Science, Assessment & Monitoring

GWP News Flow Highlights Launch of Integrated Drought Management Programme [viewed]

March 2013: The Global Water Partnership (GWP) March edition of "News Flow" highlights the launch by the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) and GWP of a joint Integrated Drought Management Programme (IDMP) to improve monitoring and prevention of droughts.

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World Meteorological Day Highlights Impacts of Weather Extremes [viewed]

WMO23 March 2013: The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) celebrated World Meteorological Day on 23 March 2013, under the theme "Watching the Weather to Protect Life and Property.” This year's theme focuses on the role that meteorological and water services play in alerting people to natural hazards such as floods, topical cyclones and droughts.

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GEF CEO and STAP Chair Emphasize Need for Transformational Policies [viewed]

GEF20 March 2013: During discussions on engineering a transformational shift to low-carbon economies in the developing world held at the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), officials from the Global Environment Facility (GEF) called for a move from incremental reductions in greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions to a transformational shift to a decarbonized energy supply and economy.

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Global Conference Focuses on Solutions for Climate-Smart Agriculture [viewed]

22 March 2013: The Global Science Conference on Climate-Smart Agriculture, which took place at the University of California, Davis, US, brought together over 300 participants to discuss science-based solutions that use knowledge systems in new ways to increase the resilience of food systems and ecosystem services in agricultural landscapes in the context of future uncertainty on climate change and extreme events.

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FAO Releases Report on the State of Mediterranean Forests [viewed]

FAO21 March 2013: The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) has released a report, titled “State of Mediterranean Forests 2013,” which details the social and environmental changes affecting forests in the Mediterranean region, as well as the contributions that forests make to agriculture, water, energy, tourism and other economic sectors.

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FAO Releases 20-Point International Agenda on Forests and Water [viewed]

FAO21 March 2013: The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO)  has released a report, titled "Forests and Water: International Momentum and Action," which presents a comprehensive and practical international agenda on forests and water research and policy. The publication is based on a synthesis of outcomes and recommendations from events organized by the FAO and other institutions between 2008 and 2012.

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UNDP, USAID Train Asia-Pacific Officials on Adaptation Economics [viewed]

21 March 2013: The UN Development Programme (UNDP) and the US Agency for International Development (USAID) held a capacity building training as part of their ADAPT Asia-Pacific project, in collaboration with Yale University.

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Event: ICAO Pre-Symposium Seminar on States' Action Plans [viewed]

The International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) will be hosting a Seminar on States' Action Plans on 13 May 2013, prior to the 14-16 May ICAO Symposium on Aviation and Climate Change. The 13 May seminar is directed at National Focal Points for States' Action Plans and any stakeholders participating in a State Action Plan team. It will cover three key areas: Development of States' Action Plans; States' Action Plan data review; and Implementation of Measures (selected by States in their Action Plans).  

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Event: ICAO Symposium on Aviation and Climate Change [viewed]

The International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) "Symposium on Aviation and Climate Change: Destination Green" aims to foster a dialogue on environment and aviation among member States and other key stakeholders, leading to the 38th Session of the ICAO Assembly in September 2013. The purpose of the event is to inform and facilitate environment-related discussions and high-level decision-making at ICAO's triennial Assemblies. The Symposium will allow participants to gain knowledge and exchange information on the key areas of ICAO's environmental protection activities, and will showcase the Organization's environmental accomplishments pursuant to the related decisions of the 37th ICAO Assembly (October 2010), and will examine how States can continue to build upon these milestones through: States' Action Plans to reduce CO2 emissions; ICAO's strategy on Assistance to States; New technology Standards including the CO2 Standard for aircraft; and Sustainable alternative fuels for aviation.  

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UNFCCC Releases Poland's GHG Inventory Review Report [viewed]

18 March 2013: The UNFCCC Secretariat has released the report of the centralized review of the 2012 annual submission of Poland (FCCC/ARR/2012/POL), which indicates that total greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions of this country decreased by 28.8% between 1990 and 2010.

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