Science, Assessment & Monitoring

FAO-Google Partnership to Increase Mapping Technology Accessibility and Training [viewed]

fao_google1 December 2015: The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) and Google Maps have agreed to cooperate to make geospatial tracking and mapping products more accessible, aiming to enhance countries' capacity to assess changes in forested areas, develop forest and land-use policies and estimate greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.

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COP 21 Starts Substantive Negotiations [viewed]

cop21_1dec_iisdrs1 December 2015: Governments began substantive negotiations on the second day of the Paris Climate Change Conference. The Rio Conventions Pavilion and Africa Pavilion, among other organizers of side events, also convened panels on the themes of UNFCCC COP 21.

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Carbon Pricing Leadership Coalition Launched [viewed]

cpl30 November 2015: Governments, businesses and NGOs launched the Carbon Pricing Leadership Coalition on the sidelines of the Paris Climate Change Conference to support the expansion of effective carbon pricing, successful carbon pricing policy development and the use of carbon pricing in business.

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PROFOR Investigates How Forests Enhance Climate Resilience of Drinking Water Supply [viewed]

PROFOR24 November 2015: The Program on Forests (PROFOR) has issued a case study demonstrating how forest preservation and restoration can enhance the climate change resilience of drinking water supplies, focusing on Tegucigalpa, Honduras. Issued as a PROFOR Working Paper, the case study was produced in collaboration with the Tropical Agricultural Research and Higher Education Center (CATIE) and the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) of the CIGAR Consortium.

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FAO Issues Summary Report on Economics of Climate Change Mitigation Options in the Forest Sector [viewed]

fao_headquartersDecember 2015: The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) has issued a publication containing key messages from the February 2015 International Online Conference on the 'Economics of Climate Change Mitigation Options in the Forest Sector.' The report addresses afforestation and reforestation, reduced deforestation and degradation, changing forest management practices, wood energy, green building and sustainable packaging.

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Paris Climate Change Conference Opens with Financial Pledges at Leaders Event [viewed]

iisdrs_cop2130 November 2015: Heads of State and Government attending the Leaders Event on the first day of the 21st session of the Conference of the Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC COP 21) addressed, inter alia: the inclusion of gender for ensuring climate justice; the importance of differentiation; the legal form of the agreement; the periodicity of the review process; transparency and accountability rules; whether or not to anchor loss and damage in a permanent mechanism; the role of natural capital accounting; the link between climate change and development; balancing mitigation and adaptation finance; technology transfer in providing mitigation support; and the need to address the degradation of forests, desertification, and biodiversity loss.

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UN Reports on GHG Emissions, Showcases Steps Towards Climate Neutrality [viewed]

UN Reports on GHG Emissions27 November 2015: The UN emitted 2,093,572 tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent in 2015, according to a report titled ‘Moving Towards a Climate Neutral UN.' The report provides an update on progress in implementing the 2007 Climate Neutral UN Strategy, which commits all UN agencies, funds and programmes to move towards climate neutrality within the context of greening the UN, including through reducing and offsetting emissions.

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November 2015 Climate Finance Update [viewed]

november_climate_financeNovember 2015: During the month of November, the Asian Development Bank (ADB), the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB), the European Investment Bank (EIB), the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), the World Bank, the International Finance Corporation (IFC) and the Green Climate Fund (GCF) reported on new financing, collaborations and other climate finance news. Multilateral Development Banks (MDBs), climate funds and forestry research centers launched studies, think pieces and multimedia content on, inter alia, climate-related disasters, vulnerability in Africa, stranded assets, Adaptation Fund activities and REDD+.

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November 2015 Sustainable Energy Finance Update [viewed]

November 2015 Sustainable Energy1 December 2015: During the month of November, the African Development Bank (AfDB), the Asian Development Bank (ADB), the Climate Investment Funds (CIF), the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), the European Investment Bank (EIB), the French Development Agency (AFD) and the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), among others, announced sustainable energy project funding and initiatives. AfDB, IDB and Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF) released reports on financing and deploying clean energy. A number of related events took place throughout the month.

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World Forum on Natural Capital Issues Open Letter to World Leaders [viewed]

unep_natural_capital27 November 2015: The 2nd World Forum on Natural Capital, held under the theme 'Solutions for a changing world,' discussed ways to help business and sustainability leaders identify the economic importance of protecting and restoring the natural environment. Delegates to the Forum were invited to sign a letter urging world leaders attending the UN Climate Change Conference in Paris “to acknowledge and address the fact that climate change cannot be tackled without halting the rapid erosion and loss of natural capital.”

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