Science, Assessment & Monitoring

UN-REDD Newsletter Highlights Activities in Mongolia and Republic of Congo [viewed]

22 September 2011: The UN-REDD Programme has released the September issue of its Newsletter, reporting on national REDD+ (reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation in developing countries, as well as conservation, sustainable management of forests and enhancement of carbon stocks) activities in Mongolia and the Republic of Congo, as well as regional news from the Latin America and Caribbean, African and Asian regions.

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UNESCO, AOSIS Discuss Climate Change, Awareness Raising [viewed]

23 September 2011: Irina Bokova, Director-General of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), held a meeting with Amb. Dessima Williams, Permanent Representative of Grenada to the UN and Chair of the Alliance of Small Island States (AOSIS), and Omar Ramirez, Executive Vice-President of the Office of Climate Change and Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) of the Dominican Republic, to discuss UNESCO activities of relevance for small island developing States (SIDS) in the areas of climate change, oceans, education and awareness raising. 

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UNFCCC Publishes AWG-LCA Submissions from India and the Philippines [viewed]

UNFCCC28 September 2011: The UNFCCC Secretariat has published five submissions from India and one from the Philippines, which will be issued as conference room papers (CRP) to be considered by the third part of the 14th session of the Ad Hoc Working Group on Long-term Cooperative Action under the Convention (AWG-LCA 14), which will take place in Panama City, Panama, from 1-7 October 2011.

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UNFCCC Publishes Submissions to AWG-LCA 14 [viewed]

UNFCCC23 September 2011: The UNFCCC Secretariat has published 12 submissions from parties, which will be considered by the third part of the 14th session of the Ad Hoc Working Group on Long-term Cooperative Action under the Convention (AWG-LCA 14), which will be held in Panama City, Panama, from 1-7 October 2011. 

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UNECE Releases European Forest Sector Outlook Study II [viewed]

22 September 2011: The UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) has released the European Forest Sector Outlook Study II (EFSOS II) 2010-2030, which covers the 27 members of the EU, as well as Eastern and South-Eastern Europe, illustrating the consequences of today's policy choices for the future of forests.

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UNCCD and Partners Launch Economics of Land Degradation Initiative [viewed]

UNCCD21 September 2011: The European Commission, the German Government and the Secretariat of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) have launched the Economics of Land Degradation (ELD) initiative.

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Sandwatch Newsletter Highlights Launch of New Website, Expansion of Teams [viewed]

September 2011: The UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has announced the release of the September 2011 issue of its newsletter, The Sandwatcher, featuring articles from Sandwatch teams in 20 countries, from the Caribbean, Indian and Pacific Ocean regions, Africa, Australia and Europe.

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Event: CGIAR Science Forum 2011 [viewed]

The biennial Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR) Science Forum brings together scientists, practitioners, policy makers and funding agents to examine emerging challenges, identify key researchable issues and form new partnerships to address them. The theme of Science Forum 2011 is ‘The Agriculture-Environment Nexus.' It will focus on new opportunities to adapt the agricultural research landscape to meet emerging challenges, such as: giving consideration to ecological efficiency in future agriculture; making agriculture and forestry net sinks of carbon and not sources; enabling agriculture to prosper with fewer non-renewable inputs; and developing innovative apporaches for a low-carbon agriculture that mitigates climate change. It is proposed that the debate at the Science Forum will be structured around the following themes: land saving and land transformation; resource scarcity and the ecological intensification of agriculture; metrics and monitoring; agro-biodiversity - can biodiverse systems compete in a global market?; sustainability science; and multifunctional landscapes. Science Forum 2011 will be hosted by the Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences (CAAS) and is organized by a steering committee led by the Independent Science and Partnership Council (ISPC) of the CGIAR.  

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Event: Workshop on Communicating Carbon [viewed]

The aim of this workshop, which is held by the Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS), is to bring together the project developers and their staff who interact with farmers to exchange lessons learned with each other, as well as to develop improved skills related to communication about carbon projects. The workshop will highlight best communication practices used to inform farmers about carbon markets, contracts, and risks involved in engaging with carbon projects. The workshop will also learn from communication strategies that have not been successful. The Communicating Carbon workshop aims to facilitate linking knowledge of mitigation with action that can help mitigate greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. The objectives of the workshop are to: share experiences on communicating the concept of carbon finance to farmers; identify communication strategies that provide and do not provide free, prior and informed consent (FPIC) to farmers about carbon project; develop topics and texts to be included in a policy brief on communicating carbon finance; and develop an action plan to carry forward collaboration beyond this initial gathering.  

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Event: Second Global AgriKnowledge Share Fair [viewed]

The event is jointly organized by Bioversity International, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO), the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), the Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation (CTA), the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR) and the World Food Programme (WFP). The meeting will focus on information technology for development, social media, knowledge sharing and green innovations to address food security and climate change.  

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