Science, Assessment & Monitoring

UNFCCC Publishes Information on Support for Observation and Monitoring Networks [viewed]

UNFCCC17 November 2011: The UNFCCC Secretariat has published information (FCCC/SBI/2011/INF.10) on support provided to developing country parties for activities undertaken to strengthen existing and, where needed, establish national and regional systematic observation and monitoring networks, based on information contained in the relevant submissions from parties and information contained in the fifth national communications of Annex I Parties to the Convention.

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Latin American Experts Discuss Adaptation and Development in Mountain Regions [viewed]

Mountain Partnership3 November 2011: Experts from Argentina, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Guatemala, Mexico and Peru recently convened to explore how best to address evidence of climate change impacts on mountain regions in international discussions. Participants discussed the impacts of climate change in Latin America's mountain zones, developed recommendations to meet the challenges and elaborated strategies to ensure that the issue of mountains is adequately addressed in international processes.

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UNFCCC Publishes Status of Submissions and Review of Fifth National Communications [viewed]

UNFCCC15 November 2011: The UNFCCC Secretariat has published a note (FCCC/SBI/2011/INF.8) that provides information on the status of submission and review of fifth national communication (NC5s) under the Convention and its Kyoto Protocol from Parties included in Annex I to the Convention (Annex I Parties) as of 14 November 2011.

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UNFCCC Secretariat Publishes Canada's Fifth National Communication [viewed]

UNFCCC10 November 2011: The UNFCCC Secretariat has published the report (FCCC/IDR.5/CAN) of the in-depth review of the fifth national communication (NC5) of Canada. The Expert Review Team (ERT) concludes that the NC5 generally provides a good overview of the national climate policy of Canada.

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UNESCO Releases Roadmap Towards a Sustainable World [viewed]

From Green Economies to Green SocietiesNovember 2011: The UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has released a report titled "From green economies to green societies: UNESCO's commitment to sustainable development," which aims to feed into the preparatory process for the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio +20), to be held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, in 2012. It provides the Organization's vision for Rio+20 and gives concrete examples demonstrating the Organization's work to promote sustainable development.

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UNEP Releases Post-Conflict Assessment Report of Rwanda [viewed]

UNEP Releases Post-Conflict Assessment Report of Rwanda16 November 2011: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) has led a comprehensive, national-scale post-conflict environmental assessment of Rwanda. The resulting report on Rwanda's post-conflict sustainable development urges the country to create opportunities for a transition towards a green economy.

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GEF Climate Change Fund Supports Weather Risk Insurance in the Balkans [viewed]

GEF10 November 2011: The Special Climate Change Fund (SCCF), administered by the Global Environment Facility (GEF), is providing a US$5.5 million grant to develop the disaster and weather-risk insurance market and mitigate the negative impacts of climate change in Albania, FYR Macedonia, and Serbia.

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Central Asian Experts Identify Challenges to Adaptation in Mountain Regions [viewed]

14 November 2011: Experts from Azerbaijan, Iran, Kyrgyzstan, Nepal, Mongolia and Tajikistan recently convened to explore how best to address evidence of climate change impacts on mountain regions in international discussions. Delegates noted the importance of Tajikistan as a source of water for Central Asia, China and the Russian Republic, with 8,000 glaciers and extensive high altitude lakes. 

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CBD Releases Draft Study on Impacts of Climate-Related Geo-engineering on Biodiversity [viewed]

11 November 2011: Available for peer-review, a draft study circulated by the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) compiles and synthesizes available scientific information on the possible impacts of geo-engineering techniques on biodiversity, including preliminary information on associated social, economic and cultural considerations. Comments are being accepted until 9 December 2011.

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UNEP, UNDP Assist Sierra Leone in Restoring Climate Services [viewed]

11 November 2011: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and the UN Development Programme (UNDP) are supporting the restoration of weather and climate services in Sierra Leone. The country's meteorological infrastructure was severely damaged during the civil war.  

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