Science, Assessment & Monitoring

Event: CGIAR Science Forum: Nutrition and Health Outcomes: Targets for Agricultural Research [viewed]

In September 2013, the biennial Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR) Science Forum will bring together scientists, practitioners, experts and leading thinkers to examine emerging challenges and recent scientific advances in the areas of nutrition, health and agriculture. The Forum seeks to identify key research areas where there is potential to deliver impacts and, critically, it aims to facilitate the formation of new partnerships to address them. The event will reach out to scientists and scientific communities who may not be part of CGIAR, but who have potentially important contributions to make to the CGIAR research portfolio, and therefore to the global agriculture research agenda for a food secure future.  

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OECD Updates Rio Markers Dataset [viewed]

OECD3 April 2013: The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) has updated its dataset for "Aid activities targeting Global Environmental Objectives."

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UNFCCC Reports on Capacity Building Activities in Developing Countries [viewed]

UNFCCC28 March 2013: The UNFCCC Secretariat has released a report to support the Subsidiary Body for Implementation's (SBI) annual monitoring and evaluation of the implementation of the framework for capacity-building in developing countries.

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Event: Regional Scientific Workshop on Allometric Equations in Central Africa [viewed]

The workshop, convened by the World Bank, the UN Collaborative Programme on Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation in Developing Countries (UN-REDD) and the Commission des Forets d'Afrique Centrale (COMIFAC), is to take stock of the scientific work in Central Africa on the assessment of carbon stocks. The workshop will have a particular focus on allometric equations in the context of REDD+.  

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UNFCCC TEC Holds Meeting on Technology Roadmaps, Plans Technology Briefs [viewed]

UNFCCC30 March 2013: An expert meeting on technology roadmaps (TRMs) of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) Technology Executive Committee (TEC) took place on 25 March 2013, in Bonn, Germany, immediately preceding the fifth meeting of the TEC, which was held on 26-27 March 2013, at the same venue.

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UN-REDD Newsletter Reports on Solomon Islands REDD+ Taskforce [viewed]

28 March 2013: The UN Collaborative Programme on Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation in Developing Countries (UN-REDD) has released the February-March edition of its newsletter, highlighting activities in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), Indonesia, Pakistan, Panama, Solomon Islands and Tanzania.

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WMO Launches PhD Partnership on Weather, Climate and Water [viewed]

WMO27 March 2013: The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) has partnered with the Academy of Sciences for the Developing World (TWAS) to support up to ten PhD fellowships per year focused on weather, climate and water-related hazards. The fellowships aim to support students from least-developed and developing countries particularly vulnerable to the effects of climate change.

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IFPRI Global Food Policy Report Urges Increased Action to Fight Hunger [viewed]

March 2013: The International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) has released the 2012 Global Food Policy Report, which projects that the international community will fall short of meeting the Millennium Development Goal (MDG) target of halving the proportion of people who suffer from hunger by 2015.

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Event: Workshop on Developing Forest Adaptation Strategies under Changing Climate Scenarios [viewed]

In collaboration with the United States Forest Service (USFS), the International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD) is organizing a regional workshop on forest fire management that will focus on developing forest adaptation strategies under changing climate scenarios and the use of geospatial support systems for improved forest fire management. Delegates from relevant institutions of Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Nepal, and Pakistan will participate. The workshop will devote one day to policy, during which senior policy makers from the different countries will be invited to share experiences, challenges and lessons learned, along with recommendations for improving policies, mainstreaming of technical inputs and future collaboration. The workshop will dedicate two days to technical training on: fire detection mapping, highlighting the underlying theory of remote sensing; and operational aspects of the SERVIR-Himalaya forest fire monitoring application. Other issues on the agenda will be climate change, forest fire risk assessment, and fire behavior models.  

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ICAO Supports Indonesia in Reducing Emissions from Aviation [viewed]

27 March 2013: The International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) announced the launch of a large-scale Environmental Measures Project, which will be undertaken jointly between Indonesia's Ministry of Transport and ICAO's Technical Co-operation Bureau (ICAO-TCB).

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