Science, Assessment & Monitoring

GEO Newsletter Highlights Advances in Climate Observation Collaboration [viewed]

GEOMay 2011: The Group on Earth Observations (GEO) has released the May issue of its newsletter, titled "GEO News" on new developments in the implementation of the Global Earth Observation System of Systems (GEOSS), which highlights advances in climate observation collaboration in the US and Europe.

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Bonn Talks Focus on Agendas of the Subsidiary Bodies [viewed]

UNFCCC Executive Secretary Christiana Figueres and Halldór Thorgeirsson, UNFCCC Secretariat17 June 2011: The UN Climate Change Conference June 2011 centered on the agendas of the UNFCCC subsidiary bodies during the first week, with agreement reached to launch work on some agenda items, while the Ad Hoc Working Groups made some progress on their agendas but recognized that much work remains before the Durban Climate Change Conference.

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Event: Research Workshop on Evaluating Policies, Programmes and Projects to Fight Desertification [viewed]

The French Desertification Scientific Committee (CSFD) and the Mediterranean Agronomic Institute in Montpellier (IAMM) are organizing a research workshop/seminar on Policies, Programmes and Projects to Fight Desertification, in cooperation with the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) Secretariat and its Global Mechanism. The workshop will provide an opportunity for a broad variety of different actors fighting desertification to clarify controversial points and improve the evaluation process to make actions more effective. The workshop intends to contribute at the international level to the preparation of the second UNCCD Scientific Conference and to promote French expertise within an international framework.  

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Experts Develop Roadmap on Climate Change and Migratory Species [viewed]

Birds Flying in Red Sky16 June 2011: At a Technical Workshop convened by the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS), experts agreed on recommendations regarding how the international community can assist migratory species in the context of climate change.

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State of Europe's Forests 2011 Report Launched [viewed]

14 June 2011: The UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE), the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and Forest Europe have collaborated to produce "State of Europe's Forests 2011: Status and Trends in Sustainable Forest Management in Europe," launched during the Ministerial Conference on the Protection of Forests in Europe (or FOREST EUROPE) held in Oslo, Norway from 14-16 June 2011.

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UNEP, WMO Release Black Carbon and Tropospheric Ozone Assessment [viewed]

14 June 2011: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP), the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) and the Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI) have released a publication titled “Integrated Assessment of Black Carbon and Tropospheric Ozone.” The report suggests that fast action on pollutants including black carbon, ground level ozone and methane may help limit near term global temperature rise.

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World Bank, GEF and Others Partner to Improve Remote Sensing Observation in the Middle East [viewed]

9 June 2011: The World Bank has approved US$4.59 million in Global Environment Facility (GEF) grants, and partnered with NASA and USAID, to improve water resource and agricultural management in Jordan, Tunisia, Morocco, Lebanon and the Arab Water Council.

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FCPF Collaborates on Report on REDD+ National Registries [viewed]

May 2011: The Forest Carbon Partnership Facility (FCPF), the German Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), and KfW Bankengruppe have collaborated to produce a report on the utility of national registries for initiatives on 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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FAO Releases Survey on Water Scarcity and Food Production [viewed]

9 June 2011: The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) has released a report titled "Climate Change, Water and Food Security," which is a survey of existing scientific knowledge on the anticipated consequences of climate change for water use in agriculture. The report highlights the likelihood of increased water scarcity in the Mediterranean region, as well as semi-arid areas of the Americas, Australia, and Southern Africa.

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ITTO Releases Report on Tropical Forest Management [viewed]

7 June 2011: The International Tropical Timber Organization (ITTO) has released a report titled "Status of Tropical Forest Management 2011," which states that the area of tropical forests under sustainable management has increased by 50% since 2005. It also warns that over 90% of tropical forests globally are poorly managed or not at all.

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