Science, Assessment & Monitoring

GEF-Funded UNEP-WCMC Project Focuses on Conservation Impacts of Climate Change [viewed]

20 March 2012: The University of Kent has announced that, together with the University of Durham, it is conducting research on mitigating the conservation impacts of climate change on protected areas in West Africa, as part of the Global Environment Facility (GEF) financed project, led by the UN Environment Programme-World Conservation Monitoring Centre (UNEP-WCMC).

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IDB Annual Meeting Presents New Low Carbon and Sustainable Energy Initiatives [viewed]

20 March 2012: The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) Annual Meeting highlighted a series of projects to benchmark, map and disseminate low carbon initiatives in the region, to support sustainable cities, as well as to promote sustainable energy sources in Central America and the Caribbean.

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COMIFAC/CIFOR Reveals Doubling of Deforestation Rates in Congo Basin [viewed]

20 March 2012: The "Forests of the Congo Basin: State of the Forest 2010" report, developed by the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR), the Central African Forest Commission (COMIFAC) and other partners, highlights the drivers of deforestation that have contributed to a doubling of gross deforestation rates in the Congo Basin since 1990.

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UNESCO Announces Release of Surface Ocean Carbon Atlas [viewed]

UNESCO16 March 2012: The Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural (UNESCO) has announced the launch of the Surface Ocean CO2 Atlas (SOCAT), which provides 40-year record of carbon dioxide accumulation in the surface ocean.

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SPC Assists Tonga in Adapting to Climate Change [viewed]

SPC16 March 2012: The Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) has announced that it is providing assistance to the Government of Tonga on adapting to climate change. The project, part of the Pacific Adaptation Strategy Assistance Program (PASAP), aims to assess the vulnerability and adaptation to sea level rise in Lifuka, Tonga.  

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CEC Updates Online Database on Pollutant Releases and Transfers [viewed]

15 March 2012: The Commission for Environmental Cooperation (CEC) has launched an updated version of "Taking Stock Online," its online resource on pollution data reported by industrial facilities in Canada, Mexico and the US. The updated database enables the tracking of the release and transfer of over 500 pollutants by nearly 100 industrial sectors across industries and national boundaries. 

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FAO-RLC Offers Chile Drought Recommendations [viewed]

FAO12 March 2012: The UN Food and Agriculture Organization's Regional Office for Latin America and the Caribbean (FAO-RLC) offered a set of recommendations to Chile on how to address drought and other extreme weather events that are predicted to increase as a result of climate change.

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PACC Project Assesses Climate Vulnerability of Ontong Java Communities [viewed]

15 March 2011: The National Management Unit in Solomon Islands of the Pacific Adaptation to Climate Change (PACC) project conducted a two-day consultation with communities of Ontong Java to present the results of the Vulnerability and Adaptation Assessment carried out in May 2010.

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UNFCCC Releases SBI Durban Report [viewed]

7 March 2012: The UNFCCC Secretariat has released the report of the 35th session of the Subsidiary Body for Implementation (SBI), which took place in Durban, South Africa, from 28 November - 3 December 2011 (FCCC/SBI/2011/17).

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Event: Fourth International Conference on Drylands, Deserts and Desertification: Implementing Rio+20 for Drylands and Desertification [viewed]

The Jacob Blaustein Institutes for Desert Research, along with the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) and the Israeli Foreign Ministry, are orgainzing the Fourth International Conference on Drylands, Deserts and Desertification (DDD). This conference will gather scientists, field workers, industry representatives, government workers, civil society organizations, international development aid agencies and other stakeholders from over 60 countries to discuss issues related to land degradation in the drylands, and their sustainable use and development. The 2012 conference will focus on the outcome of the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20) and will consider the science required for implementing the UNCSD's recommendations relevant to drylands and desertification. Local case studies will be highlighted alongside success stories from around the world with an emphasis on indicators of progress. Additional sessions will be held considering a broad range of topics associated with sustainable living in the drylands and the means to address desertification, as well as achieving the target of zero net rate of land degradation. Registration opens on 1 April and the abstract submission deadline is 17 June.  

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