Science, Assessment & Monitoring

ADB Releases Study on Reducing Greenhouse Gas Emissions in South Asia [viewed]

ADB6 March 2013: The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has released a report on the costs of reducing greenhouse gas emissions in South Asia, titled “Economics of Reducing Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Emissions in South Asia: Options and Costs.”

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GCOS Meeting Identifies Climate Observations Needs of Adaptation Activities [viewed]

6 March 2013: A GCOS meeting took place recently in Offenbach, Germany, gathering experts to determine the kinds of climate observations needed for implementing climate adaptation activities. The German Meteorological Service (Deutscher Wetterdienst, DWD) hosted the gathering, which was jointly organized by the Global Climate Observing System (GCOS), the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) of UNESCO and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP).

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CGIAR Highlights Tools that Improve Farming Responses to Drought [viewed]

6 March 2013: In the context of the upcoming High-Level Meeting on National Drought Policy to be held in Geneva, Switzerland, from 11-15 March 2013, the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR) is highlighting a collection of tools and outputs of its research centers that are contributing to more effective responses to drought.

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World Bank Promotes Geothermal Energy Expansion in Developing Countries [viewed]

World Bank6 March 2013: The World Bank has called on multilateral banks, governments, donors and business stakeholders to join the nascent Global Geothermal Development Plan (GGDP), which envisages fostering geothermal energy that is, at present, underutilized.

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WRI, ICLEI, C40 Invite Cities to Pilot New GHG Inventory Protocol [viewed]

5 March 2013: Cities around the world have been invited to pilot test the new “Global Protocol for Community-Scale GHG Emissions (GPC),” which aims to establish a single, accepted, consistent and comprehensive global framework for preparing and reporting city greenhouse gas (GHG) inventories.

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WorldFish Project Promotes Climate-Smart Aquaculture in Bangladesh [viewed]

February 2013: A new project funded by the International Water Management Institute (IWMI), and based on research findings from a WorldFish review of climate change adaptation programmes, will focus on improving the resilience of canal systems and pond polycultures in four communities in Bangladesh.

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Event: FAO/NEPAD Workshop on Climate Change, Disasters and Crises in the Fisheries and Aquaculture Sector in Southern and Eastern Africa [viewed]

This regional workshop on climate change, disasters and crises in the fisheries and aquaculture sector in Southern and Eastern Africa is jointly organized by the New Partnership for Africa's Development (NEPAD), the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) Fish Programme (NFFP), and the Smartfish Programme of the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR). The objective of the workshop is to establish the current baseline with regard to the integration of climate change adaptation and disaster risk management in fisheries and aquaculture activities and policies in Southern and Eastern Africa, and, vice versa, determine the extent of integration of fisheries and aquaculture in climate change adaptation and disaster risk management strategies and plans. The overall aim is to coordinate activities and identify gaps and priority actions to be supported by the NFFP and other partners.  

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IMO Expert Workshop Considers Updating GHG Inventory for Shipping [viewed]

IMO5 March 2013: An International Maritime Organization (IMO) Expert Workshop recently considered the scope, methodology and assumptions for an update to the greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions estimate for international shipping. 

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Ramsar STRP Agrees on Draft Work Plan for 2013-2015 [viewed]

1 March 2013: The newly-appointed Scientific and Technical Review Panel (STRP) of the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands (Ramsar Convention) held its 17th meeting (STRP 17) from 25 February-1 March 2013, in Gland, Switzerland, during which members established a draft work plan for the 2013-2015 triennium.

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CIFOR-Backed Study Assesses Carbon Stocks of Tropical Coastal Wetlands in the Mexican Caribbean [viewed]

14 February 2013: A paper appearing in the open-access journal PLOS ONE presents the first whole-ecosystem analysis of carbon stocks of different kinds of coastal wetlands in a tropical karstic zone. The analysis of “Carbon Stocks of Tropical Coastal Wetlands within the Karstic Landscape of the Mexican Caribbean” estimates that 43.2-58.0 million tons of carbon are stored across 172,176 hectares of coastal wetlands in the Sian Ka'an Biosphere Reserve (SKBR) of Mexico's Yucatán Peninsula.

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