Science, Assessment & Monitoring

World Bank Supports Sustainable Development in Colombia [viewed]

World Bank8 March 2012: The World Bank has approved a US$10 million loan to support air quality regulation enforcement and the promotion of sustainable water resource management in Colombia.

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Event: 35th Meeting of the CDM Afforestation and Reforestation Working Group [viewed]

The Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) Afforestation and Reforestation (A/R) Working Group holds regular meetings to consider matters relating to CDM A/R project activities, including preparing recommendations on submitted proposals for new baseline and monitoring methodologies for A/R CDM project activities.  

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CGIAR Consortium Attains International Organization Status [viewed]

2 March 2012: In a move that further strengthens its ability to fight hunger globally, the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR) Consortium was officially granted status as an International Organization on 2 March 2012.

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FAO Paper Describes Forest Management Contributions to Adaptation and Mitigation [viewed]

FAO9 March 2012: The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) has released a working paper summarizing knowledge and experience in forest management as a response to climate change, based on a literature review and a survey of forest managers. 

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Event: 9th Lead Reviewers' Meeting [viewed]

The UNFCCC Secretariat is organizing this meeting of the lead reviews of the expert teams that review the greenhouse gas (GHG) inventories of Annex I parties. The aim of the meeting is to promote a common approach by expert review teams to methodological and procedural issues encountered in the inventory reviews, and to make recommendations to the Secretariat on ways to further improve the effectiveness and efficiency of the inventory reviews.  

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World Bank Reports Experience with A/R Biocarbon Fund Projects [viewed]

6 March 2012: The World Bank has published a new report by the BioCarbon Fund detailing the experience in over 20 afforestation and reforestation (A/R) Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) forest projects in 16 countries since 2004, with the aim of enhancing knowledge on regulatory issues and policy in the forestry sector.

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WMO, UNOOSA Publish Report on Climate Change and Space [viewed]

7 March 2012: The UN Office of Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA) and the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) have published a report on space-based technologies and climate change.

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WMO Bulletin Focuses on Reaching Users of Climate Services [viewed]

7 March 2012: The latest issue of the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) Bulletin has taken as its theme “reaching users with climate services,” and focuses on user needs, climate science and disaster reduction. 

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Guest Article #74: Adaptation After Durban [viewed]

The recently concluded 17th session of the UNFCCC Conference of the Parties (COP 17) agreed on a number of seminal decisions to move forward the global agenda for climate change adaptation. However, a less visible yet equally impactful outcome is the subtle change in global orientation and outlook towards adaptation, an evolution which had already started at COP 16 in Cancun and was subsequently solidified by the Durban decisions. This change can be summed up as three major steps forward: towards a reinforced long-term commitment to adaptation action; towards consolidation and defragmentation; and towards predictability. 

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UNFCCC Releases SBSTA 35 Report [viewed]

1 March 2012: The UNFCCC Secretariat has released the report of the 35th session of the Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technological Advice (SBSTA), which took place in Durban, South Africa, from 28 November - 3 December 2011 (FCCC/SBSTA/2011/5).

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