Science, Assessment & Monitoring

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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UNESCO, Multi One Attitude Foundation to Raise Awareness of Water and Ocean Issues [viewed]

UNESCO14 March 2012: The Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) and International Hydrological Programme (IHP) of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and the Multi One Attitude Foundation have announced that the trimaran RACE FOR WATER will participate in races around the world, to raise awareness of the importance of preserving the ocean and freshwater resources.

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UNESCO IOC Highlights Ocean Issues Ahead of Rio+20 [viewed]

UNESCO14 March 2012: The Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and Kriton Arsenis, Member of the European Parliament (MEP), held an information session at the European Parliament to raise awareness on current ocean-related issues in the lead up to the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20).

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Event: 55th Meeting of the CDM Methodology Panel [viewed]

The Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) Methodology Panel holds regular meetings to consider matters relating to CDM baseline and monitoring plans and methodologies.  

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Event: PAIGH Roundtable on Climate Change in the Americas [viewed]

The Organization of American States (OAS) will host a scientific roundtable sponsored by the US National Section of the Pan American Institute of Geography and History (PAIGH) on climate change and other Earth science issues in the Americas. Representatives from the OAS, PAIGH, the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), the Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture (IICA) and other regional agencies will present their perspectives on climate change. PAIGH is a specialized agency of the OAS devoted to promoting hemispheric cooperation in the fields of geography, history, cartography and geophysics. The US National Section includes several US Government agencies, academic and scientific institutions, civil society and professional organizations.  

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World Bank Supports Sustainable Development in Colombia [viewed]

World Bank8 March 2012: The World Bank has approved a US$10 million loan to support air quality regulation enforcement and the promotion of sustainable water resource management in Colombia.

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Event: 35th Meeting of the CDM Afforestation and Reforestation Working Group [viewed]

The Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) Afforestation and Reforestation (A/R) Working Group holds regular meetings to consider matters relating to CDM A/R project activities, including preparing recommendations on submitted proposals for new baseline and monitoring methodologies for A/R CDM project activities.  

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CGIAR Consortium Attains International Organization Status [viewed]

2 March 2012: In a move that further strengthens its ability to fight hunger globally, the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR) Consortium was officially granted status as an International Organization on 2 March 2012.

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FAO Paper Describes Forest Management Contributions to Adaptation and Mitigation [viewed]

FAO9 March 2012: The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) has released a working paper summarizing knowledge and experience in forest management as a response to climate change, based on a literature review and a survey of forest managers. 

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