Science, Assessment & Monitoring

New UN-Water Chair and Vice-Chair Take Office [viewed]

8 February 2012: UN-Water has announced that Michel Jarraud, World Meteorological Organization (WMO) Secretary-General, and Albert Diphoorn, UN-Habitat Urban Basic Services Branch Coordinator, are taking up the positions as Chair and Vice-Chair, respectively, of UN-Water for a two-year term.

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IPCC Outlines Review of Working Group AR5 Contributions [viewed]

IPCC7 February 2012:  The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has issued an announcement on the review process for Working Group contributions to the fifth Assessment Report (AR5).

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Ramsar, SER Strengthen Cooperation [viewed]

7 January 2012: The Secretariat of the Convention on Wetlands of International Importance (Ramsar Conference) and the Society for Ecological Restoration (SER) have signed a Memorandum of Cooperation (MoC) designed to strengthen their collaboration with the aim of supporting scientific and technical implementation of the Convention.

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IEA Recommends Slovakia Increase Energy Efficiency and Diversify Energy Mix [viewed]

IEA6 February 2012: The International Energy Agency (IEA) has released a report, titled "Energy Policies of IEA Countries – Slovak Republic Review," which lauds the Slovak Republic's improvements in energy efficiency and urges the country to increase efforts to strengthen its energy security and industrial competitiveness.

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CIFOR Assesses Indonesian Moratorium on Forest Concessions [viewed]

January 2012: Following the Indonesian Government's declaration in May 2011 of a two-year moratorium on new forest concession licences, the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) has released a working paper examining the significance of this moratorium on forest governance.

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CIFOR, UNODC Examine Measures to Control Illegal Logging in Indonesia [viewed]

January 2012: The Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) and the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) have released a working paper titled "Lessons for REDD+ from Measures to Control Illegal Logging in Indonesia," which examines the illegal logging context, including drivers, government regulations and moratoria, plantation development, certification options, and forest law enforcement and governance in Indonesia.

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CIFOR Examines Role of Indonesian Wetlands in Addressing Climate Change [viewed]

January 2012: The Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) has released an information brief, titled "Addressing climate change adaptation and mitigation in tropical wetland ecosystems of Indonesia," which calls for research to address information and communication gaps related to land use and carbon dynamics.

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GEF Greenline Newsletter Showcases Project Results in Asia and Africa [viewed]

GEF3 February 2012: The Global Environment Facility (GEF) has released the January issue of its Greenline Newsletter, featuring articles on adaptation projects in the Himalayas and Bhutan, a new interactive project tracking tool, and findings of the GEF Evaluation office, among others.

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ITTO Newsletter Focuses on Mangrove Management [viewed]

February 2012: The latest edition of the newsletter of the International Tropical Timber Organization (ITTO), Tropical Forest Update, summarizes the findings of the 2010 World Atlas of Mangroves, a comprehensive worldwide study on mangrove ecosystems.

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CIFOR Newsletter Deconstructs COP 17 for Forests [viewed]

31 January 2012: The latest newsletter of the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) provides an assessment of the outcomes of the 17th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 17) to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), concluding that it delivered mixed results for forests.

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