Science, Assessment & Monitoring

Third Intergovernmental Review Meeting on the GPA Adopts Manila Declaration [viewed]

27 January 2012: The Third Intergovernmental Review (IGR-3) of the Implementation of the Global Programme of Action for the Protection of the Marine Environment from Land-Based Activities (GPA) concluded with the adoption of the Manila Declaration on Furthering the Implementation of the GPA, and of the GPA's Programme of Work 2012-1016. These outcomes will be forwarded for consideration and adoption by the UN Environment Programme's (UNEP) Governing Council at its 12th Special Session.

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EUROCLIMA Launches New Website and Second Newsletter [viewed]

26 January 2012: EUROCLIMA, a joint environmental programme of the EU and Latin America, has launched its new website, as well as the second issue of its newsletter, which focuses on water and climate change in Latin America.

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CBD Invites Second Peer Review of Draft Studies on Climate-Related Geo-Engineering [viewed]

CBD24 January 2012: The Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) has invited parties to participate in the second peer review of the draft study on the impacts of climate-related geo-engineering on biodiversity, and on the draft study on the regulatory framework of climate-related geo-engineering relevant to the CBD.

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ITTO, BirdLife International Enhance Cooperation [viewed]

24 January 2012: The International Tropical Timber Organization (ITTO) and BirdLife International have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to enhance cooperation and collaboration between the two organizations, and facilitate implementation of their respective work programmes in tropical forests.

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UNCCD Introduces Changes to PRAIS Reporting System [viewed]

23 January 2012: The Secretariat of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) has reported that many innovations have been introduced in the performance review and assessment of implementation system (PRAIS) based on decisions taken at the tenth meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP 10).

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Report on UNCCD Impact Indicator Workshop Released [viewed]

UNCCD19 January 2012: The report from the Multi-National Final Workshop of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) pilot impact indicator tracking, which convened on 6-7 October 2011, in Changwon, Republic of Korea, has been released.

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IOC UNESCO Reports on Vessel Taking Part in GOOS Project [viewed]

UNESCO13 January 2012: The Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has reported on the return of the schooner Lady Amber in Perth, Australia, on 4 January 2012. The vessel has been launching drifting robots as part of the Global Ocean Observing System (GOOS), a project supported by UNESCO IOC.

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Bioversity International, CIAT Release Online Reference for Genetic Resources in Guatemala [viewed]

January 2011: Bioversity International has developed and released a new online resource to facilitate the conservation and use of wild plant species in Guatemala that are related to cultivated crops. The conservation of crop wild relatives is important due to their role in breeding improved crop varieties that are hardier, more productive, more nutritious, more disease and drought resistant, and better adapted to climate change stresses.

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Event: World Radiocommunication Conference 2012 [viewed]

The World Radiocommunication Conference is organized by the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) to review and revise the Radio Regulations, which is the international treaty governing the use of radio-frequency spectrum and satellite orbits. The Conference will focus on, among other things, the changes required to the regulation of orbit/spectrum resources in the interest of the users of these scarce resources. Issues to be addressed will include the use of information and communication technologies (ICTs) to combat climate change and mitigate its effects, as well as to predict natural disasters and facilitate relief efforts.  

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WMO Highlights Importance of Radio Frequency Bands for Climate Observations [viewed]

WMO16 January 2012: In its submission to the World Radiocommunication Conference, the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) underscores the high dependence of radio frequency bands of weather forecasts, disaster warnings and climate monitoring. WMO warns that increasing pressure on the use of radio spectrum from wireless technology and other applications could hamper Earth observations, as well as efforts to understand and predict climate change.

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