Science, Assessment & Monitoring

UNU-EHS Meeting Focuses on Risk Reduction and Climate Adaptation in Coastal Zones [viewed]

30 July 2012: The ninth meeting of the UN University Institute for Environment and Human Security (UNU-EHS) Expert Working Group on Measuring Vulnerability focused on the theme “Development pathways for urban and rural coastal zones.” Participants from France, Germany, Indonesia, Japan, the US, the UK and Viet Nam addressed climate change adaptation and risk reduction in coastal zones.

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Germanwatch Launches Website on Loss and Damage [viewed]

19 July 2012: Germanwatch has launched a website addressing key issues on loss and damage, as part of the "Loss and Damage in Vulnerable Countries Initiative," a project run by a consortium and supported by the Climate and Development Knowledge Network (CDKN). The initiative aims at supporting least developed countries (LDCs) in raising their voice to call for action on addressing loss and damage caused by climate change.

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UNFCCC Holds Expert Meeting on Loss and Damage in LAC [viewed]

UNFCCC27 July 2012: The UNFCCC Secretariat organized a regional expert meeting to discuss the full range of approaches and tools to address the risks of loss and damage associated with the adverse effects of climate change and the relative cost-effectiveness of these. The meeting focused on the Latin America and Caribbean (LAC) region, and included discussion of impacts related to extreme weather events and slow onset events.

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UNFCCC Publishes Sweden's GHG Inventory Review Report [viewed]

UNFCCC27 July 2012: The UNFCCC Secretariat has released the report of the centralized review of the 2011 annual submission of Sweden (FCCC/ARR/2011/SWE). The report highlights that total greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions decreased by 17.3% between 1990 and 2009.

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Colombia and Stanford University Partner on Forest Carbon Monitoring in the Amazon [viewed]

25 July 2012: The Government of Colombia and Stanford University's Carnegie Institution have demonstrated the ability to measure carbon stocks using a combination of airborne Light Detection and Ranging technology (LiDAR) and a satellite image analysis technology called CLASlite to produce carbon maps. The technology aims to contribute to operationalize REDD+ (reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation in developing countries, and the role of conservation, sustainable use of forests and enhancement of carbon stock).

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UNFCCC Holds Workshop on Water, Climate Change Impacts and Adaptation [viewed]

UNFCCC20 July 2012: The UNFCCC Secretariat organized a technical workshop to address water, climate change impacts and adaptation strategies under the Nairobi Work Programme on Impacts, Vulnerability and Adaptation to Climate Change. The meeting was held in Mexico City, Mexico, from 18-20 July 2012. 

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Congo Basin Forest Fund Launches Forest Monitoring Systems [viewed]

26 July 2012: The Congo Basin Forest Fund, launched by the Governments of Norway and the UK, through the African Development Bank (AfDB), is funding a regional initiative to help ten Central African countries to set up advanced national forest monitoring systems. 

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UNISDR, World Cities Scientific Development Alliance Launch Urban Resilience Award [viewed]

26 July 2012: The UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UNISDR) and the World Cities Scientific Development Alliance have announced the launch of the Resilient Cities Award. The award aims to recognize excellence in land use planning, design and development activities that protect communities from the impacts of natural hazards and reduce disaster risk.

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UNFCCC Releases Corrigendum to GHG Inventory Review for Lithuania [viewed]

UNFCCC19 July 2012: The UNFCCC Secretariat has released a corrigendum to the report of the individual review of the annual submission of Lithuania that was submitted in 2011 (FCCC/ARR/2011/LTU/Corr.1).

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Panel on Food Security and Nutrition Release Report on Food Security and Climate Change [viewed]

FAO4 July 2012: The High Level Panel of Experts on Food Security and Nutrition (HLPE), a panel of the Committee on World Food Security (CFS), has released its third report, which focuses on food security and climate change.

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