Science, Assessment & Monitoring

Adaptation Roundtable Highlights Need to Translate Science into Practical Action [viewed]

7 December 2011: Speaking at the "High-level Dialogue and Adaptation Roundtable: Global Sustainability in a Changing Climate," Margareta Wahlström, UN Secretary-General's Special Representative for Disaster Reduction and Head of the UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UN/ISDR), stressed the need to “translate the best science on climate change into practical action."

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UN/ISDR Releases Brief on Building Resilience in Africa [viewed]

December 2011: The UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UN/ISDR) has released a policy brief titled “Effective measures to build resilience in Africa to adapt to climate change.” The brief, issued during the UN Climate Change Conference in Durban, South Africa, builds on information provided by countries in progress reports on the implementation of the Hyogo Framework for Action.

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Event: IOC Coastal Hazards Technical Working Group Meeting [viewed]

This Technical Expert Group was established by the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), and is composed of natural and social scientists, coastal engineers and coastal zone managers. It is tasked with preparing a set of international guidelines on best practices related to the formulation of climate change. The Group is co-sponsored by the Government of the Republic of Korea (ROK) and the World Meteorological Organization (WMO). It will build on the work of the IOC Programme on Integrated Coastal Area Management (ICAM), and the guidebook published in 2009 on Hazard Awareness and Risk Mitigation through the Integrated Coastal Area Management (IOC Manual and Guide No 50). During the two-day meeting, experts are expected to reach consensus on the scope, structure, format and outline of the guidelines that IOC will develop in the coming months.  

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Development and Climate Days Examine Adaptation Planning [viewed]

4 December 2011: Development and Climate Days took place in parallel with the Durban Climate Change Conference. The 2011 Develoment and Climate Days focused on “effective climate change adaptation planning” in response to the decision taken in 2010 under the Cancún Adaptation Framework to invite all countries, and especially least developed countries (LDCs), to develop National Adaptation Plans.

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Oceans Day at Durban Forwards Statement to COP 17 [viewed]

3 December 2011: Oceans Day took place on 3 December 2011, at the Rio Conventions Pavilion, on the sidelines of the 17th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 17) to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) in Durban, South Africa. The one-day meeting was organized in seven sessions, addressing: oceans and coasts at the UNFCCC and at Rio+20; climate change and African fisheries; evidence of climate change from the large marine ecosystems (LMEs); progress on major oceans and climate issues; oceans and climate issues in small island developing States (SIDS); capacity building and public education; and mobilizing for action on oceans and climate.

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Publication Assesses Capacity Building Services for REDD+ in the Asia-Pacific Region [viewed]

1 December, 2011: The Center for People and Forests (RECOFTC), with support from the UN-REDD Programme through the UN Environment Programme, has launched an interim policy brief on a project on the strengths and gaps in capacity building services for REDD+ readiness in a sample of Asia-Pacific countries.

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FAO's Remote Sensing Updates Picture of Forest Loss [viewed]

FAO30 November 2011: The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) has released initial results from a satellite-based remote sensing survey, showing new information on forest area declines between 1990 and 2005.

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ICRAF, ABS Launch Policy Briefs on Agroforestry, Climate and REDD+ [viewed]

1 December 2011: The World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF) and the Alternatives to Slash and Burn Partnership for the Tropical Forest Margins (ASB) programme have released a series of policy briefs that focus on topics including agroforestry, carbon markets, climate-smart agriculture and REDD+ (reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation in developing countries, as well as conservation, sustainable management of forests and enhancement of carbon stocks).

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UN-REDD Launches Lessons Learned Series [viewed]

30 November 2011: The UN-REDD Programme has launched a new publication series titled "UN-REDD Lessons Learned." The first edition focuses on the Asia-Pacific region.

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FAO Releases Briefs on Climate-Smart Agriculture [viewed]

FAO30 November 2011: The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) has released two briefs that address the role of agriculture in climate change adaptation and mitigation.

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