Science, Assessment & Monitoring

UNW-DPAC Reviews UN Publications on Water and Sanitation [viewed]

January 2013: The UN-Water Decade Programme on Advocacy and Communication (UNW-DPAC) has published its Bimonthly Publications Review, which presents the latest publications from UN agencies and programmes on issues related to water and sanitation from September through January 2012. These publications address a range of issues, such as climate change, child survival, city resilience and cultural diversity.

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EC Reports on EU-Funded REDD+ Projects [viewed]

4 February 2012: The European Commission has released the final report from last July's Second EU REDD+ Projects Coordination Meeting. The meeting was convened to report on progress on EU-funded REDD+ projects, as well as to take stock and share lessons learned from the implementation of REDD+.

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Event: Seminar on Climate Change and Forests: Conservation of Tropical Forests towards the Green Economy [viewed]

The Forestry and Forestry Products Research Institute (FFPRI) is organizing a two-day seminar on REDD+. Topics will include partnerships with the private sector, robust MRV systems, safeguards, and scaling up of REDD+ activities from the project level to the national level. The first day will host a participatory discussion of private sector investors, the general public and students. The second day will center on technical issues for the benefit of experts, government officials, researchers and students. Waseda University Environmental Research Institute, Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), International Tropical Timber Organization (ITTO), Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES) are co-organizing the event.  

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Guest Article #90: Climate Change and Geoengineering: Ocean Fertilization Practicalities, Opportunities and Threats [viewed]

Concern over human-driven climate change and the lack of success in constraining greenhouse gas emissions have increased scientific and policy interest in geo-engineering − deliberate interventions in the Earth's climate system that might moderate global warming. One of the earliest proposed carbon-removal techniques is large-scale ocean fertilization.

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IEA Releases Free iPhone and iPad App for 2012 Key World Energy Statistics [viewed]

IEA1 February 2013: The International Energy Agency (IEA) has announced the release of an updated iPhone and iPad app version of its publication "2012 Key World Energy Statistics," which includes data on supply, transformation and consumption, and greenhouse gas emissions of all major energy sources.

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CGIAR Partners Decode Chickpea Genome [viewed]

28 January 2013: In a breakthrough that may lead to new, improved varieties of chickpeas with drought tolerance and disease resistance, scientists from the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR) have decoded the genome sequences of 90 chickpea varieties from 10 countries.

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SLoCaT Reviews Megatrends in Transport and Future Directions [viewed]

31 January 2013: A review document by the Partnership on Sustainable, Low Carbon Transport (SLoCaT) considers megatrends in transport, the Partnership's effectiveness towards realizing its objectives, and future directions. The review document was prompted by the 2009 Partnership mandate to review progress within three years of its establishment.

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OECD Reports Examine Energy Taxation and Fossil Fuel Subsidy Reform Efforts [viewed]

OECD28 January 2013: The Organisation of Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) has highlighted the findings of two new OECD reports: "Taxing Energy Use" and "Inventory of Estimated Budgetary Support and Tax Expenditures for Fossil Fuels 2013."

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ADB Releases Report on Investments in Resilience, Disaster Risk Reduction [viewed]

ADBJanuary 2013: The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has released a report on disaster risk reduction (DRR) and financing, titled “Investing in Resilience: Ensuring a Disaster-Resistant Future.” The report encourages governments and development partners to adopt a coordinated approach to resilience.

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Event: RIMES Training Workshop on Iterative Risk Management for Climate Change Adaptation [viewed]

The Regional Integrated Multi-Hazard Early Warning System for Africa and Asia (RIMES) is organizing a five-day Training Workshop on Iterative Risk Management (IRM) for Climate Change Adaptation. The training aims to build the capacity of participants to design and implement iterative and flexible risk management plans. The training includes two parts: three days of lectures and discussions; and a two-day planning workshop. The lectures include a module each on: risk-based approaches to climate change adaptation; the IRM approach, including the IRM process and its application to development and disaster risk reduction (DRR); and IRM and the policy environment for climate change adaptation. During the planning workshop, participants will design IRM Plans for their organization. RIMES development partners include the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), the UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP) and the UN Development Programme (UNDP).  

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