Science, Assessment & Monitoring

CARICOM Stresses Climate Change and Disaster Management Cooperation with Japan [viewed]

25 May 2012: As Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Secretary General Irwin LaRocque accepted the credentials of Yoshimasa Tezuka, new Plenipotentiary Representative of Japan to CARICOM, he stressed the importance of climate change and disaster management cooperation with Japan.

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EEA Confirms European GHG Emissions Increase in 2010 [viewed]

EEA30 May 2012: The European Environment Agency (EEA) has released the Annual EU greenhouse gas (GHG) inventory for 1990–2010 and inventory report for 2012, which confirm that GHG emissions of EU member States increased by 2.4% (111 million tons of carbon dioxide equivalent) in 2010.

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ICRISAT, Indian Council of Agricultural Research Partner on Climate Resilient Agriculture [viewed]

22 May 2012: The International Center Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT) and the Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) highlighted their collaboration on measures to address climate risks and constraints through their  “Vulnerability to Climate Change: Adaptation Strategies and Layers of Resilience” project at a policy dialogue on Climate Resilient Agriculture in India.

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Guest Article #78: Connecting Youth and Nature to Act on Climate Change [viewed]

We have sufficient information to act collectively to address some of the world's most pressing environmental problems. So why is it sometimes so difficult to find solutions? There are many examples of how our societies are collectively becoming increasingly disconnected from nature. As we progressively lose our connection to an environment, the chances that we should care, and therefore that we act to conserve and protect it, also decrease.

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UNCCD, GRF Davos Call for Contributions to 2nd Scientific Conference [viewed]

29 May 2012: The Secretariat of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) Secretariat together with GRF Davos, the lead institution in organizing the UNCCD's 2nd Scientific Conference, have called for contributions to be included in the Conference programme.

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Peruvian Cities Join UNISDR Making Cities Resilient Campaign [viewed]

25 May 2012: The UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UNISDR) has announced that 14 Peruvian cities have joined UNISDR's Making Cities Resilient campaign, following the launch of the campaign recruitment drive in Peru.

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UNEP Risoe Reports on Technology Needs Assessment Training [viewed]

UNEP Risoe24 May 2012: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) Risoe Centre on Energy, Climate and Sustainable Development (URC) has released the fourth volume of its Technology Needs Assessment (TNA) Newsletter, which features articles on: TNA training and capacity building activities; and country experiences from Costa Rica, Lebanon, Mauritius and the Dominican Republic.

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World Bank Reports on REDD+ Knowledge Exchange Between Brazil and Africa [viewed]

World Bank22 May 2012: The World Bank has published a report on the outcomes of a South-South knowledge exchange between Brazil and Africa on community forestry and sustainable forest management (SFM) within the context of REDD+ (reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation in developing countries, and the role of conservation, sustainable management of forests and enhancement of forest carbon stocks).

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Event: IV Mesoamerican Congress of Protected Areas [viewed]

Launched by the Central American Commission on Environment and Development (CCAD) in 2003, the triennial Mesoamerican Congress of Protected Areas brings together experts from Mexico and the eight Central American Integration System (SICA) countries (Belize, Costa Rica, the Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua and Panama) and interested regional and international actors to dialogue, share experiences and propose initiatives involving protected areas, including marine protected areas, and their role in sustainable development. The IV Congress, organized by Costa Rica's National System of Conservation Areas (SINAC) and Environment Ministry (MINAE) with support from CCAD, German International Cooperation (GIZ), and the IUCN, will feature eight symposia addressing, inter alia: governance; knowledge management within protected areas; protected areas and climate change; protected areas as social and economic instruments; and cooperation and financing for protected areas. This event was originally scheduled for 2013, but was postponed until March 2014.  

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Workshop Introduces Proposed Information System on Amazon Basin Water Resources [viewed]

ACTO28 May 2012: A regional workshop trained national officials from the Amazon Cooperation Treaty Organization (ACTO) member countries of Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, Guyana, Peru, Suriname and Venezuela involved in the project funded by the Global Environment Facility (GEF) for "the integrated and sustainable management of transboundary water resources in the Amazon Basin, taking into consideration climate variability and change." The project is commonly known as the "GEF Amazonas Project." 

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