19 December 2013: The 2013 edition of 'Environment at a Glance,' a compilation of key environmental indicators published by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), shows that progress has been made in some areas such as air pollution, transport and biodiversity protection, but underlines that more work is required to protect and sustainably use natural resources.

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Event: Arctic Biodiversity Congress [viewed]

Organized by the Arctic Council's Conservation of Arctic Flora and Fauna (CAFF) working group, this event will promote the conservation and sustainable use of Arctic biodiversity through dialogue among scientists, policy-makers, government officials, industry, civil society and indigenous peoples. It is closely linked to the findings and recommendations of the first Arctic Biodiversity Assessment (ABA) released in May 2013.  

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CCAFS Presents Dataset on GHG Emissions from Livestock and Sustainable Land Use [viewed]

CCAFS24 December 2013: Responding to the need for information that facilitates sustainable planning for the livestock sector, the Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security Program (CCAFS) of the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR) has published a global spatial livestock dataset at high resolution for understanding the roles of livestock in biophysical, economic and social systems.

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