Science, Assessment & Monitoring

UNEP Risoe Reports on Technology Needs Assessment Training [viewed]

UNEP Risoe24 May 2012: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) Risoe Centre on Energy, Climate and Sustainable Development (URC) has released the fourth volume of its Technology Needs Assessment (TNA) Newsletter, which features articles on: TNA training and capacity building activities; and country experiences from Costa Rica, Lebanon, Mauritius and the Dominican Republic.

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World Bank Reports on REDD+ Knowledge Exchange Between Brazil and Africa [viewed]

World Bank22 May 2012: The World Bank has published a report on the outcomes of a South-South knowledge exchange between Brazil and Africa on community forestry and sustainable forest management (SFM) within the context of REDD+ (reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation in developing countries, and the role of conservation, sustainable management of forests and enhancement of forest carbon stocks).

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Event: IV Mesoamerican Congress of Protected Areas [viewed]

Launched by the Central American Commission on Environment and Development (CCAD) in 2003, the triennial Mesoamerican Congress of Protected Areas brings together experts from Mexico and the eight Central American Integration System (SICA) countries (Belize, Costa Rica, the Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua and Panama) and interested regional and international actors to dialogue, share experiences and propose initiatives involving protected areas, including marine protected areas, and their role in sustainable development. The IV Congress, organized by Costa Rica's National System of Conservation Areas (SINAC) and Environment Ministry (MINAE) with support from CCAD, German International Cooperation (GIZ), and the IUCN, will feature eight symposia addressing, inter alia: governance; knowledge management within protected areas; protected areas and climate change; protected areas as social and economic instruments; and cooperation and financing for protected areas. This event was originally scheduled for 2013, but was postponed until March 2014.  

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Workshop Introduces Proposed Information System on Amazon Basin Water Resources [viewed]

ACTO28 May 2012: A regional workshop trained national officials from the Amazon Cooperation Treaty Organization (ACTO) member countries of Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, Guyana, Peru, Suriname and Venezuela involved in the project funded by the Global Environment Facility (GEF) for "the integrated and sustainable management of transboundary water resources in the Amazon Basin, taking into consideration climate variability and change." The project is commonly known as the "GEF Amazonas Project." 

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ESMAP Bulletin Highlights Knowledge Exchange Forum and New Publications [viewed]

26 May 2012: The May issue of the World Bank-administered Energy Sector Management Assistance Program's (ESMAP) E-Bulletin highlights the 2012 Knowledge Exchange Forum, the release of its latest annual report and several new publications on transmission infrastructure for renewable energy sources from remote areas, sustainable development of Chinese cities, and district heating in Ukraine.   

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World Health Assembly Discusses Progress on Health-related MDGs [viewed]

WHO26 May 2012: The 65th session of the World Health Assembly, the supreme decision making body of the World Health Organization (WHO), endorsed a report on progress and achievements of the health-related Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and global health goals after 2015. Member States noted that, while progress towards achieving health-related MDGs has accelerated, further action is needed to achieve the goals by 2015.

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Bonn Talks Focus on Implementing the Durban Outcome [viewed]

25 May 2012: The first official UNFCCC negotiating session of 2012, after the 17th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 17) held in Durban, South Africa, took place in Bonn, Germany, from 14 to 25 May 2012. It comprised the 36th sessions of the Subsidiary Body for Implementation (SBI) and the Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technological Advice (SBSTA), the 15th session of the Ad Hoc Working Group on Long-term Cooperative Action under the Convention (AWG-LCA), the 17th session of the Ad Hoc Working Group on Further Commitments for Annex I Parties under the Kyoto Protocol (AWG-KP) and the first session of the Ad Hoc Working Group on the Durban Platform for Enhanced Action (ADP).

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FAO, IIASA Launch Global Agro-Ecological Zones Portal to Plan for Climate Change Impacts [viewed]

FAO25 May 2012: The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) and the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA) have released a planning tool to help identify areas capable of contributing to increased food production while meeting the challenges posed by climate change and maintenance of a natural resource base.

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IEA Finds 2011 Global Carbon Dioxide Emissions at Record High, 2°C Window "About to close" [viewed]

24 May 2012: Preliminary estimates from the International Energy Agency (IEA) suggest that global carbon-dioxide emissions from fossil-fuel combustion reached a record high of 31.6 gigatons (Gt) in 2011, representing an increase of 3.2% or 1Gt from 2010 levels.

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IUCN Releases Meeting Report of the Europe Overseas Roundtable on Biodiversity and Climate Change [viewed]

May 2012: The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) has released the report of the second Meeting of Europe Overseas Roundtable on Biodiversity and Climate Change. The meeting aimed to evaluate progress on biodiversity and climate change in the EU Outermost Regions (ORs) and Overseas Countries and Territories (OCTs) since the last meeting held in June/July 2011, plan for the work ahead in 2012, reflect on the theme of marine issues, and agree on a joint way forward to address biodiversity and climate change issues in Europe overseas.

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