Science, Assessment & Monitoring

EU Greenhouse Gas Emissions Fall by 2.5% in 2011 [viewed]

EEA7 September 2012: European Environment Agency (EEA) estimates show that EU greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions declined by 2.5% in 2011, in part due to a mild winter, which lowered heating demands, as well as to increased consumption of renewable energy.

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CCAFS Study Documents Climate-Resilient Farming in East Africa [viewed]

CCAFS7 September 2012: The Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security Program (CCAFS) has released a study on the incremental adoption of climate-resilient farming by smallholders in East Africa. Farmers' strategies to cope with climate change, in the countries surveyed, include: adoption of short-cycle crop varieties and drought tolerant crops; planting of trees on farms; and intercropping.

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UNESCO Reports on New Model for Estimating Coastline Erosion from Sea Level Rise [viewed]

UNESCO10 September 2012: The Institute for Water Education of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO-IHE) has highlighted recent findings that coastline erosion resulting from rising sea levels is much greater than previously estimated. Researchers from UNESCO-IHE, the Delft University of Technology (TU Delft) and the Deltares Institute found that the previously used model, known as the Bruun effect, did not consider erosion in inlet areas, such as river mouths and estuaries.

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Event: GEF STAP Workshop on Soil Organic Carbon and Carbon Benefits Project [viewed]

The Global Environment Facility (GEF) Scientific and Technical Advisory Panel (STAP) is organizing two workshops in Kenya to consider the role of soils in delivering global environmental benefits, and to share the tools developed by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP)-GEF Carbon Benefits Project. A scoping workshop for the GEF on soil organic carbon for global benefits will be held 10-12 September at UNEP. On 13-16 September 2012, STAP and UNEP will lead a review workshop of the tools developed by the UNEP-GEF Carbon Benefits Project (CBP). The meeting will be held at Voi Wildlife Lodge in Tsavo.  

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CCAFS Bulletin Describes Toll of Heat Shocks on Economic Growth [viewed]

3 September 2012: The September edition of the AgClim Letters, published by the Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security Program (CCAFS), describes long-term effects of temperature shocks on economic growth, which is felt especially in poor countries. 

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FCPF Calls for Mid-term Reports on REDD+ Readiness Activities [viewed]

World Bank27 August 2012: The Forest Carbon Partnership Facility (FCPF) has issued a call for mid-term reports on readiness activities in support of reducing emissions from deforestation and degradation and the role of conservation, sustainable management of forests and enhancement of forest carbon stocks in developing countries (REDD+).

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Event: Thirteenth Dialogue on Forests, Governance and Climate Change [viewed]

The 13th RRI Dialogue, sub-titled "Status of Tenure Reforms in West and Central Africa and Impacts of Large-Scale Land Acquisitions, Extractive and Infrastructure Sectors," is being organized by the Rights and Resources Initiative (RRI), the Commission des Forets d'Afrique Centrale (COMIFAC), the Cameroonian Ministry of Forest and Wildlife (MINFOF), and the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN). Participants will take stock of tenure reform in Central and West Africa since 2009, examining new pressures on forest lands from large scale land acquisitions, extractive industries, and infrastructure projects. This event was originally scheduled to take place in October, as the 12th RRI dialogue.  

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International Disaster and Risk Conference Focuses on Integrative Risk Management [viewed]

31 August 2012: The International Disaster and Risk Conference (IDRC) 2012 convened in Davos, Switzerland, from 26-30 August 2012, under the theme of “Integrative Risk Management in a Changing World - Pathways to a Resilient Society.” The conference aimed to discuss new findings and exchange experiences about the broad spectrum of risks societies currently face.

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Tunisia to Establish National DRR Platform [viewed]

31 August 2012: The UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UNISDR) has announced that the Government of Tunisia has committed to establish a National Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR), bringing the total number of national platforms worldwide to 82.

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UNFCCC Publishes Australia's Views on a Framework for Various Approaches [viewed]

29 August 2012: The UNFCCC Secretariat has published an addendum, containing Australia's submission on a framework for various approaches (FCCC/AWGLCA/2012/MISC.4/Add.4). This submission is additional to the 16 submissions previously received by the Secretariat and contained in document FCCC/AWGLCA/2012/MISC.4 and Adds.1-3.

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