Science, Assessment & Monitoring

UNEP Releases Report on Changing Environment – From Rio to Rio+20 [viewed]

1 November 2011: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) has released a report, titled “Keeping Track of Our Changing Environment: From Rio to Rio+20,” which provides comprehensive statistical data illustrating environmental changes to the planet since the 1992 UN Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED, or Rio Earth Summit), and ahead of the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20).

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UN Agencies Release Blueprint for Ocean and Coastal Sustainability Ahead of UNCSD [viewed]

1 November 2011: Several UN entities have issued a Blueprint for Ocean and Coastal Sustainability, which highlights the role of oceans in sustainable development and offers recommendations ahead of the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20).

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IPCC Awards Nine Scholarships for 2011-2012 [viewed]

7 October 2011: The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has announced that nine students and researchers from developing countries have been awarded scholarships for postgraduate studies or research on climate science for 2011-2012.

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Kyoto Protocol Committee Considers Compliance of Ukraine, Lithuania, Canada and Italy [viewed]

20 October 2011: The reports of the ninth meeting of the plenary of the Kyoto Protocol Compliance Committee, the fifteenth meeting of the Compliance Committee enforcement branch and the tenth meeting of the Compliance Committee facilitative branch are now available. The enforcement and facilitative branches held their fifteenth and tenth meetings, respectively, from 11-12 October 2011, and the plenary held its ninth meeting on 13th October 2011, in Bonn, Germany.

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Climate Research Conference Considers Human Impacts [viewed]

28 October 2011: The World Climate Research Programme's (WCRP) Open Science Conference brought together over 1900 scientists from 86 countries to share research on the impacts of rising temperatures on polar regions, glaciers, ice caps and the oceans.

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GEO-Carbon Conference Considers Best Practices for Monitoring Carbon Fluxes [viewed]

FAO27 October 2011: The GEO-Carbon Conference, titled "Carbon in a Changing World," aimed to present scientific progress and identify gaps in obtaining policy-relevant estimates of regional carbon budgets on land and ocean. The event also focused on the building and implementation of a Global Carbon Observing System for land, oceans and atmosphere.

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FAO Releases Environmental Impact Assessment Guidelines [viewed]

FAOOctober 2011: The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) has released Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) Guidelines for FAO Field Projects, which include climate change and biodiversity considerations.

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Event: International Conference on Adaptation to Climate Change and Food Security in West Asia and North Africa [viewed]

This workshop aims to address critical food security and livelihood challenges in West Asia and North African (WANA) countries and has the specific objectives to: provide a better understanding and assessment of the climate change impacts on agriculture and the associated vulnerability in the WANA region; discuss and develop informed decisions on practical adaptation strategies for the agricultural sector in the WANA region; discuss and suggest the appropriate ways to promote adaptation planning and implementation and its integration into the sustainable development planning in different countries in the WANA region; and develop a Regional Adaptation Framework for continuous information exchange on climate change impacts and adaptation amongst the different countries in the WANA region. The meeting is being co-sponsored by the World Meteorological Organization (WMO), the Association of Agricultural Research Institutions in the Near East and North Africa, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO), the International Center for Agricultural Research in the Dry Areas (ICARDA), and others. ICARDA is a member of the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR).  

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UNFCCC Publishes Technical Review of Annex I Parties GHG Inventories [viewed]

27 October 2011: The UNFCCC Secretariat has published the annual report (FCCC/SBSTA/2011/INF.13) on the technical review of greenhouse gas (GHG) inventories from Annex I Parties. This report describes activities relating to GHG inventory reviews conducted during the period November 2010 to October 2011, and to activities planned for 2012.

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Climate-Smart Agriculture Conference Adopts Wageningen Statement [viewed]

26 October 2011: The Global Science Conference on Climate-Smart Agriculture brought together scientists from 38 countries to take stock of the current state of global knowledge on science and best practices on climate-smart agriculture, and to identify key priorities and efficient ways to implement interventions.

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