Science, Assessment & Monitoring

Expert Group Assesses Sectoral Data on Socioeconomic Impacts of Climate Change in the Caribbean [viewed]

3 February 2012: The subregional headquarters for the Caribbean of the UN Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) recently convened an expert group to discuss the status of regional efforts to develop economic frameworks to assess the economic and social impacts of climate change in the Caribbean in key sectors.

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UNEP Year Book 2012 Highlights Soil Carbon Loss, Nuclear Power Plants Decommissioning [viewed]

UNEP9 February 2012: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) has released the UNEP Year Book 2012, which presents important events and developments from 2011 on key environmental indicators. The Year Book details two emerging issues, the benefits of soil carbon, and the decommissioning of nuclear power plants.  

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UN-Backed Tara Oceans Mission Highlights Climate Change Impacts on Planktons [viewed]

9 February 2012: Tara Oceans, a mission carried out under the auspices of the UN Environmental Programme (UNEP) in partnership with the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), has arrived in New York, US, to raise awareness of the impacts of climate change on oceans. The scientific expedition has been travelling the world's oceans for almost three years, investigating the effects of climate change on biodiversity and marine ecosystems, with a particular focus on plankton.

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SPC and Fiji Cooperate to Map Forest Cover [viewed]

8 February 2012: The Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) has announced a collaboration with Fiji's Department of Forestry to increase capacity in the use of high resolution satellite images to map land and forest cover in the country. The programme will focus on classifying forest types in Drawa, a 6,400 hectare area of indigenous forest on Vanua Levu.   

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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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