Science, Assessment & Monitoring

Stakeholders Share Experiences on Climate Investment Funds [viewed]

25 June 2011: The 2011 Climate Investment Funds (CIF) Partnership Forum took place from 24-25 June 2011, in Cape Town, South Africa, and provided an opportunity for CIF stakeholders to: share their experiences of how the CIF are working in their countries; exchange lessons learned about what is most effective and discuss how the CIF can be expanded or improved; share on-the-ground achievements, challenges and knowledge; and help other CIF stakeholders apply lessons learned.

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CAI-Asia, World Bank Call for Data on GHG Emissions in Asia [viewed]

20 June 2011: The Air Pollution and Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Emissions Data Initiative, which is supported by the Clean Air Initiative for Asian Cities (CAI-Asia) and the World Bank through its Development Grant Facility (DGF), is calling for data on air pollution, GHG emissions and related data and statistics for the transport and energy sectors from institutions, corporations, partnerships, forums and other groups.

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Informal Consultative Process on Oceans and LOS Sends Outcome to UNCSD [viewed]

UN eadquarters on a sunny day24 June 2011: The UN Open-ended Informal Consultative Process (ICP) on Oceans and the Law of the Sea has completed its meeting on the theme “contributing to the assessment, in the context of the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20), of progress to date and the remaining gaps in the implementation of the outcomes of the major summits on sustainable development and addressing new and emerging challenges.”

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Ramsar, SPREP Participate in IUCN Mangrove Conservation Meetings [viewed]

Members of the PMI Steering Committee23 June 2011: The Secretariat of the Convention on Wetlands of International Importance (Ramsar Convention) and the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) participated in a meeting of the national coordinators of the International Union for Conservation of Nature's (IUCN) Mangroves Ecosystem for Climate Change and Livelihoods (MESCAL) project, which followed up on progress of the project and sought to ensure that MESCAL activities fit with the new Regional Wetlands Action Plan for Pacific Islands.

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Event: Liaison Group on Climate-related Geo-engineering as it Relates to the CBD [viewed]

The liaison group is tasked with: developing proposals on definitions for climate-related geo-engineering; informing parties of the known and expected impacts (positive, negative and neutral) of geo-engineering on biodiversity and associated social, economic and cultural considerations; and providing advice to parties on assessing the potential and unknown impacts of geo-engineering on biodiversity and associated social, economic and cultural considerations. The Liaison Group will produce a document for consideration by SBSTTA at its 16th meeting.  

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Experts Highlight Role of Oceans in Sustainable Development, Climate Regulation [viewed]

UN eadquarters on a sunny day23 June 2011: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) sponsored a press conference on the launch of a report by the International Programme on State of the Oceans (IPSO) on the protection of marine species, during which marine experts panellists highlighted that changes in the oceans are being driven at an extraordinary pace, entailing a dramatic rise in the levels of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere.

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OECD Releases Preliminary Report on Green Growth for Food and Agriculture [viewed]

A Green Growth Strategy for Food and AgricultureJune 2011: The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) has released a preliminary report outlining a strategy for green growth in the agricultural sector.

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UN-REDD Programme Newsletter Highlights New Partner Countries [viewed]

UN-REDD22 June 2011: The June 2011 issue of the UN-REDD Programme Newsletter reports that six countries (Côte d'Ivoire, Ethiopia, Honduras, Mongolia, Pakistan and Peru) have joined the Programme as partner countries.

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WMO Highlights Collaboration with UNESCO's IOC at Anniversary Event [viewed]

IOC 50th anniversary22 June 2011: The closing celebrations of the 50th anniversary of the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) of the UN Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) aimed to promote international awareness of, and involvement in, ocean science.

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OECD-FAO Agricultural Outlook Predicts Higher Food Prices [viewed]

OECD-FAO Agricultural Outlook 2011-202017 June 2011: The Agricultural Outlook 2011-2020, produced jointly by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) and the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), predicts that prices for agricultural commodities will fall in the short run but increase over the next decade to average 20-30% higher in real terms than over the 2001-2010 period.

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