Science, Assessment & Monitoring

Ramsar Pan-American Meeting Focuses on Preparations for COP 11 [viewed]

14 December 2011: The Fifth Pan-American meeting of the Convention on Wetlands of International Importance (Ramsar Convention) focused on issues to be addressed by the 11th Conference of the Parties (COP 11) to the Ramsar Convention, to be held in Bucharest, Romania, from 6-13 July 2012.

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OECD Paper Compares Monitoring and Evaluation Frameworks for Adaptation Projects [viewed]

28 November 2011: The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) has published a working paper titled “Monitoring and Evaluation for Adaptation: Lessons from Development Co-operation Agencies,” that explores monitoring and evaluation frameworks used by six development cooperation agencies in 106 adaptation-related projects and programmes.

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UNEP Launches iPhone App on Ecosystems and Climate Change [viewed]

13 December 2011: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) has launched an iPhone application intended to draw attention to the critical role played by ecosystems in tackling climate change. The Blue and REDD Carbon iPhone application was launched at the Eye on Earth Summit, which is convening in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates (UAE).

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WMO, Norway Sign Agreement on Climate Services in Africa [viewed]

WMO9 December 2011: The Government of Norway has signed a grant agreement with the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) to strengthen climate services in Africa. The signing ceremony was held on the sidelines of the Durban Climate Change Conference.

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CCAFS Program Encourages Farmers to Share Information on Adaptation Strategies [viewed]

8 December 2011: The Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security Program of the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR) has noted that it is helping farmers share information about how climate change may impact production by identifying climate analogues.

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High-level Dialogue Calls on Negotiators to Listen to Science [viewed]

7 December 2011: A High-level Dialogue and Adaptation Roundtable on “Global Sustainability in a Changing Climate” concluded with the adoption of the Durban Vision Statement, which sought to inspire progress during the Durban Climate Change Conference and “provide a bridge" to the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20).

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Development Banks Agree on Partnership for Climate Action in Cities [viewed]

5 December 2011: Five multilateral development banks have agreed on a new partnership to support climate action in cities, including better coordination, and to deepen support to cities in adapting to and mitigating climate change, such as the development of common tools and metrics for cities.

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ITTO, UNCCD Sign MoU on Dry Tropical Forests [viewed]

8 December 2011: Emmanuel Ze Meka, Executive Director of the International Tropical Timber Organization (ITTO), and Luc Gnacadja, Executive Secretary of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD), have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on restoration and sustainable management of dry tropical forests.

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Declaration of Intent on REDD+ in the Congo Basin Signed [viewed]

7 December 2011: The UN-REDD programme has announced the signing of a Declaration on Intent by seven central African countries, seven donor countries and the European Commission to scale up implementation of REDD+ (reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation and the role of conservation, sustainable management of forests and enhancement of forest carbon stocks in developing countries). 

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WMO, IRENA Sign MoU on Assessment of Renewable Energy Potential [viewed]

5 December 2011: The International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) and the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to jointly implement activities related to the assessment of renewable energy potential in the context of the Global Framework for Climate Services.

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