Science, Assessment & Monitoring

Oceans Day at Durban Forwards Statement to COP 17 [viewed]

3 December 2011: Oceans Day took place on 3 December 2011, at the Rio Conventions Pavilion, on the sidelines of the 17th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 17) to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) in Durban, South Africa. The one-day meeting was organized in seven sessions, addressing: oceans and coasts at the UNFCCC and at Rio+20; climate change and African fisheries; evidence of climate change from the large marine ecosystems (LMEs); progress on major oceans and climate issues; oceans and climate issues in small island developing States (SIDS); capacity building and public education; and mobilizing for action on oceans and climate.

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Publication Assesses Capacity Building Services for REDD+ in the Asia-Pacific Region [viewed]

1 December, 2011: The Center for People and Forests (RECOFTC), with support from the UN-REDD Programme through the UN Environment Programme, has launched an interim policy brief on a project on the strengths and gaps in capacity building services for REDD+ readiness in a sample of Asia-Pacific countries.

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FAO's Remote Sensing Updates Picture of Forest Loss [viewed]

FAO30 November 2011: The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) has released initial results from a satellite-based remote sensing survey, showing new information on forest area declines between 1990 and 2005.

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ICRAF, ABS Launch Policy Briefs on Agroforestry, Climate and REDD+ [viewed]

1 December 2011: The World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF) and the Alternatives to Slash and Burn Partnership for the Tropical Forest Margins (ASB) programme have released a series of policy briefs that focus on topics including agroforestry, carbon markets, climate-smart agriculture and 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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UN-REDD Launches Lessons Learned Series [viewed]

30 November 2011: The UN-REDD Programme has launched a new publication series titled "UN-REDD Lessons Learned." The first edition focuses on the Asia-Pacific region.

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FAO Releases Briefs on Climate-Smart Agriculture [viewed]

FAO30 November 2011: The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) has released two briefs that address the role of agriculture in climate change adaptation and mitigation.

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WMO: 2011 is 10th Warmest Year on Record [viewed]

WMO29 November 2011: The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) has released highlights of the provisional annual WMO Statement on the Status of the Global Climate. 

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UNEP Reviews Environmental Impact of Expo 2010 Shanghai [viewed]

UNEP29 November 2011: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) has released its appraisal of the environmental and social impacts of the 2010 World Exposition, in a paper titled “Final Environmental Review of the 2010 World Exposition.” Expo 2010 took place in Shanghai, China, from May-October 2010, under the theme, "Better City, Better Life."

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EEA Releases 2011 Update on Renewables in Europe [viewed]

EEA28 November 2011: The European Environment Agency (EEA) has reported that: offshore wind energy capacity in Europe is projected to increase 17-fold between 2010 and 2020; newer renewable technologies such as concentrated solar power and wave/tidal power are also expected to increase more than 11-fold; and European countries are expected to significantly boost solar photovoltaic power, onshore wind and other renewable technologies over the next decade.

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OECD Paper Examines Lessons from Development Agencies in Monitoring and Evaluation for Adaptation [viewed]

25 November 2011: The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) has published a working paper titled "Monitoring and Evaluation for Adaptation: Lessons from Development Cooperation Agencies," which argues that monitoring and evaluation (M&E) frameworks for adaptation should combine qualitative, quantitative and binary indicators, and which calls for complementing individual project and program evaluations with overall assessments of trends in the country's vulnerability to climate change.

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