Science, Assessment & Monitoring

OSCE Project Reduces Flood Risk in Western Ukraine [viewed]

17 December 2012: A project supported by the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE), implemented by the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE), the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and the OSCE, installed two automated monitoring stations on the Dniester River in Western Ukraine.

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EU Conclusions on Water Resources Call for Improved Implementation [viewed]

17 December 2012: The Council of the EU has adopted Conclusions in response to the European Commission communication “A Blueprint to Safeguard Europe's Water Resources,” which call for better implementation of existing water legislation, including integration of water policy into other policy areas, such as agriculture, renewable energy and integrated disaster management.

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Fiji Workshop Identifies Climate Change Adaptation Priorities for Fisheries and Aquaculture [viewed]

SPC14 December 2012: The Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) has reported on the outcomes of a workshop on priority adaptation measures to climate change for fisheries and aquaculture in Fiji, including the identification of inshore fish aggregating devices (FADs) as a key “win-win” adaptation to meet increased demand for fish in areas with degraded coral reefs.

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Event: First Session CHy-14 AWG [viewed]

The First Session of the Advisory Working Group (AWG) of the 14th Session of the World Meteorological Organization's (WMO) Committee on Hydrology (CHy-14) will meet to discuss their work leading, monitoring and providing advice on WMO and CHy activities under the following themes: quality management framework – hydrology; water resources assessment; hydrological forecasting and prediction; water, climate and risk management; and data operations and management.  

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FAO, ACP Countries Partner Against Hunger and Malnutrition [viewed]

FAO14 December 2012: The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) has signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the African, Caribbean and Pacific group of States (ACP) to strengthen collaboration on food insecurity, malnutrition, hunger, natural resources management and climate change.

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UNECE Releases Second Environmental Performance Review of Tajikistan [viewed]

UNECE14 December 2012: The "Second Environmental Performance Review (EPR) of Tajikistan" conducted by the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) highlights that waste management and clean water and sanitation remain challenges for this country. UNECE EPRs cover ten elements including: environmental policymaking, planning and implementation; financing of environmental policies; waste and water management; biodiversity conservation; and integration of environmental issues into energy and health policies.

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UNFCCC Publishes Corrigendum to Russia's GHG Inventory Review Report [viewed]

13 December 2012: The UNFCCC Secretariat has released a Corrigendum to the report of the centralized review of the 2011 annual submission of the Russian Federation (FCCC/ARR/2011/RUS/Corr.1). The corrigendum introduces some amendments to the information reported on emissions by sources and removals by sinks of greenhouse gases (GHGs) resulting from land use, land-use change and forestry (LULUCF) activities, in accordance with Article 3, paragraphs 3 and 4.

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ADB Forum Discusses Flood Management in the Philippines [viewed]

ADB5 December 2012: The "Philippine Flood Management Knowledge Sharing Forum," organized by the Asian Development Bank (ADB) and the Philippine Department of Public Works and Highways, brought together local and international experts to discuss ways the Philippines can improve its prevention, preparedness, response and recovery from floods. 

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UNISDR Reports on Decreasing Flood Mortality, Increasing Economic Losses in Asia [viewed]

11 December 2012: The UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UNISDR)'s early assessment of disaster trends across Asia for 2012 shows that flood event mortality has declined, but economic losses remained significant. Asia is the most disaster-prone region in the world, with 36% of worldwide reported disasters occurring there from 2000-2011.

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FAO Launches New FAOSTAT Website [viewed]

FAODecember 2012: The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) has released a new interface for FAOSTAT, providing a new easy platform for food and agriculture statistics. FAOSTAT includes raw data, analyses and tools to compare data across a series of thematic areas. The data cover 245 countries and 35 regions from 1961 to the present. 

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